Week of 12/4-12/8
Dear 3rd Grade Parents:
                  We have a full week of curriculum this week and next – the last week of the semester is from Mon 12/18 to wed 12/20, and will consist of half days.  We have plenty to keep us busy until then – it will go by fast!
                  With the colder weather (at last) we are seeing some students arriving at school with jackets and sweaters – a reminder that outer wear cannot be worn in the classroom, only outdoors.  Uniform sweaters and jackets may of course be worn indoors – PLEASE make sure your student’s name is on all outer garments!  They are easily misplaced and difficult to return to rightful owner if not marked (they are all the same!!!)
Winter Project
                  As you know, we are on track for Winter Project by now.  Student should have by now turned in a minimal outline, describing the three areas of focus within their subject, as well as a list of sources they are planning to use for their project.  Upcoming deadlines are as follows:
-        Friday, December 8th: Rough draft of Project Report due – refer to Project Timeline for details.
These will be collected Friday and returned Monday with feedback.
-        Wednesday, December 13th: Final draft of Project Report due – refer to Project Timeline for details.
-        Friday, December 15th – Tentative work schedule and brief description of your visual aid for your presentation due
-        All materials are due January 8th, 2018.  Presentations will take place January 8th- 10th in class.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Curriculum information for this week:
·       We will have our vocab quiz early in the week, and start going over words for next week’s quiz.  All words are being discussed in detail in class, and practiced for homework weekly.
·       We are continuing our reading of Little House on the Prairie, and journaling from writing prompts based on the chapters read.  We will be taking a short comprehension quiz for chapters 11-15 on Wednesday.
·       We are also continuing our reading of The Wind in the Willows, which is the source for all our vocabulary words.  The text is helping us learn Literary Traits and New Vocabulary usage.
This week in Math we are learning our 6’s Multiplication and division facts by using them in long division and multiplication algorithms and word problems.
This week we are wrapping up our study of the skeletal system with a review of the two major groups of bones.  We will also have a guest speaker coming in to talk to us about bones and joints.
In history we are continuing our study of Rome, and its transition from Republic to Empire, by learning about the various personalities that contributed to its transformation.
As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns.  Have a pleasant week!

The 3rd Grade Team


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