Spring is in the Air!

3rd

Important dates/notes:

  • Spring Break: March 2 – 10, with a late 10 a.m. start on March 11th.
  • Please sign up for hot lunch on Praxi.
  • Friday, March 15th- Class trip to Northern Branch Campus 

***Here is a reminder of the procedures for pick up and drop off: 

  • Students can be dropped off at the double doors as early as 8:20 a.m.  A teacher will be there to greet you!
  • Before-care on our campus is still available. If you need us to transport your child, please let us know!
  • The children will need a cold lunch for the day.
  • Dismissal will begin at 3:00 p.m.  If your child needs a ride back to campus for aftercare, please let us know!
  • Saturday, March 23rd – CELEBRATE!
  • A note from Miss Dena in Music class: Our students will be beginning an Instrument Creation Project next week, and will be collecting some DIY materials to bring to class. Ask your student what they may need to bring to contribute to their group. We are excited to see what they design and build for this fun lesson! Thank you in advance for your help!

Happy Friday 3rd Grade!

We continued fractions this week by looking beyond parts of a whole. Students were challenged to figure out how many whole fraction models were present. For example, 15/3 = 15 pieces of pie put into groups of 3 would equal how many complete, or whole, sets. The answer is 5! Students quickly began to realize that fractions are closely related to division! Their minds were totally blown!! Students participated in a hands on activity with measuring cups and dry rice; They were able to see how smaller sized cups could be used to fill larger cups. This activity helped them build prior knowledge for equivalent fractions, which will be introduced after Spring Break. Paper ice cream cone models were made in order to show the number of scoops and corresponding flavor. Cool! We wrapped up our math this week by creating fraction pizzas! Students wrote their own recipe, crafted a mock pizza, and then displayed it proudly in a real pizza box (courtesy of Patsy’s Pizza)! What a delicious way to learn!!

During ELA we circled back around to sequencing. We began the week by reading, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day.” As students listened they were able to recap the order of the events in the story. Nouns, verbs, and adjectives came back into focus during grammar time. Students engaged in a super fun trivia-style game to identify the different parts of speech. In writing, we continued our research and created titles for the chapters to be included in our individual pieces. So, instead of covering a ton of information we will isolate our research to a few key features. Stay tuned! Kiddos also had a chance to try their hand at typing spelling words on a blank Google document. Once they learned how to create a numbered list, their fingers were flying across those keyboards. Way to spell!

Our STEAM deep dive concluded with the construction of miniature trebuchets and catapults. Who’d have thought that a few popsicle sticks, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, and duct tape would result in the creation of simple launching machines!? By the end of the week, students were ready to lay siege to a tiny kingdom! We also started each of our classroom morning meetings highlighting a “person of the day” in honor of Black History Month. Ask your kiddo who their favorite inspiring person was!

**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 spring break! 

Hanna, Paula, and Alissa