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Ms. Underwood's Third Grade Class

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Readers understand a story by... Taking BIG steps to summarize  BIG parts of the story they have read.

Week 4

 

We are finishing up our assessments this week and getting into routines, thank you for sending your child to school ready to learn. There has been an eagerness to learn felt in the classroom as your children being to take great risk reading new books, writing with stamina, understanding numbers, using mental math to compute and much more!

This week will be another busy one~ 

 

We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

 

Math Workshop- Place Value Review (Test Friday), Even and Odd Number Using Mental Math to add and subtract

                           

Number Talks- Breaking Numbers apart, Making Landmark Numbers or Friendly Numbers

 

Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-

Predictions, Making higher level predictions, retelling stories, deciding how to lift the level of their reading and recruit partners, Tacking complex text with grit

 

Read Aloud- “Stone Fox”

 

Science- New plant discovery/Photosynthesis Explain the process of photosynthesis and why it's important to plants and animals. Environment Exploration: Animals structures and functions for movement, protection, and food based on habitat

 

Social Studies- Constitution Day

 

Mentor Sentences- “Come on Rain” Common Vs. Proper Nouns

 

Words Their Way- Class sort this week- Student’s will be in Spelling Groups next week.

 

Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories

Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts, Revising by studying what other authors have done, storytellers develop the heart of their story, Paragraphing to support Sequencing, Dialogue, and Elaboration

Here are some things coming in the week ahead:

 Tue, Sep 19, Picture Day

Tue, Sep 19, Alice’s Garden Week B

Tue, Sep 19, 11:30am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch, “They Don’t Teach the Way I Learned Anymore: How to Help Your Kids with Schoolwork”

Fri, Sep 22, 1:00pm Student Early Release, Teacher Professional Development

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

PICTURE DAY IS COMING

Tuesday, September 19

Order forms coming home Friday. 

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Armstrong's Picture Day ID: LD947473Q0

Here are some things coming in the week ahead:

Mon, Sep 11, Invention Convention kickoff

Tue, Sep 12, Alice’s Garden Week A

 

Looking ahead:

Tue, Sep 19, Picture Day

Tue, Sep 19, Alice’s Garden Week B

Tue, Sep 19, 11:30am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch, “They Don’t Teach the Way I Learned Anymore: How to Help Your Kids with Schoolwork”

Fri, Sep 22, 1:00pm Student Early Release, Teacher Professional Development

Parents,

We are off to another great start this week!

 

 We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

 

Math Workshop-  Continuing Place value, Counting money, Rounding on a Number Line, and Problem Solving-writing to explain.

 Number Talks- Making Landmark Numbers or Friendly Numbers. Doubles/Near Doubles.

 

Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-

~Setting Up Systems to Find and Share Book, Reading in the Company of Partners,Readers Check for Comprehension,

Read Aloud- “Stone Fox”

 

Science- Leaf Collection/Leaf Facts/ Cones and Needles

~Compare and Contrast structures and functions of parts of a conifer and deciduous tree.

 

Social Studies- Branches and Levels of Government

 

Mentor Sentences- “Stone Fox”- Focus- Proper Nouns

 

Words Their Way- No Spelling this week

 

Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories

Writers Use a Storyteller’s Voice. They Tell Stories, Not Summaries, Taking Stock and Asking, “How am I doing?”, Editing as We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing

 

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, Sep 7, Curriculum Night

Mon, Sep 11, Invention Convention Kickoff

Tue, Sep, 19, Picture Day- More info to come

Mon, Oct 2, Parent Teacher Conferences (More info about signing up at Curriculum Night) 

 

Week 2

We are off to a GREAT start in 3rd grade, and we are working diligently to create a community of learners in our classroom!

This week will be jam packed with fun and learning!

 

Please join us for Curriculum Night this Thursday from 5-5:50 or 6-6:50 in our classroom- Room 206!

 

We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

 Math Workshop- Understanding and Applying Place Value:

Number Talks- Breaking numbers into place Value, using friendly numbers to add/subtract, Fluency with Addition and subtraction facts up to 20.

Numeration-

~Representing numbers, different ways to name numbers, greater numbers, place value relationships, comparing numbers, and ordering numbers

~Describing the relationship found in the base-10 place value system through the hundred thousand place, Composing and decomposing numbers up to 100,000,

 

Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-

~Finding Within-Reach Books, setting goals and tracking progress, setting up systems to find and share books, & Reading in the company of partners

 

Science- Shady Characters/Herb and Woody Stems- Comparing and contrasting structures and functions

 

Social Studies- Basic Structure and Functions of City and State Government

 

Mentor Sentences- “Saturday’s and Tea Cakes” Focus- Proper Nouns

 

Spelling (Words Their Way)- This week students will be bringing home a class list and testing on First names of their classmates this Friday. We have begun Spelling Assessments and will be passing out “sorts” or list in a few weeks.

 

Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories

~Writing Process, finding ideas and writing up a storm, drawing a repertoire of strategies- writing with independence, using a story tellers voice- telling stories

 

 

 

 

 Today in Math we began working on Exemplars (problem solving).
Check out your child's Exemplars folder when you have a chance, they can explain the rubric and show you examples of practice problems!