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Mrs. Draughn's 3rd Grade Class

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Week 35

One STAAR down, one to go! Thank you for sending letters of encouragement. It was a joy getting to watch them smile and relax after reading your sweet notes. Don’t forget to try and make sure your student goes to bed at a decent time tonight and eats a good breakfast in the morning, as the Reading STAAR is tomorrow! 

We have only had three parents sign up for Career Week, please sign up if you can! PTA Page 

 

Dates to Take Note of:

Sat, May 12, Armstrong Family Day of Service

May 16-18, Career Week

Tue, May 22, 11:00am 3rd to 4th Transition Meeting in the auditorium

Tue, May 22, Election Day

Thu, May 24, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition Program

Fri, May 25, Field Day-more info coming soon!

Fri, May 25, 1:00pm Early Dismissal

 

In the Classroom:

Math Workshop review all standards--place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, geometry and measurement, data and financial literacy

I can demonstrate my knowledge by successfully solving problems on all third grade math standards.

Reader's WorkshopFinding the story structure, Reading Fast, Strong, and Long and Finding Figurative Language in a Fiction Text.

I can recall what I know about being a fiction reader.

Read Aloud: No Talking By: Andrew Clements

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories. Paragraphing, Elaborating, and Revision.

I can break my Narrative into appropriate paragraphs. I can add to my story by elaborating.

WEEK 34

 

Thank you for those of you who have signed up for Career Week, we still have open spots if you haven’t! Here is a link to the PTA page in case you need it: PTA Page

 

Important Dates:

Week of May 7, Teacher Appreciation Week

Tue, May 8, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Wed, May 9, Nurses Appreciation Day

Sat, May 12, Armstrong Family Day of Service

May 16-18, Career Week

Tue, May 22, 11:00am 3rd to 4th Transition Meeting in the auditorium

Tue, May 22, Election Day

Thu, May 24, 8:30am 4th Grade Recognition Program

Fri, May 25, Field Day-more info coming soon!

Fri, May 25, 1:00pm Early Dismissal

 

In the Classroom:

Math Workshop— New Unit: Data- Organize information on a dot plot, generate a graph from a collection of data, analyze and interpret information from various types of graphs to draw conclusions and solve problems, use a graph to compare information, recognize and use keys, symbols, or scales to interpret data on the graph. Friday, May 11 - short DATA and GRAPHING Test!! 

I can summarize a set of data and solve one- and two-step problems represented with a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, or bar graph. 

Reader's Workshop- Finding an author’s purpose while reading any genre of literature, Summarizing a passage of literature and Finding the Main Idea of a text.

I can find the authors purpose, main idea, and summary of a text.

Science- In science lab, students are working with pulleys and axles.   

I can design a simple machine using a pulley system.

Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories. Rehearsing: Storytelling and Leads, Revising by Studying What Other Authors Have Done, Storytellers Develop the Heart of the Story. 

I can rehearse my Personal Narrative and tell the story bit by bit.

 
WEEK 33
 
Important Dates:
Tue, May 1st, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule
Fri, May 4th, 8:30 am Kindergarten Musical Program
Tue, May 22, 11:00 am 3rd to 4th Transition Meeting in the auditorium
Tue, May 22, Election Day
Thu, May 24, 8:30 am 4th Grade Recognition Program
Fri, May 25, Field Day-more info coming soon!
Fri, May 25, 1:00 pm Early Dismissal
 
 
In the Classroom:
 
Math Workshop Determine the solutions to problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes using pictorial models or tools, select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement of liquid volume (capacity), weight or length
 
I can use multiple strategies to determine elapsed time. I can select appropriate units to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement of capacity, weight, and length.
 
Measurement Unit Test- this Friday (over perimeter and area, elapsed time, and measurement (capacity, length, and weight).
 
Reader's Workshop- Building stamina and gleaning all we can from reading passages.
 
I can build stamina as I read and understand different literature by answering questions.
 
Science- In science lab, students are learning and working with simple machines.   
 
I can demonstrate how a lever makes using a machine easier.
 
Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year.
 
Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. Drawing on Strategies and Writing with Independence.
 
I can write a personal Narrative about 3rd Grade. 

Week 32

Students will be completing their Math and Reading MAP this week.  They completed the Math today and we plan to do the Reading tomorrow. Encourage them to do their best, so we can see how much progress they’ve made this school year. I will have reports ready at some point next week so you can see their results. Have a great week!
 

This Week:

Tue, Apr 24th, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Wed, Apr 25th, Administrative Assistants Day

Tue, May 1st, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Fri, May 4th, 8:30am Kindergarten Musical Program

 

In the Classroom:

Math Workshop— find the area of an irregular figure, represent and determine the time on an analog clock, determine the elapsed time using an analog clock and a number line

I can find the area of an irregular figure. I can tell the time using an analog clock. I can use multiple strategies to determine elapsed time.

Reader's Workshop- Building stamina and gleaning all we can from reading passages. 

I can build stamina as I read and understand different literature by answering questions.

Science- This week, we are focusing on force and motion.   

I can identify balanced and unbalanced forces that cause motion.

Writer's Workshop-  Finishing up our Literary Essay. On to a New Unit: Crafting True Stories! Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. Drawing on Strategies and Writing with Independence.

I can publish my Literary Essay. I can use my strategies to come up with an idea for Narrative Writing.

Week 31

As we near the end of the year, we have several final assessments to give.  Because of this, we will no longer be doing spelling groups.  I will be doing a final spelling inventory this week and students will be taking the Scholastic math assessment over 3rd grade skills.  Next week, I will finish up reassessing their reading levels and complete MAP testing and reading and math.  As we wrap up, I will get reports ready for you to see the progress your child has made this year.  I am so proud of all their hard work and can’t believe we only have 6 weeks of learning left! We will certainly make the best of it. 

Important dates this week:

Tue, Apr 17, 2D/3D math test

Tue, Apr 17, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule

Wed, Apr 18, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Looking ahead:

Tue, Apr 24, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Wed, Apr 25, Administrative Assistants Day

 

In the Classroom:

Math Workshop—classify 2D and 3D shapes based on attributes, determine the perimeter of a shape, find the missing side length of a shape, determine the area of a shape

I can find the perimeter and area of a given shape.  

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Character Studies Celebration, Character Studies Post Assessment

I can recall all I know about characters and how to respond in stories, I can support my understanding by text evidence.

Read Aloud-“Dyamonde Daniel”

Science- This week, we are focusing on different forms of energy including sound, light, thermal, mechanical and electrical.  

I can identify different forms of energy and how the forms can be used at the same time.  

Mentor Sentences- “Dandelion” with a focus on prepositional phrases and compound/complex sentences.

Words Their Way- No Spelling Groups, we will begin Spelling Assessments for End of Year this week.   

Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Strong writers can revise and edit their drafts, Strong Writers can check for spelling and punctuation mistakes, Strong writers can publish their essay.

I can revise, edit, and publish my Literary Essay.

WEEK 30

Important Dates:

April 11 - CLASS Picture Day - THIS WEDNESDAY (forms went home yesterday)

April 12 - Walk to School Day

April 13 - Early Release (1 PM)

April 13 - Carnival      

April 16 - Principal's Book Talk

 

In the classroom this week: 

Math Workshop—describing attributes of 2D shapes, exploring 3D shapes and sorting by attributes

I can classify and sort 3D shapes based on their attributes. 

 

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Lingering with a Story after it’s Done,  Comparing Characters, Readers Compare the Problems Characters Face-and Their Reactions.

I can compare characters from books and how they react to situations.

 

Read Aloud-Dyamonde Daniel”

 

Science- In science lab, students are learning about energy with optics and sound.

I can compare and contrast light and sound energy.

 

Mentor Sentences- Commas in a series, descriptive adjectives, and more!

 

Words Their Way- Spelling test this Thursday!  

 

Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Strong writers can write about characters’ traits and motivations, Literary Essayists reread their notebook of entries to find seed strong ideas, generate possible thesis statements about the texts, and write reasons or examples to support their opinion, writers use strong introductions to grab the reader and try to convince them that their theory is true, writers use strong endings to recap their theory and essay. It leaves the reader with a lasting impression.

I can choose a seed idea, generate a thesis statement, and write reasons/examples to support my opinion. I can write a strong introduction and conclusion for my essay.

Week 29

Upcoming Dates: 

April 11 - Class Picture Day

April 12 - Walk to School Day

April 13 - Early Release (1 PM)

April 13 - Carnival

April 16 - Principal's Book Talk

  

In the Classroom This Week:

Math Workshop - New Unit: Geometry 2D & 3D shapes- this week’s focus is on polygons, attributes of 2D shapes, classifying types of quadrilaterals

I can classify 2D shapes based on their attributes and sort types of quadrilaterals.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Noticing the Roles Illustrations Play in a Story, Noticing How the Character makes choices during the climax of the story, Identifying How the Character Resolves BIG Trouble and Readers Learn Lessons alongside Their Characters.

I can notice the choices characters make and how they resolve problems while learning lessons from them.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science lab, students are focusing on measuring liquid volume.

I can measure volume using water displacement.

Mentor Sentences-  "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother" - commas 

Words Their Way- New Spelling Words this week (Test is Thursday, April 12)

Writer's Workshop-  Literary Essay: Writers can state a claim on a book they have read; Writers can lift evidence directly from the test to support their claim; Writers will stretch themselves to add their opinion; Writers will understand what a theme is and show evidence.

I can support my claim with evidence from the book and add my own opinion into my essay.

Week 28
 
Looking ahead:
March 29 - Student Holiday / Staff Development
March 30 - Student and Staff Holiday
April 2 - Armstrong Reads brochures due (please continue to remind students to log their reading, and solicit read-a-thon sponsors)
April 12 - Walk to School Day
April 13 - Early Release (1 PM)
April 13 - Carnival      
April 16 - Principal's Book Talk
 
 
In the Classroom this week: 
 
Math Workshop— Identify and represent fractions using pictorial models and number lines, unit fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions with same and different denominators, split objects into equal fractions

I can demonstrate all I know about fractions. 
**Fractions test on Wednesday!
 
Reader's Workshop- Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Readers Expect Characters to Face- and React to Trouble and Notice the Roles Secondary Characters Play
 
I can explain why a character reacts the way they do and identify other characters.
 
Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”
 
Science- In science lab, students are learning how to use weather instruments.
 
I can measure temperature in Celsius using a thermometer. 
 
Mentor Sentences- Review parts of Speech
 
Words Their Way- No Spelling this week due to a 3 day week!  
 
Writer's Workshop- New Unit! - -  Literary Essay
I can rehearse the process of writing with evidence in mind. I can state a claim on a book I have read. I can provide examples/evidence to support my claim. 

WEEK 27

Welcome back! I sure hope you had a wonderful week of fun and relaxation! 

Just FYI -- We will not have a homework sheet this week, so the students are just required to do their reading log at night. This is due to STAAR practice tests.  We will also not meet with spelling groups or complete a mentor sentence due to Grandfriend’s Day.

Today, March 19, we took the Math Practice Test and tomorrow, March 20, we will be taking a Reading Practice Test. This is all to prepare for upcoming state testing in May. The purpose is to help students begin to understand the schedule, procedures, and routines of the upcoming testing days. In addition, we will use the information gathered from the testing to help us in our final review and preparation.  Students will be following their regular daily schedule on these practice testing days.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Important Dates this week:

Mon, Mar 19, Armstrong Reads kick off, fundraising brochures home

Tue, Mar 20, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule

Thu, Mar 22-Fri, Mar 23, Art Show

***Thu, Mar 22, 5:00-6:30 pm Open House

***Fri, Mar 23, 9:00-10:30 am Grandfriends Day

 

In the Classroom this week:

Math Workshop- solve problems involving partitioning an object or a set of objects among two or more recipients using pictorial representations of fractions.

I can split objects into equal fractions to answer a division problem.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Stories are Shaped Like a Mountain: Readers Watch Characters Go Up and Down and Readers Expect Characters to Face- and React to Trouble

I can identify where a character is on the story mountain and notice characters responses.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science, we are learning how to measure matter using hands-on experiments.

I can measure density, test magnetism, and identify mixtures vs. solutions.

Words Their Way- We will not have Spelling this week due to our practice STAAR testing.

Writer's Workshop- New Unit! - -  Literary Essay

I can jot ideas and rehearse the process of writing with evidence in mind. I can state a claim on a book I have read.

Mike Gleason, the author of the Hideout Kids book series, visited Armstrong today! It was so neat hearing about his inspiration, seeing the illustrations, and hearing a couple chapters from a new book he is working on! 
WEEK 26
 
Here are a few things coming up:
 
Week of March 5, Nutrition Week, separate email schedule
Tue, Mar 6, Primary Election Day, voting on campus,
Tue, Mar 6, Alice’s Garden Week A Schedule
Wed, Mar 7, Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day
Thu, Mar 8, 8:30am 3rd Grade Musical Performance
 
Week of Mar 12, Spring Break
 
On Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, when we return from Spring Break, we will be taking a practice STAAR test in 3rd grade to prepare for upcoming state testing in May.  The purpose is to help students begin to understand the schedule, procedures, and routines of the upcoming testing days.  In addition, we will use the information gathered from the testing to help us in our final review and preparation.  Students will be following their regular daily schedule on these practice testing days.  Please let us know if you have any questions.
 
 
Looking ahead:
Mon, Mar 19, Armstrong Reads kick off, fundraising brochures home
Tue, Mar 20, Alice’s Garden Week B Schedule
Thu, Mar 22-Fri, Mar 23, Art Show
Thu, Mar 22, 5:00-6:30pm Open House
Fri, Mar 23, 9:00-10:30am Grandfriends Day 
 
 
In the Classroom this week:
 
Math Workshop—compare fractions using concrete models, find equivalent fractions using concrete models and number lines, decompose and compose fractions
I can compare fractions with the different denominators. I can find equivalent fractions by using models.
 
Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Creating and Understanding Story Mountains, Readers Expect Characters to Face-and React to-Trouble, and Readers Notice the Roles Secondary Characters Play in the Main Character’s Journey.
I can create a story mountain and recognize my character's problem.
 
Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”
 
Science- In science, we are learning how to measure matter using hands-on experiments.
I can use tools to measure mass, volume, and density.
 
Mentor Sentences- "Because of Winn Dixie" - contractions
 
Words Their WayTest is this Thursday, March 8th.
 
Writer's Workshop-  Creative and Imaginative Writing. 
I can publish my “In 20 Years” story and celebrate my creative writing!

The turn-out for the Wax Museum was FANTASTIC and I was so, so proud of our students! The students worked extremely hard, and I thank you, too, for helping your child prepare- they did great!

Looking ahead:

Remember music costumes are due this Friday.

Due to Dr. Seuss week, we decided to move our spelling test from this Thursday to next Thursday.

Week of Mar 5th, early moving for front office, art room, technology room, and small group intervention office

Week of Mar 5th, Nutrition Week

Tue, Mar 6th, Primary Election Date, Armstrong polling location

Wed, Mar 7th, Cafeteria Staff Appreciation day

Thu, Mar 8th, 8:15 am Auditorium 3rd Grade Musical Performance

Week of Mar 12th, Spring Break

Mar 29th, Campus Staff Development, No school for students

Apr 13th, 1:00-4:00pm Early Release 

 

In the Classroom this week:

Math Workshop-represent fractions on a number line using concrete models, determine the missing fraction point on a number line, compare fractions using concrete models

I can use fraction bars to build a fractional number line and find the missing fraction. I can compare fractions with the same denominators.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Beginning Book Clubs

I can come contribute to a conversation about a book in a book club.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science, we are learning about the physical properties of matter.

I can identify differences between states of matter and explain how states can change.  

Mentor Sentences- Verdi- Superlative Adjectives

Words Their Way- Continue studying words.

Writer's Workshop- Creative and Imaginative Writing. 

I can continue to use creative writing in past tense to complete my draft for my “In 20 Years” piece. I can revise and edit my creative draft.