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Mrs. Draughn's 3rd Grade Class

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Welcome back!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time together with your family and friends.
 
 
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!
 
 
Homework-
*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.
*Reading passage homework will be due on 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- this Wednesday, Nov. 28th
                                                           
Dates to Remember: 
Thursday, December 6th—All of 3rd grade walks to HPMIS for a theatre production at 1
Friday, December 21st Early Release at 1
Monday, December 24th-January 8th Christmas Break
 
 
Week 15 - In the Classroom:
 
Math Workshop—  Money Unit
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 what we know about Non-fiction and assessing on it, MAP Testing (middle of year) and Starting a New Unit of Study.
I can recall how to find a summary and synthesize while reading non-fiction.
 
Science- In science lab, students are learning about different landforms.
I can identify landforms and explain how they are important for communities.   
 
Social Studies— discussing ethnic and cultural celebrations around the world and how they impact communities.
I can identify cultural and ethnic celebrations and how they influence communities.
 
Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in student’s agenda. The test will be this 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 finalize my informational report.

Week 10

 
As a Reminder: 
Please don’t forget that we have early release at 1 on Friday and it is the Fall picnic! Lunch will be at our normal class time and we will meet to eat on the large field, so bring a blanket if you would like! :) 
 
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
                                                         
In the Classroom:
 
Math Workshop
Students are also expected to be able to solve subtraction problems using a variety of strategies. The strategies we will be learning over the next couple of weeks are using pictorial base 10 models, subtracting partial differences by breaking apart by place value, and standard algorithm with regrouping.
I can model and solve subtraction word problems using strategies like base 10 blocks, partial differences, and standard algorithm.
 
Reader's Workshop- We will be previewing non-fiction, Looking for Structure within a Nonfiction Text and Grasping the Main Idea in Nonfiction.
I can find structure and main idea in Nonfiction text.
 
Science- In science, we will be learning about the life cycle of plants and animals.
I can understand how life cycles and food chains depend on the balance of an ecosystem.
 
Words Their Way- Study words! Words are in students Word Work Journal AND student’s Agenda.  The test will be this Wednesday, October 24th. 
 
Writer's Workshop-  Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing.
The Power of Organizing and Reorganizing. New Structures Lead to New Thinking. Laying the Bricks of Information.
I can generate topics for my informational piece. I can organize my ideas.
We had another wonderful week of learning last week and are continuing on this week! 
 
As a Reminder
*Book Fair is going on! 
*Auction envelopes due Friday
*Conference and Parent Reader sign-ups are live through armstrongpta.org
*Send your child with a water bottle/snack
 
Homework
*Students should be reading 20 minutes a night and filling in their reading log Monday night-Thursday night every week.
*Reading homework page will be due on Friday.  
*Study spelling words for Spelling Test Next Week (Wednesday, October 3rd)
 
Dates to Remember:
September 24-28 Book Fair!
Tuesday, September 25th- 7:50am-6pm ***Family Night
Friday, September 28th- Auction Envelopes Due
Wednesday, October 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences
 
 
Week 5
 
This week in the classroom:
 
Math Workshop- Place Value Unit—End of Unit Test Tuesday, October 2nd (next week)!
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 started 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. 

We had another great week of learning.  We’ve established routines and are back in the groove of school.  I am looking forward to another great week!

 

 As a Reminder-

*Please send in headphones ASAP

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

*Send your child with a snack/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!

Wednesday, October 10th - Parent Teacher Conference Day

 

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 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. Editing As We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing, Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts.

I can choose a seed idea, write a flash draft, and include a strong lead.

Thank you for a great Curriculum Night.  I enjoyed the opportunity to share information about 3rd grade and getting to share more about myself and my philosophy.  Again, I know it will be a great year of learning and growth!

 

 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  

*Auction Envelopes are going home this week.  Please return ASAP 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.

*Homework starts this week.  As a reminder, we will rotate weeks between math and reading.  This week is a reading week and homework will be due on Friday.  

 

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, September 12th, Individual Picture Day

Friday, September 14th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party at 7pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Wednesday, October 10th- Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Week 3

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit

We will continue to represent numbers using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way, and compare and order numbers using <, >, or = symbols up to the hundred thousands place.

I can order and compare numbers to the hundred thousands place using >, <, or = symbols.

Reader's Workshop- We are continuing to set up systems in our classroom for building a reading life and officially opening our class library!

I can set reading goals and pick out just right books.

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at the structure and function of conifer and deciduous trees.

I can show how plants have different structures and functions.  

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) -We are currently working to create spelling groups.  Spelling will start soon.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies. Editing As We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing, Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts.

I can use a storyteller’s voice when writing a story.

A Few Reminders:

  • Your student will need headphones from time to time for the computer, please send those in when you can in a bag labeled with your students first and last name on them.
  • Please make sure you are sending your student with a water bottle each day. 
  • Snack time is at 10:00 each day. Please send a healthy snack!
You should have also noticed that your student is bringing their orange Take Home Folder Home each night, they should be reading for 20 minutes and logging it on their reading log. Again, I ask the student to do it themselves, not their parents filling it in. We hope to foster a strong sense of responsibility this year as your student makes the jump to a 3rd grader. Thank you for your continued support. I am excited to partner with you this week!

 

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, September 6th, Curriculum Night! (5-6 or 6-7)

Friday, September 14th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party from 6-9pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

Tuesday, October 10 Parent Teacher Conferences, Times to be posted on PTA website soon!

Week 3

 

Math Workshop Place Value Unit

We will compose, read and write numbers up to the hundred thousands place, write a number to the hundred thousands place using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to compose and decompose numbers, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way. I can understand place value up to the hundred thousands place.

Reader's Workshop- Learning to read books like they are gold and Finding within Reach books and Reading Tons of them! I can read a book on my just right level while reading it like it’s gold!

Science- In science lab, students will be looking at the difference between herb and woody stems. I can see how stems are adapted for their environment.                                                                

Words Their Way-We will be giving each student a Spelling Inventory Assessment and starting Spelling Groups in a few weeks. In the meantime, the students came home today with a Class Roster and are to be studying their classmates names. The "Test" will be Friday.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Drawing on a Repertoire of Strategies: Writing with Independence, Writers Use a Storyteller's Voice: They Tell Stories, Not Summaries, Taking Stock: Pausing to Ask, "How Am I Doing?" I can use a Storytellers Voice when writing my story. I can write a story, not a summary.

Week 2 

Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 3rd,  No School

Thursday, September 6th Curriculum Night 5-6pm and 6-7pm

Friday, September 14th, Armstrong Auction Preview Party at 6-9 pm

Friday, September 21st, Early Release at 1pm

September 24-28 Book Fair!

 

Important Reminders for this week:

  • Reading Log—Homework this week is to read nightly for 20 minutes and log on the green reading log in the brads of the folder
  • Decorate writing journal—In writing this week, your child will be given the chance to decorate the front cover of their writing journal with pictures of things/places that would help inspire your child when he/she is stuck on what to write. Your child will be allowed to take home their writing journal each night of this week only to accomplish this task. Please keep the decorations flat (no 3D décor) because it needs to fit in his/her book box with their other journals and folders. Your child MUST bring their journal back to school each day, as we will be starting to write in our journals.
  • All About Me Bag due Friday—your child will bring home a brown paper bag to put 3 things in it that are important to him/her.
 

Learning Targets for this week:

 

Math Workshop— Place Value Unit

We will compose, read and write numbers up to the hundred thousand place, write a number to the hundred thousand place using standard form, written form, expanded form and expanded notation, demonstrate how to compose and decompose numbers, demonstrate how to represent numbers in more than one way

I can understand place value up to the hundred thousands place.

Reader's Workshop- Pre Assessment for Unit 1 in Reading, Learning to Build A Powerful Reading Life and Reading Books like they are gold

I can build a reading life to be a great reader.

Science- In science, students are learning to think like a scientist through problem-solving.   

I can think and solve problems like a scientist.                                

Words Their Way (Spelling)- We will be giving each student a Spelling Inventory Assessment and starting Spelling Groups in a few weeks.

Writer's Workshop-  Crafting True Stories: Finding Ideas for True Stories and Writing Up a Storm. 

I can use my strategies to generate ideas for true stories.

Thank you for making Eagle’s Nest successful! It was a pleasure meeting you and your child last night, and I am anxious to meet those of you who could not make it! I am looking forward to a great year of learning.

Thank you for filling out the 2 forms in the folder last night. If you did not have a chance to finish, please return the forms tomorrow.

Also, if you did not grab your student’s carpool tags (2) from the table, please grab that tomorrow morning so you have it for carpool. They are hanging on your child's locker.

REMIND app:

If you didn’t sign up for this, please do so you can get important reminders from me this year on your phone! This is the easiest way to communicate with you. Click here to sign up!

Here is a link to my classroom website, where I weekly update with learning targets, pictures and more. Just click “subscribe” under my picture, so you can receive those weekly updates.

Student Handbook link:Click Here

Thanks again for making last night so wonderful, I look forward to seeing your student tomorrow! Can you believe tomorrow is the First Day of School?!? I can't wait!

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.