Weekly Updates 5/29-5/31

Parent,

We have made it to our last week of school. We will be cleaning out supplies and the room over the next two days. I will be sending supplies home as well as the students’ art and writing portfolios. Please make sure your student is here to take his or her things home.
Also we earned a dress down day in the fundraiser drawing and that will be the last day of school. Your student will be able to dress down the last day of school!! Thank you for all of your support this year. I have enjoyed teaching your child and wish them luck in 4th grade!
Mrs.Bowcutt
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Biographies, Field Day, Multiplication and Solar Activities

Parents,

Just a reminder that the biography projects are due tomorrow! Your student may dress up as their biographical person or bring items that would represent their person. Please don’t feel that you have to purchase clothing or items but if you have something at home or something they can borrow, then they may bring it tomorrow.
Also students may wear a green shirt tomorrow with appropriate bottoms, bring a towel, water bottle, and wear sunscreen. Check the email from Mrs. Tucker for more information about Field Day.
For the Multiplication Celebration, please send food donations to school on or before Friday. Also if you are helping to serve, then please bring an ice cream scoop. For the Solar Activity, please send food items on or before May 30 and an empty toilet paper roll with your student for the sun dials.
Thank you.
Mrs. Bowcutt
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Weekly Updates 5/21-5/25

Parent,

All work is due this Thursday May 24 for it to count for Term 4 grades. Please check Aspire to see if your student has any missing work to catch up on. The biography expression project is also due this Thursday May 24. You are invited to see our projects that day from 2-2:45. Most students have started their projects already. I will provide more time in class to complete the projects but if your student gets behind I might ask them to finish it at home. They can also type their descriptive poems at home so that they can complete the bare book on time.
Mrs. Bowcutt
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Weekly Updates 5/4-5/11

Parents,

We are still SAGE Testing this week for Math. Just a reminder that we have a dress down day this Wednesday May 9 for box tops. Also we have our field trip next Tuesday May 15 to the Clark Planetarium. I have enough chaperones. So thank you to those of you that have volunteered. I will be sending the chaperones an email with more information about the field trip.  Students are working hard on their multiplication facts and they are getting so excited when they pass a factor off. Also, we are working on our biography research this week so that we might be able to start projects next week.  In writing, we are starting a descriptive poem by choosing a noun and describing it with all the five senses and hopefully publish them in a real book. So there is a lot going on for this last month of school!
Curriculum:
Spelling: Unit 35 Compound Words
Grammar: Pronouns
Writing: Descriptive Poem
Math: Module 7: Finishing Perimeter and Polygons
Science: Earth, Sun, Moon
Social Studies: Map Activity
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3rd Grade Multiplication Ice Cream Sundae Party

Parents,
We will be having an exciting activity to reward students for passing off their multiplication facts.  We have been practicing the facts in class.  This is the order that I have the students pass them off x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x6, x7, x8, x9, x11, x12.  For each factor that the students passes off they will earn a part of an ice cream sundae.  Please ask your student what factor he or she is on so that you can help at home.  They have to do 15 problems correctly in 2 min.  There is a link below to sign up for food donations for each third grade class.  Also I will be sending home a food permission slip as well.  Thank you. Mrs. Bowcutt
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Biography Expression Project

I introduced the Biography project to the students yesterday.  The students listed topics that interest them and people that fit their interests.  Students need to find at least one biography book on their biographical character.  I have some in my classroom or there might be some in the school library that students can use as a resource.  If not, then you can take a trip to the public library to get one.  They can also find information online if the book does not provide enough to complete the report.  There are a few biography websites under the website page on my blog.  I have attached the biography report with the questions to answer about the biographical character while doing the research as well as the scoring rubric.  I will provide some time in class for research but it can also be done at home.  Then the students will choose a project from the expression board to showcase the information that they found on their report. The project will be due Thursday May 24.

BiographyReportGrades35

BiographyProjectRubric

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Weekly Updates 4/30-5/4

Parents,

We are working on our SAGE Reading and starting SAGE Math Tests this week. Please make sure your student is here so that he or she can complete the testing and not have any make ups to do.

Also I am sending home a field trip permission form today. We will be going to the Clark Planetarium on Tuesday May 15. We will be riding the TRAX instead of a bus because the cost is free. So you will have to drop off your student at the 4800 W. Old Bingham Trax Station by 8:30 and pick up your student at the same Trax station by 2:30.  I can take two chaperones for free and any additional chaperones will have to pay $12 to the school for both shows or come for free and not watch the shows just help on the Trax and the exhibits. I would like at least 4 parents to help chaperone.  Please sign the permission form with the lunch choice and return with your student by Friday May 4 so that we can order school sack lunches on time.

Just a reminder that our class will be having a flashlight read-a-thon this Friday May 4 for our class reward. Your student may bring books, a small pillow, small blanket, and a small flashlight.

Our class has also earned a Free Dress Down Day for Box Tops and that will be on Wednesday May 9. Thank you.

Mrs. Bowcutt

Curriculum:
Spelling: Unit 34-Suffix -ly
Grammar: Parts of Speech
Reading:  Intro to Biography Expression Project
Writing: Intro to Poetry Project
Math: Module 7 Review Perimeter and Area
Science: Earth, Sun, Moon
Social Studies: Map Activity
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Weekly Updates 4/23-4/28

Parents,

SAGE Testing has begun. Most students have completed the SAGE Writing Test this week. Some will need extended time. We will be testing again next week on the SAGE Language Art Test. Please make sure your student is here on time because sometimes we test right off in the morning.
Our class has earned enough class marbles for the next Class Reward which will be a flashlight read-a-thon on Friday May 4. The students are welcome to bring their own books, small pillow, small blanket, and a small flashlight.
Thank you.
Curriculum:
Spelling: Unit 33 Suffixes -er,-est
Grammar: Comparing Adjectives and Adverbs
Math: Module 7: Focusing on Area and Perimeter
Science: Earth, Sun, Moon
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Simple Machine Expression Project Fair

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Math Tests and Fundraiser

Parents,

I passed back three math tests for students to review and correct. They were for Module 4 (Area), Module 5 (Fractions), and Module 6 (Data and Graphing). I told the students that they could take them home and have help making corrections. Then they can turn them back in for partial credit. A few students worked on corrections in class today because they didn’t have very many to correct. So you can check with your student to see if they are already corrected his or test.
Also,
Here is the link to our classroom page for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraiser if you would like to donate online. Thank you to the donations that have already been brought into the classroom. The fundraiser will end on May 4.
Mrs. Bowcutt
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