Week of August 19th

This week in:

 Language Arts- Continue our focus on identifying the main idea and finding evidence in non-fiction texts.

Math–   Continue unit on Multiplication. Using equal groups to solve multiplication problems and modeling with an array. Students are also studying their 2’s math fact fluency. (ie. 2×1=2, 2×2=4, 2×3=6 etc. up to 2×10=20)

Writing- Moving towards independently writing an informative response to an Achieve article.

Social Studies/ Science- Learn about the adaptations of the octopus and sea otter.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is an IVF sentence?”

(The IVF is a graphic organizer we use to create a topic sentence.  The “I” stands for Identify (the source), the “V” stands for Verb (describes, tells, explains …etc.) and the “F” stands for Finish the thought (refer to the prompt/ topic).  You will see examples of this in their KidBiz journals coming home in the near future.)

 

Upcoming Events

8/23 Family Movie Night and Camp Out

9/2 Labor Day – No School

9/12 – 9/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

9/16 GATE testing for 3rd Graders ***has been postponed***

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Week of August 12th

Curriculum Night

The Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Curriculum Night is tomorrow, August 12.

We will start at 6pm in the MPR with an introduction by Mr. Shy.

We will then have 2 teacher sessions, one at 6:30 and the last at 7pm.  This will allow you to visit more than one classroom if you have multiple children attending Wolf Canyon.

This week in: 

Language Arts- Identify the main idea and find evidence in non fiction texts.

Math–   Begin unit on Multiplication. Using equal groups to solve multiplication problems.

Writing- Modeling an informative response to an Achieve article. Begin with an IVF sentence that is on topic.

Social Studies/ Science- Learn about the life cycle of the Saguaro Cactus.

 

Question to ask your child: “Group x ___?___ = Total”

(Group times “Size” equals the Total.  “Group” refers to the number of equal sized groups and Size represents the amount or number in each group.  For example, 5 x 6 = 30 would mean 5 equal groups of 6, or 6+6+6+6+6 = 30.)

 

Upcoming Events

 

8/12 Field Trip: Mr. Nixon, Ms. Lee and Mr. Thomas’ class

8/12 Curriculum Night 6pm K-3rd Grade.  Meet your teacher and find out what your student will be learning this school year.

8/14 Field Trip: Mr. Marcus, Mrs. Felix and Ms. Madison’s class

8/15 Upper Grade curriculum night 6pm

8/23 Family Movie Night and Camp Out

Week of August 5th

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Permission slips are coming home for our upcoming field trip to the Chula Vista Living Coast Discovery Center.  Mr. Nixon’s, Mr. Thomas’ and Ms. Lee’s classes will be going on Monday, 8/12.  Mr. Marcus’, Mrs. Felix’s and Ms. Madison’s classes will be going on Wednesday, 8/14.  There is no cost to the students to attend.  Transportation is covered by a grant, and the Wolf Canyon PTA will pay for the student’s admission.

There are limited chaperone positions available.  Please sign up on the permission slip if you are interested in going.  Admission is $12. We will have other chaperone opportunities later in the school year too.

Students will need to wear walking shoes for our short hike, a light sweeter/ jacket in case it’s cool down by the bay and bring a sack lunch.  Should you prefer a school bag lunch from the cafeteria, please see the permission slip to request one for your child.

This week in:

Language Arts- What are text features and finding evidence in non fiction texts.

Math–   Wrap up our unit on place value with a focus on rounding, addition and subtraction. Test on Friday!

Writing- Modeling an informative response to an Achieve article.

Social Studies/ Science- Continue exploring the Desert habitat and geography, and how plants and animals adapt to survive there. Learning about the Saguaro Cactus and the Elf Owl.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is the purpose of rounding numbers?” (Rounding helps us to find out about how many or how much. We are learning to estimate.)

 

Upcoming Events

8/7 Parent Academy Night, 6pm

8/12 Field Trip: Mr. Nixon, Ms. Lee and Mr. Thomas’ class

8/12 Curriculum Night 6pm K-3rd Grade.  Meet your teacher and find out what your student will be learning this school year.

8/14 Field Trip: Mr. Marcus, Mrs. Felix and Ms. Madison’s class

8/15 Upper Grade curriculum night.

8/23 Family Movie Night and Camp Out

Week of July 29th

This week in:

 We will continue assessments in reading with the STAR (AR) test on Tuesday morning and the Level Set (Achieve Lexile Level) test on Wednesday.

Language Arts- Introduce the Close Reading strategy to be used with non fiction texts and how to write summaries.  We work on identifying the main idea and text features.

Math–   Continue our work on place value with a focus on rounding, addition and subtraction.

Writing- We will be assessing students on their personal narrative writing skills.

Social Studies/ Science- We will be exploring the Desert habitat and geography, and how plants and animals adapt to survive there.

 

Question to ask your child: “What desert plant did you learn about this week and what physical features help it to survive?” (Saguaro Cactus: waxy skin- holds in water, long roots- collect rain water and anchor to rocks, accordion body- expands to hold water.)

 

Upcoming Events

8/7 Parent Academy Night, 6pm

8/12 Curriculum Night 6pm K-3rd Grade.  Meet your teacher and find out what your student will be learning this school year.

8/15 Upper Grade curriculum night.

8/23 Family Movie Night and Camp Out

Week of July 22nd

Back to school

Hello and welcome!

      The Third Grade Team is excited to meet and get to know all of our new students.  Our first week back will focus on community building and setting classroom expectations.  In Third Grade your son or daughter will begin the transition from the primary grades to upper grades.  We’re confident that they will meet this challenge of increased responsibility and academic rigor. 

 This week in:

Language Arts–   Assessments in reading and writing will be taking place to allow us to establish a starting point and monitor our students learning growth over the school year.

Math–  We’ll begin by assessing number sense, adding and subtracting skills.  Then begin reviewing these standards as needed to prepare for our unit on multiplication.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is one thing you learned about your classroom or teacher?”  “What is the name of a new student and where are they from?”  “What did you learn about them?”  “What was your favorite part of the day and why?”

 

Upcoming Events

7/22 First day back, minimum day schedule. Students released at 1:45

8/12 Curriculum Night 6pm K-3rd Grade.  Meet your teacher and find out what your student will be learning this school year.

8/15 Upper Grade curriculum night.

8/23 Family Movie Night and Camp Out

Week of June 3rd

Summer break

This week in:

Language Arts–   Students have been doing a wonderful job demonstrating their knowledge using the computer to research and create PowerPoint slides, creating Venn Diagrams and posters, and writing poems and letters.  Ask them what their favorite activity was on the choice menu’s.

Math–  Continue to review with students; Subtraction algorithm, Area and Perimeter and Fractions.

Science – Finish unit on gravity: Using air to overcome gravity and learning about magnets.

Question to ask your child: “What was your favorite lesson or subject this year? Why?”

 

Upcoming Events

6/4  Wolf Canyon BBQ-  Come join your child(ren) for lunch. Click her for details.                3rd Grade lunch time is 11:45 – 12:30.

6/5  Last day of School-  Minimum Day Schedule, students released at 1:45

Week of May 27th

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The Chalk Walk is coming on Thursday!  Students will spend time coloring on the sidewalk to create a classroom picture.  They will be showing off what they learned about sharks and animal adaptations.  Please have students wear comfortable clothes and “play” shoes for working with chalk on the sidewalk.  Thank you.

This week in:

Language Arts–   New items will be added to the choice menu to practice and demonstrate what they have learned this year.  Knowledge will be demonstrated electronically using PowerPoint to create slides, Posters to create diagrams, Poetry and more. 

Math–  Review with students; Subtraction algorithm, Area and Perimeter and Fractions on a number line.

Science – Continue unit on gravity: Using air and static electricity to overcome gravity.

Question to ask your child: “What are examples of ways animals overcome gravity?” (Birds use their wings to fly in the air, monkeys hang/ pull themselves in the air with their arms and legs, grasshoppers jump ….)

 

Upcoming Events

5/28 All school library books need to be returned. 

5/29 Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Students will not have a morning recess, however they will have an extended lunch time starting at 11:30-12:15, then an extended lunch recess till 1pm.

5/30  Chalk Walk.  After school take a stroll down the sidewalk in front of the school to see chalk art created by each classroom.

5/30  Spring Music Showcase 6:30pm in the MPR

6/5  Last day of School