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Here is what’s going on this week :

Wednesday, Feb 14th, Class Valentine Party from 2:15-2:45 or end of day. 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 22 students and I have attached a class roster. If you need me to send home another paper copy, please let me know. Parents are welcome to join us!

 

Looking ahead:

Monday, February 19th, Student Holiday

Thursday or Friday, February 22nd or 23rd, Field Trip to Planetarium from 9:30-11:30—more details about this to come

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

 

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 23

Math Workshop- New Unit- Fractions: 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, adjectives describing nouns, simple subject and predicate

 

Words Their Way- Test this Thursday!

 

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

I can draft an imaginative story.

Here’s what is coming up:

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

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—conjunctions, compound sentences, that vs who

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.

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

I can find a small moment that holds a BIG feeling. I can look with a poet's eye. 

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

 

 

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, adjectives, figurative language

Words Their Way- New words will come home 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.

 

Welcome back! Happy New Year to you all and I am looking forward to a great second semester!

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.

Read Aloud-Whodunit Mystery

 

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.

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. 15th, In class Spelling Bee (Please see email sent today)

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.

 

Mentor Sentences- Owl Moon

figurative language, compound subjects and predicates, possessive pronouns

Words Their Way- Spelling Bee words this week

 

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.

 

Happy Monday,

Please remember the 3rd grade will be walking to HPMS 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.

You will notice an "Array Homework" page attached to the normal page this week your student will be learning all about arrays this week and should be able to identify them all around. Please remember that your student can draw the arrays they identify if for some reason they can't be printed at home. As always, homework is to support what we are doing in class and should allow the student to recall from the previous week (with the exception of this fun activity this week to aid in learning multiplication) what they have learned. Never should a student labor over homework in tears. Please let me know if your student ever needs extra support on Homework. Your student can also circle or star problems that challenge them to the point of frustration and I will gladly go over this with them in class (as long as they let me know).

 

This week is Hour of Code, for more information check out the link below:

https://code.org/learn

This week is Inclusive School Week, for more information check out the link below:

http://inclusiveschools.org/

 

                                                                         

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 are formed.

Social Studies- I can learn about and create an Inclusive School.

Mentor Sentences- "The Absent Author" 

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.

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
                                                                                          
Here’s what is coming up:
Fri, Dec 1, prepare for construction fence, begin no parking on Byron, no access to front door
 
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
 
Here is what’s happening in our room this week:
Week 14
Math Workshop- addition and subtraction strategies integrated into money situations
I can demonstrate my knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and apply this knowledge to money.
 
Reader's Workshop- Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Drawing on All We Know about Solving Mysteries to Read Mysteries, Trying to Solve the Mystery Before the Crime Solver does, Predicting in Mystery Text.
I can read mystery books and make predictions based on all I know.
Read Aloud- “The Absent Author”
 
Science- In science lab, we will be looking at watersheds and determine how they are helpful to the community. 
I can identify a watershed and determine how it is useful. 
 
Social Studies-
I can identify features of a map including directions, legend, and scale. 
 
Words Their Way- New words this week, Test next Thursday.
Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: A Final Celebration (published essays!)
I can use my knowledge about Nonfiction Writing to teach others.

Here’s what is coming up:

Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

 

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

Week 13

Math Workshop- addition and subtraction strategies with money

I can demonstrate my knowledge of addition and subtraction strategies and apply this knowledge to money.

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Identifying When a Text is Hybrid Nonfiction and Adjusting Accordingly and Becoming your Own Reading Coach

I can recognize signs that an author leaves to help me read with the right lens.

I can use the Learning Progression to form a  main idea.

Read Aloud- Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Science- In science lab, we will be looking at landforms to compare the physical features.

I can identify landform features and describe why they are important.

Social Studies- Describing other cultural celebrations and the regions where they  are celebrated.

I can understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Mentor Sentences-No mentor sentence this week due to the short week!

Words Their Way-No words this week due to the short week!

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: 

I can use facts to write my own opinion of the most important part of Thanksgiving.

Week 12

Math Workshop- count groups of unlike coins, show multiple ways to demonstrate a specific amount of coins, adding and subtracting money using multiple strategies

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

Number Talks-Subtraction: Adding Up & Removal Strategies

 

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Read Biographies through different lenses, Seek underlying ideas in true stories, and identify when a text is hybrid nonfiction and adjust accordingly.

I can read narrative nonfiction through the lens of story and reading-to learn,  and produce a synthesis of narrative text.

Read Aloud- “The Story of Ruby Bridges”

 

Science- We are learning about food chains, food webs, and the impact humans, development, and other animals can have on the ecosystem. 

I can identify how changes in the food chain impact the entire ecosystem. 

 

Words Their Way- Study words this week—test Thursday

 

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: Plan Content Area Writing, Drawing on Knowledge from Across the Unit, Revising from Self-Assessments, Crafting Speeches, Articles, Brochures Using Information Writing Skills, Bringing All you Know to Every Project. 

I can assess my own informational writing.

I can draw on everything I know about informational writing to be the best writer I can be. 

 

Here’s what is coming up next week:

Tue, Nov 14th, Alice’s Garden Week B

Wed, Nov 15th, 7:15am PAWS Meeting

Fri, Nov 17th, 8:30 1st Grade Musical Performance

Fri, Nov 17th, 10:30am-12:30pm Thanksgiving Service Project Meal Packing, more information coming

Wed-Fri, Nov. 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

Week 11

Math Workshop- Solving multistep addition and subtraction word problems using strategies such as models (base 10 blocks), number lines, partial sum and differences, algorithm and strip diagrams. Estimating to find solutions using compatible numbers or rounding.

I can use different strategies to solve one and two-step addition and subtraction word problems.

Number Talks-Subtraction Strategy: Adding Up

 

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Using Text Structure to Hold On to Meaning in Narrative Nonfiction, Summarizing Narrative Nonfiction and Tackling Hard Words that Complicate Meaning

I can use different ways of reading a nonfiction text to decide if it’s an expository text or a story, summarize the story and tackle hard words.

Read Aloud- “Wally Amos” and “The Story of Ruby Bridges”

 

Science- In science, we are learning how organisms within populations impact the ecosystem.

I can show how plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment.

 

Social Studies- Describing other cultural celebrations and the regions where they are celebrated.

 

 Words Their Way- New words this week!

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: Putting Oneself in Readers' Shoes to Clear Up Confusion, Using Text Features Makes It Easier for Readers to Learn, Fact-Checking through Rapid Research, Punctuating with Paragraphs. 

I can use text features accurately and punctuate with paragraphs.

Week 10

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

Math Workshop-solving addition and subtraction word problems using multiple strategies and models, estimating addition and subtraction problems using rounding and compatible numbers

Number Talks-Subtraction Strategy: Adding Up

Reader's Workshop- Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Idea and Text Structures- Reading for significance: Approaching Nonfiction Reading as a Learner, Reading Differently because of Conversations, Distinguishing Your Opinion from that of the Author, and Lifting the Level of Students’ Talk.  

Read Aloud- “Frogs and Toads” and “World’s Deadliest Animals”

Science- In science lab, we are learning about pollution and conservation and how both impact the environment.  

Social Studies- Describing other cultural celebrations and the regions where they  are celebrated.

Mentor Sentences- Enemy Pie...identifying simple subjects and predicates. 

 Words Their Way- Study words and prepare for Spelling Test this Thursday!

Writer's Workshop- The Art of Information Writing: Balancing Facts and Ideas from the Start, Researching Facts and Ensuring Text Accuracy, Reusing/Recycling in the Revision Process, and Creating Introductions through Researchnig Mentor Authors. 

There are many important events this week that I wanted to remind you of: 

  • Red Ribbon week starts this week. Tomorrow is Red Out day so remind your child to wear red to show their support!
    • Tues- cameo day: don’t let drugs find you!
    • Wed- neon day: Be bright, don’t do drugs!
    • Thurs- wear favorite team/jersey day- Team up against drugs!
    • Fri- dream big day: dress as what you want to be when you grow up!
  • Tomorrow, Monday October 23rd is the last day to get your donations in for the Auction. Remember you can send a check or a gift card or any other item for the auction - please just send in the white envelope that came home with your child and fill out the form so that your child's class gets credit. Just have your child bring it to class and we will pick it up! If you do not have the envelope with the form, there are more envelopes and forms in the office.
  • Our class has garden this week (Week A) on Tuesday. Have your kids wear their Alice's Garden T Shirts when they are scheduled for their lesson in the garden! More available in the spirit store. More Parent Volunteers are ALWAYS welcome - your kids have so much fun out there and adult helpers learn a lot too! Green thumb NOT required! Contact your room parent for more info.
  • Picture Retake Day is Wednesday Oct 25th.

 

  • Friday October 27th is Armstrong Founder’s Picnic Day. Come join us—bring a blanket and meet your child from 12-12:30 on the lawn.
    • A Chick-fil-a lunch can be ordered for each family member for $6. It will include a chicken sandwich, chips, grapes and bottle water.
    • Alternatively, you can bring your own lunch.
    • The cafeteria will be CLOSED.
    • Forms for Chick-fil-a lunch are due Monday, October 23rd . Click HERE for Order Form
  • Friday October 27th is also an Early Release Day—1:00pm dismissal

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Let’s make it a great week!

 

Week 9 Targets--

We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

Math Workshop- Adding and Subtracting using: partial sum, partial difference, number lines, algorithms and place value blocks.

 Problem solving skill- Visualizing

Number Talks- Addition: Adding Up in Chunks

Reader's Workshop-  We will be Reading to Learn: by Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structure by: Becoming Experts and Teaching ‘Others from Nonfiction Text, Tackling Complexity, Getting Better Requires Clear Goals and Deliberate Work

Read Aloud- “Frogs and Toads”

Science-  In science lab, we will learn how bats are adapted to survive in their environment

Social Studies- Cultural and Ethnic Celebrations

Mentor Sentences- “Knots on a Counting Rope”- Similes and metaphors

Words Their Way- New words this week! Test next week.

Writer's Workshop- We will studying the Art of Information Writing: by organizing matters in text that are large and small, making connections with and across chapters, balancing facts and ideas from the start and researching facts and ensuring text accuracy.

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