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Mrs. Pitts' Third Grade Class


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Week 34:
 

Dates to make note of...

Tue, May 9th, NO GARDEN this week

Thu, May 11th, 10:00am Kinder to 1st Grade Transition meeting for parents

Fri, May 12th, 10:00am 1st to 2nd Grade Transition meeting for parents

Sat, May 13th, 9:00am Armstrong Family Day of Service for Hope Supply Co.

 Week of May 15th, Career Week

Mon, May 15th, 10:30am 2nd to 3rd Grade Transition meeting for parents

Tue, May 16th, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Tue, May 16th, 10:30am 3rd to 4th Grade Transition meeting for parents

Wed, May 24th, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition program (all students will be in hallway to clap 4th graders into auditorium)


*There is no homework this week, so they students can stay rested. 


What is happening in the classroom...
Reading:  Continue digging deeper into our research.
Writing:  Revising our articles.
Math:  Place Value for fourth grade
Science:  Force and Motion

Week 33:

It’s that time again! I can’t believe we are nearing summer! Our class is eager to hear from you about your career!

Please use the link below to sign up for a time during Career Week May 15th-19th.  http://www.armstrongpta.org/

 

Make Note on your Calendar: 

APRIL 24 - MAY 5   JUMP ROPE FOR HEART

MAY 1 - 5             TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

MAY 1                   3rd & 4th grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 

MAY 4                  3rd & 4th grade Talent Show 6:00 p.m.

MAY 11                Kindergarten to 1st Transition Meeting (10:00)

MAY 12                1st to 2nd TRANSITION MEETING (10:00)

MAY 15                2nd to 3rd TRANSITION MEETING (10:30)

MAY 16                3rd to 4th TRANSITION MEETING (10:30)

MAY 13 (Saturday)   Armstrong DAY OF SERVICE

MAY 15-19          CAREER WEEK

MAY 24               4th GRADE RECOGNITION PROGRAM

MAY 26               FIELD DAY

 

 

In the classroom….

Reading:  Digging Deeper into Research by using cause and effect to recognize text structures.

Writing:  Writing Long and organizing our articles. Using writing partnerships to improve our writing.

Math:  Apply mathematical process standards to manage one’s financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to problem solve.

Science:  Constructing simple machines

Social Studies:  Understanding how businesses operate in the U.S. free enterprise system.

 

It is that time of year again! All library books will be due on Friday, May 12th. Students will not check out books after Thursday, May 11th.

If students have not returned books by May 12th, Ms. Riley will begin having them call their parents during Library check out time the following week.

Thank you for your help with getting all library books back on time!

 

Week 32:
I hope you had a nice long weekend! We are hitting the ground running!

 

The kiddos took home their empty cake boxes today.  Please help out by filling your box with a yummy cake and returning it this Friday.  See picture below for details.

 

This Week:

Tue, Apr 18th, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Thu, Apr 20th, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Friday, Apr 21st, Armstrong Carnival

 

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Strong readers ask questions about their research. Planning a second study while reading with volume and frequency.

Writing: Generate a variety of ideas to write an article.

Math: Understanding tables and graphs, interpreting them with information given and demonstrating wheat I know.

Science: Identify simple machines and their uses.

Week 31 

I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  Please take some time to make note of upcoming events and what is happening in our classroom.

 

As you know, our third grade students took a STAAR simulation assessment in both math and reading.  We have collected this data and are in the process of working with the students in the areas that are needed.  These assessments were sent home today with a letter explaining everything.  Attached you will find a copy of the letter that is stapled to the assessments.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

This Week:

*No School this Friday

*Elka Carroll, Meredith Mabus, and Allison Sumner are co-chairing the Armstrong Carnival this year and are currently looking for corporate and family sponsorships.  Please contact them if you are interested.

 

Looking ahead:

Mon, Apr 17th, 6:00pm Principal’s Book Talk, Madeline Levine, Teach Your Children Well

Tue, Apr 18th, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Thu, Apr 20th, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Fri, Apr 21st, 3:00-7:00pm Armstrong Carnival

 

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Investigating information, growing ideas, and asking questions to collect information

Writing: Exploring and discussing the format of a newspaper.

Math: Collecting and organizing data into frequency charts, dot plots, and pictographs. 

Science: Discussing how two magnets attract and repel each other

Week 30: 

Sounds like many of you played some funny April Fools jokes on your little ones! I hope your month is off to a great start!

*Elka Carroll, Meredith Mabus, and Allison Sumner are co-chairing the Armstrong Carnival this year and are currently looking for corporate and family sponsorships.  Please contact them if you are interested.

 

Please make note of the upcoming events

Tue, Apr 4th, School Librarians Day

 Fri, Apr 7th, Walk to School Day

 Tue, Apr 11th, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Tue, Apr 11th, 5:30pm School Board Meeting

Wed, Apr 12th, Class Picture Day

Thu, Apr 13th, 1:00pm Early Release

Fri, Apr 14th, Student Holiday

 

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Orienting ourselves to a text set in research clubs. Supporting note-taking by using the lingo of experts.

Writing: Demonstrating our knowledge of narrative writing, using what we have learned.

Math: Solving problems using units of time. Reviewing and testing on capacity, weight, mass and time.  

Science: Compare light and sound energy using tools such as a Venn diagram.

Week 29

Thank you for making Open House wonderful last week, your students’ have worked and continue to amaze me with the efforts they put forward!

*Grandfriends day was a huge success as well! I am always amazed by the level of support here. The kids were so excited to show their grandfriends all around their classroom!

*We are taking a PRACTICE STAAR test in 3rd grade this Monday and Tuesday. This is a great way to help the kids realize how this day will go in May. The students will still be on regular schedule.

Please make note of the upcoming events!

Mon, Mar 27th, Armstrong Reads readathon begins.  Brochures and information will be distributed for students to take home.  More information coming.

Tue, Mar 28th, 4th Grade STAAR Writing- No visitors on campus please.

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Applying reading comprehension strategies to different text to understand deeper meanings.

Writing: Publishing a written piece using mentor text and sharing with others.

Math: Solving problems using time and telling what hour/minute came/will come before or after.

Science: Measuring volume or mass of objects.

 

 

Week 28:

Thu, Mar 23rd, 5:00-6:30pm Open House

Fri, Mar 24th, 9:00-10:30am Grandfriends Day

 

What is happening in the Classroom:

 

Reading: Identifying figurative language in poetry. Naming a poems mood, rhyme, rhythm, and find unfamiliar words.  

 

Writing: Using imagery, similes, and metaphors to write poetry.

 

Math: Understand and use customary units of capacity and units of weight and mass.

 

Science: Using thermometers and making a graph based on findings.

Week 27:

It’s a busy short week!

Dates to Make Note of:

March 10th:  No School

March 13-17 Spring Break

Thu, Mar 23rd, 5:00-6:30pm Open House

Fri, Mar 24th, 9:00-10:30am Grandfriends Day

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Reviewing and understanding character study from Character Assessment. Reading like a poet, understanding the structure of a poem and identifying the form.

Writing: Focusing on line breaks in poetry and mirroring them. Using strong word choice when writing poems. Producing a final draft poem. 

Math: Finding the area of an irregular shape. Reviewing and Testing on Geometry, Perimeter and area,

Science: I can make inferences and classify using properties of matter.

Week 26: 

I am so proud of my third graders!  They have been working so hard and did a fabulous job showing off all of their musical ability today.  Thank you to Mrs. Morgan and all of the parents that spent many hours creating and organizing to make this happen! The play was wonderful! 

Dates to Make Note of:

This week is Dr. Seuss week, Please remember if you signed up to read to our class!

March 10th:  No School

March 13-17 Spring Break 

What is happening in the Classroom:

Reading: Engaging in text-based mini arguments about characters. Comparing and contrasting the lesson characters learn.

Writing: Sparking ideas from well written poems and modeling those using techniques such as webs, territories and more.

Math: Finding perimeter and area of shapes. Using the distributive property.

Science: Investigating the States of Matter