Read-a-Thon kick off is Friday, January 30!
You can still sign up for the Read-a-thon at http://www.read-a-thon.com/readers.
We are "kicking off" the Read-a-thon next Friday with an assembly!!
Ashlawn’s SHARE YOUR LOVE FOOD DRIVE is right around the corner…
Starting Monday, and throughout the week of February 9-13, we will be accepting food donations. Students may drop off the food items in the main entrance hallway each morning.
A.F.A.C. (Arlington’s Food Assistance Center) has requested these items in particular:
Low-Sodium / Low-Sugar
• Canned meat/fish
• Canned vegetables
• Canned beans
• Low sodium soups
Please share your love and bring in some food donations for A.F.A.C. this Valentine’s season.
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 learning how to summarize what we are reading. We are also 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. Students have been learning how to revise their writing by focusing on improving vocabulary, adding sensory details, and working with writing partners to share ideas for improvements.
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. We recently finished learning about ancient Greece, and are now learning about ancient Rome.
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 recently learned about animal food chains and ecosystems. Living things have adaptations that help them survive in their environments. In late January 3rd graders will visit the Outdoor Lab to learning about simple machines (as well as ecosystems). We will continue learning about simple machines as part of our next science unit.
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 multiplication and division. These operations have to do with things that come in equal groups. Students will learn their facts to the 12s tables.
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.