Mrs.

Dowd's Dogs Third Grade News
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 Math

*Ask, "How can you show a number?" (Words, numerals, expanded notation, and base-ten block

pictures). This week we worked on ways to express numbers, which included place value to the
thousands. Next week we will begin rounding to the tens and hundreds place.
*Ask, "Did you have a timed test this week?" (Yes, students are taking +,-,x, and division.) "Are
your scores improving? If not what can you do to practice? (Flash Cards, Math-Drills.com
worksheets, etc.) Tuesdays are the day for timed tests...Think of the alliteration TIMED TEST
TUESDAYS.
*Ask at the END of this week-- "What is your number corner for October?" (arrays,
multiplication boxes--We are finding the area and perimeter of rectangular arrays. We find the
square units of the array by counting the boxes inside or multiplying height times width.)
Reading
Ask, "How many books did you set for your book goal?" Students are reading and working on book
goal projects in class. Most students set goals between 2-3 books. Book projects are due
November 22nd.
We practice reading daily in various ways: whole class, independently from a book box
containing personally-selected/appropriately-leveled books at your child's level, listening to
reading and partner reading.
Writing
Ask, "How many stories have you written in your writer's notebook so far?" We are practicing our
editing skills using proofreader's marks.
Spelling Our spelling tests are on Mondays in a cloze-test format. At the beginning of the year
students were given a "No Excuse" word list, which is a list of words many students have mastered
by the end of second grade. Our class took a pre-test on this word list and the results were sent
home in September. Students were encouraged to practice the missed words--if any--from the
list. Each week, 5 - 10 new words come home practicing specific spelling patterns, high-frequency
words, and curriculum challenge words. "No Excuse" words appear randomly throughout the cloze
tests to make sure students remember previous words (example--there, their, and they're).
Science--Ask, "What are the three states of matter?" (solids, liquids, and gases) We are
beginning our unit on energy. Last week we weighed objects using a balance scale in grams. We
also explored states of matter using tubes of solids, liquids, and gases. The tools we looked at
are: graduated cylinder, gram weights, beaker, syringe, balance scale, and thermometer.
Social Studies - Ask, "Can you name the three states that touch Michigan?" (Ohio, Indiana, and
Wisconsin) "What is Michigan's longest river?" (Grand River), "What is Michigan's capitol city?"
(Lansing), "What is the deepest and largest great lake?" (Lake Superior) "Where is the highest
place in Michigan?" (Mt. Arvon in the Upper Peninsula), "What are Michigan's two largest cities?"
(Detroit and Grand Rapids) "Can you sing part of the 50 Nifty United States song?" (Alabama,
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut -pause- Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana - pause-)
Leader in Me - LEADER IN ME - BEING PROACTIVE
October is the month for Habit 1 - Being Proactive. Being proactive includes the following
statements for students I am a responsible person.
I take initiative.
I choose my actions, attitudes and moods.
I do not blame others for my wrong actions.
I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Here is a link to a quick resource for our parents on the first three habits - organizational skills.
http://www.farmington.k12.mi.us/hil/listserv_att/LIM_October___Organizational_Skills.pdf

Notices/Reminders
Conferences are next week on October 18th, 19th, and 20th. A Sign Up Genius notification was sent to
you via email last week OR you were given paper instruction in your child's green folder. However, making
these successful will require us to keep the schedule on time by the 15 minute intervals. I will ask that
you knock on the door if it is your scheduled time, which will be posted on the closed classroom door. This
time the conference is a parent-teacher conference for our classroom. (Some teachers have scheduled
student-involved conferences this time.)
An extra pat on the back to Rose Rodriguez (Francisco's mom) for setting up our Dowd's Dogs-themed
Scarecrow for the PTA Fall Dance and Scarecrow Raffle (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on October 21st). She has
been collecting funds for the class parties, too! Our first party is October 31st from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
10/11 Hillside PTA Meeting (6:30-7:30 PM)
10/12 Hillside LOC Credit Union opens (2:45 PM)
10/12 Science Olympiad Kick off meeting in the Cafeteria (6:30-7:30 PM)
10/14 Hillside PTA Fun Run donation - final day to collect for goal
UPCOMING EVENTS
10/17-20 Hillside PTA Book Fair in the Media Center
10/18 Fire Safety Assemblies in the gym (K/1 at 1:00; 2nd-5th at 2:00)
10/18 Parent Teacher Conferences (5:00-8:00 PM)
10/19 HALF DAY - 11:40 dismissal; Parent Teacher Conferences (1:00-4:00)
AND PJ Day!
10/20 Parent Teacher Conferences (5:00-8:00 PM)
10/21 Hillside PTA Fall Dance and Scarecrow Raffle in the Gym (6:30-8:30 PM)
10/31 Halloween parties
11/2
PTA Reflections Due
11/4
Farmington Education Foundation “Toast of Education” at FH Manor (7:00-9)
11/8
NO SCHOOL - Election Day
Wishing you well,

Mrs. Dowd 