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Grade 3 News

This has been a very busy few weeks recently! We hope that you are able to rest this weekend and enjoy time with family as we head towards Spring Break! Please help your family stay healthy and make sure students are coming to school every day there are well! There is still a lot to accomplish in the next couple weeks!
Curriculum Updates
We are practicing perfect poetry along with fun and fancy figurative language in reading! Our sound focuses for the next two weeks are oo (wood and spoon) and then compound words. In grammar, we will be fixing incomplete sentences and correcting verb tenses. Be sure to ask your child about the many different types of figurative language!

Poetry and figurative language will drive our literacy focus for the next few weeks. Ask your child to use a simile or metaphor at dinner! At home your child should be memorizing their Core Knowledge poem and thinking of a creative visual aid to accompany their recitation. Remember, reading the poem counts toward their nightly reading. We will also read an engaging non-fiction book about volcanoes and use the skill of two column notetaking to paraphrase details we learned to write an informative paragraph.

When Europeans came to America hundreds of years ago, they found peoples who had already been living in North America for thousands of years. As we start our Earliest American unit, our class will be discussion the Land Bridge Theory and the way modern archeologists, anthropologists and historians piece together history before it was written down (prehistoric times). We will look at the climate and resources in different regions and learn how the native groups in each place adapted to live in their surroundings.
Dinner Table Question: What can you tell me about the Land Bridge Theory?

What a wonderful time we had in STEM the past few weeks! Thank you to all the families that came out to see the Sphero chariots! What a great experience it was! We will get back to our normal science routine next week and begin our last big unit on Life Science! We will spend a week learning about how organisms have unique and diverse life cycles! The following week will be discovering why many animals tend to live in groups to help them survive. Over Spring Break, it would be fun to talk with your extended families about the physical traits that run in your family - hair color, freckles, can you roll your tongue etc… as we will jump into Genetics when we get back!

Start Making Plans for Summer Camp - registration is now open!

We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break.

For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).

Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.

Upcoming Events: 
Mar 5 - Bessie’s Hope