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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Week of Feb. 28,2012

Dear Parents,
This week we will resume our spelling word sorts.

Below is our biography timeline to help manage your time:

Week of February 27 through March 2--In class, we will begin writing our essay; this will be written in complete biography format. We will have opportunities to peer edit and teacher conference throughout the week, as well as designated times to begin typing completed essays. If you have gathered plenty of good information on your graphic organizer, writing your essay will be relatively easy! At home, you should begin planning your costume and gathering necessary items.

Week of March 5 through March 8--In class we will be composing our speeches based on the information in our essays and will have plenty of opportunities to practice our speeches to aid in memorization. At home, you should be gathering the final items for your costume.

March 9--the BIG day! Students MUST come to school dressed in their costume and be ready to present their MEMORIZED speech in the bus drive for other MDE students.
*Grading: Students will receive a grade on the following items:
-completed reading of their book
-completed graphic organizer (due February 27)
-completed essay (due March 5)
-completed and memorized speech (due March 9)
-completed costume (due March 9)

Just a reminder, if your child will be absent March 9 they MUST still complete their speech in their respective costume BEFORE the due date. Please let me know your plans so that I may plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email your questions. Thank you.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Week of Feb. 20, 2012

Hope everyone had a restful President’s Day.

This Wednesday, your child will be taking a practice STAAR test in Reading. Please encourage your child to actively interact with their text by recording connections and important details, asking questions as they read, and inferring. In class, we have reviewed the importance of using our background knowledge and text clues to infer. The test will be timed. Your child will have four hours to complete the exam.

In math, we will begin our study of area by using concrete counters to understand this concept.
Here are some great links and games to help and support your child's learning of the fraction concepts.

1. Sheppard Software Games:
-a collection of different fraction games and tutorials covering a variety of skills. Choose what lessons and difficulty levels work for you!
2. Zeebo; King of the Fractions!
-one of Mrs. Morse's favorite websites!
3. Kids and Cookies:
-has to be downloaded but is completely free and comes with printables to aid in completing the activities
4. Number Games:
-a fun game to practice ordering fractions (a little more challenging for those of you who are ready!)
5. Pizza Party!
-read directions carefully and answer all the questions to win!
6. Fraction Tiles:
-Do you keep losing the entire little fraction tile pieces? This website has them all colored and laid out for you--all you have to do is click and drag!

Please keep up the good work learning our multiplication facts.

In science, this week we will journey to Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

Just a reminder your child should complete reading their biographies by Feb. 27, 2012.

Don't forget Go Texan Day is this Friday! I will have my camera ready.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week of Feb.13, 2012

Good Morning,

Last week was quite the busy week. We have finished our study of chocolate! Ask your child to share how chocolate was invented.

We will continue to tackle equivalent fractions. In third grade, your child will be expected to use concrete objects to understand this concept. Let them teach YOU the process with their fractions strips.

We are continuing to learn about our solar system. Our space journey this week will take us to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. You may even receive a postcard from your child with some interesting facts they learned.

Tuesday we will have our Valentine’s party. Big thanks to our wonderful moms for organizing the fun. Below is an updated list for Valentine cards:

Mona Ahmadzadeh-Darvishi
Davis Bandy
Michael Branca
Elizabeth Butcher
Ruo Dong
Rayce Green
Ella Hicks
Karim Itani
Braden Lanclos
Jahy Luu
Morgan McAdams
Haley McClanahan
Sophie Meckert
Wyatt Muchard
Kathleen O'Donnell
Brooke Onorato
Blake Sanders
Buminhan Sansa
Ella Snasdell
Kenedi Tellepsen

Please have your child decorate some sort of receptacle (shoe box, paper bag, etc…) that will hold about 20 Valentine cards. Please make sure to write your child's name on their "containers".

Just a reminder to please return the yellow contract letter by February 17, 2012. Your children are eager to begin their research.

Thanks for your continuous support. It is evident we share a common goal: your child’s success.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Week of Feb. 6, 2012

We are back on track. I had a technical glitch last week and was unable to post. Thanks for understanding.

This Tuesday, your child will be taking a practice STAAR test in math. The test will be timed. Your child will have four hours to complete the exam.

February will be an exciting month for us in 3rd grade! As I'm sure your children have been telling you, we have been studying chocolate extensively! This is in preparation for our annual 3rd grade project in which we make and sell chocolate to aid a charity of our choosing. Our annual event will take place this Feb. 7, 2012.

This year our proceeds will benefit the Zalur people who live on the Congolese border in northeastern Uganda. They are an agrarian society in the highlands of Africa. Many of the school children there had never seen a book! Mrs. Gabriel, our librarian, traveled there last summer with a group who opened 24 libraries in the area! If you'd like to know more about the project we are supporting, please check out their website at The purpose of this project is to gain a deeper understanding of economics. We're learning about economic problems such as scarcity, supply and demand and division of labor. To complement this project, we've been studying the skill of persuasive writing in language arts.

On February 14, we will hold our class Valentine's party. I invite you to join us. Again, please make sure that you have registered as a volunteer before you arrive. A list of names from our class in order to address Valentine’s will be placed in our homework folder shortly.

February will also bring about our first unit on fractions. This is a crucial skill that our students need to grasp. We will be naming and identifying fractions, using concrete models and pictures to compare and order fractions and to determine equivalencies. At home, notice and name fractional parts of wholes and sets throughout your daily lives. The kitchen is a great place to tie fractions to measurement and demonstrate to students a real-world application of these math skills--and an excuse to bake at the same time!

In science, we have begun our study of the solar system. We will integrate the reading strategy of determining importance in science. Your child will read various genres about our solar system and learn to select important facts from their reading.
Keep practicing multiplications facts with your child! I will be adding some helpful links soon.

In the next few weeks, we will also begin our study of biographies. I highly encourage your child to begin reading this specific genre. As a third grader, your child will present a report and dress up as their chosen historical figure. The person your child selects must be deceased and have made a contribution to society. Sports figures will not be permitted. I encourage you to begin having conversations with your child, in order to help them select a person to research.