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A Time of Thanks
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to start this newsletter with a prayer of Thanksgiving that I first heard at my previous school. I loved it so much that I saved it and now share it every year in my Thanksgiving Newsletter:
Thank you for all your blessings and gifts to us. We thank you for the precious gift of family and friends, for all those who are here with us today, and those who are far away. Thank you for your abundance and grace and for being with us every single day. We thank you for showing us glimpses of heavenly beauty through the eyes of our loved ones, through nature, songs of praise, and even warm sunlight. We are grateful for the roof over our heads and a warm place to sleep every night. Thank you for all those you brought into our lives to lead us, to guide us, and to protect us.
Since this upcoming week is incredibly short, I will not be posting a newsletter over Thanksgiving weekend. Our next newsletter will take place following the week of December 2nd. With this being said, if you have any questions regarding the events or learning activities during our short week, please don’t hesitate to email me.
Just a quick reminder, that the third graders will lead our school in a Prayer Service this upcoming Wednesday. We hope you can join!
Here are the (3B) parts for our Prayer Service on Wednesday:
- Greeters: Abby Bourget, Michael Sharkey
- Student Welcome: Oscar Kramer
- Reading: Jack Kenney
- Petitions: Will Caldera, Keira Farnia, Madeline Fredricks, Fallon Klein
- Singers: Layla Basarich, Pryor Cary, Jack Newton, Sam Oyster
Here is what we did in third grade this week:
This week your child participated in a lesson from the Circle of Grace Catholic Safe Environment Program. The goal of this program is to educate and empower children and young people to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others. All grade levels will participate in the Circle of Grace program. The lesson focused on being able to understand and describe the concept of a Circle of Grace. Please feel free to review this lesson with your child.
Circle of Grace overview: https://vimeo.com/207836764
Unit Unit 5 the students used structure to compare multiplication equations. They learned how to apply their knowledge of structure to break apart or change complicated problems into simpler ones. During Unit 6, the students learned how to do this with problems dealing with area.
In the first few lessons of Unit 6, the students found the area of squares and rectangles. In the later portion of the week they learned how to find the area of irregular shapes. Irregular shapes can be decomposed into two or more non-overlapping regular figures, often rectangles. For example, in order to determine the area of an irregular shape that can be divided into rectangles, the students learned to find the area of each rectangle and then add the areas of all the rectangles.
These lessons, while complex and difficult, truly emphasize student knowledge and application. These lessons, and the growing complexity of the lessons in this unit, showcase students' fluency in multiplication, as well as their knowledge of area and geometric shapes. With that being said, it is critical for kids to feel confidence in their math facts in order to have true success with this unit. By this point in the year, students should be working toward mastery of their multiplication facts. Continue to practice them at home.
Social Studies / Science:
This past week the students learned about the importance of advertising and how ads can affect how an invention/product sells. Students looked at different examples of successful ads (for example: Nike--Just Do It / Skittles--Taste the Rainbow.) and noticed how ads are targeted toward different groups of people to try to get us (the public) to buy the product. The students then spent time creating advertisements for their inventors and inventions. I can’t wait for you to see the clever ads and slogans that your kids came up with. It’s clear we have quite a few kids with marketing genes in their bodies. Make sure to ask your child about his/her advertisement.
Make sure you are working on your child's invention model at home!
This past week the students started practicing for our Christmas Pageant. All students will be performing the music and carols during the show. If your child was given a reading part for the Christmas Pageant, he/she is responsible for practicing lines at home. Most parts (with the exception of the storytellers) must be memorized. Since this is a primary pageant, not all third graders have roles this year. I assured each child that over the course of their primary careers, parts were given to each child. Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for more information regarding the Christmas Pageant.
Due to the short week we will NOT have a spelling list this week. With that being said, you can always use spelling city to check out the words for the upcoming week. The students will be looking at Unit 3: Lesson 12. Continue to use www.spellingcity.com as resource for your child’s weekly spelling list.
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
Love in Every Word, Respect in Every Action, Confidence in Every Heart.