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Week 32 Reminders

Students will be completing their Math and Reading MAP this week.  I plan to do math on Thursday and reading on Friday.  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

Week 32

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 Reminders

Hello Parents! 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. 

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

Week 31

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 29 Reminders

Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and were able to enjoy some extra family time! As a reminder, if your child participated in Armstrong Reads, those were due today- but we can continue to take them as long as you get them ASAP.  We are FINALLY back to a normal schedule this week, which means spelling groups and homework have resumed.  Practice STAAR results went home last week and should have been signed and returned.  If you have any questions or would like to see specific things your child missed, please let me know.  I am happy to help in whatever way I can.

> Looking ahead:

April 11                    Group Picture Day

April 12                    Walk to School Day

April 13                    Early Release (1 PM)

April 13                    Carnival      

April 16                    Principal's Book Talk

Week 29

> 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- commas in a series and complete predicate/complete subject

> Words Their Way- New Spelling Words this Monday  

>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 27 Reminders

Welcome back!

I hope you enjoyed some wonderful down time and were able to recharge before we hit the ground running again!

We will not have homework this week other than reading and filling out the reading log due to STAAR practice tests.  We will also not meet with spelling groups or complete a mentor sentence due to Grandfriend’s Day

THIS  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

> Week 27

> 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.

 

 

Week 26 Reminders

 Hello,

 Thank you to all of our wonderful readers last week, your student loves having you in the classroom!

 Here are a few things coming up:

 Week of March 5, Nutrition Week

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

 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

 

> Week 26

 

> 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 characters 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- contractions

> Words Their Way- Test is March 8th.

> Writer's Workshop-  Creative and Imaginative Writing.

> I can publish my “In 20 Years” story and celebrate my creative writing!

 

Week 25 Reminders

-The turn-out was great for the Wax Museum.  Thanks for helping your child prepare- they did great!

-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.

Here’s what is coming up next week:

Week of Feb 26th, Dr Seuss Week Please sing up ASAP!

http://www.armstrongpta.org/

Looking ahead:

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, 8:30am Auditorium 3rd Grade Musical Performance

 Week of Mar 12th, Spring Break

Upcoming:

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

Apr 11th, 3:30pm Faculty Meeting – Grade Level Planning Time for 2018-2019

Apr 13th, 1:00-4:00pm Early Release – Grade Level Planning Time for 2018-2019

Week 25

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, next test is March 8th.

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. 

 

Week 24 Reminders

There will be no math sheet or reading response this week.  The only homework students will have is to complete their reading log and to practice their speeches for this Friday’s Wax Museum. 

Don’t forget to sign up to read for Dr. Seuss week at Armstrongpta.org if you are available!

This week:

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Friday February 23rd, Field Trip to Planetarium from 9:30-11:30

Friday February 23rd- Wax Museum Presentation 2:30-2:50—Parents are welcome to join us in the small gym!

Friday February 23rd- Change boxes due

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Looking ahead:

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

March 8th- 3rd Grade Musical performed to parents @ 8:15

Spring Break- Week of March 12-16

Week 24

Math Workshop- represent fractions using concrete objects and pictorial models, partitioning rectangles and number lines with fractional sizes, unit fractions that make up a whole, how to decompose and compose fractions, fraction equivalency

I can determine the fractional amounts of squares in my Fractional Me project. I can use fraction bars to build a fractional number line.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies: Deeper Theories, Noticing patterns in behavior and wants, using them to predict, Evaluating personal reading rowth

I can come up with a deeper theory and notice patterns in behaviors and wants, using them to predict

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science lab, students will have a chance to use a radiometer to measure light energy.

I can use a radiometer to measure light energy.

Mentor Sentences- “I Wanna Iguana” Contractions and possessives

Words Their Way- New words this Tuesday

Writer's Workshop- New Unit: Creative and Imaginative Writing

I can draft an imaginative story.

 

 

Week 23 Reminders

Happy Monday,

Here’s what is coming up:

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, Feb 14th, Class Valentine Party from 2:15-2:45- Students do not need to bring a box, we are decorating bags in class. They DO NEED TO BRING VALENTINES to pass out to the class. We have 20 students and I sent home a class roster last week.  Please let me know if you need anything Parents are welcome to join us!

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Friday, February 23rd 2:30-2:50 Wax Museum

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Friday, March 2nd- Music costume due

Friday, March 23rd- Grandfriend’s day

Week 23

Math Workshop-  examples and non-examples of fractions, learn the difference between fractions of a whole and a set, represent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 using concrete objects and pictorial models

I can define a fraction as being a part of a whole and represent fractions using models.

Reader's Workshop- New Unit-Character Studies-

I can notice how the character talks and acts in a story and make a theory.

Read Aloud-“Because of Winn Dixie”

Science- In science lab, students will learn what UV rays are and how they are harmful.  

I can understand how UV rays can be harmful and how to protect myself.

Mentor Sentences-Olive My Love- focus on adjectives

Words Their Way- Test this week!

Writer's Workshop- In 20 years… a unit about our future.

I can use creative writing to develop an imaginative story about my life.

Week 21 Reminders

Sign-ups are posted for Dr. Seuss Week if you are interested in coming in to read to our class.  

Looking ahead:

Week of Feb 5th, Kindness Week

 Week of Feb 5th, Valenkinds Sales

Week of Feb 5th, TAG Testing

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Wednesday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day party @ 2:15

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Week 21

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams  

I can solve multiplication and division word problems using multiple strategies.  

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  inferences and forms of poetry.

I can make inferences in a poem and identify forms of poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week, we are continuing to explore the planets while learning about constellations.   

I can accurately order the planets and understand how stars make constellations.   

Mentor Sentences-Groundhog Gets a Say I can use conjunctions to make a complex sentence

 Words Their Way- Test on Thursday

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Figurative Language (Metaphors, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, Hyperbole, Personification), Different Types of Poems (List, Acrostic, etc.)

I can add figurative language to my poems and write different types of poems.

 

Week 20 Reminders

We will begin new spelling groups on Wednesday.  Students will receive their words on Wednesday and will test next Thursday.

As a reminder, your child should have come home with a paper from Mrs. Morgan the music teacher.  Students are expected to research their assigned person and write a paragraph about that person.  This will be due next Monday, January 29th.  Please let me know if you need further information. 

Here’s what is coming up:

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

Week 20

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using partial products, open arrays, and standard algorithm

I can multiply a 2-digit by a 1-digit multiplication problem using multiple strategies.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify:  main messages, dialogue and rhyme in poetry.

I can find the main messages in poetry and understand dialogue and rhyme.

 Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- We are continuing our journey through the Solar System by learning more about the 8 planets

I can understand characteristics of the 8 planets that orbit the sun. 

Mentor Sentences-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco Identifying Onomatopoeia and Personification

Words Their Way- New words come home this week!

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Poets find a small moment/object that holds a BIG feeling, Writers Look with Poets eyes, Line Breaks and Stanzas, Similes.

I can find a small moment that holds a BIG feeling. I can look with a poet's eye. I can use similes in my poetry.

Week 19 Reminders

Here’s what is coming up:

Thu, Jan 18, 3:30pm Auditorium, Armstrong Spelling Bee

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday Monday-Friday,

 February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 

I will be sending more info out soon regarding needing readers during Dr. Seuss week.  Thank you to those of you who were able to send in Clue.  We are looking forward to playing it today!

 Week 19

Math Workshop- read a word problem and determine whether to use multiplication or division, demonstrate multiplication and division strategies such as equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, number lines and strip diagrams

I can solve and represent multiplication and division word problems using models.

Reader's Workshop- Poetry Unit- Explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

I can explain and identify: imagery, synonyms and antonyms and main messages in poetry.

Read Aloud-Poetry

Science- This week we are starting a journey into the Solar System with a focus on the sun.

I can identify needs for the sun and understand the size of the sun in comparison to the planets.

Mentor Sentences- The Wretched Stone, conjunctions and adjectives

Words Their Way- Students will get their new words and possibly new groups Wednesday, January 17th.  

Writer's Workshop- Poetry Unit: Introduction to Poetry, Where Poems Hide, Taking One Place/Word and Writing Long, Poet's "Territories"

I can find where poems hide and write long on a simple idea.

Week 18 Reminders

Parents,

We will be wrapping up our Mystery Unit next week and plan to have a celebration on Tuesday, January 16th by playing the board game, “Clue” during our reading time. If your student has the game would you be willing to label the box and let us borrow it. You can send it with your student anytime between now and then. Thank you for your continued support!

 Here’s what is coming up:

Monday, January 15th MLK Jr Day No School

Friday, January 26th, Early release at 1:00

Tuesday, February 6th, Principals Brown Bag Lunch @ 11:30

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 26-2 Dr. Seuss Week

 Week 18

Math Workshop- division strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines, strip diagrams

 I can model and solve division problems through different models

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Finding Hidden Clues, Figuring out what Kind of Mind Work the Mystery wants the Reader to do, Applying the work of one kind of Fiction to all Fiction and Solving Mysteries that Relate to Character and Plot

I can find hidden clues in mysteries using mind work and relate one kind of fiction to other kinds.

Science- This week we are learning about weather tools and different weather patterns across the U.S.

I understand how weather tools are used to make predictions. 

Mentor Sentences- The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Conjunctions and Independent clauses

Words Their Way- No Spelling Words this week. Students will be placed in groups this week and new words will come home Tuesday, January 16th.

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Assessing and Preparing for Publication, Goal Setting with More Independence.

I can proofread my work, receive help from a partner, and publish my final essay.

Week 17 Reminders

I look forward to seeing you if you are able to make our class party this Friday from 9:30-10:00.  Remember, we will be dismissing at 1:00 on Friday.

There will be no homework page this week, but I will still be checking reading logs. 

Here’s what is coming up:

Fri, Dec. 22 Class Party 9:30-10:00

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Mon, Jan 8th, First Day of 2nd Semester, expect construction fence and front entrance closed, use alternate entrance

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 17

Math Workshop- properties of multiplication, multiples of a number connection to multiplication 

I can explain and demonstrate the properties of multiplication. I can count multiples of a number.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Identifying false clues in a mystery, Using Context Clues to Understand, Recalling All I Know About Mysteries.

I can identify a “red herring” and use context clues to understand what I read.

Read Aloud- WhoDunnit- The Diamond Heist

Science- In science lab, we will be learning about soil formation. 

Social Studies-I can use what I have learned about maps to create my own.

Mentor Sentences- “Polar Express”- Compound predicates and figurative language

Words Their Way- No Spelling Words this week, We will be re-assessing in class.

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Choosing Words that Sound Right and Evoke Emotion, Revising Your Introductions and Conclusions to Get Your Audience to Care.

I can choose words that sound right and evoke emotion. I can revise my introduction and conclusion.

 

Week 16 Reminders

Here’s what is coming up:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec. 22 Class Party 9:30-10:00

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Mon, Jan 8th, First Day of 2nd Semester, expect construction fence and front entrance closed, use alternate entrance

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 16

Math Workshop- multiplication strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, area models, and number lines 

I can model and solve multiplication problems through different models.

 

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Holding onto the Mystery, Even When the Book Is Long and Tricky, How Mystery Books Go, Reading On, Influenced by Knowing How Mysteries Usually Go, Raising the Level Of Partner Talk.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of igneous rocks.

I can understand how plate tectonics causes changes to the Earth. 

Social Studies-I can identify features of a map including directions, legend and scale.

Words Their Way- New words this week, spelling test 12/21/17

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Organizing and categorizing, Proving by Showing, Writers Select and Discard Material, Paragraphing to Organize our Drafts.

I can organize my draft, give strong examples, and discard unnecessary information.

 

Week 15 Reminders

Happy Monday,

Please remember the 3rd grade will be walking to HPMIS this Tuesday, December 5th around 12:45-2 to enjoy a drama. The weather looks like it might be chilly, please make sure your student dresses accordingly.                                                          

Here’s what is coming up:

Week of Dec 4-8, Inclusive Schools Week

Tue, Dec 5, 11:00am Parent program in auditorium, Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, internet safety

Tue, Dec 5, 1:00pm 3rd graders field trip to HPMS for drama presentation

Looking ahead:

Dec 6th – Dec 20th, PAWS collecting socks, tights, and diapers

Fri, Dec 22nd, Class Parties 9:30-10 More info to come!

Fri, Dec 22nd, 1:00pm Student Early Release

Here is what’s happening in our room this week:

Week 15

Math Workshop- introduction into multiplication, strategies using equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and area models

I can make observations about multiplication situations all around me.

Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: When the Going Gets Tough, Readers Need Strategies, Thoughtful Writing and Talking about Reading, Mystery Readers, Like Crime Solvers, Often Collaborate with Partners to Solve Mysteries.

I can use reading strategies to write and talk about my mystery and I can collaborate with my partner to solve a mystery.

Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at the formation of metamorphic and sedimentary rock through weathering and time.

I can identify how sedimentary and metamorphic rock is formed.

Social Studies-I can recognize the importance of being inclusive to all members of a community.

Mentor Sentences- The Absent Author- proper and common nouns

Words Their Way- Test this Thursday!

Writer's Workshop- Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials.

Considering the Audience to Say More, Editing as You Go, Taking Stock and Setting Goals, and Gathering All You Know About Your Opinion.

 

I can directly address my audience and edit as I write.