Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017

Sept. 15 Dress Down Day for Jay's Hope
Sept. 16 New Family Dinner & Football game
Sept. 19 & 26  Chapel
Sept. 29  Homecoming
Oct. 5  Downtown Macon Tour

Please note that due to Tropical Storm Irma, the football game for Friday, September 15 has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 16 at 6:00 pm. The New Family Dinner will be held before the game at 5:00. 

Friday, September 15 is a dress down day for Jay's Hope. Students may wear jeans, a spirit shirt, and a hat with a $1 to Jay's Hope.
First Quarter AR goal info is 4  passed A.R. tests on chapter books by Oct. 13.
In Unit 2 children will make sense of one- and two-step number stories involving all four arithmetic operations. We will solve number stories using diagrams, arrays, pictures, words, and number stories. This will improve problem-solving strategies and help children see that problems can be solved in more than one way. 
We are enjoying reading the delightful book, Rent a Third Grader.  We are learning how the class worked together to save a beloved member of their community.
    Flat Stanleys have begun arriving! We look forward to learning about all the fun places Stanley has been.
We are enjoying our Macon unit so much and have learned some interesting facts about Macon. Our Downtown Tour in October will be the perfect complement to our unit!
Our Soil Science unit continues. This week in class we became "soil detectives" and used our observation skills and knowledge about soil components to figure out what our mystery soils were made of.  In Science lab today, we further investigated some of the causes of soil erosion -wind and water- and discussed ways we can prevent soil erosion.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

3rd grade is off to a great start! Be sure to follow the 3rd Grade Blog by email to get email notifications of new posts. Our blog is the primary way we get all 3rd grade news and info out to our parents, so be sure to check in regularly!

August 28        Elementary Open House at 6:30 in the classroom
September 4    Labor Day Holiday
September 12  1st Chapel of the school year
September 14  Elementary School Pictures
September 15  New Family Dinner
September 18  Family Night
September 26  Chapel
September 26-28 Elementary Play
September 29   Homecoming
October 9 & 10 Student Holidays
October 13       End of Quarter 1 and AR deadline
FIELD TRIPS & OTHER EVENTS
Put these dates on your calendar:
Thurs., Oct. 5       Downtown Macon Tour
Thurs., Nov.16     Thanksgiving Play
Fri., Nov. 17         Jarrell Plantation
Wed., Dec. 13      Shopping Trip
Fri., Dec. 15         Class Christmas Party & Elementary Sing-a-Long
Fri., Feb. 23          Capitol Tour in Atlanta
First Quarter AR goal info is 4  passed A.R. tests on chapter books by Oct. 13. AR BookFinder is linked on the right sidebar for your convenience.
We all tend to “forget” concepts and skills we have “learned” if we have not used them for an extended period of time like summer vacation.  We have been reviewing different concepts mastered in second grade to refresh our memory.  As we move through  Unit 1,  second grade “developing” skills are revisited, and some are mastered.  The Everyday Math website is linked on the right sidebar for your convenience. Log-in codes are taped on the inside of your 3rd grader's planner.
We have started off by reading Flat Stanley and are learning many new and interesting vocabulary words. Please remember to send in an address for our Flat Stanley project by Monday, August 28. Thanks for your help on this project. (Info was in signed paper folders on Thursday, August 24.)
Our first Social Studies unit is on communities, and we will also review geography skills. Included in our Communities unit is a third grade favorite, a study of Historic Macon.
Our first science unit is on Soil Science.  We took a trek around the campus exploring different kinds of soils visited the Science Lab for a lesson on soil layering.  There is a lot to learn about dirt! 




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading Lists are posted online at fpdmacon.org. See link below:

May 16, 2017

Friday, May 19 is our last Dress Down Day for the year. Students may wear jeans and spirit shirts. $1 goes to Backpack Ministries. 
Dress code for last week:
Monday- Elementary Honors Day – uniforms
Tuesday -FPD spirit tops
Wednesday- Favorite T shirt and shorts day

Don't forget...

 3rd Grade Bowling Party
Friday, May 19
10am-Noon
Gold Cup Bowling
Students will need to wear or bring socks to wear with their bowling shoes!
Be sure to read over the packet included in this week's signed papers with suggestions and ideas for multiplication and cursive practice and more!

On Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 please have your 3rd grader bring EMPTY backpacks to school. We will use this to transport folders, notebooks, workbooks, and supplies home each day. On Monday we will bring home all folders, notebooks, and workbooks. Please keep these items at home and return empty backpacks to school on Tuesday so that we can load all our school supplies to bring home. Heads up on Monday items....you will want to retrieve the yellow Writing Portfolios to keep! There are many sweet examples of your 3rd grader's writing to treasure! You will also want to retrieve Math journals and cursive handwriting workbooks, as there are a few pages in each that we did not get to this year. They make great summertime practice sheets!

The Elementary Honors Program will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on Monday, May 22 at 1:00. If your child is receiving a special award this year, you should have already been contacted at this point. However, don't forget that the 3rd and 4th grade Orff Ensemble will be performing at this special event.

Invention Convention 2017 has commenced! We are sure you will be hearing lots about the creative ideas our 3rd graders will be coming up with for their inventions!