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Newsletter, April 2nd, 2019

Weekly News/Testing Updates

 

Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!  I can’t believe we are beginning our final quarter of third grade.  We have a busy quarter ahead of us as we conclude our school year. 

 

First, I wanted to let you know of our dates for our state TN Ready/TCAP testing.  The testing window is April 15-18  Please do not schedule any medical appointments or trips during this testing time if at all possible.  Students will take a Reading/Language Arts, Math, and a pilot Science TCAP test.  We have worked hard and our year was paced out so that most tested skills will have been taught prior to the testing period.  I know that our class will ROCK this test!

 

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 15-English/Language arts part 1

Tuesday, April 16-English/Language arts part 2

Wednesday, April 17-Math parts 1-3

Thursday, April 18-Science pilot test (scores will not be received)

 

I am sending home parent homework tonight.  Please read the enclosed letter and let me know if you have any questions.  I am asking that you write an encouraging note for your child to open prior to our first day of testing.  You are welcome to use the lined paper that is included or create your own letter or note.  I will also print out a note if you would like to email it to me.  Please return the note by Friday, April 12.

 

Your children have worked extremely hard this year.  They are amazing kids with so many talents and passions.  They are artists, writers, musicians, athletes, engineers, problem-solvers, animal lovers, dancers, readers, science fiction enthusiasts, environmentalists, comedians, fact checkers, and more!  They are ready for this test, but are so much more than what one score will show.  Please just encourage them to do their personal best, to take their time, and show what they know!

 

The website below contains information, sample test items, time limits, scoring information, and much more.  Please take a few minutes to check it out:

https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready/tnready-parent-resources.html

 

This week we will work on measurement in math.  Our measurement unit includes length, time, capacity, and mass.  Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts and review fractions as needed at home.  We started time this week.  It would be great to talk about time in your family discussions this week to help with this skill.  Asking questions such as, “How long is baseball practice if it starts at 5:15 and ends at 7:00?” Thank you in advance!   

 

Other units of study:

Science-Water Cycle

Language Arts-Point of View in fiction and non-fiction texts, responding to text through writing, Wordly Wise Lesson 10, and dialogue using quotation marks

Other: Test taking practice

 

Dates to remember:

 

April 6-Old Hollywood Couples and Starlets party-Fundraiser

April 10-Class Picture Day

April 15-18 State Testing

April 19-Good Friday-No School

April 19-Deadline to order yearbook: https://www.etsu.edu/news/univschool_news/announcements/2018_2019/yearbook_order_info.aspx

 

 

Sorry for the lengthy update! Have a great afternoon!

 

Mrs. Doran

 

Newsletter, January 16th, 2019

Good Afternoon!

This year we have the opportunity to write and publish a class book.  An order form came home yesterday if you are interested in purchasing the book.  It is completely optional.  If you do not wish to order the book, please check no at the bottom of the form and return.  We will receive a class copy of the book, and I believe it can be purchased at a later date if you change your mind.

On January 28, the Remind app will no longer be allowed to send text messages to Verizon carriers.  I believe you will still receive messages through the app, but not through texts. 

Reenrollment forms will come home the first week of February.

Our class received a grant for a makerspace in our classroom.  The kids are LOVING building and creating in our makerspace.  The two most popular items are the wood and wheels.  If you have any small, scrap pieces of wood or items that would make good wheels hanging around at your house-we would love donations for our makerspace.

Current Units of Study:

Math-We began our study of fractions.  This is an in depth unit and we will spend several weeks studying fractions.  So far, we have learned about equal parts, parts of a whole versus parts of a set and unit fractions.  We will look at fractions on number lines, compare and order fractions, and learn basic equivalent fractions.  We will also begin fluency checks on multiplication facts.  Please continue to study these at home. 

Science-Solar System (Inner and Outer Planets)

Social Studies-Economics (needs/wants, goods/services, supply/demand and scarcity/imports and exports)

Language Arts-Main Idea and supporting details in a text, conjunctions, cursive, and our class snow day book

Dates to remember:

Friday, January 18-Conjunction quick check

Monday, January 21-No School-MLK Day

Monday, February 5-NO School-Professional Development day

Thursday, February 14-Field trip to see Freedom Train (more information coming soon)

Friday, February 22-Jump Rope for Heart

Have a great day!

Mrs. Doran

Newsletter, January 9th, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.  The children are very excited to be with one another again!  We are having a great week of learning and I look forward to an exciting semester. 

Enrollment forms for next school year will come home soon.    

Current Units of Study:

Math-We began our study of fractions.  This is an in depth unit and we will spend several weeks studying fractions.  So far, we have learned about equal parts and unit fractions.  We will look at fractions on number lines, compare and order fractions, and learn basic equivalent fractions.  We will also begin fluency checks on multiplication facts.  Please continue to study these at home. 

Science-Solar System (Inner and Outer Planets)

Social Studies-Economics (needs/wants, goods/services, supply/demand and scarcity)

Language Arts-Main Idea and supporting details in a text, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, Wordly Wise lesson 7

Dates to remember:

Friday, January 11-Wordly Wise Test

Monday, January 14-ETSU spring semester begins (expect heavier traffic)

Monday, January 21-No School-MLK Day

Thursday, February 14-Field trip to see Freedom Train (more information coming soon)

I would like to thank you for all of the goodies and gifts I received before the break.  I truly appreciate them!

Have a great day!

Mrs. Doran

Newsletter, September 5th, 2018

Hello Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  I can’t believe we are coming to an end of our 1st quarter.

Test/Quiz Schedule:

Friday, September 7-Regular plural noun quiz

Thurday, September 13-Division concepts quick check

Friday, September 14-Wordly Wise Lesson 4 test

Dates to Remember:

Break-September 15-October 8

Jack and the Beanstalk performance-October 10 (info. coming home in folders tomorrow)

We will be attending the performance on campus at the Bud Frank Theatre.  We will need to collect the ticket money before break since the trip is during our first week of second quarter.  We attended a performance of Charlotte’s Web a few years ago and it was spectacular.  Please send the $5 for the ticket by Friday, September 14.

Current Units of Study:

Math:  We started our division concepts unit this week.  We are working on different ways to represent division.  We are making equal groups, using manipulatives, and drawing out division problems.  Our big goal the next two weeks is to understand what division is and begin to relate it to multiplication.  Next quarter, we will look at patterns with multiplication and division and begin to memorize our facts.  There are great websites/apps to help your child practice this at home.  You can visit our class www.portaportal.com site to find practice pages.  The guest access is dorane.

We will look at partitioning as we learn to divide and break up groups, learn about inverse operations, and begin to study fact families that will help us to learn our multiplication and division facts. 

Social Studies:  We learned about latitude and longitude last week and will study landforms for the remainder of the quarter. 

Science:  In science we are exploring traits and behaviors that help animals survive.  We completed an investigation over the last two days were we pretended to be ants and work together in a colony.  Ask your child to tell you more about it!  We are also answering questions such as:

How does being part of a group help animals survive?

How do adaptations help plants and animals survive?

How do variations in traits provide advantages for survival?

How do changes in the ecosystem affect things that live there?

Language Arts:  We are learning more about fiction texts and how readers ask and answer questions in their reading.  We are using a strategy called RACE to answer questions about our reading.  This strategy will really help us to answer comprehension questions at a deep level, not simply replying with a “yes or no” or a “because”. J

RACE is:
R-restate part of the question
A-answer all parts of the question
C-cite evidence from the text
E-explain your evidence

We are completing stations and are reading passages and answering comprehension questions center around the RACE strategy.  We learned about regular plural nouns during our word study time, and will begin our irregular plural nouns next week. We have mostly finished our drafts and are beginning to revise and edit our work.  We are continuing to learn cursive letters and are really getting good at it!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent with your children each day.  They are a great group of kids!

Mrs. Doran

Newsletter, August 21, 2018

Hello Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Test/Quiz Schedule:

Tuesday, August 28-Multiplication concepts quiz

Thursday, August 30-Pronoun show you know

Friday, August 31-Wordly Wise Lesson 3 quiz

Dates to Remember:

Friday, August 24-No School

Monday, September 3-No School

 

Current Units of Study:

Math:  We started our multiplication concepts unit this week.  We are working on repeated addition, the grouping model, and building arrays.  Our big goal this week is to learn the vocabulary (factors, products), demonstrate that the X symbol means groups of, and start to see patterns when we skip count.  Students are not expected to have their multiplication facts memorized yet (although it won’t hurt if they already do J), but to really understand what multiplication means.  We will take a quick check quiz on multiplication concepts on Tuesday, August 28.  If your child is ready to begin memorizing their facts, I suggest starting with 0,1,2,5, and 10 facts.

Social Studies:  We worked on our map skills by reading physical maps, highway maps, and maps showing state borders and individual counties within states. 

Science:  In science we are working on animal adaptations by studying internal and external structures that animals have that help them survive.  We are also look at structural vs. behavioral adaptations.  We will be researching an animal and working on a group poster project later this week to show what we have learned.  We will continue to watch our class plants grow and discuss the structures we see as they grow.

Language Arts:  We are learning more about fiction texts and how readers use context clues to determine word meanings for unfamiliar words. We are completing context clues stations and are reading passages and answering comprehension questions center around identifying context clues.  We learned about adverbs during our word study time, and will begin our pronoun unit tomorrow.  We are narrowing down our topic for our personal narrative story and also continuing to add entries in our writer’s workshop notebook.  We added h and g to our letters we know in cursive as well. We are adding u tomorrow!

Technology:  We learned about citing other’s works and not plagiarizing in the computer last week.  We also continued to grow with our typing skills and spent time coding. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent with your children each day.  They are a great group of kids!

Mrs. Doran

 

Newsletter, August 8, 2018

Hello Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Test/Quiz Schedule:

Friday, August 10-Adjective show you know

Wednesday, August 15-Addition and subtraction test

Parent Teacher Conference Link:

Parent teacher conference day is August 17.  You are welcome to sign up on the conference page for a 20 minute slot to discuss your child’s progress.  I am more than happy to schedule different dates if needed as both of our schedules allow. 

http://signup.com/go/wijvvJx

Current Units of Study:

Math:  We are reviewing subtraction with more than one regrouping (including zeros).  We will begin estimating differences later this week.  We will take our first math test on Wednesday, August 15.  It will include estimating sums/differences.  Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home if needed.

Social Studies:  We looked at the countries that are in North America this week and reviewed the 50 states.  We will begin to look at using latitude and longitude to locate major cities and countries on a map soon.

Science:  In science we are studying plant adaptations that help them survive and reproduce.  BrainPOP Jr. has a really great video that we watched today in class.  Our BrainPOP log in information for both websites is:

Username: uschool

Password: student

www.brainpopjr.com

www.brainpop.com

Language Arts:  We are learning more about fiction texts this week as we continued our character traits study in reading workshop. We completed character trait stations and are reading passages and answering comprehension questions center around character traits.  We are learning more about adjectives during our word study time, and continuing to add entries in our writer’s workshop notebook and incorporating our paragraph writing in our notebooks.  This will help us generate ideas for our personal narratives we write later this quarter.  We added p and e to our letters we know in cursive as well. 

Technology:  We attended our technology class today and worked on our typing skills and coding.  There is still an opportunity for kids to sign up for an afterschool coding club.  Please see the links below for more information:

Hour of code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/hour_of_code.php

Girls who code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/girls_who_code.php

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Doran

Newsletter, August 1, 2018

Hello Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Test/Quiz Schedule:

Friday, August 3-Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Test

Current Units of Study:

Math:  We are continuing to practice our rounding skills, and are reviewing addition using the algorithm.  We will begin estimating sums later this week. 

Social Studies:  We are reviewing basic map skills by using cardinal and intermediate directions, and looking at legends and symbols.  We will begin to look at using latitude and longitude to locate major cities and countries on a map soon.

Science:  In science we are continuing to learn about the internal and external structures of plants.  We have discussed the functions of plant parts such as roots, stems, and leaves.  We are studying the needs of plants, reviewing life cycles, and discussing the difference between plants that reproduce with flowers/fruit versus plants that reproduce with cones.

Language Arts:  We are learning more about fiction texts this week as we launched a character traits study in reading workshop.  We are learning more about action verbs during our word study time, and learning how to add entries in our writer’s workshop notebook and incorporating our paragraph writing in our notebooks.  This will help us generate ideas for our personal narratives we write later this quarter.  We added t and h to our letters we know in cursive as well.  We will complete lesson 2 in Wordly Wise this week and take a test on the words Friday. A storyteller will visit tomorrow during our language arts block!

Technology:  We will attend our second technology class later today.  Ask your child to tell you about today’s lesson!  There will be an opportunity for kids to sign up for an afterschool coding club.  Please see the links below for more information:

Hour of code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/hour_of_code.php

Girls who code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/girls_who_code.php

 Have a great evening!

 Mrs. Doran

Newsletter, July 16, 2018

Hello families,

Welcome to a new school year!  We had a fabulous first week of third grade.  Thank you for sharing your kiddos with me!  I look forward to getting to know them.  I just wanted to touch base with this email list and give you a few quick announcements. 

  • I copied in Ms. Kelli’s list from last year and added any new emails that have been sent to me.  If there is an email on this list that you want removed please let me know.  If you have another email that you want added please let me know. If you need to add someone to the remind list, please use the following link:

     

https://www.remind.com/join/univ2028

 

 

  • Our open house is this Thursday, July 19.  The classroom will be open from 6-7:30. I hope to see you there.  Your child will want to show you the room!  There will be food/snacks available for purchase during this event.

 

  • A PowerSchool letter came home in folders last week. Power School allows you to see your child’s attendance, graded assignments, and quarter averages.  It also allows you to be on the email and phone list for school wide announcements.  It’s a great way to stay informed!  Please contact me or Dianna Rea in the office if you have any difficulty accessing Power School.  I will also let you know when I begin adding grades so that you can play around with the program if this is your first child that receives letter grades.

 

  • Your car tag numbers will be the same as they were last year.  If you need an additional car tag let me know and we can get that to you. 

 

  • Our third grade schedule changed this year and I am still tweaking it to find what will work best for the class this year.  I am attaching a draft to this email and will update you if needed.  We will eat lunch at 10:55.  We have P.E. every day except Wednesday.  Please make sure your child wears shoes that work well for daily recess and P.E.  I ask that they not change shoes at school for this purpose because it is time consuming to do so.  The exception will be for special days such as picture days.  We will have a snack time during our recess if you would like to send in a snack for your child.  Please only send water for snack time!

 

  • Our class will complete a vocabulary program called Wordly Wise this school year. We will not have Wordly Wise every week as there are only 15 lessons in our program.  We will send it home 3-4 times per quarter.  There will be some Wordly Wise homework during the weeks we are completing a lesson.  We will also take a Wordly Wise multiple choice test on Friday of each Wordly Wise week.  Our first test will be over lesson 1 words on Friday, July 20.  Students are not expected to memorize the spellings, simply the meanings.  Please have them really look at the words with multiple meanings as those can be the tricky for third graders at times. 

 

  • That’s all for now, but I’m sure I will have more news and announcements soon.  There is always so much to tell you in the beginning. 

 

Erin Doran

 Newsletter, July 25, 2018

Weekly News

Hello Families,

It was so nice to meet and visit with many of you last week during open house.  I would also like to thank you for the apple tree donations!  See below for information about our week:

Test/Quiz Schedule:

Friday, July 27-Show you know-nouns

PowerSchool info:

The letter with information about PowerSchool went home the first week of school.  I have entered a few grades already and plan to add more this week.  If you have not been able to log-in, please let me or Mrs. Rea in the office know that you are having trouble with your log-in information.  I typically send home graded work on Fridays in student folders.  PowerSchool also has an app that you can download.  You are able to set alerts about grades and attendance. 

Current Units of Study:

Math:  We reviewed place value and started our rounding unit. We are rounding 3-4 digit numbers to the nearest tens and hundreds.  One way to help at home is to ask your child to round times, money, and measurements.  You can ask questions such as:

Bedtime is in 27 minutes, how many minutes is that rounded to the nearest ten?

The movie is 135 minutes long.  Round the movie time to the nearest ten. Nearest hundred?

Social Studies:  We worked on creating our class rules and discussing good citizenship during the first few weeks of school.  We are working on locating the seven continents and 5 oceans on the map in geography.  Our classroom created rules are:

Be Respectful

Be Safe

Be Kind

Be Trustworthy

Work Hard!

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Science:  In science we are learning about the internal and external structures of plants.  We completed an investigation with plants this week to learn about how water moves through plants.  We recorded the mass of each plant after adding water, then placed them in different locations in the classroom to see how the mass would change over time. Ask your child to tell you about what we learned. 

Language Arts:  We are learning about our reader’s workshop, grammar/word study time, and writing time in our third grade classroom.  We have completed a genre study to learn about the different genres of books, learned how to record our books in our reading log, and how to talk about our independent reading books in class.  In writing, we have learned about the parts of a paragraph and are beginning to write in paragraphs using a topic sentence, three detail sentences, and a closing sentence.  We also began to study cursive writing.  We have learned g, d, a, and c so far!  We will complete 3-4 Wordly Wise lessons per quarter, so do not expect Wordly Wise homework to come home each week.  The kids did a great job with lesson 1 last week in class.  We will not take traditional spelling tests this school year.  We will learn about spelling patterns and apply them to our writing in class.  You may see spelling practice come home for spelling patterns occasionally as homework. 

Technology:  We attended our first technology class today.  We learned about digital citizenship, practiced our typing skills, coded, and went on a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo.  Ask your child to tell you more!  There will be an opportunity for kids to sign up for an afterschool coding club.  Please see the links below for more information:

Hour of code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/hour_of_code.php

Girls who code:

https://www.etsu.edu/uschool/clubs/girls_who_code.php

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Doran

 

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