Third Grade Announcements
Hello and welcome back to 2018-2019 school year. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer. I would like to give you an idea of what your child will be learning this year. This year the Third Graders will be learning multiplications, division, algebraic mathematics, geometric figures, measurement, and fractions. We are now on Topic 1 in Math, Multiplication and Division. Students are expected to write equations for word problems, draw a diagram/picture, and explain their thinking using mathematical terms. In Language Arts the Third Graders will follow the Writing Process and compose Narrative and Expository writings. The students will learn about the four different types of sentences and compose these sentences. The students will also implement correct grammar usage and mechanics. Students are expected to read daily for 30 minuets each day. To improve their reading skills. Did you know that studies show that a child that reads to an adult 30 minutes every day can improve his/her reading level an entire grade level? Lesson 1.1 in Reading, "The Origami Master"; Please read this selection nightly with your child this week. Spelling Words 1.1 1.blaze, 2. choke, 3. blackbird, 4. total, 5. tame, 6. armrest, 7. hotdog, 8. item, 9. smile, 10. major, 11. sunset, 12. popcorn, 13. hilltop, 14. wild, 15. barnyard, 16. poem, 17. grateful, 18. footprints Once again, welcome back!
Spelling List for the week of August 27-31, 2018: Cedar, Menu, Truck, Pickup, Cube, Open, Close, Music, Rewind, Complete, Complex, Confuse, First, Last, Simple, Huge, Gigantic. Story for the week; "Little Havana", Math Topic 2; Multiplication Patterns
The Third Grade Class Presented the play, "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples' Ears?", for the Open Classroom, it was a good first run. However, when they presented the play for the primary students they did a Great Job! We just needed a little more practice. Way to Go Third Grade Class!
Spelling List and Vocabulary List for "The Prairie Fire": Vocabulary: douse, drive, guard, heart, homestead, pack, parched, sod thrust, trudged, waste, yards. Spelling 1. phone 2. teeth 3. wrote 4. phase 5. crumb 6. oxen 7. knife 8. fish 9. limb 10. children 11. knocking 12. mice 13. wrinkle 14. whale 15. cacti 16. women 17. deer 18. people
The Wellness Center came to teach the children how to cook with pumpkin. They also talked to the children about the nutritional value of pumpkin and to teach them how to eat nutritious snacks. Please ask your children how to use the word "pumpkin" in Tewa and to use the phrases they learned with the word.
“The White Spider’s Gift” Reading Vocabulary: throughout (preposition), toward (preposition), distant (adjective), assemble (verb), noble (adjective), compete (verb), straight (adjective), horizon (noun), appointed (verb), prove (verb), spirit (noun), ceremony (noun) Spelling Words: Unit 1 Review 1. Choke 10. Riddles 2. Barnyard 11. Paints 3. Wild 12. Holidays 4. Music 13. Wrote 5. Behind 14. Knife 6. Complete 15. Crumb 7. Twice 16. Footprints 8. Germ 17. Garbage 9. Since 18. People Language Arts Writing: The students will work on opinion writing using the TREE graphic organizer, and sequence words. Language Arts: Review nouns, verbs, subject and predicate, quotation marks, commas, and capitalization. Monday: Read the vocabulary and spelling words to a parent. Read, “Too Cold” to an adult. Work on reading the decodable until you are fluently reading it. Write the spelling words three times each. Tuesday: Math 4.1, Read, “The White Spider’s Gift”. Wednesday: Math 4.2; Write spelling sentences, nine exclamatory sentences and nine imperative sentences. Thursday: Field Trip: Spelling Test on Friday. Friday: Read a library book.
For Red Ribbon Week the Third Graders made a poster with the help of Mr. Calvert they translated it from English into Tewa.
The students will be having a Reading Unit test this week. The students will also have a short cycle assessment on Istation. We are currently working on Division in Mathematics.
Third Grade November 2018 Newsletter Thank you Veterans for your service to our country! Mathematics: The third grade students have been working on strategies to memorize and apply the mathematical operation of multiplication. At present they are using multiplication to learn division. Fridays are “Measurement Fridays!” The students learned about perimeter and will continue to learn about other forms of measurement each Friday such as reading a thermometer, area, and capacity. Students have a folder of multiplication skip-counting papers that you the parent may help them memorize. Reading and Language Arts: We have just completed the unit on “Respect” in reading. The third grade students will soon start the unit on “Extreme Weather”. The students will learn about expository writing, which is writing to inform. They will also learn about possessive nouns and pronouns, homophones, irregular plural nouns, subjects and direct objects, and of course about various weather conditions. Please try to read each selection 3 to 4 times orally with your child at home, the reading selections are progressively getting more difficult. Vocabulary Words for “Storm Chasers”: anchor, cover, forecast, gain, hazard, media, mobile, navigate, scene, serious, pastime, transmit Spelling long e sound spelled ee, ea, _ie_, _y, and _ey and contractions and possessive nouns, for the weeks of November 12th-16th and 19th-21st. 1. Seam 10. I’ve 2. Mother’s 11. Alley 3. We’ll 12. Plates’ 4. Piece 13.Street 5. Really 14. Honey 6. She’d 15. It’s 7. Doesn’t 16. Timidly 8. Meet 17. O’clock 9. Wasn’t 18. Shouldn’t
What’s going on in the third grade class during the weeks of November 26th – December 6th, 2018? Mathematics: The students will review using multiplication concepts to relate to division. Then they will take the topic test the last week of November. The students will continue to take weekly quizzes on multiplication and division fluency, please continue to practice with your child. Then we will work on measurement and data with Topic 6 the students will connect, or understand how Area can be measured and found through Multiplication and Addition. The students will also learn to read a thermometer and distinguish the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit. Then they will plot the information on a line graph. Language Arts: We are now studying “Extreme Weather” in Reading. The Third Graders are working on the selection named, “Seasons of Change”. The concepts we will work on in spelling are the long I sound spelled: _igh, _ie, and _y. The following concepts will be presented: irregular verbs, abstract nouns, classify and categorize, regular and irregular plural nouns. The students will work on writing to give the reader information. Please read this selection 3-4 times with your child at home. Reading Logs and a book report with the graphic organizer are due Friday, November 30, 2018. Spelling List: lie, ties, went, faith, gave, reply, sank, lit, sigh, bravery, cycles, flies, fight, paid, truth, brought, power, brighter Vocabulary for “Seasons of Change” accompany, cottage, crisp, dissipates, droughts, flow, generates, intense, precipitation, refreshing, safari, unique Science: The Third Graders have been studying about “Forces”. Magnetic Forces and Gravity have been our focus. We will conclude our investigation with the focus question; “What causes change of motion?” Then we will continue with the investigation; “Patterns of Motion”. Please start looking for a science project with your child. All students are required to investigate and present a science project. The school science fair will be in January, 2019.
What’s in the News for the Third Grade Class? December 10-December 21, 2018 The Third Grade students are still exploring “Extreme Weather” in Reading. This week we will be learning about “Tornadoes!” We will read about how tornadoes are formed, how they are classified by meteorologists, and what to do if a tornado is a threat to our area. The pictures and diagrams for this expository writing give excellent detail to aid the students’ comprehension. Please read this selection at least 4 times with your child at home. Spelling Words: Long /o/ sound spelled oa_ and ow; and identify homophones. Groan, grown, toe, tow, tale, tail, loan, roast, coach, grow, float, bow, crow, flown, croak, horse, hoarse, pillow Reading Logs: The students are reading short novels for the month of December. We just completed the book report for the month in class the classic tale of: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Please check out our bulletin board, the students did a great job. Math: The students have been working on multiplications and division and now we are applying our knowledge. Each week the students will have a multiplication and division quiz. Last week the quiz was on multiples of 6, this week they will work on multiples of 7. Please review these facts with your child this week. The main topic we are focusing on is the study of measurement and AREA. This week we will look at area and standard units and area using the distributive property. Christmas Party: The Third Graders are planning a Christmas Party. The students would like to have a gift exchange. The girls will exchange with the girls and the boys will exchange with the boys. We will continue to discuss the menu for the party in class and let you know what it will be. Last Two Weeks of the nine week is upon us. I encourage your child to be diligent this last two weeks with their homework and classwork. I also encourage your child to work on good attendance. Corn dolls: The students in their Tewa class continue to work with the Wellness Center on the curriculum; “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities”. The students worked on an art project making corn dolls and translating this word as well as other words into Tewa. Please be sure and go over the survey sent home from the Wellness Center and send it back to school. Science Projects: Don’t forget about our school wide science fair in January. Please be looking for a science project with your child. The third grade will compete in CENAC, therefore, the science project needs to be completed by you and your child at home.
I would like to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2019! I would also like to give you an update of activities that will be taking place now in January. First of all the school Science Fair for Ohkay Owingeh Community School is set for Thursday, January 24th, 2019. Each child in the third grade class is expected to complete a science project with her/his family. This is an assignment and requirement for each student. Please refer to the science packet for guidance and/or call me if you have any questions. I am asking that your child give me the name of his/her project by Friday, January 11th, 2019. Second we will have an NDI school and community presentation on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at the Blue Gym from 1:30-2:15pm. Please come and see how well your child is dancing in NDI. I’d also like to ask that your child be present on Wednesday, January 9th for the extended rehearsal. This is the 3rd and 4th grader’s physical education and it is for a grade. Third, here is a list of the spelling words for this week: cue, few, well, rose, rose, argue, tire, hue, ring, value, change, spew, rescue, park, rocks, light, continue, pitcher, nephew. Due to the short week, the reading and spelling test will be next week. In math we will review “area” and take the topic test this week. Finally, Report Cards will go out at the end of this week with your child. Have a great 2019!
News Letter for January 22, 2019-February 1, 2019 MAPS Testing will begin this week. We will be MAPS testing for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child comes to school rested. These tests are very important and it is necessary that your child understands that and does his/her best. Thank you for your cooperation. Ohkay Owingeh Community School Science Fair will be this week January 24, 2019. Each student is expected to construct and explain a science project. The students need to have their science project in by January 23rd so he/she can present to the class and I before the actual Science Fair. Reading; we are still working on the unit about “Extreme Heat”. The story students need to read is, “Hot Enough to Fry an Egg”. Please read this story with your child at least four times at home. Vocabulary for this selection are the following words: Antarctic, continent, elevation, evaporate, extinct, mirage, plateaus, polar, sandwiched, severe, tundra, vapor. Spelling; the oo sound spelled u, _ue, u_e, and ew the students are also working on Homographs, or multiple-meaning words: clue, tuna, fine, mind, root, year, noodle, cool, rude, file, chew, choose, permit, waves, letter, down, duet, jewel. Mathematics; the students are now on the topic about; “Represent and Interpret Data”. Students will work on reading and interpreting different types of graphs. The students will learn how to use scaled bar graphs to represent data sets. Math vocabulary: key, scaled picture graph, scale, scaled bar graph, data, frequency table, survey. Science; soon we will begin a unit in science on “Climate and Weather”. The students will work from the kits from Los Alamos called ISEC. This work also includes “Note booking”, or writing to explain what the student did and/or observed.
February 4, 2019-February 15, 2019 Congratulations to all the third grade student on their awesome Science Projects! The Third Grade had 100% class participation! On February 11th we are looking forward to a visit from scientists from the Los Alamos National Labs. The scientists will work with the students on science projects pertaining to weather and climate. Reading: Students will be on the last lesson for the Theme; “Extreme Weather.” The vocabulary for this lesson, “Einstein Anderson and the Hurricane Hoax,” are: circulating, confident, huff, mockingly, particles, pressure, professor, report, researchers, sputtered, tropics, and whirlpool. Spelling will be a review of homographs, homophones and the /oo/ sound. Spelling words are as follows: choose, plywood, tools mushroom, yearbook, soot, barefoot, adulthood, brook, waterproof, homeschool, and carpool. Please read the selection at home at least 3-4 times with your child. Reading Logs and Book Report: The February Reading Logs have been sent home. Student are expected to read 30 minutes every evening. A book report is due on a non-fiction book at the end of the month. If students complete the reading log sent home please hand it in and I can give your child another reading log for extra credit. Mathematics: The students are learning how to gather data on a frequency table and then to create a bar graph to represent their information. Vocabulary the students need to know are: scaled picture graph, key, scaled bar graph, scale, frequency table, data, and survey. Please continue to work on the students’ multiplications, in particular x8 and x9. Weekly quizzes will be given to students on multiplications, and other concepts covered during the week. St. Valentine’s Day: The students will be making valentines in class next week. We will have a celebration on February 14th if you would like to buy valentines to share that is great. Please do not send any snacks, I will provide the refreshments. A student rooster will be sent home next week.
What is happening in the Third Grade during the weeks of February 25th through March 8, 2019? We will have a Reading Night on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Students will be given credit on their Reading Logs if they attend. The theme is “Pirates, Find Your Treasure”! NDI Ticket Money Due This Week! Reading: The students are starting a new unit on, “Animals and Habitats”. The Vocabulary words for the story, “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse” are: tone, abundance, saliva, scrutinized, tranquility, luxury, craggy, elements, musty, compost, inadequate, scrumptious. The spelling words are the study or the suffix –ly which means “full of”; -ly which means “in a certain way”; -ment which means “act of or process of”; and –ive which means “inclined to or likely to. The words are slightly, payment, partly, daily, scary, chewy inclusive, slimy, shipment, kindly, treatment, funny, grumpy, secretive, muddy, engagement, easily, sensitive. February Reading Logs are due March 1, 2019. Math: We are starting a new Topic on Fractions. The students have created fraction cards in class and will continue to create diagrams to help them understand the concept of fractions. The math vocabulary is: numerator, denominator, fraction, unit fraction, line plot, nearest half inch, nearest fourth inch. Science: The students will also begin a new unit in science called “Water and Climate”. Students will journal, write about science experiments and draw diagrams illustrating the components used in their experiments. A letter will be sent home this week to introduce the unit and let you know more about our study.
Third Grade News: March 18-March 29, 2019 We will have parent, teacher, and student conferences this week. Most of the conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2019. If you are not sure about your conference time please call me at school and I will inform you. Reading: The theme for this unit is “Animals and Their Habitats”; the name of the story the students will be working on is “A Saquaro’s Story”. Please read this story with your child a least three to four times at home. The vocabulary words for this story are as follows: frantic nourish, crisis, devour, collapsed, bold, cooperate, stage, simple, resided, support, and challenge. The students will be studying words with the suffixes –ful and –less. The students will also study words with the Latin suffixes –able and –ity. The spelling words are: sleepless, painful, fixable, rarity, helpful, endless, sanity, wishful, notable, penniless, wearable, activity, careless, harmful, likable, plentiful, breathless, and electricity. The students will write descriptive sentences with these words in exclamatory, declarative, interrogative, and imperative statements. Mathematics: We are working on fractions: “Divide Regions into Equal Parts”. We have worked with fractions on a number line. This week we will be working on fractions that are greater than one. The students will measure to the nearest fourth inch and show the data on a line plot. The students will measure to the nearest half inch and show the data on a line plot. The vocabulary for this topic is: fraction, unit fraction, numerator, denominator, line plot, nearest half inch, nearest fourth inch. Science: The theme the third graders are working on is; “Water and Climate”. We have completed the investigations on the properties of water thus far. We will soon work on investigations on weather.
Third Grade News for April 1- April 12, 2019 It was very good to visit with all of you for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. Thank you so much for attending. As discussed during the conferences, Reading Log for the month of March are due and students will be getting a Reading Log for April this week. Reading: We are reading about “Animals and Their Habitats”. We have a really Third Grade News for April 1- April 12, 2019 It was very good to visit with all of you for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. Thank you so much for attending. As discussed during the conferences, Reading Log for the month of March are due and students will be getting a Reading Log for April this week. Reading: We are reading about “Animals and Their Habitats”. We have a really great character we will revisit; Einstein Anderson! In this realistic fiction story Palaoma, and Einstein Anderson teach us about mighty ants and their work ethic. The vocabulary for this selection are: cooperation, economy, exoskeletons, harness, schemes, and technology. The spelling words for the selection present the suffixes –ion/ -tion/ -sion/ which means “action of “or “process of”. The suffix –al; which means “relating to” will also be presented. The spelling words are: normal, tension, scale, eruption lead, comical, vacation, present, second, criminal, match, reaction, content, coastal, pollution, entrance, survival, explosion. Mathematics: We are reviewing the Topic on Fractions. We will test on this topic this week. I will also be reviewing such mathematical skills like; area, perimeter, measurement, multiplication and division and their properties. Hence, you will probably see such review papers of homework these next few weeks. Science: We have completed Investigation 1 on “Water and Climate”. We will review the Focus Questions this week and then students will be assessed. Then we will begin Investigation 2, “Measuring Temperature. “ Students will work on reading a thermometer. This is a week of review and assessment. Please make sure your child comes to school on time and is well rested. Students will receive a permission slip to attend the end of the year field trip to the Rio Grande Zoo on May 7th. Please make sure your child returns the permission slip as soon as possible. We are also asking that each child bring $1.00 cash for gratuity. This is for the person that serves us at the Golden Corral. great character we will revisit; Einstein Anderson! In this realistic fiction story Palaoma, and Einstein Anderson teach us about mighty ants and their work ethic. The vocabulary for this selection are: cooperation, economy, exoskeletons, harness, schemes, and technology. The spelling words for the selection present the suffixes –ion/ -tion/ -sion/ which means “action of “or “process of”. The suffix –al; which means “relating to” will also be presented. The spelling words are: normal, tension, scale, eruption lead, comical, vacation, present, second, criminal, match, reaction, content, coastal, pollution, entrance, survival, explosion. Mathematics: We are reviewing the Topic on Fractions. We will test on this topic this week. I will also be reviewing such mathematical skills like; area, perimeter, measurement, multiplication and division and their properties. Hence, you will probably see such review papers of homework these next few weeks. Science: We have completed Investigation 1 on “Water and Climate”. We will review the Focus Questions this week and then students will be assessed. Then we will begin Investigation 2, “Measuring Temperature. “ Students will work on reading a thermometer. This is a week of review and assessment. Please make sure your child comes to school on time and is well rested. Students will receive a permission slip to attend the end of the year field trip to the Rio Grande Zoo on May 7th. Please make sure your child returns the permission slip as soon as possible. We are also asking that each child bring $1.00 cash for gratuity. This is for the person that serves us at the Golden Corral.
Third Grade News for April 14th-May 3rd 2019 NDI: The third and fourth graders from Ohkay Owingeh Community School have once again earned the privilege of leading the schools at the NDI performance by being placed in the front! This is an honor for the children. After the Easter Vacation you will receive the schedule for dance rehearsals and performances. Please review the schedule; place it on the refrigerator door for a reference. As we get closer to the performance dates; May 16th and May 17th; I will send home more notices. Reading: The theme we are currently working on is “Animals and Their Habitat” and the story is “Amazing Animals”. Please read this selection with your child at home at least 4 times. The vocabulary words for the story are: advantage, defenses, lure, terrain, tolerate, and ward off. In spelling we are working on writing sentences with compound predicates and subjects. The words we are studying have the suffix “–ness” added, which changes the meaning of the word to “state of being”, a noun. Then we are also adding the suffix “–er”, which changes the meaning of the word to “one who” or “something that.” The spelling words are as follows: weakness, moved, manager, nation, moving, trumpeter, fitness, movement, zipper, equator, blindness, remove, fairness, continent, swimmer, elevation, unhappiness, and photographer. Please study these words with your child. Reading Logs are due at the end of the month. If your child completes his/her reading log, turn it over and you can add more books on the back. Mathematics: Topic 13, Equivalent Fractions is our area of study. We are also reviewing concepts we have covered, and are preparing for the PARCC test. The key concepts that you can help your child with are multiplication and division facts. Please review subtraction of large numbers as well, many students have difficulty with this concept. Testing: When we return from Easter Break we will start the PARRC test April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd. It is imperative that your child come to school rested and on time these days of testing. Thank you for your cooperation.
News for the Third Grade for the Weeks of May 13 to May 24, 2019 NWEA MAPS Testing: The students will be MAPS testing this week. Please be sure your child gets to bed early and is rested for these end of the year MAPS tests. We have worked very hard this year to meet our goals. Each student is expected to meet or surpass his/her personal goal for the third grade school year. We will begin testing in Language Arts, then Math, and complete the testing with Reading. NDI DANCE: This week is our NDI Dance performance! The students will rehearse most of the day on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. We will rehearse during school hours and dance on Thursday, May 16th and Friday May 17th at 6pm. The Third and Fourth Grade students will stay after school and eat dinner at the school on May 16th and 17th. Then the students will be transported to the Espanola Valley High School Gym for their evening performance at 6:00 P.M. Please note, you are scheduled to pick up your child at OOCS at about 8:15pm on Thursday May 16th. The tickets you bought for the NDI performance is Friday, May 17th at 6:00 P.M. Please arrive early the gym will be very full, NDI is very popular! On the evening of May 17th parents or guardians are to pick up your child at the Española Valley High School Gym. Please don’t forget to sign your child out from either Ms. Peña or I. Last Week of School: The only event that will affect the Third Graders is the end of the year Awards Assembly. The assembly will be on Friday, May 24th at 9:00 A.M. Students will be dismissed at 10:00 A.M. Summer School: If your child is recommended for summer school, Mr. Byron Trujillo will be sending a note home this week with your child. Have a great summer break!