The winter break is right around the corner! I want to wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a FABULOUS 2018!
Conferences – I do not know yet when these will be rescheduled. As soon as I find out, I will let you know. Thank you for your patience.
Our Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 21st from 2:45pm-3:45pm. It is also PJ DAY!
Last, December 21st (in the morning) we will be doing our BOOK EXCHANGE. I am asking that all students bring a new, wrapped book to school on or before Wednesday, December 20th for the book exchange. Boys will buy books for boys and girls will buy books for girls. We will play a game to randomly distribute the books to the students. The book should be 3rd grade appropriate and cost somewhere between $5.00 and $8.00. It needs to be wrapped and simply addressed “To: a boy” or “To: a girl”.
The students have been working with a book titled The Name Jar. This is a multicultural book about a young girl who just moves to America from Korea and she is made fun of because her name is difficult to pronounce. This book teaches children how to be proud of their culture, background, and to just be proud of who yhey are!
In writing, the authors continue working on writing complete paragraphs using a topic sentence (with an indent), 3-5 detail sentences, and a final closing sentence. Obviously we continue to work on grammar and punctuation as well as many other areas of writing. However, spelling and punctuation are areas that need to be constantly practiced and worked with.
We are back in unit 3 covering the rest of the unit. If you recall, we mixed in a little of unit 3 before unit 2 in order to teach the students some addition/subtraction methods. We’re back! In unit 3 that is. We’ve review expanded form and learned how to make close but EASIER estimates. Click HERE to check out the parent letter for this unit.
Our 2nd unit is underway and is all about the STRUCTURES OF LIFE! The first investigation is about the “origin of seeds.”
Seeds develop in the plant part called a fruit. They are learning:
Different kinds of fruits have different kinds and numbers of seeds; seeds have a variety of properties.
A seed is an organism, a living thing.
Seeds undergo developmental changes in the presence of water.
A seed contains the embryo plant and a supply of food. A seed grows into a new plant (reproduction).
Seeds move away from parent plants via a number of seed disposal mechanisms, including wind, water, and animals.
We’ve covered all the questions historians ask to learn about the past. The students investigated how Waterford went from a tiny place stared by two people in 1872 to a booming village that is still around today!
The Three Fires are a large group of Native Americans we’ve studied. Actually, The Three Fires was made up 3 different tribes who had similarities such as speaking the same language. However, they had many differences too.
We moved on to learn about the French Voyageurs, The British, and trouble between the two turning into the French and Indian War, and Pontiac’s Rebellion.
Your 3rd grader should be reviewing the 3 key things Michigan needed to have happen in order for it to become a state (from a territory) as well as when Michigan finally became a state. Also, what “Boy Governor” had a major role in Michigan becoming a state and what was the Toledo War all about?