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  • Homework – Week of March 25, 2019     3rd Grade   Mr. Nelson   Room 12

    Subject

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday


    Language Arts

    Cursive 70

    Cursive 71

    Cursive 72

    Cursive 73

    Grammar Test: adjectives that compare

    Language Practice Book

    327-328

    331-332

    333-334

    335-336

     


    Math Student Activity Book

    257-258 done in class

    259-260 done in class

    261-262 done in class

    263-264 done in class

     

    Math Homework and Remembering

    205

    207

    209

    211

     


    Science

     

     

     

     

     

    Science Interactive Study Guide

     

     

     

     

     

    Reflections

    Review study guide (below) – chp. 8 test Friday

    Review study guide (below) – chp. 8 test Friday

    Review study guide (below) – chp. 8 test Friday

    Review study guide (below) – chp. 8 test Tomorrow

    Chapter 8 Test

    Reflections Homework & Practice Book

    74

    75-76

    77

     

     

    Reading

    At least 20 minutes – log daily time

    At least 20 minutes – log daily time

    At least 20 minutes – log daily time

    At least 20 minutes – log daily time

    At least 20 minutes – log daily time

    Spelling

    Study

    Study

    Study

    Study

    Test

    Reports

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tests

     

     

     

     

     

    3

    Spelling Words: 

    1. able 2. eagle  3. camel  4. purple   5. puzzle  6. pickle 7. riddle  8. castle
    2. travel 10. handle 11. little 12. tunnel  13. towel  14. nickel 15. squirrel 
    1. decorated 17. symbol  18. darkened  19. gnaws  20. securing  21. weakest

    Reflections Chapter 8 Study Guide

    For Friday’s test you should know:

    • All vocabulary words
    • How to read a flowchart
    • Ways a good citizen takes part in government
    • What a person who serves on a jury does (duties and responsibilities) and what happens on a jury
    • Why it’s important to listen to candidates before you vote
    • Ways you can do volunteer work (as a third grader)
    • Ways in which the people we read about – Franklin Roosevelt, Larry Sly, Maya Angelou, and Myldred Jones – demonstrated good citizenship
    • The requirements for being eligible to vote in an election
    • What taxes pay for
  • Dear Parents,

    Thank you so much for the Amazon gift card, along with all of the individual cards and presents the students gave me before the two-week break.  I really appreciate your kindness, and I hope the holiday vacation was enjoyable for your family.

    Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to drive/chaperon on our upcoming field trip.  The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum will help support the social studies standards (development of the local community - change over time), as students find out about our city’s past.  They will discover many facts about our local history and the influence that the Martin Murphy family had in this area.  I have received all permission slips back, and we have enough drivers for 15 students.  That means we still need seats for 6 students, so if you're able to drive/chaperon from 8:40-11:45 on Wednesday, 2/6, please let me know.

     

                 Next week we will continue our literature study of the Newberry Award winning novel The One and Only Ivan.  Upcoming grammar lessons will focus on:

     

    .        Main and Helping Verbs; Irregular Verbs

    •      Homographs; synonyms; prefixes re-, un-, dis-, pre-; dictionary skills
    • Compound words; inflectional endings y to i; closed syllables; open syllables
    • Subject/object pronouns; pronoun-verb agreement; possessive pronouns; pronoun contractions

     

    We have been working to improve upon a variety of informative writing skills (the focus during the 2nd trimester).  Students have been researching landforms and working with peers to create strong, well-written paragraphs.

     

    In math, students begin unit 6 next week: Polygons, Perimeter, and Area.  Skills and concepts that they will learn are:

    • analyze, compare, and classify polygons
    • decompose polygons into triangles and compose polygons from triangles
    • recognize perimeter and area as attributes of plane figures and find ways to measure both attributes
    • investigate the relationship between perimeter and area
    • solve real world problems involving area, perimeter, and unknown side lengths

               This week, students took a virtual tour of 13 different tribes spanning the four geographical groups of California.  Next week we will continue with our American Indians unit, beginning             chapter 4 on Tuesday.  In February, we will switch back to life science.  Having covered animal survival and heredity, we'll focus on plant life cycle and heredity.  Students will be                       answering:

    • why do plants grow flowers
    • why do plants give us fruit
    • why are some apples red and some green
    • how could you make the biggest fruit in the world

             Students will have a lot to look forward to next week, including: FAME and dance on Tuesday, Playworks on Wednesday, ABC Reader and library on Thursday.  The following week (Thursday, 1/31) we will have a California Wildlife Assembly.  

     

             Congratulations to our Citizen of the Month winners for December (Caring): Pranav, Brooklyn, Rayna, and Makena.

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  • Dear Parents,

                It was great seeing so many of you at the parade and Fall Festival.  The children had a lot of fun showing off their costume, visiting all of the game booths, and checking out all of the delicious food choices.  Thanks to all of the parents who helped make the day such a success for the whole school.  Other past events include having a docent from the city of Sunnyvale come to class to discuss being environmentally friendly (with an emphasis on water pollution).  Thanks to our FAME docents Mrs. Bastos, Mrs. Cormier, Mrs. Killian, and Mrs. Kim for teaching and leading the art project that now hangs in our classroom.  Students brought home their first project today.  Monday will be the last day to view the students' (not a) turkey project before I take them down from the window.  

                Students have already read aloud several books for our literature units.  Currently, they're reading a biography about the Wright Brothers.  

    Students are learning how to write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  Students will be practicing cursive throughout the second trimester and they'll be slowly integrating it into their writing assignments.

    In math, we're in Unit 3: Measurement, Time, and Graphs.  Content skills include:

    • draw scaled picture graphs and bar graphs
    • use number lines to represent time intervals
    • use drawings to represent a problem involving liquid volume and mass
    • make a line plot to record data
    • tell and write time to the nearest minute
    • solve word problems involving time intervals
    • measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects
    • represent and interpret data
    • generate measurement data and make a line plot

    Even though lessons haven't focused on fact families, if your child hasn’t mastered the basic facts please have him/her continue to practice.  Many students like a fun way of learning, such as online computer games and websites.  Others prefer flashcards and chunking lessons (a few days of just the 3’s and 4’s; then just the 6’s for a few days; etc.).   Students have been working on conceptual skills in class using ST Math.  They should also be using ST Math at home along with Typing Club.  I've signed our class up for 'Hour of Code' for this coming Monday.

    This week we finished 'Community History' from the social studies curriculum.  The class will be going to the Sunnyvale Heritage Museum in February for a field trip to learn more about local history.

    On Wednesday, we began the life science unit: Animals Through Time -- Habitats, Heredity, & Change Over Time.  Students have been analyzing and interpreting data from fossil records to determine how habitats have changed over time, and in order to determine what type of food animals ate.  On Monday, students will be using mathematics and computational thinking to record their stride length, and then determine the comparable length and speed with a Coelophysis.

    The students have been actively participating in their theater lessons, which continues until the first week of January.  Then we'll have eight weeks of dance lessons.

    Thanks to Mrs. Chamarty for coming in monthly for ABC Reading; she'll be in this Wednesday to read December's book.

    A docent from the San Jose Museum of Art will be coming to class next month to explain various types of art.  

    Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for the trait of Respect: Ronan, Samuel, Ella, and Zoey.

    Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month for the trait of Friendship: Huancheng, Kari, Savannah, and Amrith.

    In December, we focus on the character trait of Caring.

    The November reading logs are due Monday.  New sheets were passed out today to begin recording December's pages.

     

    Thank you,

    Mike

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  • Thank you for the time you spent with me at the parent-teacher conference.  I hope to see you at the Fall Festival next week, and I know the students are excited about dressing up and having fun.
          The students enjoyed the talented Dr. Blake Brandes at our assembly.  He motivated the students while impressing them with his beatboxing and hip-hop skills.  Hopefully you have a chance to hear him at tonight's special parent presentation (7pm in the multi).
          Today we began a literature unit based on the book 'Frindle'.  Students are working on their fluency skills by reading aloud, and then they use the book to give accurate, specific answers to comprehension questions.  Throughout the book students will be predicting, inferring, and analyzing character and plot development while learning new vocabulary words. 
          This week we'll begin practicing the cursive capital letters.  Students have been working on their writing skills, responding to various narrative prompts to create stories with rich language and meaningful development.
     
    In our Math Unit 2 lessons, students are learning to:
    • use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100
    • reach fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients
    • solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity
    • represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division
    • apply properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division to multiply within 100
    • fluently multiply and divide within 100
    • solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic 
                In science, students are working on mastering various Forces and Interactions standards.  Last week, students learned about pushes and pulls using examples from tug-of-war contests, using rubber bands to burst a watermelon, and creating a 'hopper' using cardboard and rubber bands.  Today, students studied different bridge designs and then used their knowledge of forces to engineer a strong bridge made of paper.  Upcoming lessons include experiments focused on friction, motion, balance of forces, and magnets.

                Congratulations to the September Citizen of the Month winners for the trait of ‘Responsibility’: Michaela, Kylie, Nicolas, and Lucas.  In October, the character trait we're focusing on is ‘Respect’.
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