Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

What a great week we’ve had in 3rd grade! It has been such a pleasure to get to know you and your children more every day!!

Save the Date:
Parent Orientation Meeting: Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Important Notes:
Graded Work Folder: The first set of Graded Work will go home early next week. Please return the empty folder to school to be re-used again each week.

Labor Day: No school on Mon., Sept. 3rd

Access codes for all of our 3rd grade workbook websites:
Vocabulary: vocabularyworkshop.com
Math: www.sadlier-oxford.com/math
Grammar: grammarworkshop.com

Behavior Praises & Alerts: I have introduced students to the Behavior Alerts & Praises. Students look forward each day to the Behavior Praises and remind me if I forget! You can’t miss them because they are bright green!

Book Report: Our first book report is a fiction book and the students will be completing a Cereal Box Project. The completed project is due on Wed. Sept. 27th. Please look in your child’s Homework Folder for information about the project.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: Last week we read A Fine, Fine, School in our reading textbook. Next week we will begin reading Frindle by Andrew Clements and completing comprehensions questions.

Writing: We have written about “Our Summer Memories”, started writing in our Writing Journal, and are working hard to complete our “All About Me” posters. In third grade we are learning to indent paragraphs.

Spelling: Our spelling words next week are hard and soft c and g words: guide, gaze, large, badge, engine, copper, lace, center, germ, gentle, piece, cellar, village, tiger, circle, Georgia, Egypt, gorilla, celery, and bridge. Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit 1 words are: allow, bitter, common, faint, firm, force, goal, patient, prefer, and trace. We practice using the vocabulary words all day long through skits, conversation games, and tallying the words on the board. Visit vocabularyworkshop.com to help your child prepare for Friday’s test.

Math: We are working on place value and learning how to read and write numbers into the millions. We have practiced writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form. We will also be working on rounding numbers next week.

Grammar: We began working on Unit 1 in our Grammar Workbooks. Upcoming topics include identifying subject & predicate, compound sentences, and advanced alphabetical order. This past week we completed our first week of Mountain Language which is a wonderful way to review different concepts in grammar.

History: Students are reviewing map skills.

Science: Our first week in the lab was on Tuesday. We completed a group exercise called, “Can You Save Fred?” Our first unit of study is Properties of Matter and we have already been in the Beaker, Jr.

Have a wonderful weekend!