Week of November 12 and 19th!

Reading- This week we will focus on creating images using our Rigby reading series. For this comprehension strategy we will focus on the text to help us use our five senses to better understand what we read. On Thursday, your student will be able show what they have learned about creating images on the theme 6 ongoing test practice. Next week we will focus on literary analysis. We plan to read about Pocahontas. Later in the morning we will compare what we read about her to what we see in the classic Disney movie.

Writing- Tuesday your child will write a newspaper article and Wednesday your child will write a realistic fiction. Later in the week your child will choose one of them to publish and turn in for a grade. Next Monday, our focus for writing will be a quality literary analysis. This will be done together as a class.

Math- Beginning Tuesday we will shift from polygons/quadrilaterals to fractions (unit 3). Our focus this week will be a basic understanding of what a fraction is (equal parts, the denominator is how many is in one whole, and the numerator is how many are shaded) and unit fractions.

Science- This we our focus will be forces; specifically, magnetism and gravity. Our quarter two writing piece will be a report on magnets, so the information we learn in science will be extremely helpful to your student!

Reminders
November 15: fall fundraiser pick up is from 2:30-5:30
November 16: weekly math quiz
November 20: We will be celebrating STEAM day at DGS! 🙂
November 20: Pajamas for a purpose ($1… more information coming soon)
November 21-23: No School… Happy Thanksgiving!

Week of November 5th!

Reading- Our focus for this week will be key ideas and details. We will read a variety of passages and focus on describing the characters in a story and explaining how their actions contribute to the plot (narrative). We the informative pieces will also focus on describing the relationship between ideas (sequence, cause/effect, ect.).

Writing- For this week our writing focus will be Literary Analysis. The students will focus on writing a quality response using our literary analysis rubric. Throughout the week we will practice together as a class, and at the end of the week your student will write one on their own.

Math- The unit 2 study guide was sent home yesterday (November 1). On Monday we will review the study guide in preparation for the unit 2 test on Tuesday. For the rest of the week our focus will be polygons. We will work on regular or irregular polygons and naming various polygons (particularly the quadrilaterals).

Social studies- Monday-Wednesday we will continue learning about various Native American tribes.

Science- On Friday will begin our next unit in science (Forces and Motion). We will start by leaning about Magnetism. Our large quarter 2 writing piece will be a report on magnets, so the information we learn in science will be extremely helpful!

Reminders
November 5th: Art Order forms are Due
November 6th: Unit 2 math test
November 9th: weekly math quiz

Halloween

Don’t forget to send your student’s costume with them to school this Wednesday! After lunch your child will be able to change into their costume. At 12:50 we will go to the gym and watch the 4th grade Famous Person Speeches. After the speeches are over we will parade around the gym and return to our room for our classroom party. The parties will begin at 1:30.

*Please make sure your child’s costume is school appropriate (not scary, no weapons…etc). If you have any questions about a costume please feel free to reach out to us before Wednesday!

Week of October 29th!

Reading- This week will be a Rigby reading series week. On Monday we will focus on a Freckle reading assignment. Tuesday and Wednesday we will focus on monitoring understanding. For this comprehension skill we focus on the five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). We will use this strategy as we read the stories this week. On Thursday we will complete our theme 5 ongoing test practice, and the students will get to show what they have learned about monitoring understanding.

Writing- Your student will write two short writing pieces this week. On Tuesday we will be reading poems. After discussing elements of a poem, your student will write one. We will have a separate rubric that we will use to grade the poem (if your child chooses to turn in this writing pieces later on in the week). On Wednesday after reading an example of an adventure, the students will write one! Later in the week your student will choose which ONE they want to publish and turn in for a grade.

Math- On Monday we will continue working on two-step word problems. Tuesday we will be taking the district’s math quarterly assessment. This will not count as a grade, it will just give you and I an idea of how well they have learned the skills from quarter 1. The Remainder of the week we will continue to work on two-step word problems and writing equations for the word problems.

Social Studies- We have finished our Water unit in science and are moving on to our next social studies unit. This unit will focus on our history. We will start by traveling back in time to learn about various native American tribes.

Week of October 22

Reading- This week we are focusing on our district’s quarterly assessment. This assessment will NOT be for a grade; it will simply help us determine what areas we still need to review in reading.

Writing- As part of the quarterly assessment the students will be writing a literary analysis (response to literature) as well as a narrative. Again, these writing pieces will NOT be for a grade, just a way for us to monitor the students’ progress.

Math- This week we worked on rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. Today we are reviewing adding and subtracting with and without regrouping. Since this skill was taught in second grade, we only spent today reviewing it (additional practice will be sent home if your student needs more review). Next week we are moving on to multiplying with multiples of 10. On Wednesday we will begin working on two-step work problems, and we will continue that the week of October 29th.

Reminders:
October 19th: End of Quarter 1/Last day to meet independent reading goals
October 25th and 26th: Student Led Conferences (No School)

Week of October 8th!

Reading- We will start our week off with a Freckle reading assignment. Tuesday afternoon we will introduce our reading strategy using our Rigby reading series. The focus for this theme will be synthesizing. This strategy focusses on bringing ideas together to form a new idea. We will introduce this skill while reading Power Posters. The following day we will use the reading strategy again only this time with a Fantasy story (Electrified). Later in the week the students will be able to show what they learned about synthesizing by completing the theme 4 ongoing test practice.

Writing- This week your student will write two short writing pieces. On Tuesday they will write a journal entry (after reading an example of a journal entry). On Wednesday they will write a fantasy story (after reading an example of a fantasy story). Later in the week they will choose ONE of those pieces to publish and turn in for a grade. Be sure to check out our third grade writing rubrics. These rubrics can be found under the common core tab!

Grammar- Our focus for grammar this week will be concrete and abstract nouns. Concrete nouns are nouns that can actually be touched (apples, Mrs. Ellis, water, etc). Abstract nouns are nouns that cannot be touched (joy, love, happiness).

Math- We are moving on to unit 2 (Focus on Operations and Algebraic Thinking/Number and Operations in Base Ten). We will start out with Lesson 12 and focus on patterns. Later in the week we will begin working on place value. Reviewing place value will help us the following week when we work on rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

Science- We are continuing our water unit! Next week we will focus on building our own thermometers and learn what happens when hot/cold water is put into room temperature water.

Reminders:
October 8th- No school
October 19th- last day for AR quizzes for Quarter 1

Week of October 1st!

Reading- We started today off today with Monday Mania! After reading various stories about light last week, the students created their very own shadow puppets. They will be performing their plays throughout the week. We will also continue to focus finding evidence in the text and using details to support a main idea.

Writing- The students will be turning in their quarter 1 writings pieces this week. Tuesday we will be focusing on quality conclusions, and Wednesday we will focus on adding details. Our focus towards the end of the week will be revising and editing. An “Analyzing Writing Paper” will be used to make sure your student has all the pieces for a quality narrative. As always, you are able to view their story by accessing their google docs.

Grammar- This week we will be focusing on regular and irregular plural nouns.

Math- We are wrapping up unit 1. Today we continued learning about the distributive property. We will practice with this skill tomorrow and Wednesday. We will have our fist math test this Friday! A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday. We ask that your child work on it at home Tuesday and Wednesday night. We will review the study guide in class on Thursday.

Science- We are continuing our water unit. Our focus question this week is: what happens to water when its temperature changes?

Reminders:
October 5th- Math test
October 8th- No School
October 19th- last day to take AR quizzes for quarter 1 independent reading goals

Week of September 24th!

Reading- This week we will be focusing on our Rigby reading series. We will start the week off with a Freckle reading assignment. Tuesday and Wednesday we will be reading out of the Rigby book and focusing on inferring. At the end of the week, your student will be able to show what they have learned about inferring by completing the ongoing test practice. The fifth question on this assignment is what we call a “literary analysis” or “response to literature.” When grading this assignment we look for the correct answer as well as proof from the text.

Writing- Your student will continue to work on their quarter one writing piece this week. Our goal is to finish he rough draft on Monday. Later in the week we will begin “analyzing” their writing and taking it through the remaining steps in the writing process (revising and editing). In addition to this writing piece, your student will also write two short writing pieces. On Tuesday we will read a realistic fiction piece and then your student will write one. On Wednesday we will read an expository passage and then your student will write one. Later in the week your student will choose which ONE they would like to publish and turn in for a grade.

Math- This week our focus will be the commutative property, associative property, and the distributive property. When using the commutative property, the students will see that 3X5 will equal the same as 5X3. The associative property will focus on three factors. The students will see that no matter what order they are multiplied, they will always get the same answer (example: 3 X (4 X 2) = (3 X 4) X 2). With the distributive property the students will be able to take a multiplication problem and split it into two smaller ones. Example: 5 X 10 = (5 X 5) + (5 X 5) OR
5 X 10 = 5 X (5 + 5)

Science- We will begin our first science unit! Our focus will be “Water.” On Tuesday we will focus on the words absorb and waterproof. On Wednesday we will focus on surface tension and water on a slope.

Reminders:
*It is book fair week!
Monday- Dress like your favorite fairy tale/book character
Tuesday- wear read and white or come as a toad
Wednesday- wear a mismatched outfit and/or crazy hat or hair
Thursday- Wear Pajamas
Friday- bring your favorite forest stuffed animal or dress like one
*We are getting to the end of the month. Check in with your student and make sure they have read at least ONE nonfiction (and one fiction) book in September.

Week of September 17th!

Reading- I can use evidence in the text to support a claim! The students will continue to work on answering questions about a text and then finding the evidence to support their answer. The questions this week tend to focus on character traits.

Writing- I can write a quality narrative! Your students have written three short writing pieces so far this year. Starting this week, your student will begin writing their very first long writing piece. We will work on this for the rest of the quarter. With our long writing pieces, we take the students through the entire writing process. The past couple weeks, we have been working on prewriting; however, your student will actually begin drafting their piece this week! You can see their progress by accessing their google docs.

Math- I can use fact families to solve an unknown number and describe the commutative and associative properties! We will continue working on fact families the first part of the week. Fact families are a simple skill; however, they are crucial in helping students find an unknown. In third grade your student will see problems like 7XS=42. If your student understands fact families, they will be able to turn this problem into 42 divided by 7 in order to figure out the unknown (6). On Friday we will introduce two multiplication properties and continue to work on them the following week.

Science- We have now finished up our social studies unit for quarter one and will be moving onto science next. However, we will not begin these activities until the week of the 24th!

Reminder:
September 21st: Half day SIP day (students dismissed at 11:15)

Last week!

I can…
Reading- read books at my level and share my super hero story with peers!
Writing- finish publishing my chapter book!
Math- show what I know about multiplication!

Monday- all school yearbook signing 2-2:30
Tuesday- 5th grade rocket launch (PM)
Thursday- dismissal at 1:00 **students will be bringing home report cards today!

To wrap up our super hero unit, we will be watching The Incredibles. This movie is rated PG. Please email us if you do not want your child watching this film.

This year 3M read How to Eat Fried Worms, and the students have asked if we can watch the movie. Throughout the week, we will be showing pieces of this film. This movie is rated PG. Please email us if you do not want your child watching this film.