Announcements

Good Morning, Parents,

Can you believe it?! It’s the last full week of school! It seems like we just started, and yet, we have worked and worked to achieve so many amazing accomplishments this year! Thank you to all of you for lending me your child this year- it has truly been an excellent year with so much growth! 

I have a few last updates for you all this year!

-There will not be an end of year awards ceremony this year for honor roll.

-Our writing celebration will be held this Thursday!  It’s a beach party, and therefore, we’re asking all students to bring a towel to sit on and share their reading with other students.

-School supplies will be coming home over the next several nights (I try to send it home in waves as to not bombard them with everything).

-Timed quizzes have concluded for the year. 

Most importantly, if you have not heard from me, your child has PASSED the reading portion of the FSA! Congratulations, parents!  They did it!  We have not yet received math scores.  When we receive the detailed breakdown letters, we will send them home with students so you have more information at that time. 

I believe that’s all for now! Please let me know if you need anything!  Enjoy your summers if I do not get to speak with you personally!

Week of May 15, 2017

Important Reminders:

            Monday, May 15, is Literacy Night! 5:30 pm.

            PTO meeting Tuesday, May 16 6:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria

           

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. We will be continuing an individual foldable project. We will look deeper at text structures, text features, and how stories are sequenced.

In writing, students are wrapping up their own fairytales.

No more spelling tests

Math:  We are continuing a Lemonade War Math Project. We are beginning our final unit on Fractions, as we prepare to move onto fourth grade. Please continue practicing math facts nightly.

Science: We will wrap up the schoolyear with touching on the topics of earth systems and patterns, motions of objects, and forces and changes of motion.

Vocabulary to discuss with your child: Water Cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection, push, pull, force, friction,  magnetic  attraction, consistency, viscosity.

There will be a few assignments on these lessons but no major assessment.

Social Studies: We are continuing to learn economics through the Lemonade War. 

Week of May 8, 2017


Important Reminders:

            Next Monday is Literacy Night from 5:30-6:30! Check Friday folders for details.        

Last multiplication quiz will be next Friday, May 19th.

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. We will be continuing an individual foldable project. We will look deeper at text structures, text features, and how stories are sequenced.

In writing, we are continuing to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale. Students have started to write their own fairy tales.

Last Spelling test: Friday, May 12

Math:  We are continuing a Lemonade War Math Project. Students will be introduced to decimals used in money. Please continue practicing math facts nightly.

Science: We will wrap up the schoolyear with touching on the topics of earth systems and patterns, motions of objects, and forces and changes of motion.

Vocabulary to discuss with your child: Water Cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection, push, pull, force, friction, magnetic attraction, consistency, viscosity.

Social Studies: We are looking at Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Students will be asked to label the United States, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and Greenland.  Quiz will be on Friday, May 12. They should have a study guide that they received last week for this. 

Week of May 1, 2017


Important Reminders:

  • 2 SumDog assignments and 2 journal prompts this week
  • Field trip to Epcot is this Thursday! Jeans/jean shorts and white polos are the dress code.
  • Eagle Pride Parade this Friday, May 5.

         

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. This week, we will begin an individual foldable project. We will look deeper at text structures, text features, and how stories are sequenced.

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In writing, we are continuing to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale. This week, we will continue writing our very own fairytale!

Last Spelling test: Friday, May 12

Math:  We are beginning a Lemonade War Math Project. Students will be introduced to decimals used in money.

Science: We are finishing our unit on adaptations of animals and plants as well as how they change through the seasons.

Social Studies: We are looking at Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Students will be asked to label the United States, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and Greenland.  Quiz will be on Monday, May 15th.

Week of April 24, 2017


Important Reminders:

            -2 SumDog assignments and 2 journal prompts this week for homework

            -Field trip is on Thursday, May 4. More information/reminders to follow.

            -Non Uniform Day on Friday $1

            -Multiplication Quiz on Friday

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. This week, we will be looking at author’s point of view and perspective. We will also look into the illustrations in the book and discuss how they contribute to our understanding of the text. We are diving deeper into responding to short answer questions using the RACE strategy, as this is something frequently used in 4th grade. Below is a link describing RACE in detail.

http://024ccps.ss10.sharpschool.com/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=818022

In writing, we are continuing to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale. This week, we will begin writing our very own fairytale!

Spelling test: Friday, April 28

Math:  We are digging deeper into math topics with projects and rubric-based activities. This week we are still working on an in-class project using our knowledge on area and perimeter. This project will be due on Thursday, April 27. Students will be assessed on this unit Friday, April 28.

Science: We are beginning our unit on: How Do Animals and Plants Respond to Changing Seasons? In this unit, we will look deeper into migration, germination, and hibernation.

 We will have an open notes test on Friday, April 28.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics. Students will be able to understand the differences between: goods and services, needs and wants, and saving vs. spending. Next week, we will begin learning about Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 

Week of April 17, 2017


Important Reminders:

            3rd grade is officially done with the FSA!

            Homework: 2 SumDog assignments and 2 journal prompts this week

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. This week and next, we will be looking at author’s point of view and perspective. We will also look into the illustrations in the book and discuss how they contribute to our understanding of the text. We are diving deeper into responding to short answer questions using the RACE strategy, as this is something frequently used in 4th grade. Below is a link describing RACE in detail.

http://024ccps.ss10.sharpschool.com/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=818022

In writing, we are continuing to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale. In a few weeks, we will begin writing our very own fairytale!

Spelling test: Friday, April 28

Math:  We are digging deeper into math topics with projects and rubric-based activities. This week and next, we will work on an in-class project using our knowledge on area and perimeter. Students will be assessed on this unit Friday, April 28.

Science: We are beginning our unit on: How Do Animals and Plants Respond to Changing Seasons? In this unit, we will look deeper into migration, germination, and hibernation.

 We will have an open notes test on Friday, April 28.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics. Students will be able to understand the differences between: goods and services, needs and wants, and saving vs. spending. We will also be looking at currencies from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 

Week of April 10, 2017


Important Reminders:

            No homework this week

             Spelling test on Friday, April 14.

            Restaurant night this Thursday at Chipotle

FSA Reminders:

            Math FSA Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.

            Please ensure that your child is getting a good night’s rest and a healthy, hearty breakfast.

            Please make sure your child is on time.

            No early pickups before lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

ELA: We are continuing The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. This week and next, we will be looking at character traits and motivations. We will also focus on expanding our vocabulary. For language arts, we will be practicing our use and recognition of adjectives.

In writing, we are continuing to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale.

Math:  We are reviewing 3rd grade math topics up until the FSA Math test on April 10th and 11th.

On Wednesday, we will begin an area/perimeter class project.

Science: We are continuing the unit: How do we classify plants and animals? In this unit, students will learn to identify animals classified as vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students will also be able to identify the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants. Open notes test  

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics. Students will be able to understand the differences between: goods and services, needs and wants, and saving vs. spending. We will also be looking at currencies from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 

Week of April 3, 2017


Important Reminders:

            Journal Homework begins today. Students should have their social studies notebooks with them.

             Spelling picks back up today, test on Friday, April 14.

            Bring in picture money this week or return photos.

            Bring in coins for conservation/economics.

            Timed quizzes are every Friday.

FSA Reminders:

            Math FSA Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.

            Please ensure that your child is getting a good night’s rest and a healthy, hearty breakfast.

            Please make sure your child is on time.

            No early pickups before lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

ELA: We are beginning The Lemonade War, a book about two siblings competing to make money with lemonade stands. This week and next, we will be looking at character traits and motivations. We will also focus on expanding our vocabulary. For language arts, we will be practicing our use and recognition of adjectives.

In writing, we are beginning to look at fairy tales. Students will be able to recognize and label components of a fairy tale.

Math:  We are reviewing 3rd grade math topics up until the FSA Math test on April 10th and 11th.

We will have a paper-based practice FSA math test on Wednesday, April 5. However, this will be taken for a grade since it covers topics we’ve learned all year. We will review the test on Thursday. We also completed a very similar assessment last week during independent work and went over it as a class.  On Tuesday (tomorrow), students will take a practice FSA math test on the computer. Students will be taking the FSA Math assessment on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Science: We are continuing the unit: How do we classify plants and animals? In this unit, students will learn to identify animals classified as vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students will also be able to identify the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics. Students will be able to understand the differences between: goods and services, needs and wants, and saving vs. spending. We will also be looking at currencies from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean along with the US. 

Week of March 27, 2017


Important Reminders:

            Superhero day this Thursday! Have your child dress up as their favorite Superhero!

            Science night is this Thursday at 5:30-7:00 pm.

            Report cards go home on Friday.

            Non-uniform day on Friday.

            3rd grade Honor Roll ceremony Monday, April 3 at 9:30.

FSA Reminders:

            ELA FSA Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.

            Math FSA Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.

            Please ensure that your child is getting a good night’s rest and a healthy, hearty breakfast.

            Students do not need to bring backpacks on testing days.

            Please make sure your child is on time.

            No early pickups before lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.

ELA: We are taking the FSA Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, we will begin reading a class book, The Lemonade War.

Math:  We are reviewing 3rd grade math topics up until the FSA Math test on April 10th and 11th.

Science: We are beginning the unit: How do we classify plants and animals? In this unit, students will learn to identify animals classified as vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students will also be able to identify the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants.

Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on economics.



April Krempasky

Third Grade Teacher

 (407) 654-3058 ext. 2530

akrempasky@oaktownusa.com

Oakland Avenue Charter School

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Week of March 13, 2017


Important Reminders:

On Thursday, we will walk to the post office in the morning. Please turn in permission slips.

We will be celebrating the end of the quarter on Thursday afternoon with Kona Ice!  Please don’t tell students as we would like this to be a surprise for their hard work! J

Thursday is the last day of the 3rd quarter.

No school Friday, March 17.

Report Cards go home March 30th.

Over spring break, we are hoping and encouraging students to be working on iReady reading and math to help sustain continued growth.  If students are on each subject for at least 1 hour over this time period, they will receive a picnic third grade lunch in the courtyard.  If you do not have access to a computer but you would still like your student to practice, please let us know and we will create some practice for home use.

Please turn in FSA letters to students (they’re a surprise) in the envelope or another envelope by THIS Thursday so that we can organize them before the days of the test (March 28th, 29th, April 11th and 12th).

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We are continuing to work on finding our evidence to support questions about a given passage.

In writing, we are writing about an endangered animal that is in a given region of the United States. Students are researching to come up with solutions and arguments for these endangered animals. They are also distinguishing fact vs. opinion in their writing while giving support and evidence. We are mailing our letters this Thursday!

Math:  Assessment: Tuesday, March 14.  Once we get back from Spring Break, we will begin reviewing 3rd grade math in preparation for the FSA.

Science: We are beginning the unit: How do we classify plants and animals? In this unit, students will learn to identify animals classified as vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students will also be able to identify the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants. This unit will be continued and finished in Quarter 4

Social Studies: We are continuing to look at ethnic contributions. 

Week of March 6, 2017


Important Reminders:

Please send in any money your child has collected for Boosterthon.

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

No school next Friday, March 17.

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We are continuing to work on finding our evidence to support questions about a given passage.

In writing, we are writing about an endangered animal that is in a given region of the United States. Students are researching to come up with solutions and arguments for these endangered animals. They are also distinguishing fact vs. opinion in their writing while giving support and evidence. Next week, we will walk our letters to the post office on Thursday morning.  A permission slip will come home this Friday.

Math:  We are continuing our unit on Geometry. Students will learn the attributes of two-dimensional shapes as well as be able draw them. Students will also learn how to categorize quadrilaterals. We will assess on Tuesday, March 14.

Science: We are beginning the unit: How do we classify plants and animals? In this unit, students will learn to identify animals classified as vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students will also be able to identify the differences between flowering and non-flowering plants. This unit will be continued and finished in Quarter 4

Social Studies: We are continuing to look at ethnic contributions.

EPCOT Field Trip deadline was Friday.  Thank you to those of you that have turned in everything. Please remember that no changes may be made at this point.  Field Trips are offered to adult chaperones only, no siblings will be permitted.  Please contact me with any concerns.

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BREAKFAST WEEK 2017

(March 6-10)

OACS HEALTHY FOODS

POSTER CONTEST!

Parents, please send in pictures of your students eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, throughout the week. Pictures are to be printed and delivered to their child’s homeroom teacher or emailed by Friday, March 10.

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Spring Pictures are March 13th  

  • Students may dress their best or in casual attire!
  • No money will be collected at this time – Portraits will be sent home when delivered by Lifetouch with payment instructions.
  • Students should bring back portrait selection form on Monday 3/13.

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ELA

We will not be assigning new spelling words until after FSA Testing to concentrate on other skills.

Week of February 27, 2017


Important Reminders:

Boosterthon ends this Friday, March 3.  Fun run will begin at 9:30 am.

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

Please sign and return field trip permission slip as soon as possible. It is due by Friday.

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We are continuing to work on finding our evidence to support questions about a given passage. Spelling test Friday, March 3

In writing, we are writing about an endangered animal that is in a given region of the United States. Students are researching to come up with solutions and arguments for these endangered animals. They are also distinguishing fact vs. opinion in their writing while giving support and evidence.

Math:  We are finishing the unit on Area and Perimeter. We will assess on Thursday, March 2nd. On Friday, we will begin our unit on geometry. Students will learn the attributes of two-dimensional shapes as well as be able draw them. Students will also learn how to categorize quadrilaterals. We will assess on Tuesday, March 14.

Science: We are focusing on social studies.

Social Studies: We are learning about contributions from different ethnic groups.  Students are responding to literature based on different groups of people.

Week of February 21, 2017


Important Reminders:

EPCOT Field Trip Permission Slip and payment are due no later than 3/3/17.  Online Chaperone application must be completed by 3/3/17 and no changes may be made after this date. Please contact me with any concerns.


Boosterthon begins this week! Woohoo!!

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

Non Uniform Day is this Friday.

Please sign and return field trip permission slip as soon as possible.

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We are reviewing character traits and finding key details to support our evidence in a given text. Students are working on distinguishing their own point of view vs. an author’s and/or narrator’s point of view. Spelling test Friday, March 3

In writing, we are writing about an endangered animal that is in a given region of the United States. Students are researching and beginning to come up with solutions and arguments for these endangered animals. They are also distinguishing fact vs. opinion in their writing while giving support and evidence.

Math:  We are continuing our unit on Area and Perimeter. Students will be able to find the area and perimeter of different shapes using different sized square units. Students will also learn how to find an unknown side length of a polygon’s perimeter. We will assess on Wednesday, March 1.

Science: We are focusing on social studies currently, but our lima bean plants are starting to grow without soil. Yay!!

Social Studies: This week, we are continuing to look deeper into the United States regions. We will investigate questions such as: What cultures affected each region? What influences did they bring from other regions?

We are also talking about President’s Day and Black History Month.

Week of February 13, 2016


Important Reminders:

Students are allowed to wear a Valentine’s Day themed shirt tomorrow. They must wear uniform bottoms.

Spelling quiz is this Friday, February 17th.

Saturday, 2-18 from 10:15 to 11:30 is Cookies with a Cop at the Winter Garden Library.

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

No school next Monday, February 20, 2017, in honor of President’s Day

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We are reviewing character traits and finding key details to support our evidence in a given text. Students are working on distinguishing their own point of view vs. an author’s and/or narrator’s point of view. Spelling test Friday, February 17

In writing, we are beginning to write about an endangered animal that is in a given region of the United States. Students will begin researching and making posters this week. Students are distinguishing fact vs. opinion in their writing while giving support and evidence.

Math:  We are starting our unit on Area and Perimeter. Students will be able to find the area and perimeter of different shapes using different sized square units. Students will also learn how to find an unknown side length of a polygon’s perimeter. We will assess on Wednesday, March 1.

Science: We are focusing on social studies the next two weeks. 

Social Studies: This week, we are beginning to look deeper into the United States regions. We will investigate questions such as: What cultures affected each region? What influences did they bring from other regions?   Students are bringing home an interview sheet where they will interview three adults in their lives about their assigned region (they should know what this is).  This is due back on Friday.  They can, but do not have to, do the reflection part of this sheet at home.

Week of February 6, 2016


Important Reminders:

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, February 14th.

Please don’t forget Box Tops are due next Friday.  Please collect and send in all that you have so that our class has a chance at the coveted ice cream party.

You should be getting a Sign Up Genius email from me soon today.  I would like to schedule a conference with all parents as we are at the mid-point of the year (unless I have just met with you recently.)

It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text. 

ELA: We are focusing on the texts “The Forgotten Theme Parks” and “Finding Your Own Thrill Ride” as a whole class this week.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  Students should be able to recognize if a text/paragraph is comparing and contrasting, giving a description, showing sequence, presenting a problem and solution,  or showing cause and effect. Students are also further studying author’s purpose, point of view, and perspective. For writing, we are working on opinion/persuasive works.  Spelling test Friday, February 17

Math:  We are continuing our unit on measurement. In this unit, we will investigate and understand different units of measurement as well as appropriate tools used in given scenarios. We will assess measurement on Friday, February 10.

Science: We are beginning our unit on Plants and the environment. We will be experimenting with lima beans. Our test will be on Friday, February 10.

Social Studies: We are focusing on science this week but look forward to investigating other’s perceptions of the regions next week.


Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On Tuesday, February 14, students may bring Valentines in to give to classmates, but they must have a Valentine for each one of their classmates.  Please also have your child bring in a Valentine’s Day card holder to hold all of their cards! (A decorated shoe box or paper bag works great!)

Our students:

Mason             Charlotte

Jill                    Camryn

Brayden          Aidan H.

Carter             Aiden K.

Raegan          Monte

Dylan              Leah

Jada               Kyndall   

Jaslene           Ethan

Rebel              Andrew

Brynn               Sydney

 


                                                       








Week of January 30, 2016

Important Reminders:

Please ensure that your child doesn’t have any overdue library books.

Please remember to send your child to school in uniform jackets so that they can wear them in class/at lunch if they are chilly.

Homework is due every Friday

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

Reminder: Students are expected to read passages at least twice, answer questions while using strategies and finding evidence to support answers.  For questions that require written responses, it is my expectation that students put their best foot forward and answer to his/her best ability.  Sentences should begin with capital letters, end with punctuation and should be of a length that satisfactorily answers the question in depth.  Students will be given half credit on homework that is turned in but does not meet these expectations and will be reflected on report cards and within participation grades.  In addition to these passages, students will still have two Sumdog assignments per week as well as be expected to read nightly at home for 20-30 minutes; however, there will be no reading log for this quarter. It is critical that your student is building their reading stamina by spending at least twenty minutes each evening reading a third grade level text.


ELA: We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills. We are  also reviewing text structures in a non-fiction text. Students should be able to recognize if a text/paragraph is comparing and contrasting, giving a description, showing sequence, presenting a problem and solution,  or showing cause and effect. For writing, we are working on opinion/persuasive works.  Spelling test Friday, February 3

Math:  We are wrapping up our unit on telling time.  The test will be on Tuesday, January 31. On Wednesday, we will begin our unit on Measurement. In this unit, we will investigate and understand different units of measurement as well as appropriate tools used in given scenarios. We will assess on Measurement on Friday, February 10.

Science: We are beginning our unit on Plants and the environment. We will be experimenting with lima beans. Our test will be on Friday, February 10.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our speeches on the climate, resources, and landforms of one of the regions.  We are so excited to be presenting them in the next few days in class.

Week of January 23, 2016


Important Reminders:

Literacy Week is this week!

Honor Roll is Tuesday, January 24 at 9:30 AM. By now, you have received communication if your child is on Honor Roll.

We LOVED all of the vocabulary costumes today! Great going, families!

Please ensure that your child doesn’t have any overdue Library books.

On Wednesday, our 3rd graders will be reading to 1st graders for “Buddy Read.”

Homework is due every Friday.

Reminder: Students are expected to read passages at least twice, answer questions while using strategies and finding evidence to support answers.  For questions that require written responses, it is my expectation that students put their best foot forward and answer to his/her best ability.  Sentences should begin with capital letters, end with punctuation and should be of a length that satisfactorily answers the question in depth.  Students will be given half credit on homework that is turned in but does not meet these expectations and will be reflected on report cards and within participation grades.  In addition to these passages, students will still have two Sumdog assignments per week as well as be expected to read nightly at home for 20-30 minutes; however, there will be no reading log for this quarter.

Timed Multiplication Quizzes EVERY Friday.

ELA:

 We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills. We are reviewing how to find the main idea of a given text/passage/paragraph. We are also reviewing text structures in a non-fiction text.  For writing, we are working on opinion/persuasive works.

Spelling test Friday, February 3

Math:  We are continuing our unit on telling time.  The test will be on Friday, January 27.

Science: We are focusing on Social Studies this week. Next week, we will begin to study plants.

Social Studies: There will be a quiz over the Southeast states on Friday. We are also examining the different attributes of the regions of the United States (including resources, landforms, and climate) and preparing speeches persuading others to want to move to the group’s assigned region.

Week of January 17, 2016


Important Reminders:

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed quizzes are every Friday.

If your child has received honor roll, you will be receiving an email from me this week.  Honor roll ceremonies will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30 am.

Literacy Week is next week! We will be having daily activities, and I will send more information home throughout this week to prepare students!

Reminder: Students are expected to read passages at least twice, answer questions while using strategies and finding evidence to support answers.  For questions that require written responses, it is my expectation that students put their best foot forward and answer to his/her best ability.  Sentences should begin with capital letters, end with punctuation and should be of a length that satisfactorily answers the question in depth.  Students will be given half credit on homework that is turned in but does not meet these expectations and will be reflected on report cards and within participation grades.  In addition to these passages, students will still have two Sumdog assignments per week as well as be expected to read nightly at home for 20-30 minutes; however, there will be no reading log for this quarter.

ELA:

 We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  This week, we are working on literary texts, and next week we will begin delving into nonfiction works.  For writing, we are working on opinion/persuasive works.

Spelling test Friday, January 20

Math:  We have finished our unit on comparing fractions, and we will be moving on telling time and using strategies to tell elapsed time.

Science: We have concluded our unit on the sun and stars.  We are taking a break to focus on studies.

Social Studies: This week, we are focusing on the Midwest region states.  There will be a quiz over these states on next Monday, January 23rd.  We are also examining the different attributes of the regions of the United States (including resources, landforms, and climate) and preparing speeches persuading others to want to move to the group’s assigned region.

Week of January 9, 2016


Important Reminders:

Homework is due every Friday.

Timed quizzes are every Friday.

Report Cards will be coming home this Friday.  If your child has received honor roll, you will be receiving an email from me.  Honor roll ceremonies will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30 am.

Reminder: Students are expected to read passages at least twice, answer questions while using strategies and finding evidence to support answers.  For questions that require written responses, it is my expectation that students put their best foot forward and answer to his/her best ability.  Sentences should begin with capital letters, end with punctuation and should be of a length that satisfactorily answers the question in depth.  Students will be given half credit on homework that is turned in but does not meet these expectations and will be reflected on report cards and within participation grades.  In addition to these passages, students will still have two Sumdog assignments per week as well as be expected to read nightly at home for 20-30 minutes; however, there will be no reading log for this quarter.

ELA:

 We are focusing on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We will continue working through poetry pieces as well as learning more about figurative language this week.

Spelling test Friday, January 20

Math:  We are continuing our unit on comparing fractions.  This is a tricky unit and some guidance at home may be needed for Sumdog assignments.   Students will receive a set of fraction strips in class, and I will encourage them to take these to and from school to help with homework and practice.   The test for this unit will be on Tuesday, January 17th.

Science: we will be learning about the earth and stars in science.  We look forward to experimenting with heat from the sun!  The test over his unit will be on Friday, January 13th.

Social Studies: We are taking a break from social studies to focus on science.

Week of January 4th

Welcome back to class! I hope you all had a restful, fun break and are ready to hit the ground running! The third quarter is without a doubt a challenging one where students begin to delve deeper into texts and put together math concepts unlike ever before.  I have many updates for you all today:


1: Homework this week will consist of two shortened Sumdog assignments.  In addition, I would like the students to be reading each night 20-30 minutes, but we will not have a reading log. Students can choose a book of his/her liking for this week and here on out.  If needed, your child may borrow a book from my classroom.

Beginning this Friday, students will be bringing home two reading passages with questions to complete each week (due the following Friday).  Students are expected to read passages at least twice, answer questions while using strategies and finding evidence to support answers.  For questions that require written responses, it is my expectation that students put their best foot forward and answer to his/her best ability.  Sentences should begin with capital letters, end with punctuation and should be of a length that satisfactorily answers the question in depth.  Students will be given half credit on homework that is turned in but does not meet these expectations and will be reflected on report cards and within participation grades.  In addition to these passages, students will still have two Sumdog assignments per week as well as be expected to read nightly at home for 20-30 minutes; however, there will be no reading log for this quarter.

2: Spelling will resume this week.  I encourage all students to take advantage of utilizing spellingcity.com to help practice nightly.   This is a paid subscription with many games and activities to help students master their words.  Our next test for this will be on Friday, January 20th.

3: In ELA, we are beginning to focus on one text per week as a whole class and another as a small group.  Students are learning to look deeper into these texts and make connections that will help strengthen reading skills.  We will spend the next two weeks working through poetry pieces as well as learning more about figurative language.

4: In math, we are beginning our unit on comparing fractions.  This is a tricky unit and some guidance at home may be needed for Sumdog assignments.   Students will receive a set of fraction strips in class, and I will encourage them to take these to and from school to help with homework and practice.   The test for this unit will be on Tuesday, January 17th.

5: Over the next two weeks, we will be learning about the earth and stars in science.  We look forward to experimenting with heat from the sun!  The test over his unit will be on Friday, January 13th.


I hope that you all have a very restful and safe holiday filled with memories to be made and family! When we return to school, we will be getting down to business in preparation for the FSA in April.  It will also be the third quarter!  Can you believe it?! For now, let’s focus on the exciting few weeks ahead for the kiddos! 


Week of December 12, 2016

Important Reminders:

Timed multiplication quizzes every Friday.

Last week of the 2nd quarter! If your child will be missing any school this week, please let me know as we need to finish grades for the nine weeks.

We will be having a winter holiday celebration on Friday with the rest of the third grade students.

ELA:

As the second quarter closes, we will be making finishing touches on our biography research papers.

We will be celebrating their hard work on Friday with an “author’s celebration.”

Math:

We are wrapping up this quarter with a review on everything we’ve learned in math so far this year.

Please continue having your child study their math facts nightly.

Science:

We are taking a break from science to focus on social studies.

Social Studies:

While we are finishing our biography/research writing, students are also learning about the western part of the United States.  Students brought home a study guide today and will be tested over these states this Friday.

If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to email!

Week of December 5, 2016


Important Reminders:

Timed Multiplication Quizzes every Friday.

Spelling Test this Friday

Only two weeks left before winter break!

ELA:

We are finishing our informational reading, Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? this week. Woohoo!

We are continuing our informational writing unit. We will continue diving into researching a famous inventor or president. By now, your student has already chose/been assigned a person to write a biography report on. We will be working hard on these reports all week.  

Math:

We are continuing our first unit on fractions. Students are learning how a fraction is a part of a whole. They will also be learning how to divide a whole into equal parts (showing it as a fraction), equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line

Assessment: Tuesday, December 13th 

Please continue having your child study their math facts nightly.

Science:

We have taken our test on forms of heat and are just now wrapping up a few loose ends from this unit. 

Social Studies:

Our main focus right now is on our inventor and president biographies, but we are also studying the northeast region this week and will have a "test" over these states on Friday.  Please study the placement of these states in the region with your child throughout the week.  We will do the same in class.

Northeast region states quiz: Friday, December 9

West region states quiz: Friday, December 16

Week of November 28, 2016


Important Reminders:

Timed multiplication quizzes every Friday.

Field Trip Next Monday, December 5- a reminder will be sent home closer to the date.

Next Tuesday, December 6th is Holidays Around the World from 5 pm-7 pm.

Progress Reports will be coming home this Wednesday for any students currently earning a “C” or lower. Please check your child’s agenda for this information.

ELA:

We are wrapping up our informational reading, Thomas Alva Edison this week and next.

We are continuing our informational writing unit. We will begin diving into researching a famous inventor or president. There is a pre-made list that your child will choose from. This is an in-class assignment; however, students are welcome and encouraged to research at home. Students will be given a research template with many good sources tomorrow (Tuesday).  If students fill out this tool in entirety by Friday morning, they will receive 5 pts. extra credit on a social studies major grade.

Math:

We began our unit on fractions. Students are learning how a fraction is a part of a whole. They will also be learning how to divide a whole into equal parts (showing it as a fraction), equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line.

Assessment: Friday, December 9

Please continue having your child study their math facts nightly.

Science:

We are learning and investigating what heat sources are and where heat comes from.

Social Studies:

We are taking a break from social studies to focus on science. However, we are integrating social studies, science, and writing as we research and learn about inventors and presidents.

 If you’d like your child to get ahead, he/she may begin studying the Northeast region state locations. They will be tested on correctly identifying each state in the Northeast region next Friday, December 9.

Week of November 14, 2016


Check out the Book Fair and Family Night this Thursday from 6-8

PTO meeting Tuesday at 6:30

Next spelling test will not be until 12/2

Timed Quizzes every Friday

On Friday students will be asked to identify the states in the Southwest Region. They brought home a study guide yesterday (Monday).

*If your student will be missing any school next week please help us by letting us know ahead of time.

ELA

  We are continuing our reading of Who Was Thomas Alva Edison through the end of the quarter. We are still working on verbs (action, linking, helping) as well as irregular verbs.  Next, we're moving on to pronouns. We are finishing up our informative writing pieces which we are focusing on the Regions. Next, we'll be writing about presidents and inventors.


Math

We began our math unit on Data. Our test is scheduled for Friday. Time quizzes will still be on Friday.  Next week we will not have a timed quiz as it is a short week.


Science

We are still finishing up our unit on types of energy! Students are digging deep into these types of energy.  We should be done before break with this unit.



Social Studies

We are continuing our unit on the regions of the United States. This Friday, we will have a quiz on labeling the states in the Southwest Region. Students will have a blank map and will need to properly label where each state is located.  




Week of November 7, 2016


  •        Spelling tests are every two weeks (there is one THIS Friday)
  •        Timed Quizzes every Friday
  •        Quiz over regions this Friday (study sheet comes home today)

ELA

        We will be reading Who Was Thomas Alva Edison through the end of the quarter. Each week, we have vocabulary words we are focusing on.

We are still working on verbs (action, linking, helping) as well as irregular verbs.

        We are finishing up our first informative writing pieces.

       Math

        Using Known Facts of Division Test is this Thursday, November 10. Please ensure that your child is practicing his/her math facts as this helps with not only multiplication, but with division as well. On Friday, we will begin our math unit: Data.

       Science

       We are finishing up our unit on forms of energy this week.  Students have learned about heat, light, sound, and electrical energy.

       Social Studies

       Students will be participating in the schoolwide election on Tuesday, November 8 (as long as they filled out a "registration card"). Today, we began our unit on the regions of the United States. This Friday, we will have a quiz on labeling the 5 regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, West, and Midwest. Students will have a blank map and will need to properly label which region is which. In each 3rd grade class, there will be a particular region to focus on. In my class, we will be focusing on the West region. Starting this week, students will start thinking about and planning a project. Their projects will revolve around the western region.


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Week of October 31st


  • Spelling tests are every other Friday (no test this week).
  • Timed quizzes every Friday.
  • ONP is THIS Wednesday.  Please wear jeans and white polo.
  • Honor Roll is THIS Wednesday.  If your child had a note stapled to his/her report card, he/she will be receiving a certificate.
  • Publix Math Night is on Thursday from 4-6.
  • Friday is non-uniform day (bring a canned good instead of a dollar).
  • Saturday/Sunday: End of daylight savings time- turn your clocks back! J

ELA:

            We will continue to read Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? through the end of the quarter.  We are also continuing to investigate nonfiction text features and text structures.  We are still working on verbs (action, linking, helping) as well as irregular verbs and verb tenses.

Math:
            After learning strategies on how to solve division equations, we are now manipulating and becoming more fluent in our division knowledge.  Our test over this unit will be next week.

Science:

            We are continuing to learn about forms of energy including heat, light, sound, water energy and more.  In addition, we’re learning about kinetic and potential energy.

Social Studies:

            We are continuing to discuss the election process in class.  Next, we will be working on learning the regions of the country as well as identifying states within  each.



Week of October 24th


  • College Color Day is October 28th
  • Please return ONP permission slips by Friday, October 28th.
  • Harvest Day is Monday, October 31st.  Students may wear harvest attire but no costumes.

ELA:

Today, we began reading Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? We will be exploring text features as well as different text structures as we read this nonfiction piece as well as other nonfiction works in class. In writing, we are learning how to organize our informational pieces with supporting details and evidence, statistics, etc. For grammar, we are learning about different types of verbs including action verbs, linking verbs, and being verbs.

Math:

This week, we will explore meanings of division as well as the relationship that division has to multiplication. We will review this in class on Thursday and assess on Friday, October 28th.

Science:

We are beginning our unit on forms of energy, which encompasses traits of heat, light, and sound energy.  We will have an assessment over this unit next Friday, November 4th.

Social Studies:

 We continue to learn about the United States’ election process as well as our government.  The students have many questions, but we keep our discussions light-hearted and candidate-free (minus who they are). J

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!




Good Afternoon Parents!


 

                Hip Hip Hooray!! We danced through quarter one and had such a wonderful first nine weeks of school. We enjoyed seeing the growth and accomplishments that each child achieved. Our reading unit explored the book Stone Fox and enjoyed making deep connections to the characters and their journeys through the story. Students really have jumped into multiplication with two feet. We love their enthusiasm and effort in memorizing those math facts!  Your students have also become dedicated authors while writing an original personal narrative, and we will be celebrating their tremendous efforts this Friday during our first writing celebration.  At this time, students will showcase their work to all of the other third graders; this is a proud moment for our budding authors!

                As we move into quarter two we would like to remind you of the importance of home support with homework completion. It is very important that students are spending quality time at home reading. They need to be working on building their reading “stamina.” This is the amount of time that they are comfortable focused on reading a book. We need to make sure we are monitoring them and making sure that they are actually reading during this time. After they’re finished reading they should be able to discuss the book with you. These talks are truly influential in developing their reading comprehension. In addition, they should to be reading books that are written on their reading level. Please reach out to us if you’re having trouble finding books that interest or are written at an appropriate level. Students can also go onto our reading website, IReady. This website is a wonderful opportunity for students to get support and work through lessons that are strategically chosen to meet them at their individual needs.

                We’re excited for everything that is planned this quarter. In reading, we’re going to be reading an informational text on Thomas Edison. This is traditionally a grade level favorite! Students love learning about this famous inventor's life. While we are reading, our writer’s workshop will focus on building informational pieces of literature. Students will be crafting informational pieces as well as we will be working hard to be able to take what we are reading and respond in writing. This is a skill that is very important in fourth grade.

                We enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress during the last few weeks. We appreciate the support that we see coming from home. We had quite a few questions in regards to the end of the year assessment. We will be taking the FSA assessment at the end of March after spring break. Mandated by the state of Florida, in third grade, promotion is contingent upon reading test proficiency, and we will be working all year to prepare your child for success. It is important that we spend the year working together to make sure that every student is prosperous. If you have concerns about your child please reach out.

Warm Regards,

Third Grade Team

Week of October 17th


Reminders:

  • Field trip permission slip and money due by Friday, October 21st.
  • Picture day is Monday, October 24th.
  • Today is the first day of the second quarter- let’s make it a good one!
  • Homework is due on Fridays (Sumdog/paper homework and reading logs).
  • Timed quizzes are on Fridays.
  • Report cards go home Friday.

ELA:

This week we are beginning our unit on Informational text. We will be comparing fiction vs. nonfiction.  We will also be learning how to write informational texts beginning next week.  This week is our author celebration for our personal narratives- yay!

Math:

Current Math Unit: Using Known Facts

Students will be practicing their math facts this week and practice finding the product of multiplication
equations. At this point, students should know how to find the product of an equation in several ways including but not limited to: arrays, equal groups, repeated addition, number line, etc.
Math Review: Tuesday, October 18th
Math Test: Wednesday, October 19th

Science:

We are finishing up a few loose ends with properties of matter, and in a few weeks we will be learning about different forms of energy.

Social Studies:

We are learning about the election process without discussing specific candidates.  The school will be conducting a mock election on November 8th.

Adopt-a-Specials:

Ms. Beck, our science lab teacher, is in need of some items for the animals in her classroom.  Please consider donating one of these items (with a receipt) for volunteer hours. J

  • Paper towels                   
  • Hand soap
  • Kleenex
  • Timothy hay
  • Rabbit/gerbil/guinea pig food-variety blend, not plain pellets
  • Bedding-any kind
  • Gift cards to PetSmart/Wal-Mart/Publix

Week of October 10, 2016

  •       No School Friday, October 14
  •       This Thursday, 10/14, marks the end of the 1st quarter!
  •        Homework this week will be due on Thursday.
  •        Field trip  permission slip and payment due no later than 10/21
  •        Spelling test on Thursday, 10/14

ELA


This week we will be accomplishing and finishing up several items: our Stone Fox project, end of the quarter reading assessment, grammar assessment, and our personal narratives. The grammar assessment will be open notes. We will have our spelling test on Thursday.


MATH


This week, we are starting a new unit on known facts with multiplication.  We will be practicing with fluency in finding products to multiplication equations.
Timed Quiz on Thursday!


    SCIENCE


    Due to the hurricane, we will be working through the science test on properties of matter throughout this week.  Students will have open books, and they will work with a partner.


      SOCIAL STUDIES


      We are beginning/continuing to discuss the  election process. Our school election is taking place on Tuesday, November 8.


      Week of October 3, 2016

      *Homework is due on Fridays.
      **Please sign reading logs  to ensure students are reading nightly. These will be checked on Friday for signatures.
      *Your student should be studying nightly for multiplication quizzes.*
      *Just two more weeks left of the first quarter!

      ELA


      This week we are continuing to learn the different points of view as well as author’s perspective and author’s purpose in a given book and/or passage. We will begin a reading project on Stone Fox as we finish reading the book.  We are now beginning the publishing stage of our personal narratives. 


      MATH


      Students are learning multiplication patterns and strategies. Please practice math facts nightly!

      •       Assessment: Friday, 10/7

      SCIENCE


      We are studying states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We are going to experiment and investigate how states of matter change.

      •   Open Notes Test: Friday 

      SOCIAL STUDIES


      We are focus ing on science this week. However, we will begin discussing the election process as well as the three branches of government.

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