Class Basket Auction Date Change
The Class Basket Auction/Dinner/Dance is being postponed to April. Stay tuned for further details...
Language Arts: This week we are continuing to work on our comprehension skills within non-fiction texts. We will be integrating our science unit of living systems by reading non-fiction books about the living systems.
3.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.
e) Discuss meanings of words and develop vocabulary by listening and reading a variety of texts.
3.6 The student will continue to read and demonstrate comprehension of nonfiction texts.
Math: We are wrapping up our fractions unit this week. We will be reviewing comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and reading and writing fractions. Please reveiw at home as well with your student. We will be testing this unit on Thursday and Friday.
3.3 & 3.7 I can name and write, model, compare, add and subtract, and read and write mixed numbers.
Science: We are continuing to work on our living systems unit which includes the ecosystems. food chains, and adaptations. Please be looking for a study guide to come home soon to review with your student.
SOL 3.4 I can identify physical and behavioral adaptations.
For homework please continue to remind your student to read 20 minutes Monday-Thursday and IXL 20 minutes as well.
Language Arts: This week we are continuing working in whole group reading activities and small group reading practices. The students are still building on making predictions and revising them. We are also working on building our vocabulary skills with practicing irregular plural nouns.
“I can make, confirm, and revise predictions. I can identify and use irregular plurals.”
Math: This week we are continuing working on fractions. We will begin comparing fractions this week as well. Please continue working on multiplication practice at home.
“I can name and write fractions represented by a model.”
Science: We are beginning our new science unit this week which is life science. We are beginning with ecosystems. A study guide will be going home soon for the unit. Please review it with students throughout the unit until the test.
“I can understand and describe the differences between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.”
: We are working on making inferences and making predictions while reading. We are doing group reading activities to build our comprehension skills. For word study we are working on plural endings on words, such as -s, -es, and dropping the -y to add -ies. Please continue reading at home every night for 20 minutes.
"I can draw conclusions about fiction text using inferencing."
"I can identify and use plural endings."
: We finished multiplication and division and now are moving onto fractions, This week we are working on naming and modeling fractions. Please continue working on multiplication facts at home to make sure they are knowing their basic facts.
"I can name and write fractions represented by a model."
: We are wrapping up our Economics unit from before break. We will be testing the unit on Friday, Jan. 8th. Please study at home with your student to prepare them for this test. A study guide was sent home at the beginning of the week. We will begin our next science unit next week.
"I can identify examples of economic choices and opportunity cost along with knowing what producers and consumers do for the economy by specializing."
Today students learned about specialization- when people focus on the production of selected goods and services. Students then had their own specialization today- card makers! Recently, we learned about an eight-year-old girl who lost her family in a fire three years ago. This little girl, Safyre, wants nothing more than cards for Christmas. Today, we reviewed needs and wants, as well as, specialized in making holiday cards to send to Safyre.
Signal Hill Spirit Week - December 14 - 18
Monday 12/14 - Crazy Hat Day
Tuesday 12/15 - Superhero Day
Wednesday 12/16 - Rainbow Day
PK & K - Wear Red
1st - Wear Orange
2nd - Wear Yellow
3rd - Wear Green
4th - Wear Blue
5th - Wear Purple
Thursday 12/17 - Ugly Sweater Day
Friday 12/18 - PJ Day
As we begin our new unit on economics, students will be reviewing concepts from second grade such as needs and wants, goods and services, and natural, human, and capital resources. Students are also learning about specialization which is when people focus in the production of selected goods and services. Students will learn that people and regions often specialize in the production of certain goods and services. Specialization also encourages trade because people want goods and services that they do not have.
Students have started the geography unit. Students are reviewing skills from second grade, as well as, developing map skills by:
- positioning and labeling the seven continents and five oceans
- using the equator and prime meridian to identify the four hemispheres
- locating specific places on a simple letter-number grid system
- interpreting information from maps, charts, tables, and graphs
Multiplication and Division
Students are continuing to work on multiplication and division. Basic facts can be practiced at home with flashcards to increase fluency. Students are making arrays, using number line models, repeated addition, and drawing sets to help them solve a problem. We will continue this unit through December.
Reminder- Testing Next Week
Just a reminder that students will be taking the Naglieri on Monday, November 16. On Tuesday, November 17, students will take the practice Cogatand Wednesday, November 18, will be the actual Cogat test. Students are encouraged to get plenty of rest the night before and to eat a healthy breakfast.
We are now beginning our unit on multiplication and division unit. Students are learning that multiplication is repeated addition and looking at groups of items. They can practice these skills on http://ixl.com
and the student login information was sent to you a few weeks ago. If you need your child's login information again, please let me know. IXL is a great program that adjusts to your child's level and shows students why an answer is wrong.
We are beginning our Simple Machines unit. A study guide will be going home tomorrow that reviews that types of simple machines and the job each one does. Have your child look around the house for any simple machines they can find!
Physical Properties Test Tuesday
We will take our physical science/matter test on Tuesday. A study guide went home early in the week. Students should be able to describe the physical properties of an object (color, texture, phase, temperature, ability to dissolve in water).
What's Happening in Math
We are currently working on place value to the ten thousands place; comparing numbers with <, >, or =; rounding numbers to the tens and hundreds place; writing numbers in standard, word, and expanded form; counting money to $5.00 and thinking about how much change would be given; and solving story problems with and without regrouping and borrowing using numbers with three digits. Our test for these items will be on Friday, October 30.
We Have Begun Our Science Unit!
As we begin our science unit, students are learning the scientific process. This includes the following:
1. Hypothesis- a smart guess about what is going to happen in an experiment. When you make a hypothese, you make an "if...then..." statement. For example, "If I cover a plant so that it doesn't receive sunlight, then it will die". It is okay if the hypothesis is incorrect.
2. Observation- made using the five senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste)
3. Investigation- the experiment that you perform to test your hypothesis. During the experiment you collect data. You should do the experiment at least 3 times to make sure the data is correct.
4. Conclusion- tells whether or not the hypothesis was correct.
Tonight is Back to School Night for grades 3-5, from 7:00-8:00. This is an adult only event. I hope to see you there!
On Friday, students will have their Civics (Famous Americans) test. A study guide was sent home yesterday to help students prepare. I have also told students that this counts toward reading homework.
All reading should be recorded on the calendar in the front of the agenda. The student should record the book title and the number of minutes they read for.
Continuing in Social Studies-
This week we continued learning about Famous Americans. We will continue working on this next week as well and our test will be Friday, October 2. Students should be familiar with the following:
- Martin Luther King Jr.- an African American minister who worked for equal rights for all people. He helped bring about changes in the laws through peaceful means.
- Rosa Parks- An African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus as was required by law many years ago. She helped bring about changed in laws and worked so that all people would have equal rights.
- Thurgood Marshall- A lawyer who defended people at a time when not all people had equal rights. He was the first African American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- Cesar Chavez- He was a Mexican American who worked to improve conditions for farm workers.
- Veteran's Day- a day for the recognition of and respect for Americans who served in the military. It is observed in November.
- Memorial Day- This is a day for the recognition of and respect for Americans who died in wars while they were serving their country. It is observed in May.
This Week in Social Studies...
We have been reviewing words related to our government unit and are beginning to learn about different Famous Americans that helped shape our country. Students should know:
community- a place where people live, work, and play
rules- what people must or must not do
laws- important rules written and carried out by the government
government- a group of people who makes laws, carries out laws, and decides if laws are broken
-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (we are born with these and they can not be taken away)
-equality under the law means that all people are treated fairly
George Washington- was the first president of the new nation. He worked under the new republican form of government. He helped out the basic principles into practice for the new nation.
Thomas Jefferson- He was born in Virginia. He was the third president of the United States. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, which states that people have certain rights. He was a leader who helped develop the country.
Updated Schedule and Reminders
Our schedule has changed for the final time and has been updated on the side of this web page and at the bottom as well. I will send home the final schedule today with your child. Thew schedule flows a lot smoother for our students!
Reminders- Book Orders are due this Friday and can be submitted online. Popcorn Friday will be this Friday, 9/18. If your child would like to participate in popcorn Friday, please send $1.00 to school.
Please note that our schedule has changed. The corrected schedule is listed below. I also sent home a corrected schedule with your child today.
Quality Student and Quality Teacher
The students have been working hard to establish classroom rules and expectations. This week we discussed what the word "quality" means and worked on creating what makes a Quality Student and a Quality Teacher. The following is what the students decided.
- Helps One Another
- Focuses on Work
- Makes Good Choices
- Treats Others the Way They Want to be Treated
- Helps Students Learn
- Is Respectful
- Is Kind
- Teaches New Things
- Takes Care of Students
I am sure many of you may be confused at this point- I have been know as Ms. Burke, the second grade teacher, at Signal Hill for quite some time. This summer I got married and am now Mrs. Barton, the third grade teacher. My name is slowly going to transition so I will keep you updated as these changes occur.
3rd Grade Schedule
Our daily schedule is as follows:
9:15-9:30 Morning Work
10:15-11:45 Language Arts/Snack/Bathroom Break
1:30-1:40 Bathroom Break
1:40-2:25 Core Extension
2:45-3:45 Science/Social Studies
3:40-3:55 Pack Up/Dismissal