In-House Science Field Trip

On January 31st we will be having a science program to help enhance students' learning about states of matter. They discuss three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) by breaking down what each looks like and how they behave.  They will be involved in some hand-on chemistry by combining two liquids to make a solid (Space Mud) and do a bit with evaporation rates of different liquids. Lastly, they will wrap up their lesson by making a non-newtonian solid to show that some things can be a liquid and a solid depending on outside forces. Listed below are the steps to sign your student up for this fun event. Thank you so much for your support. 

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. The cost is $9.50.
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds

January Newsletter

Here is what we will be working on through January!

Literacy:

Reading- Determining Importance and Summarizing
We will start this month continuing to determine importance and apply it to summarizing. We will continue to make meaning strategically by learning how to find the main idea of the texts we read and the events or ideas that are truly significant to what we are reading. The students will learn what it means to summarize and how determining importance is key to writing a summary about something we have read or watched. We will discuss the difference between events that are significant and events that are just something we happened to enjoy most in the story.

Writing- Summarization, begin Opinion Writing
We wrapped up our unit on Informative Writing. Students did an amazing job with their final drafts and it is clear that students are experts at many things!  They have done a good job implementing structures of a non-fiction, organizing, and elaborating on their written pieces. You can check out your child reading their published draft on Seesaw!

We will be focusing on responding on summaries through our reading and also prompts. Students will be learning how to use the structure of Name It, Verb It, Big Idea to help write a strong topic sentence. They will also focus on great ways to capture big ideas and ensure that our summaries are written in their own words. Additionally, they are making sure to add transitions so their thoughts are organized and well written. This is good practice from reading assessments as well as the state assessments that students will take later in the year.


Math:

Wrapping up Subtraction
We will be trying on different subtraction strategies of numbers within 1,000. Students can practice adding up, subtracting back, using blank number lines, grouping by tens and hundreds, etc.

Perimeter, Angles and Area: 2-D Geometry and Measurement
This unit develops ideas about the attributes of 2-D objects and how they are classified (the definition of a triangle, rectangle, and square), linear measurement (which includes perimeter), area, and the measurement of angles. Using the context of perimeter, students are continuing to develop their ability to use measurement tools as they work on accurate linear measurement techniques. Students learn to identify angles by their relationship to a right angle. (Is the angle greater than, less than, or equal to a 90-degree angle?) They are also developing an understanding of area as the amount of flat space an object covers and determine the area of 2-D shapes in square units.

Science:

Matter
Throughout every science unit, all third graders are using critical thinking to demonstrate the process of inquiry. By experimenting, reading articles, discussing and reflecting. Students will learn the scientific process and how that is essential with their new learning with identifying the states of different types of matter. Through Foss Investigations, videos, literature and class activities, students will discuss different attributes of solids, liquids, gases and plasma while using evidence to develop a scientific explanation around how heating and cooling affects states of matter. Our grade-level science day later in the year will allow students to practice analyze, interpret and write observations about matter as it freezes and melts, and boils and condenses.

Dates to Remember:

January 8th: Welcome Back
January 12th: No School Professional Development Day
January 15th: No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 29th: Firefighter visits to teach about fire safety

January 31st: In-house field trip- Mad Science with Matter Experiments

November and December Newsletter

Here is what we will be working on through December!

Reading: Questioning
Questions help students clarify and deepen their understanding of the text they are reading. They will learn to ask questions before, during and after reading. Learn to write and justify their answers that are posed through questions. Questioning is the strategy that keeps readers engaged.  When readers ask questions, they clarify understanding and forge ahead to make meaning.


Writing: Informational Writing
Students will demonstrate that they can write about a topic they already know. They will provide evidence of the following: Have an interesting beginning that sets the context for a topic. Have organizational structure that has a clear focus throughout the piece of writing. Students will include details and explanations that will help the reader understand their ideas clearly. Communicate big ideas, insights, theories that have been elaborated through facts, details, quotations, statistics and information. Use diagrams, charts or illustrations which are appropriate and that support the text. Have a conclusion or ending section that is logical and Include a glossary of related terms if needed. 


Math: Addition and Subtraction within 1,000
This unit focuses on understanding and extending knowledge of place value and the number system to 1,000, and adding and subtracting accurately and efficiently. Students use a place value context (the Sticker Station) to represent numbers as hundreds, tens, and ones, and find equivalent ways to use 100s, 10s, and 1s to represent a given number. They construct and locate numbers on a 1,000 Chart. They also develop strategies for adding and subtracting 2-digit and 3-digit numbers with sums and differences to 400. Students encounter a variety of different addition and subtraction problems types.


Science: Earth Materials-Rocks
For our rock unit students will be exploring solid materials from the earth, rocks and minerals.  The focus is taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand rock and their properties of the rock cycle. Students will:

  •   Use measuring tools to gather data about rocks.
  •   Collect and organize data about rocks.
  •   Use evaporation to investigate rock composition.
  •  Learn that rocks are composed of minerals and that minerals cannot be physically separated into other materials. 
  •  Compare their activities to the work of a geologist.
  •   Acquire vocabulary used in earth science.
  •  Exercise language and math skills in the context of science
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations; observing, communicating, comparing and organizing.
Events coming up: MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

11/15: Parents are invited to attend our Celebration of Learning from 11:40-12:10. This will be followed by the Thanksgiving Feast between 12:10-12:30.
11/16: @ 11:05-11:35 Rock Concert- Parents are Welcome!
11/20-11/24: No School
12/22-1/6: No School

Events Coming Up

Saturday, Nov. 4th @11:00 - Come check out the Parker Task Force with Ms. McMillan and Mrs. Sheppard!
The Parker Task Force has invited our class to tour their facilities and find out more about how they help others! I hope your family can make it! If you would still like to donate canned food, you're welcome to still send it in before Saturday!

Monday, Nov. 6th- Gemologist In-House Field Trip
How to Sign Up:
•   In order for your child to participate in this program you must pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click here.
•   Registrations MUST be completed prior to the presentation.

Tuesday, Nov. 7th-  Teacher Work Day, No School for students

Thursday, Nov. 16th 11:05-11:35- Ms. McMillan's Class Rock Concert 
During your child’s music class Thursday, November 16th, we plan to wrap up the musical pieces we have been learning in music class that connect to the Rock study in the classroom – our “Rock Concert”. If you are available and would like to be a part of a live audience, please come to the music room from 11:05- 11:35. If you are not available at that time – No worries - it will be video recorded in order to share it with you. The videos will be posted on the music website which is linked to the GRE school site.

In House Field Trip- Gemologist Monday Nov. 6th

On November 6th, we are lucky enough to be having a Gemologist come to Gold Rush and teach 3rd graders about rocks and minerals. She will teach the students how to identify and classify gems in their unpolished state. The kids will each be able to take home all the gems they find!!
The cost per student is $12.50. Please follow the steps below in how to sign up and pay for your student to participate. 

How to Sign Up:
•   In order for your child to participate in this program you must pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click here.
•   Registrations MUST be completed prior to the presentation.

 Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register.

3rd Grade October Newsletter

Reading: Activating and Connections
We are wrapping up our unit on activating and connecting.  Our last area of focus was to connect, extend and challenge our new thinking with non-fiction and stories we read.  After fall break we will be focusing on the strategy of questioning.  Your reader will understand that good readers ask questions before, during, and after they are reading and that some questions will not have answers provided within the text.

Writing: Informational Writing
Each day we think about what we could include in our writing to make it worth reading. Our class is always trying to create meaning strategically with structure and craft. Through the study of mentor texts, we continually jot down inspirational words or phrases and are trying to figure out how to add our own unique craft to our informational pieces.
We will focus on elaboration, understanding how to include more than just facts, and how to make writing even better by continuing to add various structures, text features and paragraphs that link ideas together to make sense. We’re making sure to check our work every day to see what specific areas we need to focus on, and what weekly goals we can set to improve in those areas. The students know that strong writing does not happen overnight, and it’s important to continue to analyze different parts of our writing (leads, transitions, spelling, etc.) to improve along the way.


Math: Data/Graphing
What can data tell you about your class or school? How does data displays help us understand information? These are a few guiding questions that are helping our student think about why data collection and data representation are important mathematical strategies. In our current unit, students have started to collect, represent, describe, categorize, and interpret both categorical and numerical data. They are using the 21st century skill of Problem Solving by reasoning abstractly and quantitatively to analyze data and generate solutions. Students will begin the important work of seeing a data set as a whole as they design and carry out their own data investigations, create representations of the data collected, and compare and discuss these representations. By the end of this unit, students will be able to draw scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs to represent a data set with several categories. Additionally, students will solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs.


Later in this unit students will work on students’ collections of numerical data that includes measuring length in inches and feet. Students will review the basic units of inches, feet, and yards and their relationships by measuring lengths longer than one foot.


Science- Earth Science/Rocks
For our rock unit students will be exploring solid materials from the earth, rocks and minerals.  The focus is taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand rock and their properties of the rock cycle. Students will:
  • Use measuring tools to gather data about rocks.
  • Collect and organize data about rocks.
  • Use evaporation to investigate rock composition.
  • Learn that rocks are composed of minerals and that minerals cannot be physically separated into other materials.  
  • Compare their activities to the work of a geologist.
  • Acquire vocabulary used in earth science.
  • Exercise language and math skills in the context of science
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations; observing, communicating, comparing and organizing.


DATES TO REMEMBER
  • Halloween Party/Parade-October 31st
  • Gemologist in house field trip November 6th
  • November 7th No School PLC/Voting Day