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3-A and 3-B

Danny Blum - Humanities

Erika Noel ("Ms. Erika") - Science

Claire Graves - Math

Wendi Kruger - Language Arts

April 10, 2017

Dear Fabulous Families,

Thank you to all who attended our research presentation on Wednesday! The energy was high and students were able to shine during their performances. We are so proud of their hard work and stellar performances while they recited their monologues.


Building Our Toolbox

During Friday community meetings we have been discussing The AVS Pledge and constructing our Toolbox - filling it with tools for self-regulation and relationship building. We would like each student in bring in a small object (max. 1 inch diameter or length) to be glued to our collective Toolbox so everyone is represented. Please have your child choose a special object (i.e. a sequin, small sticker, stick, button, stone, safety pin etc.) and bring it in to class. We will have a collection jar in our classroom.

Friday Folders and Water Bottles

Please remind your child to bring a full water bottle to school on Monday! Hydrated brains work better! Please also take all graded work out of your child’s Friday Folder and send it back EMPTY.

AVS Library Books

Atoms Family (3A) members, please remember to bring your AVS Library books back to school on Monday. Flexible Thinkers (3B), please remember to bring your AVS Library books back to school on Friday.

This Week…

As we begin reading the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in our literacy read aloud, students will be pushed to think about the purpose of memorials. Why do people build memorials? Why should we remember the past? In the beginning of the week students will learn more about one of the peace memorials that was built in Hiroshima, upholding the message of Sadako Sasaki, and her quest to construct 1,000 paper cranes. Students will learn what the paper crane symbolizes in Japanese culture, and Japanese history. Additionally, the children will see excerpts from the documentary, “Paper Clip”, learning about one middle school’s quest to collect 6 million paper clips from around the world as a representative symbol to better learn about the Holocaust, as well as gain a better understanding about intolerance, acceptance, and the greater purpose of memorials, as the school comes together with the larger community to construct their own Children’s Holocaust Memorial. Toward the end of the week students will begin to think about how they would like to design and create their own memorials, who the memorial is for, and the message and symbolism of their design.

After the big monologue finale, students celebrated their hard work and reflected on their process over the past few months. Students felt proud of themselves since they now have a better understanding of how to develop a research paper that includes an introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs. We ended the week by reading the book, “A Sweet Smell of Roses”, a historical fiction book about the point of view of children during the civil rights movement.

This week, as historical fiction readers, students will deepen their active reading skills. We will discuss how to distinguish between the facts and the fiction as they begin reading their book club book. Students will think about how the story teaches them about the history. When conferring with our students in book clubs, we will push them to have meaningful book club conversations. Some of our goals include building on their peers’ ideas, discussing connections, agreeing and disagreeing with their peers, and discussing parts of the books that they don’t understand. As a whole class we will be reading the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. We will use this text to guide our class into historical fiction. We will laugh and cry as we learn about Sadako’s culture and her inspirational journey.

This week in math we will continue to use protractors to measure and draw angles. We will read Quadrilaterals- A Four Sided Story in class to introduce the new topic we will be studying this week. The students will explore and classify four sided shapes by comparing and finding similarities and differences. The students will have centers this week that will be a culmination of activities covering angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons. The students will have an opportunity to play with tangrams and solve different puzzles.


This week we will wrap up our light unit with a review and “show what you know” and prepare to be shocked and amazed by our next electrifying unit (can you guess what we’ll be studying?). We will start this unit by making one bulb light up using wires, a bulb and a battery. We will diagram what we made and discuss what a circuit is. We will act out how electricity happens when an electron jumps from one atom to another and will play the Electron Game to visualize what happens inside electrical circuits. Next, we will figure out two ways to light two bulbs with one batter and will learn to identify series and parallel circuits. We’ll then run some experiments to compare these two types of circuits and find the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Read at least 15 minutes.

Choose your favorite spot in your home to read. You may read with an adult or read independently.

Literacy (Monday): Students will engage in a book conversation with an adult at home. First the students will read the excerpt from Sadako and prepare one book conversation prompt. Then the adult will read the text and prepare a conversation idea. Finally they will begin a conversation together and students will summarize their book conversation.

Math (Tuesday): Solve and complete a multiple step word problem that includes decimals.

Humanities (Wednesday): Students will look through their memorial packet and identify 3 memorials that stand out to them. Students will respond to the reflection questions that accompany each memorial.

Science (Thursday): Hop on our 3rd grade blog and respond to the writing prompt Ms. Erika has posted there. More information on how to get onto the blog will be forthcoming in an email.

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an emphasis on science, math and technology

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