December 10 -14

Tuesday is our field trip to Marineland! It is looking like it will be chilly, so please dress warmly and if you chose to bring a lunch, please bring it in a disposable bag.

Resources this week:
Monday – none
Tuesday – field trip
Wednesday – media
Thursday – pe
Friday – guidance

Mid-year iReady reading testing this week! On Wednesday and Thursday, we will complete the mid-year reading iReady online assessment. This will be a great opportunity to see growth from the baseline in August. We will take the math assessment in January when we return from our winter break.

Next week, we will have our class party on Thursday, December 20. It will be a “Grinch” Day and I will send home details soon. Winter Break will be Monday December 24 through Monday, January 7, 2019!

Curriculum Update:

ELA: I am so proud of student participation in nightly reading. They are so excited to share what they are reading the next morning in our status of the class circle. Thank you parents for encouraging reading at home. It truly makes a difference in academic success.

This week, we will read a wonderful book, Thank You, Mr. Falker. We will look at how the main character’s self confidence changes throughout the story and what events cause these changes in her. We will also determine the central message, which is what the author wants the reader to learn from the story and apply to his or her own life.

We have been doing a lot of writing! As we finish a piece of writing, we are working on looking over it to see if it makes sense, if we are using capital letters correctly, and if we are ending our sentences with punctuation. This is a big step for third graders, but very important as we prepare for fourth grade writing.

Math: In math, we are finishing up our unit on fractions greater than 1 on a number line and using fractional parts of whole units, measuring lengths using quarter inches, and plotting data on line plots. Below are some examples of these concepts. We will have a test this week and I will send home some papers to review.

Social Studies: We will begin a new unit, Celebrating Culture in North America. We will identify the cultures that have settled in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. We will learn about the Native Americans who first lived in North America, European settlers who explored North America and the Caribbean, and a few cultures today.

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