Friday Newsletter: January 10, 2020
Third Grade Newsletter
“The gift of friendship…a willingness to listen…a pair of helping hands…a whisper from the heart. That someone cares and understands.”
Café/Daily 5: This week we started to read The 21 Balloons. This novel, by William Pène du Bois, was published in 1847 by Viking Press and awarded the Newberry Medal for excellence in American Children’s Literature in 1948. The story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover an island full of great wealth and fantastic inventions. The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination, which tie in nicely with our current Science Unit. We also spent the week learning about Martin Luther King Jr. through songs, text, and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. We concluded the week by writing our own hopes and dreams for the future.
Math: This week we began Unit 3: Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction. We took our unit pre-assessment and were introduced to the concept of rounding 2 and 3-digit numbers to the nearest ten or the nearest hundred. We learned a work place called Round Ball Tens to help practice rounding. The students also reviewed fractions by completing an activity called My Name in Fractions. Students filled in blanks about how many equal parts are in their name, unit fractions, fraction of vowels, and fraction of consonants.
Science: This week we started working on our combined Science Units of the Solar System and Simple Machines. Everyone was assigned a planet to begin researching and we will be dedicating time to begin working on our Solar System Travel Agency Project. Would it be possible to colonize the planets? Everyone was excited to begin using Edmodo to share facts with their group.
Things to Remember:
- Monday, January 20th: No School for Marin Luther King Jr. Day.