Week of October 14th

This week in: 

Language Arts-  Continue with Character Traits, Sequence of Events, and Fables to be able to compare stories with similar characters.

Math–   Continue learning about Multiplication strategies and solving for the unknown.

Writing-  Begin writing a narrative using facts from an informative article. 

Social Studies/ Science-  Learning about natural resources in our local environment. 

  

With your child:   “What is the Distributive Property of Multiplication?”  (It is the “Break Apart” strategy.  We can simplify a factor of a multiplication problem into smaller factors that are easier to multiply.  For example, instead of 9 x 6= we can “break apart” the  9 into (5+4) x 6=.  Then distribute or “pass out” the 5 and 4 with the 6.   (5×6) + (4×6)= and get 30 + 24 = 54.)

 

Upcoming Events 

   

10/16 – Picture Day  

10/28 – 3rd Grade GATE testing 

11/2 – Masquerade Festival 3pm- 6pm  

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Week of October 7th

Welcome Back

Parent Volunteers needed on Monday and Friday’s from 8:45am – 9:30am to help 3rd grade students with reading fluency.  We will have a training class for our parents next Monday morning at 8:15am.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available, or if you have any questions.  Thank you!

This week in: 

Language Arts-  Learning to describe a character by their actions, feelings and thoughts. 

Math–   Multiplying using equal groups. Working with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10’s.

Writing-  Review Thought Question writing in our Kid Biz Journal and practice informative writing. 

Social Studies/ Science-  Continue/ finish the graphic organizer about the geographical features of our local regions. Begin learning about natural resources. 

 

With your child:  “List It” With your child, try to describe a character from a favorite TV show or movie using evidence based on their actions, feelings or thoughts.  For example, was the character a “good guy/ girl”?  Why? What words describe how the character was acting/ feeling and what actions provide the evidence?  For example the character was  nice ( cheerful, encouraging, delightful, kind, etc.) because he was always helping others.

Upcoming Events 

10/8 – Tuesday, school resumes. Regular Day schedule  

10/16 – Picture Day  

10/28 – 3rd Grade GATE testing 

11/2 – Masquerade Festival 3pm- 6pm  

Week of September 16th

*** Please note that this week we continue Parent/ Teacher Conferences. ***

                                     School is dismissed daily this week at 1:45 pm.

This week in:

Language Arts-  Identify the key details of an informative text on Caesar Chavez, then compare and contrast MLK Jr. to Caesar Chavez.

Math–   Continue unit on Division, Chapter 6 in Go Math.

Writing- Continue using our informative writing checklists to create “compare and contrast” responses.

Social Studies/ Science-  Students will learn about the geographical features of our local region and create a graphic organizer to demonstrate their understanding.

 

Question to ask your child: “How is multiplication and division similar?” They both can be explained using the same terms; equal groups, size of the groups and total. Students should also be able to write related facts. For example, 4 x 5 = 20, 5 x 4 = 20, 20 ÷ 4 = 5, and 20 ÷ 5 = 4.  4 groups of 5 equals 20, and 20 divided into equal groups of 5 is 4.)

 

Upcoming Events

 

9/16 – 9/20 Parent Teacher Conferences:  **Minimum Day Schedule all week!**

9/20 – Last day of the 1st Quarter.

9/23 – 10/4 Fall Break

10/8 – Tuesday, school resumes. Regular Day schedule 

10/16 – Picture Day 

11/2 – Masquerade Festival 3pm- 6pm 

Week of September 9th

Apex fun run

The APEX fun run is this Thursday!  Thank you for your support in helping your children get sponsors.  This is our PTA’s major fundraiser for the year.  Proceeds in the past have contributed to laptops for students and helped fund field trips.

If you’re available, we need parents to help track the number of laps run by each child.  All that’s needed is a smile.  You’ll be provided with a marker, and you’ll just place a tally mark on the back of the student’s race shirt as they come around each lap.  3rd Graders are scheduled to run at 10:15.

This week in:

Language Arts-  Identify the key details of an informative text on Martin Luther King Junior.

Math–   Begin our unit on Division, Chapter 6 in Go Math.

Writing- Review our 3rd grade expectations for the Informative writing format. Continue to write an informative response using two sources about animal and plant adaptations.

Social Studies/ Science-  Students will learn about the geographical features (land forms) of our local region.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is a quotient?” (It is the answer of a division problem.)

 

Upcoming Events

9/12 Apex Fun Run, 10:15am  Parent Volunteers are needed!

9/12 – 9/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

9/20 Last day of the 1st Quarter.

9/23 – 10/4 Fall Break

10/8  Tuesday, school resumes. Regular Day schedule

Week of September 2nd

Labor Day

No school tomorrow.  See you all on Tuesday!

Birthday Book Club Message

      If your child’s birthday falls between July-October, be sure to check their backpacks for their invitation to join our Wolf Canyon Birthday Book Club so we can celebrate them at our end-of-quarter assembly!  Deadline to return forms/money & choose a new book from the library is THIS Friday, 9/6.
Questions? Please email: WolfCanyonBBC@gmail.com or visit Mrs. Moffett in the library (Tues-Thurs).

Thank you!

~Ling Kho
Wolf Canyon Birthday Book Club Coordinator

This week in:

Language Arts- Continue practicing strategies to figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word, identifying the main idea and finding evidence in the text.

Math–   Continue unit on Multiplication and using an array to model the Distributive Property of Multiplication.  Test Thursday on multiplication strategies/ models and the properties of multiplication.

Writing- Continue to write an informative response using two sources about animal and plant adaptations.

Social Studies/ Science-  Our normal lesson time will focus on cyber safety this week to complete our 3rd Grade Digital Citizenship lessons.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is the Distributive Property of Multiplication?” (The Distributive Property of Multiplication is when you “break apart” a factor into easier numbers to work with.  For example, instead of 15×4 we can break apart the 15 into (10+5) x 4 = (10×4) + (5×4) = 40+20 = 60. The students should be able to use the words “factor” and “break apart” as well as give you an example equation.  They should also be able to demonstrate with an array.)

 

Upcoming Events

9/2 Labor Day – No School

9/3  APEX Fun Run Rally/ Fundraiser begins

9/12 Apex Fun Run, 10:15am  Parent Volunteers are needed! 

9/12 – 9/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

Week of August 26th

This week in:

Language Arts- Exploring strategies to figure out the meaning of a unfamiliar word.

Math–   Continue unit on Multiplication. Using an array to model the Distributive Property of Multiplication.

Writing- Write an informative response using two sources about animal and plant adaptations.

Social Studies/ Science- Participate in a Socratic Seminar to discuss what they have learned about animal and plant adaptations in preparation of their writing assignment.

 

Question to ask your child: “What is the difference between a physical and behavioral adaptation? Give an example of each for a plant or animal.”

(A physical adaptation refers to how a plant or animal is made. For example sharks have many sharp teeth and different species have different shapes to aid in eating their prey.  Behavior adaptations describe how an animal acts that help it to survive.  For example the Elf Owl hunts at night when it is cooler and sits and waits for its prey to come close.  These behaviors help the Elf Owl to conserves energy in the desert habitat.)

 

Upcoming Events

9/2 Labor Day – No School

9/12 – 9/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

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***