- Chipotle Restaurant Night - Wednesday, January 22nd 4-8pm
- iReady Reading Test - Wednesday, January 29th
- Pay $1 to either wear a Hat OR bring a Stuffed Animal - Friday, January 31st
- Cottonwood Heart Challenge JUMP DAY - Friday, February 7th (during specials)
- Friday Frenzy - Friday, February 7th - after school in the gym
- Sock Hop - Friday, February 28th - 6-8pm at Cherry Creek High School West Cafeteria
What We've Been Learning...
This week we will be finishing up Unit 4. Our test is on Wednesday. We had a review day last Friday, and we will have another review day tomorrow (Tuesday) before the test. The students have really embraced learning about fractions! At the beginning of the unit many students had negative feelings about fractions, but now they are faction masters! We have been working hard to model and compare fractions in different ways. Now students are able to list and order fractions on a number line and compare fractions using pattern blocks and drawings.
In our next math unit we will dive deeper into multiplication, division, and area! I hope the students have been practicing their multiplication facts at home! :) In this unit students will:
- solve multiplication and division problems
- calculate the area of rectangles
- use rectangular arrays to model and solve multiplication and division problems
Here is the family letter for our next math unit. It has some helpful information on how to support your student at home with their math homework.
We are in our third reading unit of the school year. In this character study unit, students will learn how to pay attention to the character's thoughts, feelings, and actions to help create a theory or big idea about the main character. They will also learn how to make higher-level predictions based on the character's past actions. In these next couple of weeks we will be focusing on how the main character reacts to challenges they come across, and then using those observations to form a theory about what type of person that character is. We will also discuss the roles that secondary characters play in the main character's journey.
Students will practice this work through an in-class read-aloud book, their own independent reading books, as well as through a fiction novel they are reading with their book club groups.
Last week we kicked off our big, third grade research project on endangered animals. To begin with, we took a close look at the bushfires that are currently happening in Australia. We researched what bushfires are, how they impact the environment, and what has happened to Australia's wildlife because of them. At the end of the week, third graders learned that over a billion animals have likely died due to the fires. Students also learned about the efforts that wildlife conservation groups and every day people are putting into saving Australia's animals. We then discussed animal endangerment itself. Each student did some preliminary fact-finding and then chose the animal they want to research. This week, students will begin researching their animals. Students will be given a structured notes packet to help them organize all of the information they find. After completing all their research, students will turn their notes into a five-paragraph essay AND an informative web page using Adobe Spark.
Third graders spent the last two weeks learning about money! We began our economy unit learning about the history of money, and then moved onto important economics concepts like producers and consumers, goods and services, supply and demand, checking/savings accounts, debit/credit cards, etc. To end this unit, students participated in a personal finance project. They began by imagining their life in the future and what they hope it will be like. They each created a basic budget and then experienced a simulation of real-life finances. At the end, students added up all of their expenses and compared it to their income. We discussed whether or not students had enough money saved for emergencies, or did they need to make changes to their plan? They quickly learned just how expensive real-life can be!