Mrs. Vaughan's Classroom



Weekly Update 1.24.16

By In News & Updates On January 23, 2017

Be on the Lookout for…

  • Tuesday Folders will come home today. There are no work samples, but please review school flyers and return necessary paperwork asap.
  • This week begins quarter 3! Report cards will come home next week, along with updated MClass benchmark scores, and information on our multiplication sundae challenge! Stay tuned!
  • There has been a whole lot of craziness these past few weeks due to inclement weather, but now perhaps we are back for a good while. The following days WERE teacher workdays, but are now regular days for students: January 27, February 20, March 31.

This week in Literacy:

Students are starting a brand new unit driven by our ReadyGen materials. They will receive a fresh new text collection, and begin our study with the story “Knots on a Counting Rope”, a touching story about a Native American boy working through his struggle of blindness with the help of his grandfather. Our focus is on the theme/central message of the story which is a tricky concept for most 3rd graders, but is prevalent in this text.

Spelling RETESTS on the “100 Words You Need to Know” continue FRIDAY, January 27th. This quiz is for GROUP SEVEN words ONLY! Only students who missed words the first time around need to prepare to retest. If you are not sure, check your child’s agenda for circled words. LOTS of friends struggled with this lost, so please ensure your child has studied and is prepared for Friday! word- spelling

This week in Math:

Students are continuing a fun and challenging unit on Area and Perimeter which puts their multiplication fact knowledge to work! This is a concept that students enjoy but can get easily confused with if they rush or mix up concepts. Area is the space INSIDE something and we teach it 2 ways. A basic quadrilateral is solved by multiplying Length X Width to get Area. Students will also use unit squares to count area, particularly for odd-shaped polygons. Students will even get really crazy with measuring rectilinear area, where they have to do 2 and 3 step problems to solve. Perimeter is the measurement of the sides AROUND a figure. This is pretty easy with rectangles, but can get hard with irregular figures. Please see tutorials and practice with games as needed. Students will bring home a cheat sheet today to help!

Concepts to review: place value, addition with regrouping, subtraction with borrowing, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100, quadrilateral, parallelogram, trapezoid, rectangle, square, rhombus, arrays, repeated addition, commutative property (flip flop rule), number line, product, distributive (break apart method), associative property, graphs, pictographs, bar graphs

A year long “Scope and Sequence” which lays out our math curriculum pacing for the year can be found here

This quarter in Social Studies: Understand the earth’s patterns by using the 5 themes of geography: (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and regions). This week, students will work in teams of 4 to create their own island, illustrating their knowledge of the 5 themes as they think through what this place would really be like.

3.G.1.1 Find absolute and relative locations of places within the local community and region.

3.G.1.2 Compare the human and physical characteristics of places.

3.G.1.3 Exemplify how people adapt to, change and protect the environment to meet their needs.

3.G.1.4 Explain how the movement of goods, people and ideas impact the community.

3.G.1.5 Summarize the elements (cultural, demographic, economic and geographic) that define regions (community, state, nation and world).

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