Wednesday, July 11, 2018

School Supply Lists

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far! I know that several stores are starting to put out their Back to School items and some of you are wondering what will be needed for this upcoming school year! Below are the links for the 3rd and 4th Grade school supply lists for the 2018 - 2019 school year.




3rd Grade teachers would also love it if you are able to send a couple extra glue sticks, red pens and an extra box of crayons. These are supplies we tend to run a little low on through out the school year.


I hope these supply list checklists are helpful as you do your back to school shopping! :)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Skip the Summer Slide!

IT'S SUMMER!!! I hope everyone's summer is filled with lots of lounging, pigging out and family time. Of course, don't forget to practice your math skills every so often, as well. Skills that are not reinforced over the summer and often be forgotten. This is called the summer slide. While this is most often used for reading, the same is true for math.

The beginning of 4th grade will move quickly, just like it did in 3rd grade! At the end of this 3rd grade year, we looked ahead at some of the 4th grade skills that would be taught within the 1st cycle. Those skills are:

  • Review of Place Value and Place Value Relationships with Whole Numbers
  • Introducing Place Value and Place Value Relationships with Decimals
  • Adding and Subtracting Decimals (with and without equal decimal values)
  • Multiplying a 2 Digit Number by Another 2 Digit Number

Listed below are different websites, online games and practice pages that can be used over the summer to keep up those math skills you worked so hard on throughout the school year!

*Practice your multiplication skills and celebrate 4th of July with this patriotic multiplication worksheet from Education.com! These problems are written in standard algorithm. Remember to check your math using one of our other methods of multiplication. For more fun games, activities, and worksheets, check out these multiplication resources on Education.com's website!

*In this blog post from Math Geek Mama, she talks about different ways to practice math skills using ... LEGOS! She even has topics split up so it is easier to find what you are needing practice or reinforcement on! Click here to check out different links and see ideas on who to use legos to practice key math skills.

* Be sure to use websites like Education Galaxy and Istation Math to continue practicing your math skills. 

*Remember to use the links on our Step Up to 4th Grade Symbaloo! You can click here to access our Step Up to 4th Grade Symbaloo.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ways to Prepare for 3rd Grade

Hello, Future 3rd Graders!

I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you in August! As you prepare for 3rd Grade, please see the letters that 3rd Grade Teachers have sent home. You can download each of the letters by clicking the corresponding links below.

Ways to Prepare for 3rd Grade Math
Ways to Prepare for 3rd Grade Reading & Writing

You can also visit Mrs. Fendley's Class Blog page for more reading and writing resources!

Have a GREAT summer and see you in August! 😊


Friday, June 1, 2018

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June 4, 2018
Dear Parents,

Reading Pledges were sent home in Tuesday folders this past week! Students who return the pledge will receive a treat. We get a shout out on the announcements when we all return it! Please keep the SUMMER READING LOG! Those reading logs can be turned in in the fall as a ticket to an ice cream party with the principals!
Thank you all for a great year! I have loved every minute of having your kids in class with me this year. Thank you for trusting me with your babies and letting me teach them. They are going to soar in 4th grade because of all of their hard work, determination, and their support system at home.


Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, June 5
Science Assessment
Talent Show
Wednesday, June 6
3rd Grade Awards
*Beginning around 8:30 a.m.
Friday, June 8
Last day of School
*Early release at 1:15
Saturday, June 9
SUMMER VACATION STARTS!!!
Have a GREAT summer! J



 THIS WEEK IN MATH:
We will finish out the year with our STEP UP TO 4TH GRADE Unit. We will continue to look at different multiplication models such as area (or box/window) model, lattice, partial product, and standard algorithm. Area (box/window) seems to be the favorite of the week, while lattice seems to be a bit more challenging.
 Some of the areas we will be focusing on this week are:
·         2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication
·         Multiple Step Word Problems Involving Multiplication And Division

MATH RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE

Khan Academy - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – This video on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication from Khan Academy is a good way to see how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.
Math Playground - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – Practice 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication on Math Playground using the standard algorithm method. You can also view the area model on our class blog page here.
Soft Schools - Learning Multiplication – Playing on Level 2 of the Learning Multiplication game will give students 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication problems. Level 1 would be a good review of 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. Level 3 is a mixed practice that includes numbers through the hundreds place.
Education Galaxy – As students log into their accounts on Education Galaxy, they can choose the option to go up 1 level and work through 4th grade materials. In the purple section titled “My Study Plan”, there are several different topics to practice. The TEKS accompany these skills.
IXL - Multiple Step Word Problems – Work through different multi-step word problems in IXL. Since we do not have a subscription, you are only able to work through a set amount of problems a day before it closes out. I can’t remember the exact number, but I want to say it’s around 10 or so. Still great practice!
These links can be accessed on our Step Up to 4th Grade Symbaloo here. As we continue through the unit, more links will be added.

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE:
In science this week, we will finish our Unit on Organisms and Ecosystems by continuing to review for our last test of the year. This will be a cumulative test that covers everything we have learned this semester in science. Our year end test will include information from the following units:
       Force, Motion, and Energy
       Sun and Solar System
       Earth and Its Resources
       Organisms and Ecosystems


SCIENCE RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE
We have been reviewing in class by playing different games in each of these areas. In addition to these games, links from all of these units can be found by clicking on the matching Symbaloo.
Once we finish our last science test of the year, we will quickly look at how liquids are turned into solids for food sources. Examples of this are butter, margarine and ice cream. Students will be researching how liquids are turned to solids by using different videos and websites. A link with the different videos and websites they will be using is here.


Thank you so much for your dedication to helping your child learn.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

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                                                                                       Week of: May 28, 2018

Dear Parents,


Our last day of after school work time is this week. After school work time will end at 4:00. All assignments were due this past Thursday, May 24. If you have any questions or concerns about grades that are in Skyward, please let me know. What is currently in the grade book is very similar to what final grades will look like. The only thing we will continue to work on and that I will accept are corrections for assignments that were turned in this past Thursday. These will be accepted through the end of the week.

Upcoming Dates
Monday, May 28
No School – Memorial day
Tuesday, May 29
After School Work Time 3:30 – 4:00
*this will be the last day for staying after school
Tuesday, May 29
Social Studies Assessment
Thursday, May 31
PRIDE Parties
Friday, June 1
Career Day
Tuesday, June 5
Science Assessment
Wednesday, June 6
3rd Grade Awards
*Beginning around 8:30 a.m.
Friday, June 8
Last day of School




 THIS WEEK IN MATH:

We will continue our STEP UP TO 4TH GRADE Unit, our last unit of 3rd Grade. Students will be reviewing concepts that students typically struggle with, such as interpreting word problems and measurement skills.
 Some of the areas we will be focusing on this week are:
·         2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication

MATH RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE

Khan Academy - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – This video on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication from Khan Academy is a good way to see how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.
Math Playground - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – Practice 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication on Math Playground using the standard algorithm method. You can also view the area model on our class blog page here.
Soft Schools - Learning Multiplication – Playing on Level 2 of the Learning Multiplication game will give students 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication problems. Level 1 would be a good review of 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. Level 3 is a mixed practice that includes numbers through the hundreds place.
Education Galaxy – As students log into their accounts on Education Galaxy, they can choose the option to go up 1 level and work through 4th grade materials. In the purple section titled “My Study Plan”, there are several different topics to practice. The TEKS accompany these skills.

These links can be accessed on our Step Up to 4th Grade Symbaloo here. As we continue through the unit, more links will be added.


THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE:
In science this week, we will continue our Unit on Organisms and Ecosystems. We continue the unit by discussing food chains and how ecosystems can be effected if there are changes in those food chains or other aspects of the ecosystem. We will be discussing the following this week:
       Predicting how changes in a food chain affect the ecosystem
       Understand how environmental changes affect an environment
       Understand the flow of energy in a food chain


SCIENCE RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE
NASA's Climate Kids - Ecosystems – Read these 10 interesting things about ecosystems that are found all over the world! Navigate through the different activities on the plants and animals page to learn about a slew of other topics!
PBS Kids Plum Landing – Navigate through the different activities on the Plum Landing page of PBS Kids Science page to play games about different ecosystems! The kids have been shown where to find this link to PBS Kids on our class blog page and how to find our embedded Symbaloo.
Desert Ecosystem Game – Still one of my favorite games! The game will cycle through 12 days and show you which plants and animals are still surviving in their ecosystem, which plants and animals are not doing so well, and which plants and animals have perished.
World Biomes – Learn about different types of biomes including the location, plant life, and animal life. Choose from 5 different aquatic biomes and 9 different terrestrial biomes. There are also word searches, crossword puzzles and fill in the word games to print and play.
These links can be accessed on our Organisms and Ecosystems Symbaloo here.

Friday, May 18, 2018

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                                                                                        Week of: May 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

Can you believe we just have 12 more days of school!?! These are going to come up on us quickly! We will not have any more homework in Math, Science or Social Studies for the remainder of the school year. 3rd grade will also be using our after school tutorial time as after school work time instead. This means that students who stay after school these last 3 after school days will be working on incomplete assignments, missing assignments, make up work, corrections or replacement assignments instead of remediation. If your child needs to stay after school to complete any work, please let me know so I can make the proper dismissal changes and inform the office of who will be staying with us after school. 

Upcoming Dates
Monday, May 21
After School Work Time
dismissal – 4:00
Tuesday, May 22
After School Work Time
dismissal – 4:00
Thursday, May 24
Field Day!
3rd Grade will have field day from 12:00 – 2:00
Friday, May 25
No School
Monday, May 28
No School – Memorial day
Tuesday, May 29
After School Work Time
dismissal – 4:00
*this will be the last day for staying after school
Thursday, May 31
PRIDE Parties
Friday, June 1
Career Day
Wednesday, June 6
3rd Grade Awards
*Beginning around 8:30 a.m.

Upcoming Assignment due dates
Monday, May 21
Math Homework: Countdown to the Math STAAR Series 4 P2 {front}
Toy Shop {back}
Science Homework: Unit 19 Guided Practice and Unit 19 Check for Understanding
Thursday, May 24
Extra Credit for Math, Science and Social Studies due by midnight. These will not be reopened after this date.
Thursday, May 24
Due date for all work that is missing, incomplete or reworks that have been handed out



 THIS WEEK IN MATH:

We will continue our STEP UP TO 4TH GRADE Unit, our last unit of 3rd Grade. Students will be reviewing concepts that students typically struggle with, such as interpreting word problems and measurement skills.

 Some of the areas we will be focusing on this week are:
·         Decimals in Place Value
·         Comparing Decimals
·         Adding and Subtracting Decimals
·         2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication

         MATH RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE

Sheppard Software - Decimals - Sheppard Software features decimal games that involve decimal models, relating fractions and decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, comparing and ordering decimals, decimal place value, rounding decimals, decimal patterns, and comparing decimals and fractions (this one if for 6th grade and up).
Math Games - Comparing Decimals – In this comparing game on Math Games.com, students compare different decimals with place values in the tenths and hundredths place. This is good practice for thinking of decimals as parts of a whole and relating them to fractions as we did last week in class.
Study Ladder - Adding and Subtracting Decimals – In this interactive game on Study Ladder, students add and subtract decimals through word problem type problems. This is a 6th Grade level game and is good practice for those who are ready to really step it up!
Math-Play - Decimals - Math-Play has a couple of adding and subtracting decimal games. There is a Soccer themed game, Baseball themed game, Basketball themed game, and board game.
Khan Academy - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – This video on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication from Khan Academy is a good way to see how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.
Math Playground - 2 Digit by 2 Digit Multiplication – Practice 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication on Math Playground using the standard algorithm method. You can also view the area model on our class blog page here.
Soft Schools - Learning Multiplication – Playing on Level 2 of the Learning Multiplication game will give students 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication problems. Level 1 would be a good review of 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. Level 3 is a mixed practice that includes numbers through the hundreds place.
These links can be accessed on our Step Up to 4th Grade Symbaloo here. As we continue through the unit, more links will be added.

 

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE:
In science this week, we will continue our Unit on Organisms and Ecosystems. We will finish up the unit by looking at changed in ecosystems. We will be discussing the following this week:
       Predicting how changes in a food chain affect the ecosystem
       Describe how organisms respond to different environmental changes
       Understand how environmental changes affect an environment
       Understand the flow of energy in a food chain


SCIENCE RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE
NASA's Climate Kids - Ecosystems – Read these 10 interesting things about ecosystems that are found all over the world! Navigate through the different activities on the plants and animals page to learn about a slew of other topics!
PBS Kids Plum Landing – Navigate through the different activities on the Plum Landing page of PBS Kids Science page to play games about different ecosystems! The kids have been shown where to find this link to PBS Kids on our class blog page and how to find our embedded Symbaloo.
BrainPOP Habitats – View the different videos on various habitats and play games or do activities that correspond with each habitat. There are habitat scenes, matching games, puzzles, a food chain game, and a search and spot.
Desert Ecosystem Game – Still one of my favorite games! The game will cycle through 12 days and show you which plants and animals are still surviving in their ecosystem, which plants and animals are not doing so well, and which plants and animals have perished.
World Biomes – Learn about different types of biomes including the location, plant life, and animal life. Choose from 5 different aquatic biomes and 9 different terrestrial biomes. There are also word searches, crossword puzzles and fill in the word games to print and play.
These links can be accessed on our Organisms and Ecosystems Symbaloo here. As we continue through the unit, more links will be added.
Thank you so much for your dedication to helping your child learn.