Week of September 24th

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a great weekend.  Please be aware that this upcoming week has two half days – our usual Wednesday 12:30 release, with its usual clubs, as well as Friday, Sep 29.  If your child has Friday clubs or tutoring, please check in with that teacher or leader – all Great Hearts faculty are expected to attend training events on that afternoon.  Athenaeum will be available as usual to families that are subscribed.

Friday the 29this also an Archway Lincoln Spirit Wear Day.  Student Spirit Wear shirts may be worn in place of uniform shirts, and  should be tucked in and free of tears and holes. Students are expected to wear their regular uniform pants/shorts/shorts, belt, shoes, and socks.

Thank you to those parents that have helped us during Maths and Reading Groups these last 2 weeks.  We will be taking a break from them this week in order to brush up on procedures and expectations for these fun activities.  Groups will resume the week of October 1st  – please be in touch with your classroom teacher with any questions on this matter.

This year our school will be participating in a Scholastic Books program called All for Books.  Please see below for information on the program:

Turning Dollars and Coins into Books and Smiles!

All for Books is an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the Book Fair.

Funds can be used to:

  • Give more students a chance to participate in the Book Fair.
  • Add new books to the school library.
  • Help teachers build and refresh their classroom libraries.
  • Donate to another school or community organization in need of books.

Scholastic Book Fairs® then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children through organizations such as the Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.

By working together, we can help connect kids with more books than ever before

There will be various ways for Lincoln families to donate.  Every dollar given to All for Books will go to provide books for underprivileged schools, and then will be matched dollar for dollar by Scholastic to be used to purchase books from teacher wish-lists to be distributed to our classrooms.  It’s a win-win for everyone!  Please be on the lookout for further details!

Here is the curriculum information for this week:

Spalding: We will continue working our way through our word list, entering words in our Spalding notebooks daily and practicing for homework. Continue to encourage neatness on homework.

Literature:  This week our literature focus will be on perspective (or point of view), focusing this week on 1stand 3rdperson point of view.  We are also continuing our reading of Pinocchio’s adventures.  There will be no Reading Groups this week!

Grammar: We will continue working on classifying sentences, focusing identifying complete and simple subjects and predicates.

Writing:  In writing, we have been working on crafting topic sentences, and will continue to practice the skills of planning and executing a well-written paragraph.

History: In History this week we will be learning about Roman aqueducts, bridges, buildings and more!  We will be completing a project on Thursday afternoon where we will be making our own Roman Art!  The art project will be a mosaic.  We can’t wait to see the beautiful creations our third graders will make.

Science: in science we will be continuing to learn about the names of bones and will introduce X-rays.

Math: This week, we will be subtracting 4-digit numbers with regrouping and word problems.  There will be not Maths Groups this week!

Looking forward to a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team

 

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Week of September 17th

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a relaxing weekend! Hard to believe we are starting week 7! Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time for Math Groups and Reading Groups this past week. Our classrooms truly appreciate the assistance in helping students achieve success in these areas. If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please click the link on the top right corner of this page. We look forward to our continued partnership 🙂

Black folders will be coming home this Tuesday (9/18). Please make sure to sign all tests and return them in the black folder by Wednesday (9/19). Feel free to email your child’s teacher if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Here is the curriculum information for this week:

Spalding: We will continue working our way through our word list, entering words in our Spalding notebooks daily and practicing for homework. Continue to encourage neatness on homework.

Literature:  We will be working on text features. Reading groups will continue to be on Wednesdays.

Grammar: We will begin studying and practicing the 4 kinds of sentences.

Writing:  In writing, we are working on topic sentences.

History: In History this week we will be learning about the daily life of the Romans.

Science: In Science this week we will continue our unit on The Skeletal System with a focus on the names of bones and where they are located.

Math: In math this week, we will begin working on adding 4 digit numbers with regrouping. Math groups will continue to be on Wednesdays.

We are looking forward to the wonderful week ahead!

3rd Grade Teachers

Week of September 10th

 

Dear Parents:

Thank you so much for attending our evening events in the past 3 weeks.  Materials were sent home for those that were not able to make our Curriculum Night, Volunteer Night, and Spalding/Singapore Maths evening.  We are hopeful that the events were informative – please feel free to contact the team with any questions.

Performance Notices will be sent out this coming Monday for students that are at risk of D or lower grades in a given subject.  If your child does not receive a Performance Notice, no action is necessary.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

This week we will begin our Wednesday Reading Groups and Maths Groups.  3rd grade groups begin run from 11:05 to 12:30 – please check your classroom’s sign-ups for specifics.  Since the group activities are at the end of the school day, volunteer parents will be able to take their student home at 12:30 – park accordingly so you can get out easily!!  A volunteer sign-up has been set up and sent out – please be in touch with your class liaison should you have questions about the sign up.  We appreciate that our schedules are very challenging these days, and are grateful for all the support our parent community provides in the classroom, as well as at home supporting our scholars, and with donations to keep our classrooms stocked for our needs – thank you!

A note regarding Spalding:  Please be aware that we will not be able to accept late Spalding homework after the Friday weekly Spalding Test.  Once the students have been tested on the week’s words, the homework will not benefit them.  Absent students will need to coordinate with their classroom teacher on a case by case basis to clarify expectations of what needs to be made up and what can be excused for that week.

Here is the curricular information for this week:

 Spalding: We will continue working our way through our word list, entering words in our Spalding notebooks daily and practicing for homework. Continue to encourage neatness on homework.

Literature: This week’s literature focus will be on literal versus figurative language.  We will start with an Amelia Bedelia story, and explore figurative language in a variety of settings. Reading groups will begin on Wed.

Grammar: We will continue learning about and working with prepositional phrases and classifying sentences.

Writing:  In writing, we are continuing the process of pre-writing planning, with an eventual goal of a full paragraph about mammals.

History: In History this week we will be learning about The Punic Wars.  We will also be practicing note taking strategies in our History Journals.

Science: In Science this week we will begin our unit on the Skeletal System.

Math: In math this week we will begin one and two step word problems using bar modeling.  We will also begin our weekly Wed Math Groups.

Please be in touch with any questions, feedback, or concerns.  Have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of September 3rd

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

New and returning families, please join us this Tuesday for a hands-on, interactive workshop highlighting the techniques and teaching strategies for Singapore and Spalding. You will get the opportunity to experience sample lessons, receive homework pointers and help, and much more.

The evening will be divided into 2 parts:

Rotation 1:

6-6:40

Parents with a child in sections A or B: Grade level Spalding Room

Parents with a child in sections C or D: Grade level Singapore Room

Rotation 2:

6:50-7:30

Parents with a child in sections A or B: Grade Level Singapore Room

Parents with a child in sections C or D: Grade Level Spalding Room

This week we will be finishing up our rescheduled MAP testing on Wednesday.  Due to the short week, there will be no Spalding test on Friday – please see the curricular details below.  As always, please encourage your student to bring a water bottle to school – we will continue to offer afternoon indoor recess for the time being.

Here is the curriculum information for the upcoming week:

Spalding: This week we will be reviewing some of our spelling words as we continue to practice cursive handwriting. There will be no spelling test this week due to the short week. However, your students will have homework to practice handwriting Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Literature: This week we will continue to explore the relationship between a character’s actions, motivations, and traits, and finish the topic with the quiz that was rescheduled due to MAP testing.  We will also continue following the adventures of Pinocchio.

Grammar: This week in grammar we will continue to learn about prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will also practice writing sentences using this part of speech.

Writing:  In writing, we are continuing the process of pre-writing planning, with an eventual goal of a full paragraph about mammals.

History: This week’s focus in our Rome unit will be on Roman Society and Culture.

Science: This week in science, we will be learning about Aristotle and the start of classification. Our classification assessment will be on Thursday.

Math: In math, we will continue using addition and subtraction strategies with bar models. Please join us for our Singapore/Spalding night this Tuesday

Please be in touch with any questions, feedback, or concerns.  Have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of August 27th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

This week we will be taking some time out of our regular school day to administer our Beginning of the Year MAP testing.  These tests will give our team important information regarding the future curriculum emphasis, as well as detailed information regarding each student’s strengths and weaknesses, to better help us support all our scholars.  Please encourage your child to do his or her very best, but be aware that these tests are for informational purposes only, and will not affect your child’s grade in any way.

 If your child is missing any assignments please do the following:

  1. Check at home to see if you have the assignment
  2. Check your child’s binder to see if the assignment wasn’t turned in
  3. When your child comes to school, they can check their desk or the no name bucket
  4. If the assignment can’t be found, your child can look in our extras bucket for a new copy

Next Monday, September 3rd, Archway Lincoln will be closed in observance of Labor Day – Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Here is the curriculum information for the upcoming week:

Spalding: In Spalding this week we will continue entering words in our Spalding notebooks while reviewing spelling rules and marking conventions.  Please continue to encourage excellence on homework and remind students to write their names on their work before turning it in.

Literature: This week we will continue reading Pinocchio, and continue to explore the relationship between a character’s actions, motivations, and traits.  We will have a brief quiz on the topic on Friday.

Grammar: There will be no grammar this week in order to save time for MAP testing.

Writing: In writing, we continue practicing how to write a paragraph.  We are completing this in class together by writing about the classification of mammals.

History: This week we begin our study of Ancient Rome.  We begin with an overview of the culture of Rome and a look at the mythology of Roman religion.

Science:This week in science, the students will be classifying animals as birds and mammals.  Our first Science test will be September 6th.  The study guide will be coming home with your child this Thursday 8/30.

Math:This week in math, the students will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction strategies.

Please be in touch with any questions, feedback, or concerns.  Have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of August 20th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

We are very excited for our Curriculum Night this week on Tuesday, August 21st, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  This is a parent only event in which we will give you a picture of the upcoming school year.  We are very excited about this event as it allows Miss Bayda and I an opportunity to explain curriculum, classroom procedures, and develop our classroom community. We have decided to create a sign-up for this event due to the amount of students with a last name before m (there are 22). Please pick a time that best fits your schedule and email me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. If you have a child in another classroom 3-5 please sign up to attend the second slot (7:00-7:30) http://signup.com/go/RjkPXNw

Please contact us if you have a conflict and we can send you information via email.  We highly encourage attendance at this event and look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday the 21st is also picture day, please send in your order forms with your student by then!

Here is the curriculum information for the coming week:

English Language Arts

Spalding: This week we will begin entering spelling words into our Spalding notebooks. We will enter 10 words per day Monday-Wednesday and send those same 10 words home for homework practice. Homework expectations are as follows: Monday-Wednesday parents will dictate ten words that have been prepared by the teacher as homework. Students will write the words in neat cursive handwriting  with all markings, including syllable breaks.  This process will be repeated 2 more times. Three total times. Thursday’s homework includes writing all 30 words as they appear in normal speech and reading, with no spaces or markings.

Literature: This week we will continue reading Pinocchio, and take a look at how character traits are devised from clues the author gives in different ways in a story.  We will be practicing ways understand character traits, and assessing for understanding on Friday.  On Wednesday we will be presenting our first poem of the year:  The Crocodile, by Lewis Carrol.

Grammar: In Grammar this week we will continue to classify sentences with parts of speech, adding in prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will also continue to reinforce construction of complete sentences.

Writing:  In Writing this week, we will learn the formal definition of a paragraph.  We will begin practicing writing a paragraph as a class this week, as well.

History: In History this week, we will be completing our World Rivers unit with an assessment on Monday.  Students will be able to use their study guide on this first test.  We formally begin our Ancient Rome Unit on Friday by learning about the mythological origins of Rome and the myth of Romulus and Remus.

Science: In science the students will be learning about the characteristics used to classify amphibians and reptiles.

Math: In math the students will begin unit 2 (Addition and Subtraction). Please make sure to review the previous math test with your child as it will be going home in the black folders on Tuesday. We ask that you sign and return this test in the black folder by Wednesday 8/22.

Please be in touch with any questions, feedback, or concerns.  Have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of August 13th

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

Welcome to our 2nd full week of the new school year.  As you are well aware, it is HOT outside these days!  Please encourage your student to bring a water bottle to school every day – there are water fountains available for re-filling at appropriate times throughout the day.  We would also ask that your student be aware that in-class snacks need to be of the dry variety (no yogurt or apple sauce please!).

Speaking if issues of crucial concern to our students, please find below some information regarding our lunch program:

Lunch delivery starts this Monday, be sure to place your orders before 7am PST on Sunday!

If your lunch order is HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE on your calendar, this means you need to go into your shopping cart to checkout & pay, otherwise your lunches will NOT be processed!

Ordering deadline is 7am PST the day prior to meal!

Please refer to the PROGRAM INFO page for further details

Thank you for supporting Archway Lincoln’s lunch program!

Dishes2u invites you to ‘LIKE’ us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dishes2u/

During the school year, Dishes2u will pick ONE winner per month for a $25 lunch credit.  It is simple and easy to do!

Do you know of any other schools or businesses that would benefit from a lunch program?  If so, you may be eligible for a $25 credit towards future lunches.

Sign up for our email list!

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A reminder that Curriculum Night is coming up the week of Tuesday, August 21st, from 6-7:30 PM.  Keep in mind this is an adults-only event. Also on this date, we will have picture day 🙂

Here is the curriculum information for the coming week:

English Language Arts

Spalding: This week in Spalding we will be focusing on cursive handwriting. We will be sending home cursive handwriting practice pages for homework each night.

Literature: This week we will continue with our read-aloud Pinocchio.  If you have not acquired a copy for your student, please do so at your earliest convenience.  A link to our school books list can be found here:

http://archwaylincoln.greatheartsacademies.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2018/04/ConsumablesList.2017-2018.3.21.18.xlsx.pdf

This week our literary skill focus is on asking and answering questions about our reading, and finding evidence for our answers within the text.  We will be practicing this skill throughout the week, and assessing for understanding on Friday.  On Wednesday we will be working on some English Language Idioms: ask you student to use “let bygones be bygones” or “actions speak louder than words” in a sentence!  Our work on idioms, saying and proverbs helps students understand the use of figurative language.

Grammar and Writing:

This week we will be reviewing parts of speech and complete sentences. We will begin sentence classification, as well.

History: This week in History we will be completing our unit about World Rivers.  During this unit, we have learned about why civilizations settle near rivers, how they help us and why they are dangerous.  There will be a test over this unit on Monday, August 20th.  Students should use their Cool Facts About Rivers packet to study for this test.  On Tuesday, we begin our Ancient Rome unit.  This is the largest unit for History this year.  We begin by learning about the mythological foundations of Rome.

Science: in science we will continue discussing animal classification. The focus this week will be classifying vertebrate/invertebrate animals and fish.

Math: We will review comparing, rounding, estimating, and determining the place value in numbers to 10,000  Be aware that we have our first math assessment on Friday 8/17.

As always, feel free to contact us should you have any questions, feedback, or concerns.  Have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of August 6th

Dear 3rd grade families:

Welcome to our first full week of this school year!  Last week we spent some time working on learning classroom expectations and procedures, and we will continue to practice them as this week unfolds.  We would like to encourage you to set up some home procedures that will help your student successfully learn scholarly habits.  We ask that you review and initial your student’s agenda every day. Please encourage them to complete all tasks assigned.

Be advised that there may be some indoor recess time this week, due to the excessive heat.  If you would like to send a deck of cards or a board game with your scholar (we could keep a few in the classroom until it cools off), that would be wonderful.  We want the students to have a chance to socialize and relax, but it’s been very hot outside.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Curriculum Night, on Tue, Aug 21st, from 6-7:30 PM.  This event will give us an opportunity to relay information on curriculum issues, such as homework procedures and grading policies.  We look forward to seeing you here for that event – please plan ahead for the evening – this event is not open to students – parents and guardians only!

Here is some information on what our scholars will be learning this week:

English Language Arts

 Spalding: This week we will be reviewing manuscript handwriting, phonograms, and spelling rules.

Literature: On Monday we will begin reading our classroom read-aloud, Pinocchio!  If you have not acquired the text for your student, we have copies that we can loan to them, but it would be helpful to provide one to your student as soon as possible.  The first literary skill we will be working on is characterization.  We will be using some time during our reading block to tie the concept in with Pinocchio, but we will also be using different texts along with our read-aloud to help students with the standards they are expected to meet in literature and reading.  This quarter, we will be using an abridged version of  The Wind in the Willows as our “helper” text.  We will provide your student with all the materials needed to read this book – please do not purchase it for your student.  A quick assessment for the weekly skill focus will take place every Friday, and we will make sure your student is ready for it with in-class practice.  On Wednesday we will also complete our first classroom seminar using the Touchpebbles curriculum.

Grammar and Writing: These ELA skills will be addressed within the Spalding and reading lesson for this week.  Specific skills will be added to the curriculum in week 3.

History: This week in History and Geography we will begin our study of World Rivers.  This first week, we will look at the following rivers through how they affect the communities around them.  We will talk about why communities settle near rivers or bodies of waters, the dangers of rivers, how they are viewed from above, and how they are beneficial to all life around them.

Science: In science, the students will begin studying our unit on Animal Classification. They will be introduced to classifying living things, and distinguishing the difference between warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals.

Math: In math, the students will reviewing place value concepts, comparing numbers within 10,000, recognizing number patterns, and rounding to 10. Please expect math homework each night (should not take longer than 25 minutes to complete- if it takes longer please email your child’s teacher or write a note on your child’s homework page). We are asking the students to ALWAYS bring their math workbook and textbook home. The purpose of this is to make sure the homework is complete and allows you to assist your child in understanding the concepts with the textbook as a guide. On Wednesdays, the homework for math will be practicing your child’s rocket math facts.

Speaking of Rocket Math….

Rocket Math:

We will be using a program called Rocket Math to help your student memorize their math facts.  It will take only a few minutes each day of class time, but students will keep working until they have mastered all the facts. A fact is mastered when it can be answered instantly, without any pause. Rocket Math is unique because it teaches only 2 facts and their reverses on each page. For example, 6×3, 3×6, 4×5 and 5×4. The program allows each child to go at his or her own pace, taking as many days to master those two facts as needed. Students are given an opportunity daily to show they have learned a set of facts by passing a test. Once students “pass” a set of facts, the teacher will write the date in the letter for that set on their “Rocket Chart.” You can help your child progress and learn faster by practicing at home. Any day your child does not pass a set of facts he or she will have that day’s practice sheet to bring home as homework. It will help a great deal if you will practice with your child for five minutes with that sheet.

Here’s how we recommend you practice:

  • Your child sits with the practice sheet in front of him/her. The problems for practice go in a circle around the outside of the page and should not have the answers written in. You will work only these outside facts. You may wish to tape paper over the inside part. This is the test that your child took that day.
  • Your child reads each fact (not just the answer) aloud and gives the answer.
  • If you hear either the slightest hesitation or an error on one of the facts, give your child some extra practice on that fact by immediately giving your child the answer and asking him/her to repeat the problem and the answer again.
  • Your child then backs up three problems and begins again.
  • If there is no hesitation or mistake when the problem is reached this time, be sure to praise your child and let him/her continue. Go once around the outside of the page. This should only take about five minutes. If you would like to do a second session of practice, wait at least an hour, or try it again in the morning. When working on memorizing facts, two short sessions with time in between, is much more helpful than one very long session.
  • Your child will be able to explain this procedure to you because it is the same that we practice in class.

Learning all the facts in an operation is a lot of work, but future success in math is dependent upon knowing facts so well that the answers come automatically without much thinking.  Having math facts down frees up student mental effort for higher thinking concepts, which would otherwise  be diverted to work on simple arithmetic.  You can also help by sharing with your child the importance of learning math facts. Thank you so much for your support of this critical learning goal.

Feel free to contact the team with any questions or concerns about this or any other issues or concerns.

Have a wonderful First Week back!

The 3rd Grade Team

Welcome 3B

Dear 3B Parents,

It is with pleasure that I welcome you to our 3B blog. My Assistant Teacher, Miss Bayda, and I look forward to meeting with you and your child at Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday, July 31st.

Please sign up for one time-slot during Meet the Teacher Night. This will allow us to better connect with individual families and answer any questions you might have in advance of the first day of school. Please bring your child’s school supplies to Meet the Teacher Night.  Please only bring the book Pinocchio as it will be the first novel we read.  The other novels should be kept at home.  If you ordered an EduKit, it will be in the classroom waiting for you. We will share more information with you at this event.

Sign up for Meet the Teacher Night here: http://signup.com/go/hLzSpaX 

I am originally from Kansas City, MO and moved to Gilbert, AZ in 2005. I  attended Arizona State University in which I received a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education (Dec 2013). This will be my 4th year teaching 3rd grade at Archway Lincoln. The upcoming school year will be 6th year teaching as I have previously taught grades 1 and 2 with Mesa Public Schools. I believe it is very important to collaborate with my fellow colleagues to create an intensive, enjoyable, and positive learning  experience for my students. I am very pleased to continue working with Mrs. Cowen, Mrs. Buske, and Mrs. Lew.

Joining me this year in 3B is Miss Bayda. She has been part of Great Hearts for two and a half years doing various jobs in the Co-Curricular department such as teaching in and directing After-School Athenaeum and Summer Camp. Miss Bayda was also part of the Archway Lincoln team last year as an assistant helping with the math intervention program for grades 3-5. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in May 2017. She is looking forward to earning her Bachelor’s degree this year after completing her student teaching in our classroom. 

Our 3rd grade curriculum is a true joy to teach! The information the students will learn is insightful and captivating as we journey through learning together. I am so grateful to be able to teach the students about parts in Roman History, Canada, exploring the solar system and many more content enriched subjects! 

At this time, I will also ask that you subscribe to this blog. You can subscribe in the top right corner of this page with your email. Our blog is updated weekly with new information happening in our classroom.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

Sincerely,

Miss Bowers

Miss Bayda