GCP Service Project - Heifer International
1944, Heifer International has
worked to bring help to millions of impoverished families worldwide. Heifer programs have helped communities
through livestock and agriculture to alleviate hunger and poverty.
Global Citizens, students will
address culture, environment, social justice, and a culture of peace through
this fundraising project for Heifer International.
will hear the story “Beatrice’s Goat”.
Beatrice's story reveals the devastating reality of poverty, and that
the smallest contribution toward the purchase of a
can drastically improve the lives of the less fortunate all over the
world. Last year, third graders raised $1,100
in donations to give to Heifer!
hearing this story, and learning what one person can do, we will ask the
students to bring in baked goods to host a Bake
Sale on either December 2 (Ms. Howard
and Mr. Knott’s classes host) or December
4 (Ms. Butler and Ms. Ray’s classes host) during the book fair in the
evening. This is a great opportunity to
help your child bake, work with directions and measurements, and spend time
together. Students who want to
participate can drop off their baked goods, visit the book fair, then use
change from the purchase of books to buy from the bake sale. Participation in the bake sale is optional,
but all students will hear the story and be part of the global citizenship
aspect. We will only ask for donations
in any amount to keep things simple, so that students can donate what they wish. 100% of the money earned will be donated to
Heifer, and the students will have the input in what animals and agriculture to
use the funds for.
learn more about Heifer international, visit http://www.heifer.org.
Get conversations started at home by discussing these current learning topics, or practice what we are studying if your child is absent.
In reading groups we are focusing on nonfiction text features, and discussing the main idea and important details. Ask your child to make connections to their reading that they are doing at home. In independent reading, we are responding to books we read when not in reading group. Students can do this my writing me a letter about what they read, or doing a "think mark", where they describe 4 ways they they were thinking during their reading, whether it's from making predictions, connections, or learning new words or ideas from "context clues".
What you can do at home: Ask your child to write you a letter responding to the reading they are doing at home. Ask them to include points about what they are thinking, predictions they are making, connections, and questions they are pondering. Most importantly, have them read, read, read.
Students have been gathering many ideas for writing stories through great books. Each book offers a new idea for writing. Some ideas for writing that we've drafted stories from so far are: People I can write about, Memories from my life, or A story with a character that's similar to me. As we use books to discuss how to be a writer, our ideas section will grow. It's also ok to be working on several stories at the same time. We will choose one of those stories to publish in November.
What you can do at home: Ask your child to think about one of the ideas they have in their ideas section or that we have discussed to write a story. If your child is on vacation, have them write about that vacation, and include specific details about it. This can also be done as a diary or journal.
We are using maps, atlases, Encyclopedias and internet sources to learn about maps and geography
What you can do at home: Visit one of the many great monuments in Washington DC to see our government in action (Archives, Capitol, Mt Vernon). Look at maps on pamphlets, GPS systems, and books to discuss them. Have your child create a treasure map with a title, key, and scale.
We are learning about animal food chains and ecosystems. Living things have adaptations that help them survive in their environments.
What you can do at home: Ask your child to describe, write about, or illustrate an animal life cycle, or animals camouflaging, mimicking, hibernating, or migrating. Sign onto blackboard and visit the interactive science book "science fusion" and read about unit 3. If on vacation, have students point out animals they see and discuss their physical adaptations (body parts) or their behavioral adaptations (how they behave to survive). Also, visit the "3rd Grade Links" on the left to visit the science websites on animals.
We are learning addition and subtraction with money and expressing numbers to the hundred thousands place. Students are practicing checking subtraction with addition, and making change from purchases up to $5.00.
Standard form - 172, 304
Expanded form - 100,000 + 70,000 + 2,000 + 300 + 4
Word form - One hundred seventy two thousand, three hundred four
Comparing Numbers < > or =
Line up your numbers vertically to compare each place value.
What you can do at home: Visit the "3rd Grade Links" on the left and practice some of the math activities. For place value, we are learning up to the hundred thousands place (100,000). Students should be able to write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form. Provide them one of those expressions, and have your child complete the other ways to express it.