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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

3rd Grade

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    Posted by 3rd Grade Teachers at 10/16/2014
    GCP Service Project - Heifer International
     

    Since 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.

    As Global Citizens, students will address culture, environment, social justice, and a culture of peace through this fundraising project for Heifer International.

    Students 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 gift animal 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!

    After 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.

    To learn more about Heifer international, visit http://www.heifer.org.

     
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    Get conversations started at home by discussing these current learning topics, or practice what we are studying if your child is absent.
     
    Reading
    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.
     
    Writing
    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.
     
    Social Studies
    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.
     
    Science
    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.
     
    Math
    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.
     
    Place Value
    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.
    32,454
    32,502  
     
    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. 
     
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