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Third Grade

Week of April 8, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

4/10 - APS Countywide Art Show Syphax Ed Center 6:30-8PM

4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30PM) We will follow a PM Assembly Schedule

4/26 - Field trip to the Natural History Museum

4/28 - Discovery & Barrett Day at the Outdoor Lab (12-3PM)

5/02 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)

Turn in permission slip to the National History Museum by April 25, 2019. If you are interested in chaperoning, contact your child's teacher.  

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week, mathematicians finished their learning on measurement, thinking about metric benchmarks and volume. One of our favorite activities was measuring our body parts such as our head and arm. We learned about Gallon Kingdom to help us keep track of gallons, quarts, pints, and cups.

Reading

This week, readers finished their unit on Character Studies. We celebrated the unit by creating iMovies or Google Slides. Students named their fiction book, created a story mountain, identified character traits and character change, and shared the lesson the character learned. Each of these components was included in the movie or slide presentation.

Writing

Writers published their fairytale adaptations by fancying up their writing. They continued to use checklists and to meet with writing partners to be sure they included all the parts- backstory, narration, 2 or 3 small moment scenes, ending. Students celebrated their hard work on adapting fairytales by noticing “glows” in one another’s writing.

Social Studies

Students continued to learn about Ancient Mali this week. They learned about specialized jobs, including griots. Griots were the storytellers of Ancient Mali who passed along oral history, as there was no written language. They also learned how Ancient Mali had to adapt to its environment, including trading gold.

Week of April 2, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

4/10 - APS Countywide Art Show Syphax Ed Center 6:30-8PM

4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30PM) We will follow a PM Assembly Schedule

4/28 - Discovery & Barrett Day at the Outdoor Lab (12-3PM)

5/02 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians finished our Geometry and Patterns unit and have started a new unit on measurement.  We have been working on measuring length using US customary units (inches,½ and inch, feet, yard) and next week will continue our study of measurement (length and volume )using US Customary units and the Metric system.  

Reading

This week we started our new read aloud chapter book Dyamonde Daniels. We started noticing the similarities between Dyamonde and Opal, the main character in Because of Winn Dixie. Ask your child about their first impression of Dyamonde! Students also started comparing two characters from fiction books they have read during our characters unit. One tool they will use to compare and contrast is a Venn diagram.

Writing

Writers are in full editing and publishing mode! And, wow! They are full of creativity!  Students will be sharing their adapted fairy tales with classmates and buddy classes next week before spring break.

Social Studies

This week we started learning about the ancient Mali civilization. Students learned about ancient Mali’s geography, the city of Timbuktu, government, and culture. Ancient Mali had kings. A very famous Mali king was Mansa Musa. You can learn some more about Mali kings here. 

Week of March 25, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30PM), Knights of Columbus

4/01 - No School - Teacher ‘Work Day

4/01 - Family Day at the Art Museum—The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden                                

           10:30 am

4/10 - APS Countywide Art Show Syphax Ed Center 6:30-8PM

4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30PM) We will follow a PM Assembly Schedule

4/28 - Discovery & Barrett Day at the Outdoor Lab (12-3PM)

5/02 - Game Night (6:30-8:00, Dining Commons)

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week, mathematicians used pattern blocks to combine and subdivide polygons.  Students also used tracing paper to determine if shapes were congruent (same shape and size). Finally, mathematicians identified, found the missing term, and created patterns that were growing and repeating.  Next week, we will start our measurement unit!

Reading

Readers have been busy reading their fiction books in small book clubs.  Students have been paying close attention to how the secondary characters in their stories help the main character along his or her journey.  As we finish our class book, Winn-Dixie, students have been thinking about the main characters and how they resolve their biggest problems.  Readers continue to look at the story mountain using it as a tool to better understand how the characters change throughout the story!

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Writing

This week, writers finished their first fairy tale adaptation.  Ask your child about how they adapted their fairy tale and what they changed.  Below are some things they thought about while writing their stories.  Students are starting to write their second fairy tale.  Ask them which one they choose to adapt!    

Science

 Scientists finished learning about the Earth and moon.  How well do you know the phases of the moon?  

Next, we will be starting our Social Studies unit about ancient civilizations!

Week of March 18, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)

3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)

3/28 - Field Trip 9:30am-1:30pm

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30PM), Knights of Columbus

4/01 - No School - Teacher ‘Work Day

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians started our new Geometry unit!  Look what we have been learning about:

Reading

We have continued reading Winn Dixie and discussing how characters change throughout the story.  We also learned about a Story Mountain and how many stories are shaped like a mountain:

   

Writing

This week writers continued to plan their adaptations by setting the stage, introducing trouble, and ending their stories with life lessons and refrains. They also learned about adding narration to stitch their scenes together and to wrap up their stories at the end.

Science

Students are starting a new science unit about the moon and Earth as a follow up to our visit to the planetarium earlier in the year.  Students are exploring patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides.  

Week of March 11, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

3/14-3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day (8-8:45AM, North Playground)

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting (3:50-4:45PM, Collaboration Common)

3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)

3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30PM), Knights of Columbus

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15thfor author Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books atwww.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

In math, we have been adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators.  Mathematicians have also been working on putting fractions with uncommon denominators in order on a number line.  Students have been using landmarks like ½ to figure out if the fraction is equal to a half

( 2/4 or 4/8) greater than half (⅔ or ⅘) or less than a half (⅓ or  2/8).    Next week we will start our geometry unit.

Reading

Students continue to enjoy the book Winn Dixie which we use as a mentor text to understand how characters change and grow throughout a book.  Here are some tips to help readers know and better understand the main character:

Writing

This week we started our fairy tale unit. After analyzing different aspects of fairy tales, it is time for the students to write their own! They will take a classic fairy tale and write a different version of it.  Writers call this kind of writing an “adaptation.”  

Science

Scientists are concluding their unit on matter and getting ready to start the next science unit on the Earth and moon.  This might be a good time to spend some time outside and look up at the sky!!

Week of March 4, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

3/4 - 3/8 Swimming Unit: Stoker and Alverson, Last day is MONDAY

3/7 - Early Release Day for Parent Teacher Conferences

3/8 - No School for Students, Parent Teacher Conferences

3/13 - Early Release Day

3/14-3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day (8-8:45AM, North Playground)

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting (3:50-4:45PM, Collaboration Common)

3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)

3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30PM), Knights of Columbus

Book Orders forms - due Friday March 15thforauthor Sarah Weeks – do not wait.

  • Sarah will be visiting Discovery on Tuesday April 9th. She is the author of over fifty books for children of all ages.
  • Some have already been inspired to check out the recipes in her novel Pie. There is some talk of a cheese “charving” (chewing carving) contest inspired by her wacky Oggie Cooder series. Other students have already met those two quirky cats featured in her Mac and Cheese series.  
  • You can find out more information about all her books atwww.SarahWeeks.com
  • You can access a book order form with book descriptions at Peachjar here or in the library or a student’s backpack near you.

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians started part 2 of our fraction unit.  Students worked on adding fractions with like denominators.  When the sum was greater than a whole, mathematicians expressed their answers as an improper fraction as well as a mixed number.  Remind your child to look for fractions all around - a pan of brownies, pizzas, cups of drinks. What fractions can your mathematician find at the dinner table?

Reading

This week we began our new reading unit on character studies.  During this unit we will dig deep into our thinking about characters-why do they do what they do? What are their character traits?  How do secondary characters support the main character?   We began our new read-aloud, Because of Winn Dixie.  Ask your child about their first impression of the main character, Opal.  

Writing

This week, writers began the fairy tale unit by immersing themselves in different fairy tales - Little Red Riding Hood, 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and many, many more.  Ask your child which was his/her favorite!  In addition we discussed things to look for in fairy tales. See the anchor chart below:

Science

Scientists continued their study of matter by conducting an experiment. Ask your child what happened to salt when hot water was added and then when cool water was added to the salt in a separate container.  Scientists also discussed the terms dissolve and evaporation.

 In addition, students also discussed that in a physical change, the kind of matter stays the same. Its identity does not change. For example: folding, tearing, and cutting are all physical changes. Below are some other examples of physical changes:

And there are also chemical changes- in a chemical change, new kinds of matter are formed. Some chemical changes can be reversed by using chemicals. But most of the chemical changes you see cannot be reversed.

Week of February 26, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

2/25-3/1 Swimming Unit: Clark and Scopellite

3/4 - 3/8 Swimming Unit: Stoker and Alverson

3/7 - Early Release Day for Parent Teacher Conferences

3/8 - No School for Students, Parent Teacher Conferences

3/13 - Early Release Day

3/14-3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day (8-8:45AM, North Playground)

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting (3:50-4:45PM, Collaboration Common)

3/19 - Family Fitness Night (6:30-8PM, Gym)

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting (8:15-8:50AM, Collaboration Commons)

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, TBD)

3/23 - Friendship 5K (Discovery)

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social (6:30-10:30PM), Knights of Columbus

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians worked on creating and solving division story problems with larger numbers.  Students also worked on equivalency by sorting math expressions into Equal and Not Equal

We worked on finding the missing number to make the expressions equivalent as well.  Have your mathematician tell you what numbers are missing below:

Reading

This week we wrapped up our nonfiction unit in reading! As a culminating activity, students were asked to create an award that could be given to a nonfiction author or illustrator.  When creating the award, students had to identify an important person who made a contribution to our world.  The award was named after that person.  Students also chose a book that they thought should be honored with this award. It was so exciting to see student’s nonfiction knowledge put to work when creating these awards.  Students will be sharing their awards with classmates this week.  Make sure to ask your child about his/her award!  

Writing

This week writers worked on fancying up their final draft of their nonfiction books using an informational writing checklist. They shared their final published piece with all of third grade during a Publishing Party. Writers complimented each other on some of the skills they learned in the unit: creating paragraphs with main ideas, elaborating using comparisons and micro-stories, and many more.

Science

This week we began our unit on Matter. Students learned about physical properties. Students identified the physical properties of items in the classroom then sorted them. At home, as your child to sort and identify objects in your home based off of their physical properties.

Week of February 19, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)

2/25-3/1 Swimming Unit: Clark and Scopellite

3/4 - 4/8 Swimming Unit: Stoker and Alverson

3/19 Family Fitness Night

Please turn in swimming permission slips no later than the morning of February 25, 2019. 

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week, mathematicians have been working on solving and creating math story problems in which one of the two numbers is greater than 12.  Students have been practicing by using these 4 different strategies to solve and double check work:

Continue to have your child practice REFLEX 10 minutes daily to improve fact fluency.

Reading

This week, readers continued to enjoy reading narrative non-fiction, including biographies. Students have been working on different ways to summarize after reading a biography.  Here are some tips to help your reader at home:

Writing

3rd Grade writers have been working hard on writing, revising, and editing their informational books. Writers analyzed their paragraphs and discovered that paragraphs separate not just words into sentences, but also whole groups of sentences into topics. Soon they will begin their final published piece!  Ask your writer what topic he/she is writing a book about!

Social Studies

This week students learned about specialization. Specialization is when a person or company specializes in doing one part of a task. They focus on that one part and depend on other people to complete everything else.

In class we used this pizzeria as an example. Each chef has their own specialized job. Together, their task is to make a pizza. Ask your child to teach you what specialization is with this image.

Week of February 11, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

2/15 Jersey/Sports Team Spirit Day

2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians worked on dividing larger numbers using these 4 strategies: set model, number line, related facts and repeated subtraction. Using UPSC (Understand, Plan, Solve, and Check) to organize their thinking, students used the four strategies to solve math adventures involving  multiplication and division with larger numbers.  Ask your mathematician which strategy they prefer for solving division problems with larger numbers!  And of course, remind your student to practice REFLEX everyday for 10 minutes to help with automaticity of math facts with smaller numbers!

Reading

This week we continued to focus on strategies for reading Narrative nonfiction books, especially biographies.  We learned that there are two types of information we gain when we read biographies.  One is the information of the story.  This type of information tells us about the person’s life, tells us why they are important in history, and why we remember them, but also tells us details about their lives.  The second type of information we gain is information about the time in history that this person live in or scientific information we can learn while reading about this person.  We figured out that when reading biographies we combine the skills that we use when reading fiction and nonfiction stories.  Ask your child to tell you about the important people they have been reading about this week!  

Writing

This week writers put themselves in their reader’s shoes to clear up any confusion their readers might have when reading their stories. They did this by elaborating and receiving feedback from their partners. Writers also explored text features they could add to their writing to make their nonfiction books more engaging for their readers.

Social Studies

This week students learned about economic choice and opportunity cost. If you are deciding between milk or dark chocolate this Valentine’s day, the option you choose is your economic choice. What you did not choose is your opportunity cost. At home ask your child what choices they have made this past week and what their opportunity costs were.

Week of February 4, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

2/8 DJ Dance Party (6:30-8PM, Gym)

2/13 Early Release Day

2/13 Q2 Electronic progress reports shared with families

2/13 Q2 SPED progress reports go home to families

2/14 Valentine’s Exchange. Reach out to your classroom’s room parent for details.

2/15 Jersey/Sports Team Spirit Day

2/21 World Heritage Night (6-8PM, Dining Commons, Gym, Hedge)

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Multiplication is the topic of our mathematician’s learning this week.  We reviewed strategies that we learned earlier in the year-set models, skip counting, and repeated addition.  We also began to learn strategies for 2 digit x 1 digit.  

One strategy is using repeated addition.  42 x 2= 42+42= 84

Another strategy is using set models.  

42 x 2=      

42

42

And the last model we used was the area model.

 

For this model, students break apart the bigger number into tens and ones and then multiply each part.  

Ask your child to show you this strategy at home!

Reading

This week readers learned that when reading nonfiction, it is important to recognize the differences between expository (books with headings and subheadings) and narrative (books told more like a story, i.e. biography) types of nonfiction.  

When we read expository books, we can summarize it using the main idea and supporting details.  When we read narrative nonfiction books, we read and summarize it much like when we read a fiction story. We also discussed that when reading biographies we as readers know that the main idea of the book will be about why a person is remembered or famous.  For example, Lebron James is known for his exceptional basketball skills, so a biography about him would most likely be about how and why he is a famous basketball player.  Ask your child to tell you about the biographies they are reading at school!  

Writing

This week, writers crafted introductions and conclusions for their nonfiction books. They did this by asking their readers questions, using quotes, including “expert” vocabulary and leaving the reader thinking. Writers challenged themselves to also add introductions and conclusions to each chapter in their books. Finally, writers took stock of their writing goals and used checklist to help improve their writing.

Social Studies

This week students learned that producers are those who provide goods and services. Producers are teachers, bakers, mailmen, and policemen! There are many different types of producers. Consumers are people who pay to receive goods and services. Ask your child if they have ever been a consumer.  Students also learned about three types of resources- human, natural and capital. In class, we referenced the three little pigs. The story of the three little pigs has examples of all three resources.

When you’re out and about this weekend, ask your child to point out examples of the resources you see.

Week of January 29, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

2/13 Early Release

2/18 President's Day No School

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians continued to learn how to “make change” in the context of story problems. They used strategies such as counting on, the numberline, the compensation strategy and algorithms to help solve the problems.

Reading

This week we continued to become experts at reading nonfiction.  We learned that when reading informational texts, skilled readers talk back to the author’s ideas about a topic just like we might talk back to a character’s ideas about something, or to a parent’s ideas about something.  Sometimes a reader says, “I see what you are saying, but I see things differently.  We learned that authors of nonfiction tell us facts that will support their opinions on a topic, and we as the reader need to decide if we agree with that opinion.  

Writing

This week, writers learned to balance facts and big ideas in their nonfiction books. They did this by writing a clear topic sentence with a big idea and then finding facts to support that main idea. Writers also became researchers, looking at various databases to increase their expertise on their topic. Finally, writers used informational writing checklists to revise their nonfiction books.

Social Studies

This week we began our Economics unit. Students learned about goods, services, wants and needs. When you go to the store this weekend, ask your child to point out any examples of these terms.

Week of January 22, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

1/28 Teacher Work Day No School

1/31 Third Grade will go to the music concert at Williamsburg Middle School at 1:15PM

2/13 Early Release

2/18 President's Day No School

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians were busy this week building their counting money skills!  We reviewed strategies for counting groups of coins and bills such as:  starting from the largest amount and counting on with the smaller denominations and putting coins into friendly groups (groups that equal $0.25, $0.50, $1.00).

We also reviewed strategies for making change from $1.00.  One strategy that we worked on was counting up from the subtracted number- $1.00-.$0.45, start at 45 and count by 5’s or other friendly numbers to get to $1.00, then calculating the amount that was counted up.  Another strategy was using a whole-part-part mat to create a subtraction sentence in order to find the missing part.  

Whole

$1.00

Part

$0.45

Part

?

Reading

 This week  readers noticed when reading expository nonfiction, sometimes the main idea of a passage or chapter changes.   They learned to read nonfiction with an open mind, ready to change their thinking when new information is introduced. We also learned that the difference between a boring text and a fascinating text is not the text itself, but it is the person reading it.  We are challenging ourselves to be  fabulous nonfiction readers, We want to be the kind of people who find the world to be a fascinating place.

Writing

Writers learned new writing moves this week as they continue their nonfiction books. They studied mentor texts to see how authors elaborated within their chapters. An example of this is the inclusion of anecdotes. Writers also learned how to tie chapters and paragraphs within chapters together using transition words.

Science

To conclude our animals and ecosystems unit, students created a triorama to display the habitats and animals they invented last week. On the triorama, students included diagrams, pictures, paragraphs, and labels to tell all about their animal and where it lives. Next week we will start our Economics unit in social studies.

Week of January 14, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

1/16 Early Release

1/16 Field trip forms due

1/17 Field trip to the National Gallery of Art

1/21 MLK Day No School

1/28 Teacher Work Day No School

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week in math students continued working on solving addition and subtraction word problems. We also started our new unit on money. Students counted coins and created different combinations of them. Have your child practice counting combinations of coins at home. Some strategies to use when counting money are counting on, starting with the highest value, or grouping coins/bills.

Reading

During this short week we have added some new tools to our reading toolbox.  We learned that the main idea of a text tells us what the text is mostly about.  Ask your child to share how to look for a pop-out sentence that tells the main idea.  

Writing

This week, writers organized their informational writing into parts or chapters. They learned that you can then organize the information within each chapter like a mini table of contents. Finally, writers tried out different structures of writing like compare and contrast and problem/solution within their chapters.

Science

This week scientists started creating their own habitats and animals. Students used their knowledge on ecosystems, behavioral, and physical adaptations to create an animal that could live in their own habitat. Ask your child what animal they created, if they have any adaptations, and why those adaptations help it survive in its environment.  

Week of January 7, 2019

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

1/16 Early Release

1/16 Field trip forms due

1/17 Field trip to the National Gallery of Art.

1/21 MLK Day No School

1/28 Teacher Work Day No School

Happy New Year! 

Field Trip Announcement

The National Gallery of Art is currently closed due to the government shut down. If the government opens by January 16th, the field trip is still on for January 17th. If the government remains closed until January 16th, we will not go on the field trip and it will be a regular day at school.

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities every day.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians have been working very hard on solving addition and subtraction word problems, this week.  Students practiced using the UPSC construct to help Understand, Plan, Solve and Check their answers.  3rd graders created their own word stories too!  Next week, mathematicians will be starting the money unit!  

Reading

This week we began our new reading unit:  Reading to Learn: Nonfiction.  Students learned that before you even begin reading a nonfiction book, you need to preview the book, find out how the book is organized, and get an idea of how it will go. Students previewed short non-fiction texts, looking at the different text features such as heading, subheading, captions, photos, maps.  Based on these text features, students were able to make a prediction about what they might learn when reading this text.  We also learned about a tool that we can use when summarizing a nonfiction text.  The tool is your hand!  Think of summarizing like this: the main idea is in your palm, and the key points are on your fingers.  Ask your child to show you how to use this tool!  

Writing

This week writers began the nonfiction unit by brainstorming topics that they were experts on. They wrote flash drafts, writing long and strong about their topics. Writers began to organize their ideas on their topics by creating a table of contents. Next week, writers will continue to learn how to organize their nonfiction writing.

Science

This week we learned more about food chains. Food chains show the transfer of energy between organisms in an ecosystem. Students learned key words such as decomposer, consumer, producer, herbivore, and carnivore. Each part in a food chain is important. If one part of the food chain goes away, the entire chain collapses.

 

Week of December 17, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

12/21 Winter Celebration. Contact your classroom’s room parent if you have questions.

12/24 -  1/4  Winter Break

1/16 Early Release

1/21 MLK Day No School

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

Vocabulary Spelling City

  • Students will be using VocabularySpellingCity for word study. VocabularySpellingCity is an app that allows students to gain and retain word knowledge through practice with engaging vocabulary, spelling, writing and phonics activities.
  • Your child is to use their iPad to play on VocabularySpelling City. Your child was given their login information in class. Once logged in, students will have access to his/her word list, plus any assignments that have been created. Please be sure that your child is properly logged in to VocabularySpellingCity to ensure that any activity is recorded and credited.
  •  As parents, you can access VocabularySpellingCity online at https://www.spellingcity.com or by looking at your child’s iPad. Log in with your child’s login information. To view your child’s progress, visit My Records. You’ll be able to see your child’s activity, including words missed and time on task.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week mathematicians used their knowledge on place value to compare numbers with six and five digits. Students also rounded numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand. Over the break, continue to have your child practice reading large numbers. Invite them to compare them to each other too!

Reading

This week readers immersed themselves in different non fictions books! In preparation for our next unit, students explored nonfiction text structures. We are so excited to begin our next unit!

Writing

This week writers published their literary essays. They celebrated their growth in opinion writing by having a Publishing Party where they wrote “glows” about each other’s writing. Final pieces included essays on read aloud characters and mystery book characters. Opinions included claims that characters were responsible or clever, as well as claims that a character changed across the book.

Science

This week students reviewed different types of ecosystems and started discussions about food chains . After the break we will learn more about food chains.  

Week of December 10, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

12/10 - 12/14 - Book Fair

12/21 Winter Celebration. Contact your classroom’s room parent if you have questions.

12/24 -  1/4  Winter Break

1/16 Early Release

1/21 MLK Day No School

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday. Students are expected to play 2-3 complete activities on VocabularySpellingCity a week.

Vocabulary Spelling City

  • Students will be using VocabularySpellingCity for word study. VocabularySpellingCity is an app that allows students to gain and retain word knowledge through practice with engaging vocabulary, spelling, writing and phonics activities.
  • Your child is to use their iPad to play on VocabularySpelling City. Your child was given their login information in class. Once logged in, students will have access to his/her word list, plus any assignments that have been created. Please be sure that your child is properly logged in to VocabularySpellingCity to ensure that any activity is recorded and credited.
  •  As parents, you can access VocabularySpellingCity online at https://www.spellingcity.com or by looking at your child’s iPad. Log in with your child’s login information. To view your child’s progress, visit My Records. You’ll be able to see your child’s activity, including words missed and time on task.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians have been working on reading and writing 6 digit numbers. Students have been using standard form, written form, expanded form and Base 10 to represent these large numbers.  At home, encourage your child to look for numbers everywhere - magazines, newspapers, food labels.  Invite your child to practice and read those numbers whenever there is an opportunity.  Next week, mathematicians will be rounding, comparing, ordering, and solving word problems using large numbers.  Remember that your child should be practicing REFLEX 10 minutes, 3-4 days a week!

Reading

This week we are concluding our Mystery Unit and next week students will be immersed in a variety of non-fiction literature in preparation for our Non Fiction Reading Unit!  Remember, your child should be reading 20 minutes a day at home!

Writing

This week writers used opinion writing rubrics to fancy up their literary essays. They checked to make sure their essays included introductions and conclusions, as well as transition words and elaboration. Next week writers will publish one literary essay to conclude the unit.

Science

Scientists learned about ecosystems this week! Students learned that ecosystems have three main parts: communities, populations, and habitats. Habitats have both living and nonliving things too! Ask your student what big ideas they learned about ecosystems.

Week of December 3, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

112/7 - Battle of the Books (9:00-10:30AM, Gym)

12/10 - 12/14 - Book Fair

12/12 - Early Release - Teacher Professional Development

12/12 - Book Fair Joke-o-Rama Extravaganza (6-8:00PM, Library)

12/21 Winter Celebration. Contact your classroom’s room parent if you have questions.

12/24 -  1/4  Winter Break

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians are finishing the first part of our fraction unit by comparing fractions with the same numerator (⅓ and ¼) or same denominator (¾ and 2/4).  Later in the year, we will be revisiting fractions and building upon our knowledge.  Throughout the year, keep an eye out for fractions around your home, in your kitchen, and around your neighborhood.  At the end of the week, we are growing our thinking from first quarter around place value up to the hundred thousands place.

Reading

This week Mystery readers have been thinking about what’s the same across all mysteries. This has helped us make predictions as we think about how do mystery books usually go.  

Readers have also been busy asking themselves, ‘What kind of mind-work does this text want me to do?’ Students have learned that mysteries will sometimes signal, ‘Read fast,’ and sometimes, ‘Read closely, slowly.”  As a result, your explorer is noticing the clues that the author has left for them and they are growing their thinking as they read.  Try it out with something you are reading, see if you can spot a place where the author is giving you information or asking you to make a mental movie of what is going on in the story.  This will help you make a connection to the kind of learning we are doing and give you an opportunity to have a great conversation with your child about it!  

Writing

Writers this week have collected evidence to support their big, bold opinions about a character in their mystery books.  Students have begun to draft their second essay.  Next week students will decide which of their essays they would like to choose as their final draft.  Ask your child to tell you about the characters they are writing about.  

Science

Hibernation, migration, sharp beaks, changing skin color, suction cup feet…  what are all of those things?  Animal Adaptations of course!  Students learned that there are two different categories for adaptations- physical and behavioral. Students explored and described different types of physical and behavioral adaptations animals have.

Week of November 26, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

11/30 - Tree Water Bag Removal (7:30pm Solar Plaza)

12/4 - C.A.R.E.S. Assembly (2:45-3:30PM, Gym)

12/4 - Chorus Concert (6:30-7PM, Gym)

12/4 - PTA Meeting (7-8PM, Dining Commons)

12/7 - Battle of the Books (9:00-10:30AM, Gym)

12/10 - 12/14 - Book Fair

12/12 - Early Release - Teacher Professional Development

12/12 - Book Fair Joke-o-Rama Extravaganza (6-8:00PM, Library)

12/24 -  1/4  Winter Break

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians have continued learning about fractions. We discovered that not only can fractions appear in an area/region or as a set but also on a number line.  Each student created their own fraction kit which we are using to help us compare fractions.  

Reading

Students have been investigating characteristics of mystery books and how that can help you be a stronger mystery reader. 

 

Writing

Writers are finishing their revisions to the “Those Shoes” essay. Students worked on writing introductions which hooked the reader and made the reader want to keep reading. And students practiced writing a conclusion that ended with a bang by reflecting on a lesson learned or making a personal connection to the story while restating the thesis/opinion.  Writers are starting to compose a second essay incorporating many of the strategies they have been practicing the past two weeks.  

Science

Third grade scientists have been learning about simple machines.  Did you know that there are six kinds of simple machines?  Ask your scientist what they are!  We also discovered that when you combine two or more simple machines a compound machine is created. Students enjoyed an interactive science lesson with retired engineer, Mr. Jessup, who built and demonstrated different simple machines and how they can make our lives easier!

Week of November 12, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

11/16 Play before your day

11/16 Student Success Chat, 9-10 am

11/19 Outdoor lab for Stoker/Alverson 

11/20 Outdoor Lab Clark/Scopellite

11/20 Scrabble Day

11/21- 23  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Homework

During second quarter, third graders should be reading 20 minutes daily, doing REFLEX app 3-4 days a week for 10 minutes to build math fact fluency, and solving a Problem of the Day (POD).  Remember to bring the completed math POD sheet back to school every Friday

Field trip

Our trip to the outdoor lab is coming up on 11/19 and 11/20 (see above for class dates).  Permission slips came home in last week’s Friday folder.  Please send them back by tomorrow 11/16.  Thanks!

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians have been busy exploring fractions. We learned that fractions can appear in an area/region or as a set.  We started to learn about mixed numbers and improper fractions, too!  Mathematicians Keep practicing your fact fluency with REFLEX

Reading

This week readers learned strategies for remembering what ’they already read,  One strategy we learned was to pause at the end of a chapter and think, “What’s the main event that happened?  Are there small details that really matter?” Readers also think about the common characteristics of mystery books.  Lastly, sharing your thoughts and questions with a partner can be another helpful strategy for understanding our books! 

Writing

Writers began revisions of their literary essays this week. They worked on elaborating on their evidence by using phrases such as “This shows how…” or “This matters because…” Writers also worked on using transitional phrases in their literary essays to make their writing sound smooth. They will continue working on revisions next week, including introductions and conclusions.

Social Studies

Third grade cartographers created a map of a new imaginary place. Ask them what physical features their place has, what body of water it is near, and what hemisphere it’s on.

Week of November 5, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

11/16 Play before your day

11/16 Student Success Chat, 9-10 am

11/19 Outdoor lab for Stoker/Alverson 

11/20 Outdoor Lab Clark/Scopellite

11/20 Scrabble Day

11/21- 23  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Field trip

Our trip to the outdoor lab is coming up on 11/19 and 11/20 (see above for class dates).  Permission slips will be coming home tomorrow in Friday folders.  Please send them back ASAP.  Thanks! We will need 4 chaperones per class.  Look for an email from your classroom teacher for details on volunteering.  

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians have been busy using different strategies to solve division.  We learned 2 new division models - numberline and fact families and reviewed two others from last week - repeated subtraction and equal groups.  These 4 models have helped us to grow our understanding of division and what division means.  Students will be solving and creating division word problems.  Your child should be doing REFLEX on the IPad, 3-5 days a week.

Reading

This week mystery readers learned how to tackle the tricky parts.  We focused on two types of tricky parts:

  1. the beginning of a mystery when you are introduced to so many characters and it’s hard to keep track of who is who.  
  2. Open dialogue and how to figure out who is talking when the character hasn’t been named.  

Some strategies we found for each are listed below:  

The beginning has lots of suspects and clues and you aren’t sure what is important

  • Reread to pick up more clues
  • Talk to a partner about that part
  • Use symbols or color-code to keep track of each character
  • Jot down the clues and sort them later
  • Keep reading forward, and then go back and reread for clues that you didn’t know were clues until you looked back.

Dialogue without tags

  • Read that part out loud and try to sound like the characters
  • Reread that part to figure out what makes sense
  • Think about how a character usually talks
  • Look for a pattern-usually people take turns in conversations

Ask your explorer to share how they use these strategies in their books!  

Writing

This week writers began writing literary essays using the book Those Shoes. They generated an opinion and supported it with evidence from the text. Writers used a “boxes and bullets” template to organize their thinking.

Social Studies

We have been busy identifying continents and oceans on a world map, as well as exploring important rivers and mountain ranges in the USA.  Ask your child to share some of their new knowledge with you!  

Week of October 29, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

11/5 CARES assembly 9:15-10 am

11/5 Community build for Hydroponics 4-6 pm

11/6 No school for students

11/16 Play before your day

11/16 Student Success Chat, 9-10 am

11/19 Outdoor lab for Stoker/Alverson 

11/20 Outdoor Lab Clark/Scopellite

11/20 Scrabble Day

11/21- 23  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

 Don’t forget to opt into the PTA Directory

This directory provides Discovery Explorers’ names and contact information. Families find this information helpful when planning fun activities outside of school.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians finished part one of our multiplication unit and are now working on part one of our division unit.  They did a super job using the Explain Everything app to create an audio-visual presentation about the 4 different multiplication strategies they have been using.  Next, we will be exploring different strategies for solving division problems. A friendly reminder that students should NOT be doing DreamBox at home but should be using REFLEX to review addition and subtraction facts.  Did you know that 3rd Grade is looking for some math volunteers?  Ms. Torpy is looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Reading

Readers began their 2nd unit of study this week… MYSTERIES!  We learned that readers study the title, the book cover, and the blurb on the back of the book to get an idea about what mystery is going to be solved and who the crime solver will be when reading mystery books.  We also started to look for clues that the author leaves us to figure out who the suspects might be.  Based on those clues, we made  predictions about what might happen next in the story and what actions the crime solver or suspects might take. Ask your child to tell you about who is on their suspect list!  

Writing

This week, writers worked on crafting complete sentences with details.  We talked about what makes a complete sentence, as well as the different types of complete sentences (declarative, imperative, interrogative, exclamatory).  We learned the importance of varying sentence structure in our writing to make our pieces interesting for our readers. Writers learned the rules for capitalization, including distinguishing between proper and common nouns.  We also began thinking about how to choose punctuation marks that work best for our sentences.  Next week we will begin working on crafting literary essays about the character Jeremy in Those Shoes.

Social Studies

This week we started our map unit. Students learned how to read maps by using symbols, grids, and a compass rose. Third graders also started mapping a place they know well. Ask your child what place they decided to map out and what symbols they used on it.

Week of October 22, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

10/25 Early release for students at 1:26pm parent teacher conferences

10/26  No school for students, parent teacher conferences

10/31 Planetarium field trip - no parent chaperones needed

11/5 CARES assembly 9:15-10 am

11/5 Community build for Hydroponics 4-6 pm

11/6 No school for students

11/16 Play before your day

11/16 Student Success Chat, 9-10 am

11/19 Outdoor lab for Stoker/Alverson (chaperone info will be shared next

              week)

11/20 Outdoor Lab Clark/Scopellite  (chaperone info will be shared next

              week)

11/20 Scrabble Day

11/21- 23  No School, Thanksgiving Holdiay

 Don’t forget to opt into the PTA Directory

This directory provides Discovery Explorers’ names and contact information. Families find this information helpful when planning fun activities outside of school.

                                         Parent Teacher Conferences

A sign up genius link for parent teacher conferences has been shared via Discovery’s webpage.  Here is a link to it as well.  

Tardies and Absences 

If your child will be late or absent to school, please continue to email your child’s teacher and Claudia Taverna at the front desk.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

 Students were excited to start the multiplication unit by learning different strategies for solving multiplication problems using repeated addition, a number line, set model and arrays. It is important for students to understand strategies for solving multiplication problems before memorizing them as math facts.  Mathematicians are starting to use REFLEX to review addition and subtraction facts and will be using REFLEX to reinforce multiplication and division facts later in the year.  

We have been using Dreambox as a part of Math Workshop in 3rd grade.  Dreambox is an adaptive system to help students build their understanding of math at their own individual level.  Teachers in grades 1st through 5th at Discovery are using Dreambox in their classrooms formatively to help make decisions about students’ individual needs.  In order save the integrity of the data we are collecting, Dreambox lessons will just be done in school.  However,  students have the option of working in a section of Dreambox called “Collections” and “Personalization” after school or on weekends.  

Reading

Readers this week were busy finishing up tasks from our first reading unit:  Building a Reading Life.  Students continued to practice retelling their stories or a chapter in their book using the “Somebody Wanted, But, So, Then” strategy.  We also continued to practice making predictions and finding evidence in the story to support our predictions.

Classroom teachers worked to finish beginning of the year reading assessments, and data about your reader will be shared at conferences.  

We wrapped up the week with students reflecting on what they had accomplished as a reader this quarter and goals that they wanted to continue working towards in our upcoming reading unit, Mysteries.

 Ask your child to share their reading goals with you!

Writing

This week we continued to learn how to “fancy up” our writing before we published it.  We celebrated our writing by finding positive “glows” about each other’s writing. We accomplished this through a Museum Walk around the classroom, where we read a classmate’s story and then identified a spectacular writing move that we noticed in the writing.  

Science

This week students finished testing their hypothesis on the paper airplane experiment. Students analyzed the data they collected and reflected upon their original hypothesis. Was it correct? Was it incorrect? What changes could be made in the future if the experiment would be repeated again?

Week of October 15, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

10/18 Ecoaction meeting 8:50-9:35 am

10/19 Play before your Day 8-9am and Student Success Chat 9-10 am

10/21 Pumpkinfest 11:30-3

10/22 Community Build Hydroponics 4-6pm

10/25 Early release for students at 1:26pm parent teacher conferences

10/26  No school for students, parent teacher conferences

10/31 Planetarium field trip - no parent chaperones needed

11/5 CARES assembly 9:15-10 am

11/6 No school for students

 Don’t forget to opt into the PTA Directory

This directory provides Discovery Explorers’ names and contact information. Families find this information helpful when planning fun activities outside of school.

                                         Parent Teacher Conferences

A sign up genius link for parent teacher conferences has been shared via Discovery’s webpage.  Here is a link to it as well.  

Tardies and Absences 

If your child will be late or absent to school, please continue to email your child’s teacher and Claudia Taverna at the front desk.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Third Grade Mathematicians are finishing up the first segment of the addition/subtraction unit (involving numbers into the hundreds) which will be revisited later in the year (involving numbers into the thousands).  Ask your mathematician to show you how to add numbers using a number line, partial sums or an algorithm and how to subtract numbers using a number line, partial differences or algorithm.  Our next unit involves mathematicians using different strategies to multiply and divide.

This week, students were introduced to a new math app called DreamBox.  It is an engaging tool that complements our math workshop lessons. Here is some additional information about DreamBox

Students complete Dreambox lessons in class and then students have the option of working in a section of Dreambox called “Collections” and “Personalization” after school or on weekends.  Take a look . . .

Reading

This week Readers have been busy practicing their retelling and predicting skills.  Students learned that a summary is retelling a story in your own words and that a summary should be short, about three-five sentences, and should include the main ideas of the story, not details.

One strategy that we used to help us with retelling was to think about the story in terms of: Somebody Wanted, But So Then.  For example, in the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, There was a family of bears who went on a walk when a girl named Goldilocks came to their house.  She wanted to try out their food and belongings, but she found that some things were not fit for a girl, and some were just right.  Then she became tired after all of that exploring and in the end, when the bears returned home they found her in their home. They were not happy with all of the mess she had made.  

Ask your child to use the SWBST strategy mentioned above to tell you about stories they are reading at school!  

Writing

This week, writers chose one piece to revise for publishing.  We used a narrative writing checklist to edit our stories so that our writing is clear for our readers.  We also used a mentor text to guide revisions of our endings.  We added dialogue, internal thinking and imagery to leave the reader with a big and powerful feeling that they will remember after they finish reading our story.

Science

This week we started our first science unit of the year. Scientists learned about and practiced the scientific method with a paper airplane experiment. Students experimented to see which type of paper airplane would fly the longest. Ask your child what type of planes they tested, what their hypothesis was, and what data they collected.

Week of October 9, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

10/25 Early release for students at 1:26pm parent teacher conferences*

10/26  No school for students, parent teacher conferences*

                                         Parent Teacher Conferences

A sign up genius link for parent teacher conferences will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

Tardies and Absences 

If your child will be late or absent to school, please continue to email your child’s teacher and Claudia Taverna at the front desk.

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home. Please send your child to school with headphones for audio activities.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week,  we finished our place value unit and started our addition/subtraction unit. Mathematicians practiced adding numbers into the hundreds place, with and without regrouping.  In addition, students learned to round the addends to estimate if their sum is reasonable or not.  Of course, students were given opportunities to solve and/or create math adventures involving numbers!  Next week, students will focus on subtraction. Don’t forget to ask your child about their personalized learning tool:

Reading

This week readers learned that texts sometimes signal for the reader to ask questions. Often the questions are “How could that happen?” and “Why…?” Then readers think about the possible answers as they reread and rethink. We connected this to how sometimes when you are in a conversation with another person, they might say something that is really confusing, and you might say, “Huh? What do you mean?”  Readers can talk back to the text just like they do to people in real life.  We also spent some time looking for examples of figurative language in our books.  Ask your child to share an example they found!

Writing

Writers analyzed their writing to learn how to balance dialogue, action, and character thinking in their stories. They also added punctuation to their writing to show dialogue. Finally, they reflected on the writing process and how they have grown as writers across the unit.

Social Studies

This week students have been using their knowledge about the branches of government and have chosen two activities to represent their learning. Ask your child how they chose to share their learning. We will be transitioning to science next week.

Week of October 1, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

10/8  No school for students, teacher workday

10/10  Early release for students at 1:26pm

10/25 Early release for students at 1:26pm parent teacher conferences*

10/26  No school for students, parent teacher conferences*

Parent Teacher Conferences

A sign up genius link for parent teacher conferences will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians worked on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred to estimate while problem solving.  Ask your child about the 100 mile problem solving challenge in which they practiced their rounding skills!  Students are also working on creating equations to represent equivalent mathematical relationships, such as 25 + ______ = 75.

Reading

This week readers worked on adding some comprehension “tools” to their reading toolboxes.  We started the week taking a “grit” quiz that asked us questions about books we are reading, and what we do to help ourselves when choosing a book or when we get stuck while reading. We learned that a reader with grit can move over the hurdle of hard words and that readers with grit don’t give up.

We also learned that we can be word detectives by using the clues that author’s leave for us.  We learned that sometimes authors leave explanations, antonym clues, synonym clues, or other words that can help us figure out what a tricky word might mean. We had some great “Aha!” moments when reading our self-selected texts, ask your child to tell you about understanding tricky words in their books!  

 

Writing

During writing this week, writers practiced making plans using charts and previous writing as inspiration.  Writers were thoughtful about how to use revisions to inform new writing. They also learned to re-live their experiences through their writing by adding descriptive words.

Social Studies

This week students learned about state and local government systems. Students used their iPads to complete a choice board activity about government concepts. You can explore Arlington’s government systems by looking at this link with your child and talk about how our community comes together to make Arlington a better place.

Week of September 24, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

9/27  PTA bingo night

10/2 Picture day

10/8  No school for students, teacher workday

10/10  Early release for students at 1:26pm

10/25 Early release for students at 1:26pm parent teacher conferences*

10/26  No school for students, parent teacher conferences*

Parent Teacher Conferences

A sign up genius link for parent teacher conferences will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

iPad Expectations/Reminders:

Make sure your child comes to school with a FULLY charged iPad every day. As a parent/guardian, you have access to your child’s iPad at any time. We encourage you to regularly look at your child’s iPad to explore the apps that are being used in class and at home.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, Twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

Mathematicians were busy reviewing the place and value of 3 digit numbers this week using base 10 units.  We explored the idea that each place value increases by x 10 - 10 ones =1 ten, 10 tens= 100.  

We also explored different ways for making a number when more than 10 in a certain place was used.  For example, we made the number 425 using 4 hundreds, 2 tens, and 5 ones, then we explored another way using more that 10 tens- 3 hundreds 12 tens, and 5 ones.  Ask your child to show you different ways he/she can make a number using base ten units.  

Reading

Readers this week focused on making predictions based on what has happened already or based on their knowledge of how stories go.   We learned that thinking about the main things happening in the story could help us think about what might happen next.  

We ended our week by thinking about the importance of retelling a story to remind and help ourselves understand the story better.  You can practice this skill at home while watching a tv show together, reading a book together, or just watching the things happening around you on the soccer field, on car rides, or in your neighborhood.

Writing

This week, writers revised one of their drafts by choosing words that evoked feelings and by adding more to the most important parts in their stories. They included action, dialogue, and inner thinking. We also learned how to organize our writing into paragraphs. Next week, writers will begin to edit a new draft.

Social Studies

This week students learned about our nation’s government. Students reviews citizenship and learned about the three branches. Our government works together in different branches to maintain order in our country.

Week of September 17, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

9/26 6:30-7:30 Gifted Services Info Night grades 2-5, Innovation Commons

9/27  PTA bingo night

10/2 Picture day

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

We had a busy week in Math!  We learned and practiced cooperation and different math strategies as we launched the math workshop model in our classrooms. Students problem solved independently, in pairs, and in small groups as they played different math games during workshop time.  Hand signals were introduced to communicate  mathematical thinking.  We began our place value and patterns math unit!

Reading

We started administering the PALS reading assessment this week.  In the coming weeks, you will be provided with the results of this reading assessment which will tell you the level at which your child is currently reading.  

During reading workshop, we started to learn to use our reading comprehension skills by reading a page or chapter and then stopping to make sure that we understood what we had read.  Some questions we asked ourselves were:  Who is in this part? What just happened? Does it fit with something that already happened or is it new?

As you read aloud to your child or ask your child about the books they are reading, you can ask these comprehension check questions too.  

Writing

This week, writers kept track of their stories in their heads and continued to write their ideas down quickly.  We added personal dictionaries to our writing notebooks and writing partners practiced rehearsing their stories together.  We also used a mentor text to study ways to make leads that captivate an audience.

Social Studies

This week students celebrated Constitution Day by learning more about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Ask your child which of the 10 Rights they thought was most important to them. Students also learned more about being digital citizens. Explorers got iPads on Wednesday and reviewed what it meant to use technology appropriately and responsibly in our learning community.

Week of September 10, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

9/14 Dot Day

9/26 6:30-7:30 Gifted Services Info Night grades 2-5, Innovation Commons

9/27  PTA bingo night

10/2 Picture day

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

3rd grade mathematicians have been busy problem solvers this week.  Working collaboratively, students completed tasks, using problem solving strategies.  Ask your child to tell you about their math adventures this week!  

Reading

This week we thought about books that have been important to us.  We created a reading timeline of the special books.  We talked with partners about why we chose these books and why the were important.  We also spent time thinking about books that were just right, too easy, and too hard. Ask your child to tell you about a book that they are reading at school.  

Writing

This week, writers brain stormed story ideas by thinking about a person or place that is important to them.  Writers also used their senses to make their writing voice stronger.  As we begin our writing notebooks, we talked about how we will look back on our writing throughout the year to see how much we have grown and to keep improving our writing.

Social Studies

This week students continued to learn about community. Students applied their knowledge on classroom community to our country. Explorers learned about diversity, equality, and their human rights. Ask your child about what it means to treat other people equally both in and out of the classroom.

Week of September 3, 2018

General Notes

Here are some upcoming dates:

9/6 Ice Cream Social, PTA meeting 7 pm

9/12 Back To School Night 6:30-8, 3 20 minute sessions, choose one, 6:30-7, 7-7:30, 7:30-8

9/14 Dot Day

9/26 6:30-7:30 Gifted Services Info Night grades 2-5, Innovation Commons

9/27  PTA bingo night

10/2 Picture day

Additional Resources:

Want to keep up with Discovery’s events on your mobile phone? Subscribe to Discovery’s Google Calendar here. You can also check out Parent News!

Keep up with us on Twitter! In addition to the Learning Log, twitter is another great way for us all to stay connected. Links to our accounts are shown below.

Mrs. Alverson

Ms. Scopellite 

Ms. Clark 

Mrs. Stoker

Math

This week we started our math workshops, learning workshop routines, our roles, and how to be a mathematician. Our goal is to have a growth mindset while solving problems and practicing math skills. We started our Calendar Math and Which One Doesn’t Belong activities as our new number sense routines. We learned how to work together as a community to have successful math stations, activities, and math talk.

Reading

We began building our reading lives this week in reading workshop.  We learned about finding reading spots that allow us to get lost in our books, about choosing books we love,  and about choosing to read books as if they were gold as opposed to a curmudgeon.  Ask your child to tell you about that new vocabulary word!  

Writing

This week students were busy getting ready for writing workshop.  We wrote our first piece of writing.  By the end of the week, we will set goals for ourselves as writers and finish decorating our writing notebook.  

Social Studies

This week we were busy building our classroom Community of Learners.  We learned about each other during our daily morning meetings and closing circles. Each class created rules that all of our classroom learners agreed upon. Our Explorers are learning more about C.A.R.E.S. and are focusing on Cooperation and what it looks like and sounds like in our classroom and throughout Discovery.