Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Tonight's homework:

- Read for 20 minutes (or more!) with a good book
- Reading packet (due Friday)
- Math:  Geometry perimeter activity (due Friday)
- Science:  Moon calendar (due April 30th)
- Return signed report card envelopes

Current units:

Language Arts:  In addition to our normal diet of independent reading and book group work, we are reviewing long and short vowels this week.  Students have been searching for words that contain, for example, the long /a/ sound ("apple").  We have started lists in our word study journals and will be adding to them all week.

Writing:  We are developing ideas for personal narratives (true stories told by the author, from the author's life).

Science:  We are studying soil!  Today we learned about the 4 different ingredients of soil (humus, silt, sand and clay).  Our plastic bottles did a great job of separating the ingredients into layers so that we could see real life examples.  We also learned about weathering and erosion.  Soon we will be studying the effects of different soil types on the growth of a kidney bean!

Math:  We are learning geometry!  Yesterday, students used toothpicks to show different geometric concepts like parallel lines, intersections, line segments and more!  Today we used mini-marshmallows and toothpicks to build 3-dimensional shapes.  We learned about and counted the vertices (corners), edges, and faces (sides) for the pyramid and cube.

Parents, SOL tests are coming up soon (mid-May).  Please be on the look-out for information about how you can help your child study for these end of year tests!  There are also helpful study links on our 3rd grade portaportal site (link).  Thanks for all that you do!


Mr. B

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Tonight's homework:

- Read for 20 minutes (or more!)
- Reading log (due tomorrow)
- Math:  Probability HW (due tomorrow)

- Poetry: Read Robert Frost poem (questions due next Friday)
- Science: Record moon phase each day this month*
     *Sometimes, if it's cloudy or hard to find in the evening, the moon is visible in the morning before school.  There are also websites (like the one linked above) that will show the moon's current phase.  Once we establish a pattern, it will be much easier to "guess" the phase of a given day.

We are learning about the different phases of the Earth's moon.

Also, please know that tomorrow is "Jump Rope for Heart" day!   Jump Rope for Heart is an annual fundraiser led by the P.E. teachers at BES.  Proceeds go to the American Heart Association.  From the event's website:

"Through Jump Rope For Heart kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts.  Have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!"

The 3rd grade will be jumping during their normally scheduled P.E./specials time (11:20am-12:20pm).

Have fun!

- Mr. B