Weekly Newsletter

October 14-18, 2019

Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

A Fun Week Followed by a Short Week

Just a reminder that this upcoming week will be a short one for QP, as we do not have school on Thursday or Friday. As a result, we will not have a newsletter for next week.

Also, we will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 31. Kids should NOT come dressed in their costumes. We have a designated time for the kids to change into their costumes after lunch. The primary grades will walk around the school starting at 12:30 for a parade! Please stop by if you’re free. Also, if you signed up to donate treats or supplies for our Halloween party, please remember to bring those in! (Thanks in advance!) As a reminder, please use good judgment when picking out your child’s costumes. Keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • They must not interfere with regular activities.
  • Students must be able to sit and walk without problems.
  • Costumes should not cause problems using the restroom.
  • Costumes are not to be offensive or have any reference to violence (including blood).\
  • No costume, accessory, or prop can resemble any type of weapon (guns, knives, etc.) real or fake.


Here is what we did in third grade this week:

 

Math:

In our previous math units, students learned multiplication facts. While we are still learning and working toward mastering these skills, we are moving forward to our newest math unit: division! This week the students were introduced to division through multiplication. Multiplication and division have an inverse relationship. Multiplication forms equivalent sets, and division separates equivalent sets of objects into equal groups.

During our first unit of the school year the students saw how arrays could be used to represent multiplication. This week the students saw that the total number of items is the same as the product of the related multiplication equation(s) and the dividend of the related division equation(s). Understanding the inverse relationship between the two operations helps students realize other critical concepts in mathematics and allows them to engage in more rigorous computations.

Division can cause some frustration for students. Please remind your child that we will be working toward mastering our fact families over the course of the ENTIRE school year. I do not expect your child to have his/her multiplication and division facts memorized by the end of this unit. This unit is merely organized to teach students how to think abstractly and develop a larger conceptual understanding of division.

At home remember to practice your child’s math facts as fact families! This will help him/her develop the confidence when working toward mastering the above skill!


Social Studies:

What are natural resources and why are they so important to our survival? These two questions were the focus of our lessons this week. We started the week by thinking about all of the things we use that come from nature. For example, the paper and pencil we write with both come from trees. Nature also provides us with the water we drink and the air we breathe.

We learned that natural resources are things found in nature that people often use to make other things. We talked extensively about trees during our studies this week. The students learned that the largest living thing in the world is the General Sherman Tree, a sequoia tree in California. The students were amazed that the tree is over 2,000 years old! We learned that trees are important to people’s lives because their leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air and change it into oxygen that people and animals need to breathe.

In addition to the above information, the students learned the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources. We learned that wind, water from precipitation, and sunlight are all examples of renewable resources. Whereas, materials mined from the earth, such as oil and coal are nonrenewable resources. We then used our higher order thinking schools to discuss what might happen when people use up all of the nonrenewable resources. We thought up of potential alternatives to using these resources and also talked about how it’s important to research new ways to find energy solutions.

  • Here are some questions you can ask your child to check for comprehension at home:
  • How do people and businesses use natural resources? (Example: Water is used for swimming, fishing, and transportation. Trees are used to build houses and furniture, and make paper)
  • What is the environment? (The air, water, land, and all living things around us)
  • How might people get resources they need but do not have? (They can buy them from people who have them)
Due to the short nature of the upcoming week, I sent home a study guide with the children on Thursday, October 17. Our Social Studies Test for Unit 2 is not until October 29th. Please make sure you are helping your child study, as these are still new concepts. While we go over the information in detail, extra reinforcement is still very important.


Spelling:

Due to our short week, we will NOT have a spelling test this upcoming week. With that being said, I have still updated our upcoming spelling list on www.spellingcity.com. Our newest list of words are all words with unexpected consonant spellings. This list of words always proves to be difficult for students, so please make sure you are spending extra time studying the words! Below are our new spelling words. The test will be on Friday, November 1.

  • Spelling List: itch, wreck, knee, patch, wrap, knot, watch, knife, stretch, write, knew, knock, match, wrong
  • Review Words: know, catch
  • Challenge Words: wrinkle, knuckle, advice, serious


In Conclusion:

Thank you again for a wonderful week. It is truly a joy having your children in my class. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Mrs. Robyn Bernecker

[email protected]

Love in Every Word, Respect in Every Action, Confidence in Every Heart.

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