This week, students continued to prepare for Exhibition Night by making models of their animal's zoo exhibits. On Exhibition Night, December 15th (5:00-7:30), students will take turns staying in the classroom to share their projects. Please sign up for a 30 minute slot on the Sign Up Genius sheet for your child to share their projects in the classroom.
Winter Holiday Celebration
In lieu of celebrating after Exhibition Night and in preparation for our winter break, we have decided to combine the third grade classes for an afternoon of activities. Yunnis and I have chosen two different activities that will last for 20 minutes each. In our room, there will be a cookie/gingerbread house decorating activity. In Yunnis' room, there will be a winter art activity. The students in each room will be divided into 3 smaller groups to be able to manage the students and the activity more easily. We are asking for 1-2 parent volunteers that can help us on this day. If you cannot come to the classroom on this day, we are also asking parents to help purchase some materials that we will need. If you can help in this way, we would greatly appreciate it. We'll need sprinkles, candy, and a lot of frosting. The activities will be on Friday, December 16 from 1:30 pm- 2:10 pm. Please sign up on the Sign Up Genius sheet if you would like volunteer to help with these activities, or would like to donate supplies.
Thank you for your support!
Yunnis and Elizabeth
Exhibition Night: Thursday, December 15th 5:00-7:30
Third Grade Winter Holiday Celebration: Friday, December 16th 1:30-2:10 PM
Winter Break: December 19-January 2
In light of
this week’s historic event, there have been negative comments made by students
in and outside the classroom. To address this issue, we had a class council meeting
on how to have integrity in winning and how to have integrity in losing. Please
support your child in upholding the integrity of our positive learning
This week we started a new unit in science, "Weather and Climate." We examined clues about how clouds look and feel to discover what they're made of and how they form. In honor of Veteran's Day, we wrote thank you cards to one of our very own classroom parents. In math, we solved division word problems. Students were so excited to discover the relationship between division and multiplication. Their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning new things is truly inspiring!
launch a new project next week! The
driving question is, “Who are the people of San Diego?” Students will learn more
about the history of America’s Finest City, and research the driving forces
that brought different communities to San Diego. The field study for this project is a third grade tour of Old Town San Diego on Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 AM. The cost is $8 per child and $3 per adult chaperone. Please e-mail us if you would like to support our class by driving
wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend!
It was a fun
filled week in our third grade classroom! In science, students discovered the
mechanism by which their muscles control their bones and developed a robotic
finger based on their own fingers work. In math, students worked in cooperative
groups putting clues together to solve a word problem. A highlight of our week
was creating our own blog! Students each have a Weebly Student blog account to
blog about their week for parents to read. We also started spelling, and spelling lists will be attached to
weekly parent e-mails.
Fall Activities Day was the perfect cap to our week. Students
had a fun making Halloween Flubber/slime/goo (we couldn’t agree on name for
it), painting pumpkins, making Frankenstein pudding, and taking photobooth
pictures. A big thank to Cameron’s dad, Sol’s mom, and Gracie, our SDSU intern,
for helping make the day a success for the students!
On Monday, students can wear their
Halloween costumes to school. Please note that masks and weapons are not
allowed at school. Students can wear light face paint. We look forward to
seeing the dressed up third graders on Monday! We will also continue our Halloween festivities on Monday with light snacks for students to enjoy. Students are welcomed to bring treats to share with the class on Monday.
In the spirit of Halloween, our class will have a Fall Activities Day this Friday making Halloween flubber, decorating pumpkins, and other fun activities. We will be doing these activities in the morning (9:15-10:00) and afternoon (1:15-3:15). Please send me an e-mail if you would like to join us any time on Friday.
The highlight of our week was peer editing our animal habitat magazine articles. Students read each other's articles, and learned to edit and to give feedback that is kind, specific, and helpful. Students also enjoyed learning election vocabulary words, creating rectangle area art, and getting to know their 8th grade buddies on a nature walk. Legible and fluent handwriting fosters students success in other content areas. We will start learning how to write in cursive next week.
Correction to last week's post: If students need to complete class assignments, Monday Make-ups are from 12:30-2:00 pm. Please pack a lunch if your child is staying after school on Monday.
Make-up Picture Day: Thursday, October 27
Elizabeth and Allison
Student Led Conference was a success! Our students did an impressive job independently leading the conferences and giving parents a very thorough tour of the classroom. We also appreciate all the feedback to help us better support your child in the classroom.
One thing that came up during conferences was ensuring that students are held accountable for completing their classwork during the week. Starting this Monday, Allison or another TA will facilitate Monday Make-ups after school. This will serve as an opportunity for your child to complete unfinished work from the prior week. When students do not complete all their "Must-Do assignments" by the end of the week, we will send an e-mail about Monday Make-ups on Friday.
This week, we focused on preparing for Student Led Conferences, improving our multiplication fact power, starting Raz-Kids, and discussing animal adaptations in science. Thank you to Cameron's mom, Noha, for coming in on Friday to help us with an investigative activity on how polar bears stay warm in the cold climate.
Below are a couple online resources that students can access from home to practice their reading fluency and comprehension.
teacher username: ehuynh0
student password: 123
Elizabeth and Allison
Student Led Conferences (SCLs) is this week. Students have been working
hard all week reflecting on their progress in third grade so far, and selecting
work that they want to show you. As a reminder, students are dismissed at 12:30 pm every day during conference week.
This week, we
also completed our Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test in math, reading, and language arts. This is a
computerized, adaptive test that helps us make informed decisions to promote student
academic growth. Next week in reading, we will start Raz Kids, an online
guided reading program with e-books and comprehension quizzes. Students can log
in at home for additional reading practice after we introduce the program in class.
Festival has been moved to the spring, and we will have Spring Fling instead. Thank
you Kim, our room parent, for organizing the 3rd
Grade Play Date on October 15th at Lake View Park. We hope to
see you there! Another thank you to Emma’s mom, Stephanie Pearcy, for setting
up a classroom Cluster account for sharing
pictures of students in action.
October 10 – 14: Student Led Conferences Week, 12:30 Dismissal every day
October 15: 3rd Grade Play Date
October 27: Make Up Picture Day