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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 15 - 26

It sure is good to get back to school after quite an eventful time off. I'm ready to get back to a regular week and get into a solid routine! How about you?

I will be sending text message home about tutoring times, so thank you for getting back to me so I can verify the tutoring schedule and accommodate as many students as possible.

Our winter MAP scores will be coming back soon, and I will be setting up parent conferences to discuss these results. I want to make sure each student is moving forward in 3rd grade and is performing at the level necessary to be prepared for 4th grade! Look for your child's MAP goal setting sheet in this week's folders so you can help discuss your child's performance goals.

This week in... 

Math ~

So far students have not only learned about fractions and equivalent fractions, we're diving into comparing fractions through models and word problems. The videos and slideshows below will assist you in helping your child be successful in this week's work.



I would love for your to use the presentation below to help review fractions with your child to reinforce the learning they are receiving each day as well as their learning prior to Christmas break.




Student Learning Goals:
  • build models of comparing fractions using objects, pictorial models and number lines
  • communicate the thinking behind how various models were developed
  • determine incorrect thinking on various problems and how to correct that thinking.
  • Click here for sample problems of what your child will be doing in school (sample below).
 Unit on Understanding Fractions

Science ~

Student Learning Goals:

Click here to study our vocabulary flashcards. Try out this practice quiz for our vocabulary words.
  • construct models that demonstrate the relationship of the Sun, Earth, and the Moon, including orbits and positions; AND 
  • identify the planets in Earth’s Solar System and their position in relation to the Sun.
  • clearly communicate and support the thinking for these concepts:
    • How can we use models to represent the orbits of the Moon and Earth?
    • What are the eight planets of our Solar System and what is their position in relation to the Sun?
    • How can we remember the order of the planets from the Sun?



Remember for the future ~

Student Challenge ~ 

Watch this video on Artificial Intelligence and think of how jobs will change for the future!




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Week of January 9

Thank you to all the parents and family that joined in our Christmas party fun before the break. We
had a blast and enjoyed fellowship over food, games and challenges. A special thank you for those who donated extra money to cover those who were unable to pay. I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!


 
    

I had an amazing Christmas vacation traveling to South and North Carolina to visit with friends and family. I was blessed by some amazing friends who flew me out to SC and provided a car to travel to visit everyone. While I hated that my uncle was in the hospital a couple days, it was wonderful to be a part of the support system in helping him through the health difficulties he was experiencing. I got to meet my new 5 month old niece Grace and fell in love with her. I felt the sad disappointment of Clemson loosing their chance at the National Championship, but so enjoyed the company of many friends and family that I quickly forgot about the loss. It was so wonderful to get home to my furry boys, get some rest and prepare for 2018.









The beginning of 2018 gives us the opportunity of a clean fresh slate. I'm excited to dive into the learning process and continue an amazing year in 3rd grade. We've learned a lot this year, but we have many more academic adventures to take on. Are you with me? Let's go!

This week in... 

Math ~

We continue our learning of fractions, specifically representing equivalent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 using objects, pictorial models, and number lines.



I would love for your to use these two presentation below to help review fractions with your child to reinforce the learning they are receiving each day as well as their learning prior to Christmas break.




Student Learning Goals:
  • build models of equivalent fractions using objects, pictorial models and number lines
  • communicate the thinking behind how various models were developed
  • determine incorrect thinking on various problems and how to correct that thinking.
  • Click here for sample problems of what your child will be doing in school (sample below).
 Unit on Understanding Fractions

Science ~

Student Learning Goals:
  • describe and illustrate the Sun as a star composed of gases that provide light and heat energy for the water cycle.
  • clearly communicate and support the thinking for these concepts:
    • What is the composition of the Sun?
    • What type of energy does the Sun produce?
    • What role does the Sun play in the water cycle?

Remember for the future ~

  • NO SCHOOL, Monday January 15 ~ Martin Luther King Day
  • The next two weeks, students will be completing winter MAP testing. Please encourage your child to do his/her best to reflect their growth as a 3rd grader!


Student Challenge ~ 

Watch this video on Bitcoin and think of how we use money now and how it will change for the future with digital currencies!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Week of December 11

Can you believe it snowed last week?!? We enjoyed making snow angels and having a snowball fight. This was a perfect segway into introducing our activity to design 3D snowflakes. Look for more information to come. December is flying by quickly! Only 2 weeks till our Christmas holiday. If you have not already sent in your child's $2 for the Christmas party, please do this right away :) Our Christmas party will be December 22nd at 8:30am.


We throughly enjoyed the Hour of Code this week, a global computer science event involving tens of millions of students in 180+ countries! Students were able to earn a certificate to share in the success of this activity. Watch this video to see more about what your child has been practicing this week. Click here to go to the website and have your child show you what they've learned. You'll be amazed and blown away!





This week in... 
Math ~

The next two weeks we will be diving into fractions. As a refresher parents, please watch these videos with your child and talk about the information in them. Click here for vocabulary flashcards of words your child should know for this unit.

Looking for fractions in your home and at the stores you visit can bring up some great conversations helping your child achieve better success during the learning process, so keep those eyes peeled for fractions!




Math Learning Goals:
  • Below is a presentation we will be working through during the fractions learning process. It describe our learning goals and shows practice problems we'll be solving throughout the week. Feel free to check back to see the information the students add to it.
  • Click here for sample problems of what your child will be doing in school (sample below).

 Unit on Understanding Fractions


Science ~

Student Learning Goals:
  • Explore the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing furniture and how resources may be conserved. 





Remember for the future ~

  • December 21 and 22 are student half days
  • Christmas vacation, December 25-January 9

Student Challenge ~ 
What did you like about Molly in this video, and how can you start thinking creatively like her?