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Ms. Underwood's Third Grade Class

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Hello Families,

 

I know there are going to be some disappointed kiddos, but because of the weather we are cancelling the field trip for tomorrow. We are rescheduling for March and will get the date soon. 

 

All my thanks,

 

Parents,

Happy Tuesday! We have a busy week this week, it is Inclusive Schools week as well as Hour of Code. Ask your students about all the fun things going on! Watch for pictures on Seesaw too!

 

 

 

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

*As the weather cools down please have your student bring a jacket to school with the NAME written inside it so we can return it to them if for some reason they misplace it!

 

Week 16

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.

*Math Money test Friday

*It would be helpful to start having your child work on memorizing their multiplication facts and related division facts using flash cards.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, Dec. 12th

                                                           

Dates to Remember: 

Thursday, December 6th All of 3rd grade walks to HPMIS for a theatre production at 1

Thursday, December 13 All of 3rd grade goes to Dallas Arboretum 9:30-2

Friday, December 21st Holiday party 9:30-10:00, Early Release at 1

Monday, December 24th-January 8th Christmas Break

 

Math Workshop—  Money Unit Test this Friday!

Students are expected to be able to identify coins and bills from manipulatives and pictorial models according to attributes, classify coins by value, assess the value of a collection of coins by beginning with the coin having the greatest value and counting up, identify symbols for dollars and cents and apply the decimal point to separate dollars from cents.

 

I can determine the value of a collection of coins and bills and apply this skill to word problems and pictorial models. 

 

 

Reader's Workshop- Reviewing their Post Assessment from Unit 2 (Nonfiction), Recall All that I know about How a Mystery Book Goes, Try to Solve the Crime before the Mystery Solver Does.

 

I can recall all I know about mystery books.

 

 

Science- In science, we are beginning to explore weather instruments and tools to better understand what forecasts tell us.  

I can identify weather tools and explain their purpose/use.    

 

Words Their Way- Study words! NEW Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda. The next test will be Wednesday, December 12th!

 

Writer's Workshop-  We are starting a new unit in Writing!! Unit 3–Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Practicing Persuasion, Gathering Brave, Bold Opinions for Persuasive Writing.

I can show what I know about Persuasive/Opinion Essays.

 

Parents,

 

Last week we read a book called, The Word Collector ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmqTgDoWOC8 ) this book is a unique story about a young man who collects words and them "gifts" them away.

 

What a great opportunity to speak with our kiddos about the power of our words and how they can be our greatest gift!

Each student was given a jar and a word from me, then asked to add other words that are powerful to them to their jar.

This has already been a great activity and the students are exploring words and their meaning.

Some of the words I have seen are: graceful, kind, smile, laughter, creative, wonder, young, active, blossom, magic and spark. Many wrote love and family so take a bow, parents! :) 

Please ask your student about their jar and what words they have put in so far! Feel free to talk about other words and have your student add them to their jar.

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

*As the weather cools down please have your student bring a jacket to school with the NAME written inside it so we can return it to them if for some reason they misplace it!

 

Week 13

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, Nov. 28th.

                                                           

Dates to Remember: 

Monday, Nov 12 Armstrong’s Veteran’s Day celebration (wear red, white, and blue)

Monday, Nov 12- Friday Nov 15, Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

                                             **Students are asked to bring completed meal bags to their classroom during this week.

Friday, November 16—Brother Bill’s Service Project

Wed-Fri, Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

 

Math Workshop— End of Unit Test is this Friday, November 16th

Students will be learning how to solve multi-step problems, by reading each problem carefully and applying multiple strategies. Students will also be reviewing everything they have learned in this unit.

I can represent and solve one and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction using a variety of strategies and models.

 

Reader's Workshop- Grasping Main Idea and Text Structure- Introducing Biographies, Reading Biographies through Different Lenses, Reviewing Synthesis and Summary.

I can understand the text features of a Biography, explain summaries and synthesis.

 

Science- In science lab, students are learning about the different types of resources the Earth already has and how these resources are used.

I can classify renewable, nonrenewable, and inexhaustible resources.

 

Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda. The next test will be Wednesday, November 28th!

 

Writer's Workshop-  The Art of Information Writing: Taking Stock and Setting Goals, Putting Oneself in Readers' Shoes to Clear up Confusion, Using Text Features Makes It Easier for Readers to Learn, Conclusions.

I can include a text feature in my writing.

I can write a strong conclusion.

 

 

Mrs. Cruz

3rd Grade Teacher

Armstrong Elementary

Class web page: http://armstrong.hpisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=442915&type=u&pREC_ID=622769

 

 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

― Benjamin Franklin

 

Parents, 

 

Thank you for sending in the Halloween pictures last week, the kids enjoyed seeing what their friends dressed like. 

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jCakUUJ9JEPPBl3xVtETX2x6P63W_89H0NWBiWhPZhc/edit#slide=id.p

 

 

We had another busy week in the classroom.

 

 

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

*As the weather cools down please have your student bring a jacket to school with the NAME written inside it so we can return it to them if for some reason they misplace it!

 

 

Week 12

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Reading homework will be due on Friday.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, November 7th

                                                           

Dates to Remember: 

Wednesday, November 7 Spelling Test!
Monday, November 12- 
Veteran's Day

Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23- Thanksgiving Break

 

Math Workshop—Students will be learning how to read a word problem and figure out if they are supposed to add or subtract by using key words and using a strip diagram for support. Once they know what the correct operation is, students will  then pick a strategy to show how they got his/her answer. Students will also be applying their rounding skills and will be estimating addition and subtraction problems.

I can determine when to add or subtract by using strip diagrams and the CUBES strategy.  

 

Reader's Workshop- Cross Text Synthesis, Author's Perspective

I can put  2 nonfiction text together and I can understand the author's perspective and develop my own.

 

Science- In science, we are assigning dollar values to animals and plants within food webs based on their placement in the food chain.  Students will play games to collect energy using their knowledge of food chains and money.    

I can determine which organism will get energy from another organism within a specific ecosystem.    

 

Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda.  The next test will be this Wednesday, November 7th!

 

Writer's Workshop-  The Art of Information Writing: Balancing Facts and Ideas From the Start, Researching Facts and Ensuring Text Accuracy, Creating Introductions through Researching Mentor Authors, Topic and Concluding Sentences.

I can balance facts and ideas throughout my information piece.

I can create an introduction by researching mentor authors.

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is just around the corner! Our goal is to

deliver 500 meals to Brother Bill’s Helping Hand this holiday season.

We’ve elected to take a different approach to food collection this year.  We ask that each student fill a grocery bag with the following 5 items that will comprise an entire meal for a family:

 

1) 1 can of green beans

2) 1 can of sweet potatoes

3) 1 can of pie filling

4) 1 box of stuffing

5) 1 can of fruit

 

We hope that assembling an entire meal for a family will create a meaningful

connection for the students of the importance of giving back to the Dallas

community this holiday season. Parents are encouraged to take students

grocery shopping and to post videos of their children shopping and assembling

the bags on the PTA Facebook page with the hashtags #ArmstrongGives,

#SharetheLove, #HolidayLove, #SharingIsCaring.

 

Grocery Bag Distribution: Each student will receive a grocery bag on Friday,

November 9th to be filled with the above items and instructions for filling the bag.

We will deliver the grocery bags to your classroom on November 8th.

 

Class Chart: To encourage participation, we will have a large chart at

Armstrong’s main entrance listing each teacher’s name. We will provide you

with Thanksgiving stickers when we deliver your class’s grocery bags. Please

allow your students to place a sticker on the chart when they bring a completed

meal bag to the classroom.

 

Completed Meal Bags: Students are asked to bring completed meal bags to

their classroom on Monday, November 12- Thursday, November 15. Thank you

for holding the meal bags in your classroom during the week of the food drive.

It is our hope that the visual of mounting food bags will encourage student

participation.

 

Assembly Day: The students will add additional items provided by Brother

Bill’s to each meal bag on November 16 in the Armstrong gym. Mrs. Cummins will

circulate the Assembly Day schedule.

 

Parents,

 

Can you believe we are 11 weeks into school! It’s only going to go faster as the holiday season quickly approaches.

 

As a 3rd grade team we are collaborating to build a sense of responsibility for your student and their own actions. We will continue to remind your student to take their Take Home folder home with homework and reading log in it, turn pages papers in, etc. We ask that you continue to support your student in the same way.

 

 

A few ways to foster a sense of responsibility are:

 

~If you walk your student in please say goodbye before they enter the classroom.

We only have 15 minutes before our students go to specials and we value that time to set the pace for the day.

 

~Ask your student to come directly to the classroom when they get to school if you are not walking them to the door.

There have been a group of students playing on the field before school and sometimes not making it into the classroom on time.

 

~Have your student fill out their own reading log.

 

~Remind your student to stand up for the right thing even when it’s hard!

 

Your students are working very hard in the classroom and taking ownership of their learning, we are so happy to partner with you this year!

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

*As the weather cools down please have your student bring a jacket to school with the NAME written inside it so we can return it to them if for some reason they misplace it!

 

 

Week 11

 

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, November 7th

                                                           

Dates to Remember: 

October 30 Picture retakes

 

                                                         

Week 11

 

Math Workshop—Students are also expected to be able to solve subtraction problems using a variety of strategies. The strategies we will be focusing on this week are how to subtract across zeros, breaking apart by place value using a number line, and how to set up a strip diagram correctly to match a subtraction equation.

I can model and solve subtraction word problems using strategies like number lines and strip diagrams. 

 

Reader's Workshop- Grasping Main Ideas in Nonfiction text, Becoming experts and Teaching Others from Nonfiction text, and Synthesizing with Two Nonfiction text.

I can find main ideas, teach others and compare similar text in nonfiction.

 

Science- In science, we will be learning more about food webs and environmental changes that can impact a food web.  

I can identify how energy moves through a food web and understand effects caused by environmental changes.  

 

Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda.  The next test will be, November 7th!

 

Writer's Workshop-  The Art of Information Writing: Organization Matters in Texts Large and Small, Studying Mentor Texts in a Search for Elaboration Strategies, Making Connections Within and Across Chapters.

I can study mentor texts for elaboration strategies. I can make connections within and across chapters.

Parents,

 

We had a long rainy week! If the weather continues this week, please feel free to let your child bring in a board game to play with friends during recess

 

Please don’t forget that we have early release at 1 on Friday and it is the picnic! 3rd grade will be eating on the big field so please bring a blanket for you and your child to eat on… weather permitting!

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

 

Week 10

 

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Reading homework will be due on Friday.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, October 24th

                                                           

Dates to Remember:

 

 

Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26 Red Ribbon Week 

 

Friday, October 26 Fall Picnic, Early Release

 

October 30 Picture retakes

                                                         

Week 10

 

Math Workshop—Students are expected to be able to solve addition problems up to 1,000 using a variety of strategies. The strategies we will be learning over the next couple of weeks are using pictorial base 10 models, adding partial sums by breaking apart by place value, standard algorithm, and number lines. Students will also use strip diagrams to write equations correctly and identify key words to help solve addition word problems.

I can model and solve addition word problems using strategies like number lines and strip diagrams.

 

Reader's Workshop- We will be previewing non-fiction, Looking for Structure within a Nonfiction Text and Grasping Main Idea in Nonfiction.

I can find structure and main idea in Nonfiction text.

 

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at food chains and how energy is transferred in an ecosystem. 

I can identify how energy moves through a food chain.

 

Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda.  The test will this Wednesday, October 24th. 

 

Writer's Workshop-  We have officially completed our first Narrative Writing Unit and are on to Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing!

I can show what I know about Informational (Non-Fiction) Writing.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

October 17            Invention Convention Family Night 5:00 - 6:30 PM

October 19            Bike Rodeo

October 19            Destination Imagination Registration Deadline

Oct. 22 - 26          Red Ribbon Week 

October 26            Fall Picnic

Parents,

 

We had another busy week in the classroom!

 

Our conversation of kindness is only getting better! Mr. Ray came in this week and read a book to the class and gave your students a chance to sign a “Kindness” pledge card. Some of the students turned in their pledge and it will be hanging on the wall in the Library, others wrote “Kind Apology” notes, while some wrote “Kind Notes” to friends.

 

In class we read a book called, “ Friends Stick Together”. It ‘s a great book about appreciating the differences in people around you, while learning to understand the bond you can have with someone even when you are both very different.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to log onto Seesaw, please do so. Your students are daily posting what they are doing in class and it’s a great tool for you to be able to ask your students questions. I know sometimes students need more specific questions to be able to help you understand how their day was. Let me know if for some reason you are having a hard time getting logged in.

 

As a Reminder

*Please encourage your students to bring a small healthy snack to school

 

Week 9

 

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.

*Spelling test- Wednesday, October 24th

                                                           

Dates to Remember:

 

Wednesday, October 17 Invention Convention

 

Friday, October 19th- Bike Rodeo

 

Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26 Red Ribbon Week 

 

Friday, October 26 Fall Picnic, Early Release

 

October 30 Picture retakes

 

Week 9

 

Math Workshop—Students are expected to be able to solve addition problems up to 1,000 using a variety of strategies. The strategies we will be learning over the next couple of weeks are using pictorial base 10 models, adding partial sums by breaking apart by place value, standard algorithm, and number lines. Students will also use strip diagrams to write equations correctly and identify key words to help solve addition word problems.

I can model and solve addition word problems using strategies like number lines and strip diagrams.

 

Reader's Workshop- We will be assessing Unit 1 in Reading this week and Starting Unit 2-Pre-Assessment and Exploring Non-fiction text features.

I can explain: summary, character traits and author’s purpose.

 

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at food chains and how energy is transferred in an ecosystem. 

I can identify how energy moves through a food chain.

 

Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda.  The test will be next Wednesday, October 24th. 

 

Writer's Workshop-  We have officially completed our first Narrative Writing Unit and are on to Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing!

I can show what I know about Informational (Non-Fiction) Writing.

 

Thanks,

Mrs. Cruz

Parents,

 

We had a another wonderful week of learning this week!

 

 

As a Reminder

*For the Book Fair, Mrs. Riley said we could bring our class at our regular library time next week to shop. 

*Auction envelopes due Friday

*Conference and Parent Reader sign-ups are live through armstrongpta.org

*Send your child with a water bottle  

*Please return Auction envelopes if you are participating

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Reading homework will be due on Friday.  

 

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, September 25th- 7:50am-6pm  ***Family Night at the Book Fair!!

 September 24-28 Book Fair!

Friday, September 28th- Auction Envelopes Due

Friday, October 2nd- Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Week 5

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit—End of Unit Test this Friday!
This week we will represent a number on a number line, describe its location and round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100. We will discuss how rounding and estimating are related, practice rounding numbers to estimate sums and differences, and review all place value skills.

I can round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100 and show all I know about Place Value.

 

Reader's Workshop- We are raising the level of predictions we make, retelling stories, deciding how to lift the level of thinking during reading and recruit partners to support us while we tackle complex text using grit.

I can make higher level predictions, retell stories with partners and tackle text with GRIT.

 

Science- In science, we are learning about learned behaviors and inherited traits living things have to help them survive in their environment.    

I can show the difference between inherited traits and learned behaviors.

                                                                               

Words Their Way- Spelling groups start this week, Spelling test will be on October 3rd.

 

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies. Revision Happens Throughout the Writing Process, Balancing Kinds of Details, Revising Endings: Learning from Published Writing. 

 

I can add details and transitions to my narrative draft. 

I can revise my ending. 

Parents,

Thank you all for the well wishes last week. The wedding was perfect and the honeymoon was so much fun! I appreciate all your support and I felt incredibly loved by your generosity! It sounds like things went well while I was out.

Yesterday was fun to reconnect with all your students! This week we are diving back in and learning lots!

 

 As a Reminder-

*Please send in headphones ASAP

*Conference and Parent Reader sign-ups are live through armstrongpta.org

*Send your child with a water bottle  

*Please return Auction envelopes if you are participating

 

Homework-

*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.

*Math homework will be due on Friday.  

 

Dates to Remember:

 

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Tuesday, October 2- Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Week 4

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit
We are learning to describe the relationship between places in a base 10 system, show multiple ways to represent the same number, determine when a number is even or odd, round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100

I can continue to deepen my understanding of the place value system.

 

Reader's Workshop- We are recognizing  places to stop in our books and check for comprehension, envisioning and assembling facts and making predictions in our books.

I can stop and make sure I understand what’s happening in my book and make predictions.

 

Science- In science, we are looking at different structures plants and animals have that help them survive in their environment.   

I can identify structures in plants and animals that help them to survive in their habitat.

 

Social Studies- We are learning about communities, big and small.  In addition, we are focusing on the 3 branches of government to better understand how our system works.

I can identify roles within the 3 branches of government.  

                                                                               

Words Their Way- Spelling groups start next week September 24

 

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies. Revising by Studying What Other Authors Have Done, Storytellers Develop the Heart of a Story, Paragraphing to Support Sequencing, Dialogue, and Elaboration.

I can develop the heart of my story and add detail.

 

September 10        Invention Convention Kickoff

September 21        Early Release ( 1:00 PM)

September 21        Invention Convention Forms Due to Mrs. Webb

September 26        TAG Asked & Answered (9:30 AM)

September 26        Destination Imagination Meeting K-5 Parents                                          MIS 5/6 Assembly Room at 5:00 PM

Sept 24 - 28          Book Fair

September 28        Parents Night Out