3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Parents,

It is so hard to believe, but here it is -- our last Friday note of the year! We are so proud of how hard your children have worked and all the learning and growing they’ve done in so many ways this year! Thank you for your trust in us and your partnership. What a stellar year it has been!

Next week is full of special events. Monday is Move-Up Day. Third graders will spend about an hour in the Junior Unit, reconnecting with the current fourth graders, meeting teachers, and learning about the Junior Unit. 

Thursday is the annual third grade “pool” party. We will set up a sprinkler in the yard and serve popsicles. Your child will need a bathing suit, an extra pair of sneakers (to get wet) or flip flops, a towel, and a plastic bag in which to bring their wet things home. This is always a great event, even if it gets a bit chilly! 

Friday is Graduation. Students are asked to dress up a bit in honor of the graduating eighth graders.

We have told the students that the crayfish are up for grabs! If you would like one as a pet, please let one of us know by e-mail. We will give you care instructions, and you can carry it home in the container it is in. They are easy to take care of and quite "cute"!

This week, ask me:

  • What is a parallelogram?
  • What is a quadrilateral?
  • How have you explored shapes so far?
  • How was the last book buddies session?
  • What have you written about for persuasive writing?
  • What makes your writing persuasive?
  • What is your read aloud?
  • about drawing the world map;
  • what I did in family circles;
  • about Rainbow Day.

Have a lovely weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

This week, we embarked on an exploration of persuasive writing. For this mini writing unit, students are producing their opinions about the books they read, the foods they eat, the movies they watch, and the video games they play. They will learn to be able to to state an opinion and give reasons to support it. We’ll be launching the 3B blog where students will get to post their reviews to share with you and the class. Stay tuned for more information. 

Please remember that we are leaving for our trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry promptly at 8:15 on Tuesday morning. We will line up to board the bus at 8:00. 

Please note: Although electronics such as iPods and iPads are permitted on the bus, phones are NOT. Teachers will be in touch with the office if it is necessary. Please remember to pack your child a lunch, plenty of snacks, and drinks. If your child gets bus sick, please pack chewing gum, mint, and/or sea bands if you have them. 

It is always an exciting and interesting trip, and we are all looking forward to it!

This week ask me…

  • about the videos of Misty Copeland and my persuasive essay on whether a ballet dancer is an athlete or an artist;
  • about the Spanish market event;
  • about our new read-aloud, “Summer According to Humphrey”;
  • fraction work we’ve been doing in math;
  • how I did on my last word work assessment.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

With the play being over, the students have settled into a more normal schedule of classes this week.  We continued with our poetry unit of study, which is proving to be a powerful method of expression for everyone! We explored the purity (taxa) of streams at The Schuylkill Center by investigating which macroinvertebrates live in the streams. The students also began taking end of year assessments! 

This week ask me…

  • if I found any macroinvertebrates at the stream;
  • how I decorated my haiku poem;
  • how I felt about taking the math STAR assessment;
  • about similes and metaphors;
  • to read through the Baltimore Trip permission slip with you.

Have a great weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We are so proud of all that your children accomplished in the process of putting on their play! Thank you for all your support with practicing lines, gathering costumes, and providing us with such wonderful goodies at the celebration. 

The children wrote dream poems and decorated their dream flags for the annual Philadelphia Dream Flag Festival and Celebration at the National Constitution Center this Saturday, May 13, from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Our dream flags will be displayed at the event along with those of many other schools from the area and from around the world. Representative poets from 3A and 3B will join poets from other schools and read their poems from the stage. For those who attend but don’t read their poems from the stage, there is an informal open-mic reading option. There will also be a variety of activities before the formal program begins. Please see the flyer we sent home or check out the website: http://bit.ly/heartbeat2017

This week ask me…

  • What was the best part of the play?
  • What did I take away from 3A’s play?
  • How am I doing with learning my multiplication facts?
  • What do I know about Langston Hughes?
  • How were our read-alouds this week?
  • What did we do at SCEE?

Please remember to do tick checks at home on a regular basis, especially on evenings after trips to The Schuylkill Center.

Happy weekend!

Warmly,

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

Four more days until our play! The students have been working on daily goals they set for themselves. Some students think about learning their lines by heart, some want to project their voice even more, some want to bring their lines to life using more expression, and we can say that everyone has helped each other get stronger as actors, as community members and as positive role models for one another. Bravo! We look forward to practicing with the music next week and then showing you our ‘Path to Fairness’ on Wednesday and Thursday!

The third grade play dates and times:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017:  9:15am 3A and 1:15pm 3B

Thursday, May 11, 2017: 9:15 am 3B (cast party to follow on this day) and 1:15 pm 3A

Please also mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. That is the date of this year’s Philadelphia Dream Flag Festival and Celebration at the National Constitution Center. 

This week ask me…

  • What I most enjoy about creating our play
  • About my dream flag poem and how I decorated it
  • To tell you how male and female crayfish differ
  • About the immigrant movie we watched Friday afternoon (a surprise treat)

Have a super weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

It has been an exciting week with scripts and casting for the play complete. Students are already diving into rehearsals full of enthusiasm. We ask that you help your child practice their lines slowly, loudly, and clearly!

We also had a fun, sunny day at The Svhuylkill Center! Your children wrote beautiful poems and splashed around the stream looking for macroinvertebrates. They used a dichotomous key to try to identify their fresh catches of the day! Ask your child which kind of macroinvertebrate they found and how they came to that conclusion. 

The third grade play dates and times:

  • Wednesday, May 10:  9:15 a.m. 3A and 1:15 p.m. 3B
  • Thursday, May 11: 9:15 a.m. 3B (cast party to follow on this day) and 1:15 p.m. 3A

Please also mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. That is the date of this year’s Philadelphia Dream Flag Festival and Celebration at the National Constitution Center. Each year TPS third graders participate in the Dream Flag Project by writing dream poems and making dream flags. Those who are available come with their families to the Constitution Center to celebrate and connect their dreams with those of other Philadelphia area school children. (For more information about dream flags, go to www.dreamflags.org.)

This week ask me…

  • My part(s) in the play;
  • What poems I’ve been reading and writing;
  • How I’m doing with learning my math facts;
  • About the dream flag project;
  • One fact about macroinvertebrates;
  • About our new classroom pets;
  • About the songs that will be in the play. 

Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

The students are close to finishing the 3B script for the play, thanks to a lot of focused writing time! Next week, everyone will select scenes they would like to be a part of, and then they start rehearsing!  We are thrilled with how the play is taking on the interests of the class and showing their intense interest in social justice! 

This week ask me…

  • all about crayfish;
  • when our crayfish will be coming;
  • what Jenson spoke with us about during his immigration sharing;
  • about the George Takei video we watched and how he views America;
  • what I most enjoyed about this week;
  • about fractions. What does the denominator represent?

We hope you enjoy this long weekend!

Best,

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We have officially begun writing our play! We have had several productive play writing sessions and our scenes are beginning to take shape. The children have also continued to practice acting warm-ups and theater games with MR, our teaching artist from Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

We are continuing our in-depth study on immigration by focusing on Angel Island. The students are comparing and contrasting the differences between the two immigration stations and how the reception for the Asian immigrants was quite different from that given to European immigrants on the East Coast. The students have also been comparing the experiences of different immigrant groups that passed through Angel Island, including the Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Russian, and Filipino. We’ve had some good discussions about discrimination, exclusion acts, and quotas, and the students are passionate about such injustices! We can’t wait to share all of our learning through our upcoming play.

Reminder:

The Student Council is having a pretzel sale on Monday April 17. Pretzels are $1 each (no mustard). Proceeds help support the Middle School Spring Fling and a worthy community cause yet to be determined.

This week ask me…

  • about the Bobbin Girl book we read in theme;
  • about the fractions game we played in math;
  • what an organism is and examples of environments;
  • what biography I’m reading with my partner;
  • about our dances in PE;
  • about Maisie, our special visitor;
  • what we did at SCEE.

Have a wonderful weekend and holiday to those of you who are celebrating!


Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

What a week! We started our fractions unit in math, we went to The Schuylkill Environmental Center and started exploring a pond’s ecosystem, we had a great first meeting with our Philadelphia Young Playwright, and the students started reading biographies with a partner. We are, of course, thrilled that the students are showing intrigue, flexibility, and maturity through all of these new units of study. 

Reminders:

The third grade play dates and times:

  • Wednesday, May 10:  9:15 a.m. for 3A and 1:15 p.m. for 3B
  • Thursday, May 11: 9:15 a.m. for 3B (cast party to follow on this day) and 1:15 p.m. for 3A

Please remind your children that it is not all right to share food during snack time or lunch.

This week ask me about…

  • MR, our Philadelphia Young Playwright who will be directing our play;
  • the poems found on Angel Island’s walls;
  • fractions;
  • ecosystems;
  • what can harm an ecosystem;
  • what is a habitat;
  • our surprise visitor;
  • what project I am working on with my family circle to illustrate "Surviving and Thriving in the City."

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We are hoping that you all enjoy the upcoming spring break. Before that, we look forward to seeing you at the student led conferences. The students shared that they are feeling everything from eager to bit nervous when they think about their conference. This is to be expected. They are all ready and organized with their work and we are proud to see how seriously they are taking this challenge.

This week ask me…

  • About the read-aloud Coolies
  • How the Chinese immigrants faced discrimination when they came to Angel Island
  • To explain what a remainder is in division ( 32 divided by 6)
  • About the poster I made that highlights one of the civil rights found in the Declaration of Human Rights, written after World War II

See you at conferences!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

Your children have begun their preparations for leading their parent conferences next week. Why are students included in this conference? There are several reasons: 

  • to give children a voice and shared power
  • to encourage a sense of ownership for learning
  • to foster risk-taking
  • to foster critical thinking and decision-making
  • to build strong student-teacher-parent relationships
  • to encourage organization
  • to give students opportunities to experiment with oral discussion 
  • to encourage children to take a role in problem-solving

Here are some ways in which you can support your child in his/her conference:

  • Express confidence in your child’s ability to participate in the conference: “I can see you are organized and ready to begin.”
  • Ask specific questions about your child’s work and learning: “What did you learn when you did this work? Do you think you need more practice in this?”
  • Give positive feedback:
    • “I’m really proud of the work that you have shown me/us.”
    • “I can see that you are getting better at…”
    • “I can see that you tried hard.”
    • “I can see the growth in…”
    • “I didn’t know you could…”
  • Help your child to formulate goals:
    • “What will you work on next?”
    • “What are you most proud of this year?”
    • “What has been hard or challenging for you?”
    • “How can I help you?”

Student-led conferences are a rewarding experience for everyone, and we look forward to sharing them with you!

This week ask me…

  • about what water molecules look like in three different states
  • division work I’m doing in math
  • about the math game fuzzy ducky
  • to you examples of civil rights
  • our read aloud on Pi
  • who Dolores Huerta is and what traits she has
  • what I’m reading on EPIC
  • about the life of Effa Manley
  • how Angel Island differs from Ellis Island

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We started our biography reading unit of study, which nicely correlates with our theme unit of study, Building a More Fair USA. Students will be reading to explore messages that various biographies offer the world. They will be thinking about why this person’s life was written about and the idea that one person’s life story often represents the story of a larger group of people. Our students will work together to cite specific examples from these people’s lives that demonstrate persistence, true courage and what it is to overcome significant obstacles. We hope you have time to enjoy reading biographies with your child. The students have shown great interest in wanting to talk about who they are learning about and it has sparked great conversation.

This week ask me…

  • What I learned from our immigrant guest speaker, 
  • How I prepared for our upcoming science assessment
  • About our water wall and what I created on it
  • How my biography reading is going
  • What I know about immigrant children’s schooling in the early 1900’s 
  • What I know about immigrant children’s need to work 
  • What I am reading in guided reading
  • How our presentations went in the Primary Unit

Have a super weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We’ve been using a fantastic reading resource in our classroom called Epic. It’s an online library with thousands of fiction, nonfiction, audio, bilingual books, and more. You can subscribe to Epic if your child would like to use this app to read at home. It is free for 30 days, and $4.99 per month. If you’re interested, send us an email and we will enable the home access feature. 

Reminder:

Please sign up for our upcoming student-led conferences if you haven’t done so already! Sign-up links were emailed to families earlier this week.

JU-B will be selling pretzels again this coming Monday. Please send in money with your child if he/she would like one. Pretzels are $1.00 and mustard is 25 cents.

This week ask me…

  • about parts of the water cycle;
  • the young immigrants we read about;
  • our nonfiction book sharing;
  • what I’ve been reading on Epic; 
  • how the recital was;
  • about our new read aloud, “The Circuit”;
  • the postcard I wrote as an immigrant;
  • what I did in family circles;
  • what kind of algebraic reasoning I’ve been doing with Anna in math;
  • about the division story problems I came up with in Diane’s math class.

Have a great weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B families,

We hope you have had a great week. We certainly did! Please look out for a Doodle sign-up invitation for the upcoming student-led conferences. The list of advisees/advisors is below. Just sign up for your advisor. You will be receiving sign-up links for these conferences early next week, but we wanted this to be on your radar.

We would like you to know why students are included in these conferences. Student-led conferences offer opportunity for developmentally appropriate self-reflection, and they create a situation in which students must examine their own learning. When they have to gather information and then reflect on the meaning of that information, they are put in a position of assuming responsibility for their actions. And, when students know their strengths and weaknesses, they are capable of making changes in their learning habits. The teacher is moved out of the role of sole informant. Children’s opinions and insights about their learning are equally as important as the teacher’s comments.

ANNA’s advisees

  Anya Boghosian                                   

  Finnian McGarvey                                

  Sonia Borish                                         

  Alexander Brown                                   

  Matthew Furda                                       

  Eleanor Hornsby                                    

  Evelyn Hsu                                            

  Phoebe Bonin                                         

  Senait Behmke                                       

  Gemma Leitzell                                      

  Chloe Kaufman                                     

  Joonho Rider-Lee                                  

  Elijah Teel                                           

DIANE’s advisees

  Degitu Carey                                    

  Paloma Hatch                                     

  Quincy Winslow                                

  Charles Hewson                                 

  Julien O’Hanlon    

  Avery Goodheart                                 

  Jade Bennett                                       

  Margot Groundwater       

  Miriam Acker        

  Saleemah Brown                               

  Daniel Strong                                      

  Lucas Johnson                                   

  Dylan Kellich                                        

 

This week ask me…

  • about the Shakespearean plays we saw;
  • to tell you what evaporation is;
  • about Epic, our new online book resource;
  • about the different stops at Ellis Island that immigrants had to visit before "landing" in America;
  • how my friendships are going.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

This week we had the pleasure of having two special guests join us in 3B to share their immigration stories. Liliana, a current high school senior at Lower Merion High School, shared her personal story as an undocumented child traveling alone from Guatemala to the United States at the age of fourteen. Students were engaged in every step of her arduous journey, which included long walks in the desert, dangerous boxcar rides, being detained in Arizona, to finally settling in Philadelphia with her foster family. Despite all that Liliana went through, she shared about how her faith allowed her to persevere through obstacles and how thankful she is to have made it to America. Third graders asked  many thoughtful questions, and we encourage you to continue this discussion at home with your child, especially given our current political climate.

Our second visitor was Chloe’s grandfather, Anthony, who shared about his family’s escape from Germany during World War II to seek refuge in England. We learned about Anthony contracting measles as a baby on his flight over to America and the fear of not passing the medical inspection. We also learned about Anthony’s second father who left the comfort of his life in Germany as a well educated and successful businessman to becoming an immigrant in New York City. Finding a job was a struggle, and he eventually enlisted in the military; all the while he was able to sustain through tough moments because of his passion for the piano.

As you can see, these visits allow us to dig deeper into our theme of “Building a More Fair U.S.A.” Students are not only retaining more information about the diversity of immigrant experiences, but they’re also learning to be more empathetic and compassionate citizens in our community. If you are an immigrant, have a friend or relative who is an immigrant, or know someone who has worked with immigrants, please consider a visit to 3B. It is always meaningful to have our studies enriched by personal connections and experiences. 

This week ask me…

  • about my favorite talent show acts;
  • about my book that I’m creating on my school iPad;
  • about our Ellis Island tour online;
  • what multiplication work I’m doing in math;
  • what’s going on in my guided reading group.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We have so many things going on, it’s hard to choose what to highlight! First, please ask your child to share the pamphlet they received at the end of the day. This pamphlet talks about what conflict minerals are, a subject the middle schoolers spoke about during today’s Encuentro.  

Also, we read The Memory Coat this week, which focuses on some of the hardships people faced when they arrived at Ellis Island. Please ask your children to share what they remember! This is just the beginning of our research about immigrants and whether or not they were treated fairly once they arrived in America.

This week, ask me…

  • how I did filling out the multiplication table;
  • what Matt Murray taught us to do on our iPads;
  • about the Statue of Liberty’s history and meaning;
  • what I am reading with my guided reading group;
  • what happens to water when it freezes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

Third graders have been working tremendously hard on their nonfiction writing pieces. Topics range from gymnastics, computers, Broadway, sushi, and penguins! They used graphic organizers to plan out their chapters with topic sentences and supporting details, tried out different introductions and conclusions, added expert words into a glossary, and they are now typing up their drafts on Google docs. We are really impressed with their determination and perseverance on this project! We have partnered with Matt Murray from the Technology department to help students become comfortable navigating Google docs and keyboarding. After these documents have been revised and edited, students will transfer the writing over to create digital books full of amazing text features. We can’t wait to share the finished products with you! 

If your child wants to access this document at home over the weekend, they can go onto TPS Student Central, click on Google Apps for Education, and then they can enter their username and password. For example: annap@tpschool.org Password: apple2022

This week, ask me…

  • about mapping our immigrants activity;
  • to give you examples of transition words;
  • about Anna’s immigration story;
  • about the immigration story of Nell’s dad’s colleague, Mamady;
  • about the friendship tools my book buddies reminded me about;
  • what multiplication and division work we are doing in math;
  • what I did in my Family Circle;
  • what happened when we froze water in a vial and syringe.

Reminders:

The Talent Show is coming up! If your child is planning to participate (sign-up was due by noon today), auditions are on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, from 12:05 to 1:05 p.m. Students should bring lunch and whatever props or music they need. Performances are limited to 1 minute and 30 seconds. 

JU-B will be selling pretzels again this coming Monday. Please send in money with your child if he/she would like one.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

We have been thoroughly enjoying your children’s immigrant ancestor presentations! What pride and knowledge everyone has shown as they retell their family, or friend’s, history.  The students will work on their mapping skills by pinpointing where each of their classmate’s ancestors emigrated from. From here, we will be discussing the push/ pull factors that went into their ancestors decisions on immigrating. In a morning meeting this week, we had an insightful conversation about the question, “What does an American look like?” This conversation allowed us to write down serious and complex conversation starters for the weeks ahead. We look forward to the rich dialogue that will come of these talks. Please let us know if any of you immigrated to the United States and if you would like to come in and share your story with the class. 

This week, ask me…

  • what happens to water when it freezes;
  • what perimeter means; 
  • how you can find the area of an array when you know the dimensions (length and width);
  • how my non-fiction article is coming along;
  • where my classmates' ancestors emigrated from;
  • how I challenged myself this week.

Reminders:

Third grade potluck: Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Garage. Please bring a dessert and/or a beverage to the third grade. RSVP below.

https://tpschoolblog.squarespace.com/potluck-rsvp

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

One of our favorite parts of the day is when students reflect at closing circle and share acknowledgements. These were some words of encouragement that your children shared: 

“Thanks for being a great math partner.” 

“You were focused during cursive.”

“You were a good sport playing football.” 

“Thank you for sharing part of your lunch with me when mine fell on the ground at the park.” 

“You worked really hard in writing workshop.” 

“You helped me walk to the nurse when I felt sick.” 

These uplifting comments encourage and inspire each and every member in the classroom. We are lucky to be surrounded by such positive and sincere children every day! 

REMINDERS:

If you are an immigrant or know a relative, neighbor, or friend who would be willing to come to 3B to share their immigration journey with the children, please be in touch! 

Please send your child to school with some money if he/she wants to buy a pretzel ($1.00) on Monday from Junior Unit B for their hamster fundraiser.

This week, ask me…

  • about our science investigation on density of hot and cold water;
  • about Kek’s new job in Home of the Brave;
  • what prime numbers and prime factors are;
  • what’s happening in my guided reading book;
  • how keyboarding is going; 
  • how I’m organizing my thoughts using 4 square writing.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Best, 

Diane and Anna

3B Weekly Note

Dear 3B Families,

As you may know, we have started our multiplication and division unit of study. 

The students have learned to label the dimensions of an array to help them find the product of two numbers. Arrays are such a useful way to represent multiplication. The dimensions (length and width) of the rectangle represent the two numbers being multiplied. The total area of the rectangle represents the product of those two numbers. When multiplication problems are represented this way, it is easier for students to see the relationships among the numbers and to see why a variety of strategies for finding the total area (product) make sense. Fact families have also been explored, introducing everyone to the relationship between multiplication and division. We will continue with this exciting unit and hope that you will help your child learn their basic multiplication facts as the weeks go on. 

On Friday, January 27, our class will participate in a Poetry Day event presented by the 6th grade. The sixth graders will recite poems they have written. As a part of this special event they will serve hot chocolate, which will be offered to our class. The hot chocolate is peanut/tree nut free and is the approved brand by the school nurse Sara. 

This week, ask me…

  • about our science investigation on what happens to water at different temperatures;
  • about what is happening in the Home of the Brave;
  • what a proverb or idiom is and to give you an example from our read-aloud;
  • to show you how multiplication and division fact families work;
  • about my informational writing piece and how I am organizing the main ideas;
  • what are some reasons why people chose / choose to immigrate; 
  • what I know / learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best, 

Diane and Anna