Weekly Updates 9/27/10 *Be sure to ask your child about the Super Special Surprise today!!!! We’re kicking off our first expository essay based on the amazing life cycle of this phenomenal species! This is always a wonderful unit…filled with excitement! *The Book Talks with the first graders were a huge success! Not only did the third graders do a wonderful job of locating the literary elements, but also a fantastic job of presenting, too! Well done! It was clear that the first graders were eager to go check out the books from the library! *We have been working hard with the reading strategy of making connections! Whether it be text-to-text, text- to-self or text-to-world; the children are constantly encouraged to make connections based on what they have read. We are so proud of the way that they have used multiple graphic organizers such as Venn Diagrams, T- Charts and templates to help them capture their connections! Way to go, third graders! *This week our spelling and grammar units revolve around plural nouns. We will be reviewing the common rules in making a singular noun plural! And, for all those exceptions, (we call them jail bird words!) we’ll be locking them up for not following the rules! (For example, mousemice or goose geese!) * Tuesday is our Planting Day! Hooray! In honor of our new science unit on Plants, our classes will soon begin to bloom! (In more ways than one way! ) Students are welcome to use their smocks during this time! This hands-on project will help to show the children the life cycle of a plant! *Do you think that if you sang to a plant, it would grow taller than one that you simply ignore? Well, we’re about to put that question to the test! On Thursday we will kick off our plant control groups! Be sure to ask your child all about this interesting in- class experiment! *A bag will be sent home tomorrow in order to collect leaves for our Leaf Art Projects on Friday! Your child is welcome to bring in as many as they would like! Ideally, they will need at least five leaves for the plant unit-related projects! Thanks! *The students have done a wonderful distinguishing between the simple subject and simple predicate. We will continue to work with compound subjects and compound predicates this week! *Our Chapter #2 math test on comparing, ordering and rounding numbers is scheduled for Wednesday! A study guide was sent home today! Please encourage your child to complete the study guide and bring any questions that they have to class for our study session on Wednesday! We had a blast with Estimation Stations today! *The third grade service-learning project. “Collecting Change to Make a Change!” started today! Please send in any monetary donations that you would like to make to JDRF! From decorating posters & canisters to speaking in other grade level classrooms, we are getting the word out! We are confident that our coin collection drive will be a complete success! *All are welcome to attend the JDRF Walk this Sunday, October 3rd! An informative note regarding this special opportunity was sent home last week! We would love your company! If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher! If you plan to attend, wear red in spirit of Red Oak Schoo! *October Volunteer calendars were sent home last week. If you would like to volunteer and had not signed up at Open House, we would LOVE to have you! Please contact your child’s teacher! Everyone is welcome in third grade!!! We appreciate and value all the support that you’re willing to provide! Thanks! *MAPS data will be sent home from our central office on October 7th. If you have any questions after receiving the information, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher! Thanks! *Happy Birthday to Sydney, Alexa & Jenna!!!! *Have you had a chance to check out the third grade blogs? We will be adding information pertaining to activities, lessons, etc. to our blog! In addition, a student “blogger” will capture the highlights from the week that will be posted each weekend! Please feel free to visit our blogs at: http://blogs.nssd112.org/kswanson/ http://blogs.nssd112.org/vlariviere/ *As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, suggestions and feedback. We really appreciate your support!
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