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News You Can Use – March 9th

I am so excited that the weather is supposed to be warm this week.  I am looking forward to finally being in school for a FULL WEEK!

This week:

**Social Studies:  We will learn about Famous Americans and Government.  We will identify contributions from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.  We will learn that in a republican form of government, the people vote for or elect a smaller group of citizens that make the rules and laws for everyone.

**Math:  We will test on Geometry on Wednesday.  I attached a study guide to your child’s agenda Monday morning.  Key concepts include: lines, points, rays, parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines, angles, right angle, vertex, endpoint, polygon, quadrilateral, rhombus, octagon, hexagon, rectangle, pentagon, two-dimensional figure, symmetry and congruency.  On Thursday, we will begin Data Analysis and Probability.

 

**Language Arts:  We will continue to work on writing a paragraph using a good, strong Topic sentence, supporting body sentences and a closing sentence to sum up our paragraph.  We will learn about homophones – words that sound alike, but are spelled differently with different meanings.

**We will continue to work on reading fluently and using comprehension strategies such as finding the main idea, details, prediction and inference.  We will begin to learn about comparing and contrasting elements of literature.

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Homophone        antonym

Synonym          affix

Apostrophe        face

Edge              solid figure

Probability        diverse

Liberty            representative democracy

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

***Monday – Make up Vocabulary Test from last week

***Tuesday – Geometry Quiz

***Wednesday – Graded Homophone Classwork

***Wednesday – Geometry Test

***Thursday – Graded Writing Prompt

***Thursday – Homophones Quiz

***Friday – Vocabulary Test

***Friday – Reading Comprehension Test

***Friday – Spelling Test

 

 

Important Dates:

March 23rd – Student Holiday/Parent Teacher Conferences

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Week of March 2nd

 

Is anyone else wishing for Spring as much as I am?  I hope our Winter Weather is done!

This week:

**Science:  On Monday, we will review the last of our energy sources. On Tuesday, we will test on energy sources. The students must know these key concepts:  The sun is a major source of energy for the earth, sources of renewable energy – sunlight, water, wind and wood), sources of nonrenewable energy – (fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas)s and the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable versus nonrenewable energy sources.

**Math:  We will finish Geometry this week and test on Friday.  I am attaching a study guide to your child’s agenda Monday morning.  Key concepts include: lines, points, rays, parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines, angles, right angle, vertex, endpoint, polygon, quadrilateral, rhombus, octagon, hexagon, rectangle, pentagon, two-dimensional figure, symmetry and congruency.

**Language Arts:  We will continue to work on writing a paragraph using a good, strong Topic sentence, supporting body sentences and a closing sentence to sum up our paragraph.  We will finish and test on verbs.  We will begin to learn about homophones.

**We will continue to work on reading fluently and using comprehension strategies such as finding the main idea, details, prediction and inference.  We will begin to learn about comparing and contrasting elements of literature.

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Inference          fact              three dimensional

Opinion            rhombus

Symmetry         congruent

Vertices           trapezoid

Parallelogram      cube

Cone              cylinder

Sphere                  rectangular prism

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

***Monday – Quiz on rays, lines, line segments

***Monday – Energy Quiz

***Tuesday – Energy Test

***Tuesday – Verbs Test

***Wednesday – Graded Writing Prompt

***Friday – Vocabulary Test

***Friday – Reading Comprehension Test

***Friday – Geometry Test

 

 

Important Dates:

March 23rd – Student Holiday/Parent Teacher Conferences

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Week of February 23rd

Thank goodness we are back at school after a full week off for snow days!

This week:

**Science:  We will review and finish learning about energy.  The students must know these key concepts:  The sun is a major source of energy for the earth, sources of renewable energy – sunlight, water, wind and wood), sources of nonrenewable energy – (fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas)s and the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable versus nonrenewable energy sources.

**Math:  We are learning about Geometry.  Key concepts include: lines, points, rays, parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines, angles, right angle, vertex, endpoint, polygon, quadrilateral, rhombus, octagon, hexagon, rectangle, pentagon, two-dimensional figure, and congruency.

**Language Arts:  We will continue to work on writing a paragraph using a good, strong Topic sentence, supporting body sentences and a closing sentence to sum up our paragraph.  We will begin to learn about past, present and future tense verbs.  On Thursday, we will test on verbs.

**We will continue to work on reading fluently and using comprehension strategies such as finding the main idea, details, prediction and inference.  We will begin to learn about comparing and contrasting elements of literature.

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Hero              villain

Line              point

Angle                   fable

Verb              Past Tense

Present Tense      Future Tense

Vertex            Right Angle

Polygon           Quadrilateral

 

 

 

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Wednesday – Past, Present, Future Tense Verbs graded classwork

*Wednesday – Energy Quiz

*Thursday – Past, Present, Future Tense Verbs Test

*Thursday – Geometry Graded Classwork

*Friday – Vocabulary Test

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Friday – Reading Comprehension Test

*Friday – Energy Test

 

Important Dates:

March 23rd – Student Holiday/Parent Teacher Conferences

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Week of February 2nd

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The PTA is asking for donations for the Annual Silent Auction.  Each grade level is filling a basket for the auction.  More details concerning our basket and the theme are attached to your child’s agenda.

This week:

**Social Studies:  We did not do well on the Explorers Test.  We will review each explorer, the country that sponsored him, the area he explored and track his route on the map.  I am sending home a study guide.  Please use this to help your child study for the test.  We will retest on Thursday.

**Math:  We will review adding and subtracting fractions.  We will begin to learn about fractions with mixed numbers.  (ex:  4 ½, 2 ½ , etc)

Tuesday – We will have a quiz on adding fractions.

Wednesday – We will have a quiz on subtracting fractions.

**Language Arts:  We will continue to work on writing a paragraph using a good, strong Topic sentence, supporting body sentences and a closing sentence to sum up our writing.

We will continue to focus on nouns.  Last week we learned what a noun is, plural nouns, and common nouns.  This week we will discuss proper nouns and possessive nouns.

**We will have a quiz on nouns on Thursday.

**We will continue to work on reading fluently and using comprehension strategies such as finding the main idea, details, prediction and inference.

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Paragraph   Possessive

Energy            Renewable

Solar       Electricity

Subtract    Compare

Equal      Natural

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Tuesday – Adding Fractions Quiz

*Tuesday – Columbus/Ponce De Leon Quiz

*Wednesday – Subtracting Fractions Quiz

*Wednesday – Christopher Newport/Jacques Cartier Quiz

*Thursday – Nouns Quiz

*Thursday – Explorers Quiz

*Friday – Vocabulary Test

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Friday – Reading Comprehension Test

 

Important Dates:

February 13th – Student Early Release 1:00

February 13th – Student Valentine Exchange and cupcakes

February 16th – President’s Day Holiday

February 19 & 20 – I will be attending a conference

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Week of January 26th

The PTA is asking for donations for the Annual Silent Auction.  Each grade level is filling a basket for the auction.  More details concerning our basket and the theme are attached to your child’s agenda.

This week:

  • We will continue to focus on Word Study.
  • Review Multiplication Facts.
  • Be sure to write your paragraph about a book you read on the back of your Reading Log!
  • We will learn about nouns – common, proper and plurals.
  • We will focus on comprehension strategies while reading.
  • We will learn to write a good opening Topic Sentence, supporting sentences and a good strong closing sentence.
  • Writing in cursive.
  • We will test on Explorers this week!
  • Write a paragraph using a clear main idea and supporting details, proper indentation, capitalization of first word in each sentence, and making sure to stay on topic.
  • We will begin to learn about energy
  • We will continue to work on fractions.  We will add and subtract fractions.  We will begin to learn about mixed number fractions.
  • We will test on Fractions.

 

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Equivalent   denominator

Common     proper

Plural       settlement

Youth       resource

Colony      king

Topic       closing

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Spelling

*Vocabulary

*Reading Comprehension

*Fractions Test

*Writing a paragraph with a good strong topic sentence, supporting sentences and a closing sentence.

*Multiplication Review Quiz

*Explorers – Test

*Nouns graded classwork

 

 

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Week of January 20th

 

It’s time to buckle down and really get to work!  We have a lot of work to cover before SOL testing begins.  The SOL tests are coming very soon, so we will have to work hard for us to all be prepared.

This week:

  • We will continue to focus on Word Study.
  • Review Multiplication Facts for the 0’s, 1’s and 2’s.
  • Be sure to write your paragraph about a book you read on the back of your Reading Log!
  • We will finish and test on root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • We will continue making predictions, sequencing events, nouns, compound words, variations of irregular vowel sounds while reading.
  • We will continue to work on grammar skills such as using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, capitalizing proper nouns, using punctuation at the end of each sentence, etc.
  • Writing in cursive.
  • We will review all multiplication facts.
  • Write a paragraph using a clear main idea and supporting details, proper indentation, capitalization of first word in each sentence, and making sure to stay on topic.
  • We will continue to learn about the early explorers who explored the Americas.
  • We will continue to work on fractions.  We will compare fractions with unlike denominators and will begin adding and subtracting fractions.

 

Multiplication Facts Ice cream party

We are earning our way towards an Ice cream Party!  We will begin with a test on multiplication facts for the 0’s.  Each level earns a piece that will be used in the ice cream party.  For Example:  A 100% on the 0’s earns a spoon, a 100% on the 1’s earns a bowl, a 100%  on the 2’s earns a napkin, and so on, until we reach the 12’s.  I will be keeping track of where everyone is on the chart in the classroom.

 

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Benchmark   whole

Half        explore

Europe            fortune

Voyage            mission

Colony      route

Settlement  pronoun

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Spelling

*Vocabulary

*Reading Comprehension

*Fractions Quiz

*Writing a paragraph with appropriate capital letters and punctuation.  We will include writing skills such as indenting the beginning of each paragraph, including a clear topic sentence, and elaborating details.  We will edit and publish our work.

*Multiplication Review Quiz

*Explorers – Graded Classwork

 

 

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Week of January 12th

It’s time to buckle down and really get to work!  We have a lot of work to cover before SOL testing begins.  The SOL tests are coming very soon, so we will have to work hard for us to all be prepared.

This week:

  • We will focus on Word Study.
  • Be sure to write your paragraph about a book you read on the back of your Reading Log!
  • We will continue to learn about root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • We will continue making predictions, sequencing events, nouns, compound words, variations of irregular vowel sounds while reading.
  • We will continue to work on grammar skills such as using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, capitalizing proper nouns, using punctuation at the end of each sentence, etc.
  • Writing in cursive.
  • We will review multiplication facts 0 – 11 and begin the 12’s.
  • Write a paragraph using a clear main idea and supporting details, proper indentation, capitalization of first word in each sentence, and making sure to stay on topic.
  • We will begin to learn about the early explorers who explored the Americas.
  • We will continue to compare like fractions.  We will compare fractions with unlike denominators and will begin adding and subtracting fractions.

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily.

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Explorer                 verb

Sponsor                 noun

discover                 equivalent

travel                   compare

sail                     adjective

passage                 order

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Spelling

*Vocabulary

*Reading Comprehension

*Fractions Quiz

*Writing a paragraph with appropriate capital letters and punctuation.  We will include writing skills such as indenting the beginning of each paragraph, including a clear topic sentence, and elaborating details.  We will edit and publish our work.

*Multiplication Quiz on 11’s and 12’s

*Explorers – Graded Classwork

 

 

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Week of January 5th

3rd Grade News

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Happy New Year!  We are now half way through our school year.  We have a lot to accomplish before the end of the year, but I know we can do it!

This week:

  • We will focus on Word Study.
  • Be sure to write your paragraph about a book you read on the back of your Reading Log!
  • We will learn about root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Making predictions, sequencing events, nouns, compound words, variations of irregular vowel sounds while reading.
  • We will continue to work on grammar skills such as using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, capitalizing proper nouns, using punctuation at the end of each sentence, etc.
  • Writing in cursive.
  • We will review multiplication facts 0 – 10 and begin the 11’s.
  • Write a paragraph using a clear main idea and supporting details, proper indentation, capitalization of first word in each sentence, and making sure to stay on topic.
  • We will review Simple Machines and  learn about complex machines.
  • We will review what we learned about fractions.  We will begin to learn about and compare equivalent fractions.

Weekly Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a new selection to read and fill out each day.  Please return the Reading Folder Daily

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Fraction                 Simple

Equivalent Fraction       Prefix

Numerator               Suffix

Denominator             Subject

Machine                 Predicate

Compound

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Spelling

*Vocabulary

*Reading Comprehension

*Fractions Quiz

*Writing a paragraph with appropriate capital letters and punctuation.  We will include writing skills such as indenting the beginning of each paragraph, including a clear topic sentence, and elaborating details.  We will edit and publish our work.

*Multiplication Review Quiz

*Simple and Compound Machines Test

 

 

 

 

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December 15th

It’s almost time for Christmas Break!  On Friday, we are going Christmas Caroling at the Nursing Home.  If you have not turned in your permission form to go caroling, please do so as soon as possible.

This week:

  • We will not have new Spelling or Vocabulary Words this week.  We will use the same words we used last week.
  • Heritage Doll Project:  Please complete this project with your child.  You may do this project as a family.  I have extended the date.  Please return your Heritage doll by Thursday, December 18th.  We will display our dolls in the classroom.
  • We will focus on Word Study.
  • Making predictions, sequencing events, nouns, compound words, variations of irregular vowel sounds while reading.
  • We will continue to work on grammar skills such as using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, capitalizing proper nouns, using punctuation at the end of each sentence, etc.
  • Writing in cursive.
  • We will begin 8’s and 9’s in multiplication.
  • Write a paragraph using a clear main idea and supporting details, proper indentation, capitalization of first word in each sentence, and making sure to stay on topic.
  • We will continue to learn about Simple Machines.
  • We will continue to learn about Fractions.

Holiday Reading Logs:  This week, we will have a Holiday Reading Sheet.  Please answer ONE question per day and return on Friday as usual.

Book Orders:  The books we ordered should be here any day.

Vocabulary Words for the week:

Lever             library

wedge             griot

incline                  moral

empire                  characteristic

trade             conquer

university         decade

 

Weekly Testing:

This week, we will have the following tests and quizzes:

*Spelling

*Vocabulary

*Reading Comprehension

*Fractions Quiz

*Writing a paragraph with appropriate capital letters and punctuation.  We will include writing skills such as indenting the beginning of each paragraph, including a clear topic sentence, and elaborating details.  We will edit and publish our work.

*Multiplication 8’s Quiz

*Simple Machines Quiz

 

 

Important Dates:

December 16th – Year Book Payments Due

December 19th – Christmas Caroling Trip

December 19th – Early Release – 1:10pm

December 19th – Winter Holiday Party in the Classroom

December 19th – Winter Break Begins

 

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Winter Program

Our Winter Program will be held Monday night at Goochland High School.  Please arrive early.  Seats fill up VERY quickly!

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