Third Grade Newsletter February 2016 February News and Notes We have already passed the half way mark for third grade. We have learned so much this year already and we have so much more to learn. Please continue to review with your child all of the instruction on topics taught this year. It is also important to encourage your child to continue their hard work and good study habits that they have spent all year developing. There is a lot left to do and we can’t let up now. This is a great time to sit down with your child to set some goals for the last half of the year. Report cards will be coming home on February 10. Included in the envelope, you will receive information on the Naglieri Test that students took back in September. If you have any questions regarding these tests, please contact Ms. Fletcher, the SEARCH teacher. Please remember that you need to sign the slip at the bottom of the last page of the report card, and return it in the envelope as soon as possible. If you would like to have a conference to discuss anything in the report card, you can indicate this on the slip and your child’s teacher will contact you to set up a meeting. We will be holding our Valentine Parties this month. You will receive a letter from your child’s classroom teacher detailing the specifics for the party. While no one is required to bring in Valentines, we ask that if your child will be bringing in Valentines, that they bring one for every student in the class. You will be provided with a list of names of the students in your child’s class to ensure no one is missed. In keeping with current practices, no child is permitted to bring in Valentines with candy attached. If students bring Valentines with candy to school they will have to be returned home. Students may bring in regular Valentine cards or Valentines with non-edible items attached. We also remind you that we can’t have candy at our party so please don’t send in any candy to share with the class. We have just a few midyear reminders for you. Please remember that students aren’t allowed to bring in birthday treats to share with the class. If you find your child has missing coats, hats or other items, you can check in the lost and found in the cabinet near the gym to see if they have been turned in. Also, with a few potential weeks of snow left, please make sure to review with your child, what you want them to do in the event of an early dismissal. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you, The Third Grade Team Academic Notes In February, we will be studying the following: Reading: -Comprehension Strategies -Predicting -Sequencing -Summarizing -Making Inferences -Writing story summaries/retelling -Reading Fluency Writing: -Paragraph and Story writing -Cursive -Editing Strategies Math: -Geometry – Test February 10th -Fractions – Test March 10th Science: - Simple Machines – Test will be on February 25th Social Studies: - Rome test – February 4th - Mali – Test will be on February 17th (Test Dates subject to change due to weather) Lunch Visits Come have lunch! Our students love nothing more than to have their parent visit during lunch. During these special times, however, we ask that no food items be provided to any other students other than your own. Many children have allergies of which staff are aware, but visitors will not be. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you! Upcoming Events February Vocabulary Math Rectangular prism Square Rectangle Science Force Motion Speed Report Cards Go Home Triangle Author Visit Pentagon Pyramid Sphere Cylinder Vertex Face Edge Corner Polygon Quadrilateral Symmetrical Congruent Slide Turn Flip Line Circle Ray Angle Line segment Compound machines Weight Work Simple machine Fulcrum Screw Inclined plane Wheel and axle Pulley Lever Wedge Gravity February 3rd – Candid Picture Day February 10th – February 12 th – Valentine Party 1:20-2:30 P.M. February 15th – No School – President’s Day February 18th Movable Monday Schedule February 26th – PTA Spaghetti Dinner 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. Mrs. Bolden’s Notes This month we will be celebrating Black History Month. Students will read information about 2 African Americans of their choosing and write about them. The students work will be hung up for all to see. Social Studies Mali Adapt Human Characteristic Physical Characteristic Interdependence Specialization Bartering Africa Niger River Salt Gold Sahara Desert Griots Timbuktu Oral Tradition Culture Mosques Caravans Camels Kings Natural Resources Europe Africa Irrigation Point Cube Fractions Numerator Denominator In computer lab, we will work on an ancient civilization project. February Tip We completed our money unit earlier this year and will start our fractions next month. You can provide valuable experience for your child by giving them practical applications of these concepts at home by allowing them to figure out how much change you would get back at the store, allowing them to count the money in a jar or having them figure out how to share things equally in a group. Comments? Questions? Concerns? 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