Weekly Updates 1/15-1/19

This week the students have been completing the middle of the year benchmarks in reading, math, and writing. If your student has been absent, then they will still need to make it up when they return to school. Also I am looking for 4 parent volunteers for an animal adaptation science activity next Friday January 26 from 11:30-12:30. Please reply to this email if you can help out. Also if you can help out, then let me know if you can also donate a large bag of ice.  Thank you.

Mrs. Bowcutt

Curriculum:
Spelling: Unit 19: aw, o, au, ou
Grammar: Article Adjectives
Writing: Informative Essay (Animal Reports)
Math: Module 4: Area of Flat Shapes
Social Studies: Cultures
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Weekly Updates 1/8-1/12

We survived our first week back. The students are getting back into the routines.  There is a new planner this week.  We are starting a new writing project. We will be writing an informative essay about an animal. The students have chosen an animal and are taking notes on notecards about their description, habitat, diet, and breeding (young). I have these wonderful animal resource cards that give the student a lot of information but some of the reading can be hard for students. So if you are able to send other resources for your student, then that would be great. The resources can be books or printed internet resources. I have a few websites on my blog on the website page that are appropriate for kids. So ask your student what animal he or she has chosen. I tried to gear them towards more common animals so that they could find resources more easily.
Also we are starting our middle of the year benchmarks for reading, writing, and math this week and it will continue for a few weeks. I have been doing some reading practices with students and their fluency has really improved. Thank you for making sure your student is reading at least 20 minutes Mon-Thurs.  I am constantly updating Aspire so thank you for checking on missing work. The students are given plenty of time to complete assignments in class. If your student has been absent, then their work is put in an absent folder. Sometimes they catch up in class, and other times it is sent home to finish. Thank you.

Curriculum:

Spelling Unit 17 Words Writers Use (commonly misspelled words)
Grammar: Homophones
Writing: Informative Essay (Animal Report)
Math: Finishing Module 3 Multiplication 6-9
Social Studies: Cultures
Science: Force/Motion
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Welcome Back!

Welcome back! I hope you had a great winter break! There was no planner for the week before winter break and this week back because of the short weeks. So there were only two planners for December that I will use for the Book it pizza coupon reward for Dec. A new planner will be sent home next week. Just a reminder that if you still have the Family Tree/ Culture Questions paper to fill it out and send it back to school with your student. Term 2 is nearly done on Jan. 19, so make sure that your student is caught up on all assignments by checking Aspire and letting me know if you have any questions. Also we will be starting middle of the year Benchmark Assessments this month in reading ,writing, and math. Please make sure your student is here as much as possible to review and complete the assessments. Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Bowcutt

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Christmas Party Tomorrow

Parents,

Just a reminder that we are having our Christmas party tomorrow from 10-11:30 and the movie from 1-2:30. If you have not signed the food permission please do so and return it with your student tomorrow. It is for a cookie, capri sun, wheat thin crackers, and grapes.  I would hate to exclude your student because they don’t have permission. It is a school policy. I have scanned the permission and put it on my blog on the Christmas Party Sign up post. You can print it out and sign it if you have lost it. Thank you.
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Weekly Updates Dec. 11-15

Santa Workshop is this week.  I have signed up to take the class on Wednesday at 8:30 just in case you wanted to send money with your student.  There was a note and envelope sent home about this activity.  Please remember this is optional.  I am also sending home a Family Tree/Culture Question Survey to be filled out together with your student.  Please return this assignment by Friday December 15 or before Winter Break. Thank you.

Curriculum:

Spelling:  Schwa sound (a,e,u,o)

Grammar:  Conjunctions

Writing:  Opinon Essays

Math:  Module 3 Muliplication and Division 6-9

Social Studies:  Cultures and Communities/ Chris Van Allsburg Author Study

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Christmas Sing Along

The Christmas Sing Along will be on Thursday December 14 at 9 and 10 am. It will be held in the gym. K-3 will come at 9 and 4-6 will come at 10.

It should be only about 45 minutes per group. We will be singing some of the songs we have learned in music so far this year and then have a Christmas sing. The band will join the 4-6 grades.
Mrs. Bronson
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Weekly Updates Dec. 4-8

We will be having a Holiday Party on Wednesday Dec. 20 from 10-11:30.  I will be sending home the food permission soon.  Thank you to all of the parents that have already volunteered to help or donate on the google doc.

Curriculum:

Spelling:  Unit 15 consonant digraphs and consonant blends

Grammar:  Parts of Speech

Writing:  Pet Opinion Essay

Math:  Module 3 Multiplication and Division 6-9

Social Studies:  Communities and Cultures

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Christmas Party Sign up

Parents,

Here is a google doc sign up sheet to help or donate to our Third Grade Christmas Party. It will be on Wednesday December 20 from 10:00-11:30. Please help if you can. We will also be showing part of the Polar Express Movie rated G in the afternoon. Please let me know if you would like a alternate activity for your student instead of the movie. Thank you.
Mrs. Bowcutt
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Native American Reader’s Theatre and Our Thankful Turkey

The Expression Style for November was Drama.  The students prepared a short Native American Reader’s Theatre and performed them in front of their classmates.  It was a great experience for the students to work together in groups, practice reading and following along in their scripts, making props, and performing in front of their peers.  Thank you to all of the parents that helped with the feathers.  Our turkey looked great in the hall and we got a lot of compliments on the activity.  I am so thankful to have these great kids in my class.

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Marshmallow Challenge

The students enjoyed trying this Marshmallow Challenge where they had to build a free standing structure with one marshmallow on the top.  They could only use these materials:  spaghetti, yarn, tape, one marshmallow.  It was interesting to see how they worked together in groups and came up with different ideas.   Two groups were successful at the task.  But overall it was a great learning experience.

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