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Friday, January 24, 2020

Valentine's Day Party
FEBRUARY 13TH THIRD GRADE SCHEDULE
8:05-9:05- Valentine's Day Breakfast in Homeroom (pancakes, fruit and yogurt will be served)
9:05-2:50- Third Grade Classes (math, literacy, recess, lunch- at regular scheduled time, specials, history or science)
2:50-3:30- Homeroom Valentines Day Card Delivery

WHAT DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO BRING ON FEBRUARY 13TH?
Your child will want to bring a Valentine bag or box to collect Valentines from their classmates and a Valentine for each person in their homeroom. Our school food policy states that students cannot bring candy or edibles for their classmates, but we can't wait to see what fun new ideas your families come up with!

Curriculum Updates
LITERACY WITH MS. LANKFORD AND MS. O'NEIL
Biographies will consume most of our reading and writing time for the next few weeks. Next week, we will focus our efforts on reading from a source and taking notes/paraphrasing. We will use common abbreviations for months of the year and examine the identification and use of prepositional phrases in our reading and writing.. Instant biography poems will highlight who we are as learners. In writing, we will continue our study of dialogue and citing quotations from our biographies. Our spelling/vocabulary focus will be on terminology related to biographies. Be sure to check out our Biography Vocabulary under Links for fun practice at home!

LITERACY WITH MS. MILLS
We are working diligently on our biographies, learning to take notes and paraphrasing without plagiarism. Our sound focus for the next two weeks are homophones and their meaning (one, won) and then vowel + r sounds (horse, core, arm). We will also look at idioms next week. Feel free to use some at home after they "hit the books" and discuss their meaning. The following week we will learn about the prefixes im- and in- and how they change the meaning of a root word. In grammar, we will work on using correct verb tense and singular possessive nouns.

HISTORY WITH MS. KRIEGER
After learning about the engineering accomplishments of the Romans, our class will analyze 3-D recreations of Ancient Rome by historians. Spending time learning about Roman entertainment, we will discuss gladiators and chariot races and admire the architecture of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. We will seek to understand the importance of Pompeii's ruins buried in ash. This terrible disaster has helped historians understand most of what we know about daily life in the Roman Empire. We will discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources of information. Our final test is coming soon, so please check IC for details.
Dinner Table Question: Tell me what it might have been like to walk down the streets of Ancient Rome.

SCIENCE WITH MS. GANT
STEM Parent Expo and chariot races are next Monday and Tuesday! We hope to see you there!
Monday, January 27th
BLUE Class – 10:25 – 11:00
RED Class – 1:45 – 2:20

Tuesday, January 28th
YELLOW Class – 10:25 – 11:00
GREEN Class – 1:45 – 2:20

Next Wednesday I will get the science classes back and we will wrap up our magnet unit! The following week we will move on to force and motion. We will do another shortened ADI Investigation as we look at how objects move in predictable patterns.