Hello third grade families!
Welcome back from Winter Break! Here are some updates for the next few weeks and beyond...
Battle of the Books: Battle of the Books has begun! If you are not familiar with this program, each class in grades 3rd-8th are given the same list of 30 books to read in 7 weeks. The book lists were released today, and I will distribute books tomorrow for students to read as well as bookmarks with the titles to memorize. Each student will be required to read at least two of the books, but more are encouraged. On February 20th, the battles will begin. Our class will "battle" another class by answering questions from the books. Sticks are given out for answers so that the same students aren't answering all the questions. We get points for each battle, then it moves on to the final battle. Books are welcome to be taken home, but please bring them back promptly since we only have one copy of each book! This is a fun way to encourage students to read! You are more than welcome to read along with them or read aloud to them as well.
Native American Assessment Project: We began our Native American unit today and students were handed out yellow papers about potential projects they may create. As I mentioned in the beginning of the school year, there are no required take-home projects. This project is an option in which your child can choose from a "menu" of projects to create for their final assessment of this unit. If they would not like to make a project, they can instead take the final test on January 25th. All projects are also due that day. Please take the time this week to read through the options with your child and then sign the bottom of the form and return to me by January 8th. If your child knows they just want to take the test instead, you can write that on the form as well. This will be a creative way for students to demonstrate their knowledge about Native Americans. Projects do not need to be presented in front of the class, just to me so I can see that it includes all the parts. If you have questions for me about these projects (and accommodations, which I am more than happy to provide), please let me know.
Sign-up for Winter Conferences: If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your winter conference, here is the link again. These meetings are especially important as we look at growth made and goals to work together towards.
Battle of the Books List:
(can also be listened to on audiobook, checked out from your local library, on e-readers, etc.)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast
Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J.
Tougias and Casey Sherman
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Hidden Figures Young Reader's Edition by Margot
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural
Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day
by Alika R Turner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
George by Alex Gino
I Survived: The Eruption of Mount Saint Helens
1980 by Lauren Tarshis
Dirt Bike Racer by Matt Christopher
Profiles: Tech Titans by Carla Killough
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The
Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery
that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Apple Tree: Bilingual English and Mandarin
Chinese Books for Kids by Jane C. Thai
Martina Una Cucarachita Muy Linda by Carmen
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six
Pioneering Naturalists by Jeannine Atkins
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant
Child by Francisco Jiménez
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity
with Empathy by Maria Dismondy
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
Here is the "menu" for our Native American projects (on yellow form)
Assessment Choice Menu:
In order to demonstrate mastery of the unit objectives for the Native American unit, you may choose from the activities listed below. You will choose activities that must total at least 8 points. All activities are due on Thursday, 1/25/18.
3 Points: Remembering and Understanding
Have a wonderful evening!