Sunday, April 30, 2017

May Day! May Day!! 
Tomorrow is May 1st!!! Happy May and One more week until STAAR!!!

In Math this week,
We will be spending this whole week reviewing and practicing.  Homework will be simple facts practice since we are spending majority of our class time reviewing.  I am encouraging students to take their jounal home each night in order to review the vocabularies and concepts.

Concepts that we covered up to date and will be reviewing this week:
Place value - up to hundred thousands
Addition, Subtraction, Rounding, Estimation, word problems
Multiplication, Division, Strip Model/ Bar Model  strategies for solving word problems
Fractions - using fraction bars
Measurements - finding length, capacity, weight in both metric and customary units.  
Reading temperature on given theromometer, time - reading both digital and analog clock, finding elasped time; Finding area of rectangle with and without sq. units given; Perimeter
Geometry - 2d and 3d shapes , congruent shapes, symmetry, slide, flip and rotate
Probability - likely, unlikely, impossible, also represent probability as fraction. ie: given 9 marbles, 3 are red. 1/3 chance of selecting red marble
Personal finance - credit, profit, capital .... 

Link below for games to review for your child.
Grade 3:

In Science,
If time allows, we will continue with the Food Chain unit.  I promise the kids we will catch up in Science area after STAAR.  

Extra tibits:  Please make every effort not to miss school for this coming week.  It is crucial that your student doesn't miss any instructional/review time as we push through this final week of preparation. 

Also, I will be holding tutoring session tomorrow afternoon (Monday) for those who feels they need extra help/practice.  I will be utilizing the weekly math grade from the last two weeks.  Please have your student bring them along if they are attending.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week of April 17th -21st

We will quickly wrap up Perimeter and Area. Chapter 19 in MIF book 3B.  Students should have this page in the Math journal to help them study.  

Listed below are the concepts that we will cover in the next two weeks. (taking us to the end of April)
We will spend the first week of May (1st -5th) reviewing and preparing for the STAAR test.  
STAAR - Math - Monday 05/08
STAAR - Reading - Tuesday 05/09

  • Metric measurements for length, mass and volume.  
Student are to select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement, including length, volume (capacity), weight and time.
  • Determine the value of a collection of coins and bills.  
Home work this week - practice finding perimeter and area
Weekly math grade will cover perimeter, area, 2d and 3d shapes and review prior concepts. 

Environment - Food Chain

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Weekend!! Hope everyone was able to enjoy this beautiful couple of days.  

I had a blast watching my daughter dance her last dance at the Stratford Spartanaire Spring Show and also so enjoyed my college son's brief visit.


Now onto this four day week - 4/10 - 4/13 

In Math,

We are wrapping up 3d shapes and moving onto area and perimeter- Chapter 19
Student expectation as follow:
3.6C Determine the area of rectangles with whole number side lengths in problems using multiplication related to the number of rows times the number of unit squares in each row.
3.6D decompose composite figures formed by rectangles into non-overlapping rectangles to determine the area of the original figure using the additive property of area.

3.6E decompose two congruent two-dimensional figures into parts with equal areas and express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole and recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
3.7B Determine the perimeter of a polygon or a missing length when given perimeter and remaining side lengths in problems

Homework: 2d and 3d shapes
Weekly Math grade this Thursday will cover: all 2d and 3d shapes, graphing, and previous concepts.

In Science,

Wrapping up the first part of the Environment unit and begin the second part - food chain.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week of April 3rd -7th

We continue to finish up 2D shapes and begin 3D shapes.
Students will identify the attributes of 3D shapes as solids. Understanding and be able to differentiate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. 
We will be shifting to another grade level text because the third grade text does not cover this unit.  For those who has the book at home, please look for student notes to come home in their journal. 

We will continue to practice graphing concept - particularlly the dot plot.  Students will continue to practice graphing concept and begin some 2D shapes as well for homework this week.  

Weekly math grade will cover 2D shapes, graphing, fractions and previous covered concepts. 

Vocabulary:  Math Chart provides very clear and descriptive definitions for the 2ds and 3ds shapes.  Please click on the link and find all that you need under the Geometry section.  

Monday, 4/3 will be the last garden lesson for this year.  It will be an observation session.  Please look for worksheets that your student work on during the lesson time.  It's been such a priviledge to have an expert garden teacher to come teach these lessons this year.  
We will finish up the Environment unit this week and hopfully begin the Food Chain unit by the end of the week.  

Imporatant Tibits: 
I trust that everyone have seen Mr. Evans' email about not bring Slime to school.  Please help your child remember to keep those at school.  They will be taken up and put into the trash if they are brought to school.  
Also, I have noticed a lot of figet toys appearing in the classroom.  These are posting more of a distraction rather than helping with concentration.  I have asked the students to keep those at home as well unless we have met with their parents and this is an accomadation written in the file to help the student success.  Otherwise,  please understand these toys will be kept at the teacher's desk until the end of the school day.  Thank you so much for your cooperation. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Week of March 20th - 24th
Hope everyone had a wonderful break this past week.   I trust that everyone are all adjusted and caught up with losing that one hour as we spring forth.  We begin our final 9 weeks of school and will spend much of focus on not only preparing  for the upcoming STAAR and most importantly getting students ready for fourth grade.  

In Math,
We will begin the unit of graphing.  Chapter 13 in MIF text 3B
Building onto second grade graphing concept, student will learn an additional type of graph - dot plot and will continue to use frequency table, pictograph,vertical and horizontal bar graphs with scaled interval to solve one and two-step problems.  Problems are solved by collecting, organizing, displaying and interpreting categorical data. 
Fraction unit will continued to be practiced and will be covered on the weekly math grade on Thursday.  
Homework - fraction, facts practice.
Weekly math grade - unit fraction, fraction of a set, fraction on a number line, finding equivalent fractions. 

In Science,
We will quickly wrap up the Solar System unit that we left off with. Student needs to understand and know the order of the planets from the sun.  Below is an acronym to help them remember.  Listed below if your student couldn't find it in their notes.  
My -------------  Mercury
Very -----------  Venus
Excellent ------ Earth
Mother -------- Mars
Just ------------ Jupiter
Serve --------- Saturn
Us ------------   Uranus
Noodles-------  Neptune

We will move on to the unit covering Environment.
Student will observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments, and how they support populations and communities within an ecosystem; AND describe environmental changes, such as floods and droughts where some organisms thrive and others perish or move to new locations.

Math tutoring will resume on Monday 3/20. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Note from Mr. Evans,
The campus will be closed for testing from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm to all visitors and volunteers next Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th.  Our 3rd and 4th grade students will be taking the math and reading Practice STAAR.
In order to preserve a quiet and focused testing environment, I am encouraging parents to refrain from dropping off lunches, homework, or any other school related items during the testing window from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on these two dates. We need "all hands on deck" for testing and we will not be able to deliver forgotten items to students.  Please be aware that our master schedule (including lunch times) change on a daily basis during these testing days due to student needs.   In this, I am asking that parents either pack a lunch for their students or else have them purchase lunch in the cafeteria instead of dropping off lunches at the front desk on these two dates.    
I sincerely appreciate your support and help in making these days a success for the students.

We are rounding the corner from February to March next week. Time is flying and next Monday and Tuesday will be our STAAR practice days.  STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.  I just want to let you know what all will take place those couple of days since some of you may be new to this.  The two days is designed to mimic the actual STAAR testing day.  Our class room set up will be completely different.  The walls are covered up so I told my students there won’t be answers on the walls (those anchor charts or vocabulary wall are all gone).  The campus will be closed to visitors so please save your special visit to those non-testing days. J
Some of you have asked how you can prepare for this test.  Everything we learn and practice on a daily basis prepares them very well for the actual STAAR in May. I have told the kids there will probably be questions that cover materials that has not been taught yet.  They should not worry about not knowing it.  Just try their best and take a guess.  We are looking for data on the materials that we have covered and the kids should know at this point of time.  
The best thing to prepare for Monday is to allow your child to have a good night of rest and eat a healthy breakfast on Monday and Tuesday (please stay away from sugary and high carb breakfast).  They will have four hours allotted for the test.  However, very few students will take the entire time to finish.  Therefore, please remind them to bring a few good books for afterwards.  The only two options for them is to read or rest at their desk. 
Also, the school will provide a snack for the real day but asked they the student bring their own snack for the practice round.  Please send a small healthy snack to help fuel them to our lunch time.  Be sure to follow our usual snack guideline for this fancy testing day.  I think that pretty much covers our two fancy day.
One last thing,  I will be keeping my math tutoring session Monday after school.  Please be sure to send a change of transportation if your child is planning on staying.