*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-
*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
*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:
*As always, please feel free to contact us with any
questions, comments, suggestions and feedback. We
really appreciate your support!