Open House- this Thursday you are invited to come to the school and see what all your student has been working on. k-2 is from 5-6pm and 3-5pm is from 6-7, the book fair will be open the whole time.
Book fair- the book fair is going on this week in the library. Student are welcome to bring money tomorrow to buy the books they filled out on their wish lists today, or you can come any day during or after school to shop around yourself.
Daddy daughter dance- February 10th (this Saturday) in the BCE cafeteria
Math- This week we are starting our unit on shapes. Students will have learned a lot about shapes in 2nd grade, but we are going to dive deep into what classifies quadrilaterals, polygons, parallelograms, and 3D shapes.
Language arts-In language arts this week we get to visit the book fair twice! Once today to make a wish list and again tomorrow to make a purchase if they brought money. We are also starting our unit on procedural writing so we will focus a lot of "how to" do things this week along with our continued study of nonfiction.
Spelling- This week is the suffixes -er and -est for comparative and superlatives. Remember, when the word has a short vowel you double the last consonant before adding the suffix, and if it ends in y, you change the y to an i before adding the suffix.
Science- We are making our solar system models and researching individual planets.
Heads up: you should have received an email about the 3rd grade Valentines party on Feb. 14th. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Notes from Mrs. Cowhig:
Scholastic book orders were sent out last week, the class code is QBV8C and the orders are due by this Friday.
Family math night- see attached flyer
Daddy/Daughter dance- invitations sent home with the girls today
Check the Bluejay Bulletin for even more future events
In class this week:
We completed the STAAR Reading Benchmark yesterday in class. This was a great way for students to see what the STAAR test looks like and become more comfortable with the format for the real deal.
We are continuing our work with fractions in math, relating them to division and then comparing two fractions.
We have a new spelling list this week with the prefixes re- and pre-. Don't forget to practice for 5 minutes each night.
We are also working on inferencing in language arts, but this time our focus is on how to infer in a nonfiction text.
Social studies is focused on the three branches of government. It has brought about a lot of opinions and conversations in class so far, so I am sure they would love to talk about it at home too!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Welcome back! I loved every minute of my break, but there is something nice about getting back into your routine. We are starting back with a bang and an introduction to fractions! The next few weeks we will be learning all about fractions, which can be a tricky skill, so be ready to help with homework. I still expect students to be practicing their multiplication and division facts each night as those will be a big part of their math curriculum for the remainder of the year. In language arts, we are starting our unit on non-fiction. This unit lasts quite a while as we learn about the different types of non-fiction, how to read non-fiction, the unique text features, and so much more. I encourage your child to try and read at least one non-fiction book per week as part of their nightly reading. In science, we are studying the water cycle and weather before we move on to our next social studies unit. I hope everyone has a wonderful first week back!
This week marks the first of four (usually three) until the winter break. These weeks will be very full of learning, so please let me know if your child will be missing any days that you know if in advance.
Math- We are wrapping up division and moving on to two digit by one digit multiplication. This is a hard skill and may need some extra help at home. We talk a lot in class about how you can break the number into its expanded form and then multiply those easier numbers and add them back together in the end. Example 64x5--> 60x5 and 4x5--> 300+20
Language Arts- We are working to expand our imaginative stories with vivid details to really help the reader visualize what is happening. We are also working on our inferencing skills, identifying theme, and telling the difference between fact and opinion. We will have one more spelling test before the winter break, make sure to be practicing the patterns each night.
Science- we are beginning our study of Earth and Sky. This week we are rotating to each teacher to learn lessons about different types of natural disasters that change the earth. We will also be exploring different types of rocks and soils. We also get to learn about chemical and physical weathering!
Happy Monday! This week we will be switching gears in math from multiplication to division. Students will be introduced to the concept of division through repeated subtraction, equal groups, and finding the missing multiplication fact. You can practice at home by asking your student 5 times what is 30? (6) and then have them repeat the fact back as a division problem (30 divided by 5 is 6).
In social studies we are focusing on landforms of Texas. We will be learning the different types of landforms and making some great foldables to help us learn. We are also going to study how humans change the land around us.
Language arts is packed this week as we talk about inferring using the text, pictures, and our background knowledge to better understand the story. We all infer every time we read without realizing it, now we will know exactly what we are doing and why. We are also starting our rough drafts of our imaginative stories. I can't wait to see what all of these amazing students come up with!
Our spelling pattern this week is the "Y rule". When you have a word that ends in y, and has a consonant right before the y, you drop the y and add an i before adding the suffix. The exception to the rule is if the suffix starts with an i. Example: supply--> supplier or supply-->supplying.
This week we will be writing thank you letters to veterans to show our appreciation. Today we learned about the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and learned a little bit more about each branch of the military to help us write our letters. We are also continuing our study of Chris Van Allsburg's imaginative stories to eventually inspire us to write our own. Our spelling rule this week is adding suffixes (endings) to silent E words. If the suffix begins with a vowel you drop the E, and if the suffix begins with a consonant you keep the E. We are practicing this in class, but it can be a tricky rule so working on it extra at home will really help. We will be having our second spelling test on Friday, all of the patterns are listed at the bottom of this weeks spelling sheet.
In math, we are finishing up our work on factors. Students are going to be practicing the distributive property that we learned last week to help them multiple by harder numbers such as 6, 7, and 8. We will also learn about the associative property and work more with strip diagrams. In social studies we are learning about where we are in the world, how to read and create maps, and sharpening our scale skills.
Don't forget, Friday is a special assembly for Veterans day at 9am.
This week our spelling pattern is the 1-1-1 rule. It is a trickier rule that deals with the doubling of the last constant when adding a suffix. This website has some helpful hints when working on this rule at home https://ogforall.com/2015/05/25/im-seeing-double-1-1-1-doubling-rule-explained/. In language arts we are working on character traits and how character change or interact with one another during a story. Try asking your student how the characters in their books interact after they read each night. We are also starting our imaginative story unit. Students will be getting a look at Chris Van Allsberg stories and how he creates imaginative stories. In Math, we are looking at patterns in multiplication and learning a few more properties of multiplication. Students were introduced to a new activity called number of the week. Each week they will practice number sense with a secret number they have to decode! In science we are going to have some Halloween fun with candy corn experiments! Students will also be working on mixtures of solids before we move on to social studies for a few weeks.
Happy parent-teacher conference week! This week, even though the days are shorter, we are still learning lots! In language arts we are finishing up our personal narratives and printing out our finial drafts. We are also working on summarizing a story using the "somebody, wanted, but, so, then" strategy. In math, we are zooming in on each individual multiplication fact. In science, we are continuing our study of matter and how matter can change states. Our spelling this week is the vowel team of -ou-. Remember, it has to be stacked between consonants to fit the pattern.
Happy Monday! We are in the final stretch of our first nine weeks. I can't believe we are already here. If you have not already scheduled your parent teacher conference with me, please try to do that this week. If you need a time not listed on the schedule, just let me know and I am sure we can work something out.
This week we are looking at how to write a multiplication problem. What key words do we need to know in order to solve and create multiplication problems? In language arts we are learning more about the revising and editing process that goes into creating a piece of writing. I can't wait for you to see their personal narratives at conferences! In science, students are having a blast with hands on investigations of the metric system. We will be measuring distance, volume, and weight. We will also begin to look at temperature.
Our spelling patterns this week are words that end in -dge and -tch. -tch endings are tricky because they often sound like ch endings. The spelling tch, is one of the spellings that is used after a single, short vowel without a vowel buddy or consonant between them (atch, etch, itch, otch, utch). Help your students at home as they search for words with these two new endings.
On Friday, we have our annual STEAM day that is sure to be a blast. All of the third grade students will be split up into six groups while they learn about different areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. I know they are excited to learn in such a fun way. Please consider volunteering if you have the time as I know we need help all around the school on such a busy day.
Happy Wednesday! I apologize for being late in my post to all of you. This is a big week for third grade because we start our unit on multiplication. This week is our basic intro material that covers concepts like repeated addition, equal groups, arrays, and skip counting. We will not have spelling this week due to the holiday on Monday. In language arts, we are continuing our personal narrative rough drafts. Yesterday we had our second SEL lesson with the counselors and our class did a great job! We are continuing our study of energy and motion in science this week with labs that show students first hand how gravity works!