Update: Week of November 26th

A special thank you to Megan’s mom for coming in and teaching our class during the Great American Teach In. We enjoyed your visit and learning all about Grain & Berry!

We had a wonderful week! In reading, we finished our module on central message, lesson, theme or moral by reading a Kwanzaa folk tale called Seven Spools of Thread. We also began our new math module with a focus on finding the area. The students did a great job making connections between area and how we use multiplication in real life!Β Also, this week we began talking in class meetings about our executive functioning skills. We are working with this group on many of these skills including organization, time management, task initiation, planning, perseverance, and attention. Each student currently has a goal for executive functioning!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! This update pertains to the week we return from break. πŸ™‚

English/Language Arts/Science: Our new module has a focus on comparing and contrasting across two texts on the same topic. We will be reading all about the states of matter and comparing and contrasting two of the states using text evidence. Our focus will be on taking notes and using our notes to find similarities and differences and write about them in a SLAM.

Math: We will continue to learn about area and work on our problem solving skills!

Social Studies: This week we will be reading about influential people in history and how they made a difference!

Homework: On Friday, students received their math and spelling homework. It is not due until Friday, November 30th. We know how some students like to get a jump on homework the weekend before so they can plan their time during the week and we wanted to respect that! Also, don’t forget that students still need to read over break! The calendar says they should have 3.5 hours of reading for the week. We did not assign any other homework because we want them to enjoy their break. πŸ™‚

Update: Week of November 12th

It was a wonderful week and we got so much accomplished! In reading, we read about a girl whose real life had a great lesson. We read Beatrice’s Goat and worked on determining and supporting the central message, lesson, theme, or moral of her story. In science, we explored the physical properties of matter. Our math focus was on multiplication and division and we finished module 3 this week!

Reminders:

  • Popcorn Day is this Friday! If your child does not have a standing popcorn card order, he or she can still bring in $1 and get a bag of popcorn on Friday as long as the money is turned in by Thursday.
  • Wednesday is the Great American Teach In!
  • Friday is also Progress Report day! They will be posted on MyStudent.
  • Next week is Thanksgiving Break and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
  • Scholastic Orders: It isn’t too late! If you are interested in placing a Scholastic book order for the holidays, please feel free to do so. Online ordering is always open and the directions are here.

English/Language Arts/Social Studies: This week, we will finish our fiction module on central message, lesson, theme, or moral. We will be reading a folk tale called Seven Spools of Thread. We will also be reading about different cultures again this week but going a little deeper in different cultural traditions!

Math: We begin module 4 with a focus on area and problem solving. To learn more about this module, visit here!

Science: We finished up physical properties of matter last week with a hands on activity. This week, we will learn more about the tools that are used to measure mass and volume!

Homework: On Friday, students received their math and spelling. It is due on Friday! They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed.

Update: Week of November 5th

Thank you to everyone who donated for the fall party this week! We had a great day cashing in our Boosterthon incentives and enjoying the festivities. πŸ™‚

We had a productive week! In reading, we continued to focus on reading cultural stories and determining the central message, lesson, theme, or moral. We read the Tlingit legend The Frog Princess. Also, in math we have continued to work on problem solving and using strategies for multiplication and division. Our social studies focus was on cultures and traditions.

Reminders:

  • Our canned food drive will continue until November 9th! Students can add their donations to the box in the pod. Thank you!
  • Picture retakes are November 6th.
  • The Veterans Day Ceremony is Friday, November 9th. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue this day in honor of this event. It looks amazing to see the sea of red, white, and blue during the parade while we celebrate our veterans!

English/Language Arts: We will be transitioning our reading of legends, folk tales and fables and will be reading a narrative nonfiction in order to determine a central message, lesson, theme or moral of a story about a real person and real events. We will be reading Beatrice’s Goat.

Math: We will finish our module on multiplication and division this week! Students will take their module assessment on Wednesday.

Science: Students will be learning about the physical properties of matter this week!

Social Studies: Our quarterly project will be an extension of learning about the 5 regions. This week, we will introduce the regions and begin learning about what makes each region unique!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed. We were at 88% completion for homework and 91% of students on track for reading minutes!

Update: Week of October 29th

Congratulations to Hayden D and Octavio! They were chosen by their peers to represent our class as PAWSitive Characters for the month of October for demonstrating respect. Way to go Hayden and Octavio!

 

 

 

We really enjoyed our annual Red Ribbon Week! It was awesome to see the kids dressed up for the theme of each day! In reading, we began our new module where we read a fable, folktale or traditional tale and determined a central message, lesson, theme, or moral of each text. We summarized the text to prove how the lesson is taught through the text. In math, we worked on solving for an unknown and relating multiplication and division to help us solve for the unknown. We also worked with order of operations this week! Also, many students finished their quarter 1 enrichment projects and they are posted to their accounts on Seesaw. If your child didn’t finish, don’t worry! They have another opportunity to complete an enrichment project in quarter 2.

Scholastic Book Orders: This week, we sent home a book order catalog for Scholastic with directions on how to order books! You can order online or send the form in with money. Directions for ordering online are always available on our website (here) and you can order anytime!

Fall Party: Our Fall Party is Wednesday, October 31st. Thank you to everyone who has already sent in their $3 donation toward the party! If you haven’t, please do so by Monday, October 29th. This is the last day we will be collecting as we need to go shopping for the party supplies.

Costume Parade: Our costume parade starts between 9:50 and 10 am on Wednesday, the 31st. Students should come dressed in their costumes over their clothes so they can easily change after the parade! Also, we are doing our Boosterthon incentive day this day so they can bring a hat and crazy socks to wear AFTER the parade.

STEM Fair Participation: STEM Fair participation letters were due today, Friday, October 26th. However, we will take them on Monday as the last day! If your child wishes to participate in STEM Fair, it MUST be turned in on Monday. We must be strict on this because the materials are being ordered for printing and we will not be able to add students later. Thank you for being diligent with this and for volunteering to help your child with this awesome enrichment opportunity!!

English/Language Arts: Next week, we will be reading a Tlingit legend from Alaska called The Frog Princess. Students will focus on determining the central message, lesson, theme or moral of a text and supporting that lesson with details from the text. We are working toward more independence this week!

Math: We will continue to work on concepts of multiplication and division this week including problem solving and utilizing the Distributive Property. We will also focus on using patterns to help us become more efficient in our multiplication fluency!

Social Studies: Students will be reading about cultures and traditions in countries around the world. They will also begin their quarterly project with a focus on the five regions of the United States.

Homework: Today, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to get their planners and calendars signed nightly. This week, we were at 94% on track for reading minutes and 85% of students who completed all components of their homework. This is a goal we continue to work on!

Update: Week of October 22nd

Thank you to everyone for supporting your child with Boosterthon! It is always a busy time of year and the kids have a blast. At this time, collection envelopes will be coming home and donations should be sent in ASAP. Thank you!

We had a great week! In reading and science, we read a text called Let’s Classify Organisms where we learned all about the different kingdoms. Each student was assigned a section and used multiple text features to help them determine the important information about each kingdom! In math, we began our new module with a focus on multiplication and division. We did some problem solving, learned a “bridge” strategy, and worked on solving problems with unknown factors.

Important Reminders:

  • Thursdays are our team shirt days!
  • Friday is school spirit day- wear any Odessa shirt or blue!
  • Red Ribbon Week is next week! Visit the Odessa website for information on the theme for each day!
  • October 31st is the Costume Parade for K-3rd grade!

English/Language Arts: We will begin a new module this week! This module focuses on reading legends and fables and determining a central message, lesson, theme or moral. Students will learn how to write to support a central message they have determined is taught by the text.

Math: We will continue to work on strategies for problem solving with multiplication and division this week.

Social Studies: Students will be reading about moving to a new place and the challenges that many people faced when immigrating to America. They are learning all about changing cultures and traditions!

Report Cards: On Tuesday, October 23rd, report cards will be released on MyStudent. We highly encourage you to view the language for each letter grade as grading is not based on averages. You can read that information here.

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed. This week, we were 89% on target for reading minutes and 73% on target for homework.Β This is far below where we expect our class to be! We continue to stress the importance of being responsible and independent.

Update: Week of October 16th

Thank you to everyone who has helped their child get pledges for Boosterthon! We are currently Β in second place with $45 dollars per lap!

Congratulations Megan and Brody!! They both earned their multiplication master spirit stick for beating the three fluency levels for the whole school year. More information about these fluency levels will be coming home today πŸ™‚

What a great week! In reading and science, we worked on classifying vertebrates and invertebrates. We created trading cards with the main idea and key details about each vertebrate group. In math, we completed module 2. We wrapped up our science investigation and decided if we were to do the experiment again, we would like to add a trial for hands washed with soap. Our final photo from the experiment is on Seesaw! We also worked hard on our quarterly assessments this week!

Important Reminders:

  • No School on Monday, October 15th
  • Boosterthon Fun Run is Thursday, October 18th. We will have bag lunches this day- if your child does not want to have PBJ for lunch, he or she will need to pack a lunch this day as it will be the only lunch option! Our run is from 11:10-12:10!
  • Don’t forget to wear your team shirts on Thursday and school spirit wear or blue on Friday!

English/Language Arts/Science: This week, we will be in our final week of our module on main ideas and details. We will be reading about how to classify organisms into different kingdoms!

Math: Our new module has a focus on going deeper with multiplication and division. You can read more about this module here.

Social Studies: This week, we will be reading about the geography of the different regions!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to get their planners and calendars signed each night! This week, we had 82% of students complete homework and 94% on track for reading minutes.

Update: Week of October 8th

We had a fantastic week! In reading, we worked in week 2 of our module on main idea and details. We read about how to classify plants and supported the different classifications with evidence and explanations from the text. In math, we began the second half of module 2 with a focus on rounding to the nearest ten and nearest 100. Our science focus was on monitoring our experiment as well as learning about plants.

Important Dates:Β 

  • October 8th: Boosterthon Pep Rally
  • October 9th: Writing Quarterly
  • October 10th: Reading Quarterly
  • October 11th: Math Quarterly
  • All Week: Boosterthon Huddles during specials

English/Language Arts/Science: Week 3 of our module focuses on classifying animals. We will create “trading cards” with the main idea and supporting details about each vertebrate and invertebrate group!

Math: We will be working on addition and subtraction as well as estimating sums and differences.

Science: In addition to classifying animals, we will continue to monitor our project. Some very gross things are starting to happen! πŸ™‚

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They need to get their planners and calendars signed nightly!

Update: Week of October 1st

Congratulations to Brody and Megan! They were chosen by their peers to represent our class as PAWSitive Characters for the month of September for demonstrating perseverance. Way to go Brody & Megan!

 

 

 

It was another great week in third grade! In reading, we began week 1 with a focus on main idea and details. We read about plant structures and photosynthesis and determined the main idea of the texts. Then, we supported them with key details! Also, we read a text called At the Root of It where we focused on one specific plant structure and its job. The kids created posters to visually represent the main idea and details of their section! In math, we transitioned from elapsed time to learning about mass and capacity. We worked on problem solving with grams, kilograms, milliliters, and liters. In science, we began our scientific investigation of what happens when we don’t wash our hands. We will periodically check in on this project until we start to see changes!

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 1st: 3rd grade students are receiving a visit from a K9 officer as a thank you for their participation in Thursday’s ATP evacuation drill. The kids represented Odessa well and definitely earned this opportunity!
  • Thursday, October 4th: Science Quarterly

English/Language Arts/Science: In reading, we will continue our current module focus on figurative language and main idea and details. Our reading this week will be on how to classify plants!

Math: Our mid module assessment for math will be Monday. After that, we will begin working on rounding to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred.

Science: In addition to learning about classifying plants, we will be observing and taking notes on our scientific investigation!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed. This week, we were at 94% of students on track for reading minutes and 91% in homework completion. We will continue to work on this goal! πŸ™‚

Update: Week of September 24th

Congratulations to Tristan! He was chosen by the teachers to represent our class and third grade as the Worthy Wildcat for September for demonstrating perseverance! Way to go Tristan!!

We had a wonderful week!! In reading, we finished our module on character traits, motivations and changes in characters in a text. Our writing has improved so much over the course of this module! In math, we began module 2 with a focus on reading a clock and elapsed time. Our science focus was to learn about the scientific method. We defined the steps in the scientific method and then we read a story about characters who used the scientific method and looked for elements of a good experiment!

Reminders:

  • Picture day is Monday, September 24th! All students are getting their picture taken for the yearbook even if they do not order prints.
  • Thursday is our team shirt day! On Thursday, September 27th, we will be taking a class and third grade team picture. We are hoping for 100% of students to be wearing their shirts that day!

English/Language Arts/Science: This week, we begin a new module with a focus on figurative language in vocabulary and key ideas and details for comprehension. We will be integrating a lot of science into this module! Our content for week 1 includes learning about plant structures by looking for details to support a main idea.

Math: The next part of module 2 in math has a focus on measuring with different units (capacity and weight) and using units of measure in addition and subtraction.

Science: In addition to plants, we will be conducing an experiment and logging our details to answer the question: Why should we wash our hands? It will be fun and interesting! πŸ™‚

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework log. They also need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed! This week, we were 100% of students on track for reading minutes (HOORAY!) but we dropped to 84% completion of homework. Let’s keep working on this goal! πŸ™‚

Update: Week of September 17th

We had an amazing week! In reading, we finished our class chapter book and wrote a SLAM to summarize what motivated the main character, Miss Agnes, to come back to teach in the town even though it was a very challenging job! The kids did a great job supporting their thinking with text evidence. In math, we finished module 1 with a focus on multiplication and division! Also, we introduced our quarterly project this week and the kids are very excited to get going on it!

Reminders:

  • Picture Day is September 24th! Order forms will come home in Tuesday folders.
  • Third Grade T-Shirts: Our t-shirts are completed and will be delivered to the school next week!
  • Progress Reports are available to view on MyStudent! Please make sure you set up your MyStudent account to view your child’s report.

English/Language Arts: This will be our final week of character focus! We will be reading Thunder Cake and focusing on how a character’s feelings change and the reason the feelings change. Also, we will continue to work on context clues and our endangered species projects.

Math: We will begin module 2 with a focus on telling time, measurement, rounding, addition, and subtraction. You can view more details about the module here!

Science: Our focus on the scientific method continues this week!

Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math homework! They also need to get their planners and calendars signed nightly. This week, we were at 97% of students on track for reading minutes and 91% of students who completed all their homework! Getting better- we can do it!! πŸ™‚

Graded Assignments: We send home all tests that we take in reading and math! When you receive them, you will notice that we have already had the students correct them. This is because we feel very strongly about the power of student conferencing in helping them learn from their mistakes! We graph them and record our progress here at school so the tests are simply for you to see how they are doing. They take a reading assessment every Friday and a math assessment in the middle of the module and at the end of the module.