Nudging out November, Delving into December!

3rd

Important dates/notes:

  • Wednesday, December 6: Whole school pajama pizza dance party! *For 100% participation in 29 Hours, pajamas may be worn all day & all students will be treated to pizza! (No need to sign up)
  • Thursday, December 14: Early Childhood Winter Family Night @ 6:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, December 19: 2nd – 8th Holiday Show @ 6:00 pm; Students return to school by 5:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Early Dismissal begins @ 11:30 – NO Aftercare.
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024: Classes resume @ 10:00 am.

Hello 3rd Grade Families! 

As we enter a new month, we are learning a lot of new things. In math, we began learning about specific multiplication facts. The first two facts we covered were 2’s and 5’s, but we can’t say that the students had to “learn” those facts, per se. They realized that they already knew 2’s and 5’s facts because they’ve been skip counting by 2’s and 5’s for a few years now! We also started learning the 9’s times tables, but without the help of skip counting. The students were introduced to several “tricks” that will help them grasp 9’s. Ask your amazing student to show you an example of their favorite 9’s trick! In ELA, we worked with the suffix /-est/ in phonics. We added shades of meaning to words as we began to explore synonyms, or words that carry nearly the same definition. We were able to find order in reading with sequencing. Additionally, sequencing goes right along with our “How To” writing piece which is still a work in progress. Finally, we wrapped up sequencing with a fun movie strip activity. The  students sketched a short sequence of events and then ran their strip through a “screen” while describing each passing scene. This week’s deep dives went full STEAM ahead… literally! We created a better understanding of what it means to be an inventor as we read about Alexander Graham Bell. Students got to explore the evolution of the telephone. Cool! During STEAM, we hypothesized what would happen when we tried to transform potential energy into kinetic energy. Ask your kiddo about the “Lincoln High Dive” activity which is where that energy transformation took place. Oh what fun it is to be a 3rd Grader at WCDS!!

Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

Enjoy your weekend! Hanna, Paula, and Alissa