- New Eslot enrichment groups started today! Please, ask your child which group they are in on Friday mornings. A supply wish list is posted here. If you are able to purchase supplies for your child's interest group please click HERE.
- Report Cards Please, sign and return 1 of the report cards and the envelope by Monday. Thank you!
- New Library Day - Our library day is switching to Thursdays.
- November Scholastic Book Orders: If you are wanting to place an November book order please do so by November 30th. Books make great gifts!! The link to order is here Scholastic Book Clubs
Spelling and Homework: In an effort to save paper, we are asking that the kids just "pull up" the homework assignment on the home computer or laptop and complete the work in the homework spiral notebook. Students should label each problem and strategy. A reading log and math facts log needs to be recorded (Monday - Thursday). The link to the 3rd grade website is on the "Welcome" page. Students are expected to turn in their homework spiral notebook every Friday morning.
- Spelling has been added to the homework. The kids have been placed into spelling groups based upon their performance on a grade level spelling pretest. Spelling words came home on Monday. They are given 1 set of spelling words per 2 weeks. Kids are to do 4 spelling activities from the Spelling Bingo sheet in their homework spiral over the course of the 2 weeks they have their word list. The spelling test for each group will be on a Friday every 2 weeks. Our next test is on Friday, November 11.
- Bluebonnet Book Program - Check out the list of Bluebonnet books HERE. Our class also has a Bluebonnet Book Wish List - Click Here. The kids are loving this program!!!
- Home Access Center: Make sure to start checking Home Access every week! Link to Home Access Center.
- Optional - Headphones: Your child may still want headphones or earbuds for our classroom. A few of them have already broken. I would ask your child. These can be purchased at Target, Walmart, HEB, etc. The headphones/earbuds will be left here at school.
- November 8th - Nonfiction Text Features Quiz (students can bring home reading journal on Monday to help study for the quiz).
- November 11th - Veteran's Day assembly (in the morning)
- November 11th - Math Quiz - Fractions (parts and whole) - Not a DCA
- November 14th - Natural Resource Quiz - Not a DCA
- November 11th - Spelling Test
- November 15th - 17th - Book Fair!
- November 17th - International Children's Festival Night and Book Fair!
- November 18th - International Children's Festival Performers 1:30 - 2:30pm.
- November 19th - 27 Thanksgiving break
In writing, we finished up our Poetry unit with a final draft poem and a reading test this week. We also did some conventions/grammar work in our Write Source Book (pronouns). We'll start researching our country that has been given to us for International Children's Festival week (Sweden) next week.
In reading, we started our new unit, Expository or Nonfiction Text. We examined nonfiction books for nonfiction text features like headings, glossary, index, captions, photographs, bold print, etc. Then, we did a nonfiction text features foldable activity in our reading journals. Lastly, we determined what we already know about main ideas and supporting details with a fun ice cream activity.
In math, we started our Fractions unit. We learned how to show whole fractions and fraction parts with geometric shapes (hexagon, rhombus, trapezoid and triangle) and cuisenaire rods.Then, we learned 1 area set model today, using grid models (with graph paper) to show portions and fractions. We'll use fraction circles, fraction bars and numberlines (like on a ruler) next week to show fractions.
In science, we started our Natural Resource unit. The kids learned what renewable and nonrenewable resources were and where these products come from (example: t-shirt comes from cotton which comes from a plant). We also did a padlet response to a PBL related video called "Dear Future Generations". See below.
In social studies, we focused on local/city and state governments. Plus, our 4th graders came to visit to shed some light on our country's presidential election. We discussed the Voter's Pamplet and cast our votes in a National Mock Election for Kids.