Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quarter 3 Week 2


Dear 3C Families,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! See below for more information about this week. Please reach out with any questions.

Best,

Mrs. Bowers

Language Arts:
We will continue reading the Trumpet of the Swan this week, work on a informative essay in three paragraphs and review grammar concepts. Our spelling words will be condensed into 15 words a day with the test on Friday. Furthermore, the scholars should be studying “Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash. The recitations will be on Jan. 24th.

Math:
We will start the quarter with a quick 2-day mini unit on probability.  Then we will begin our unit on fractions!  This unit will begin with naming fractions and comparing fractions with like denominators and fractions with like numerators.  

Science:
We will continue our unit on sound this week with two days of fun sound activities to explore pitch! We will end the week with a reading to review what we learned during our activities this week.


History:

We will continue with our Vikings unit this week. We will look at the Vikings as farmers, merchants, and traders. We will also be looking at the Viking’s longhouses and longboats!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quarter 3 Week 1

Dear 3C Families,

Welcome back!  I am excited to see your children tomorrow as we kick off quarter three.  We have many new and exciting units to embark on in every subject!  It is going to be a quarter full of learning and discovery.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Best,

Mrs. Bowers

Language Arts:
We will begin reading The Trumpet of the Swan this week so please make sure that your child has a copy as soon as possible. In grammar we will learn how to diagram questions and review the diagramming of all four sentence types. In writing, we will be encountering a new genre --explanatory writing. Spelling will be normal with a test on Friday as usual. Furthermore, the class will begin memorizing “Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash. The recitations will be on Jan. 24th.

Math:
We will start the quarter with a quick 2-day mini unit on probability.  Then we will begin our unit on fractions!  This unit will begin with naming fractions and comparing fractions with like denominators and fractions with like numerators.  

Science:
This quarter we will jump into our sound unit.  There will be a few exciting sound activities this week and we will learn about the parts of the human ear!


History:

We will start this quarter with our Vikings unit! We will begin by looking at how archeologists gained information about the vikings then see where they came from.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bard Competition


Archway Arete Students and Families,

Throughout Western civilization, bards have been keepers of tradition, reciting the poetry of their people and passing on oral history. At every grade level, our students practice memorization and recitation of poems in the classroom. This year, we will again be joining our fellow Great Hearts schools in holding a Bard Competition for our 3rd through 5th grade students, whom we will challenge to memorize and recite poetry. Over the course of two rounds and two poems, we will winnow the field to find our school’s most skillful bard. That student will be named School Bard for the year and will represent Archway Arete at the Great Hearts Archway Bard Competition in the spring.
         If your student is interested in competing, you can download the competition guidelines and registration form emailed to you. These forms will also be available through the School Office or your student’s teacher. Whether your student participates or not, we invite all of our Archway families to join us for these public recitations, which promise to be engaging reminders of this oral tradition.
         If you have any questions about the Bard Competition, please contact Mrs. Bowers at kbowers@archwayarete.org.
                                                                        Regards,
Kellie Bowers

Third Grade Teacher

Monday, December 11, 2017

Quarter 2 Week 9

Dear 3C Parents,

We had so much fun on our field trip last week!  I hope you got to hear all about it.  Here is the information for this week.  Please reach out with any questions.

Best,

Mrs. Bowers

Language Arts:
This week in Language arts we will be working on publishing our Short Story in the Realistic Fiction genre. We will finish Narnia before winter break. And we should be working on memorizing our poem nightly: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Math:
We will continue to learn about money this week. There will be a short quiz Wednesday after math groups. on Monday and a unit test on Thursday.

Science:
This week in Science we will be finishing up our unit on the nervous system by discussing reflexes and how to take care of this important body system.  Students will come home with a study guide on Wednesday for a quiz on Friday!

History:

This week in history we will learn about the relationship between the Romans and the Christians. We will also look at the decline of the Roman Empire and how they split the empire into the East Empire and West Empire. We will fill out our study guides in class on Friday to prepare us for our test next week!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Field Trip!

Dear 3C Parents,

This is a reminder that tomorrow is our field trip!  Please send your student with the following things:

Jacket, preferably an archway one (lunch will be outside)
Sack lunch- Please write your child’s name on the lunch
Disposable water bottle

Let me know if you have any questions!  We are looking forward to a fun and educational trip!

Best,


Mrs. Bowers

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Quarter 2 Week 8

Dear 3C Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Please see below for information on next week.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Mrs. Bowers

Don't forget that our field trip to the Az science center is this Friday! Please pack a labeled brown paper bag lunch and a disposable water bottle for your child. I do not encourage sending money with your child, but if you do please keep it to $15 or less.

Language Arts:
This week in Language arts we will be working on our Short Story in the Realistic Fiction genre. The class will be assigned our new poem this week, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Math:
We will continue to learn about money this week. There will be a short quiz on Wednesday after math groups.

Science:
This week in Science we will continue our unit on the nervous system.  We will spend considerable time going over the pathway a signal travels with a movement activity.  We will also discuss the three main parts of the brain!

History:

This week in history we will learn about Mount Vesuvius and the city of Pompeii! It will help us get some background information before we head to our field trip at the Pompeii Exhibit. We will also be doing mini plays in class to learn more about Roman culture.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Quarter 2 Week 7

Dear 3C Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Please see below with information on next week.  Please reach out with any questions.

Best

Mrs. Bowers


Language Arts:
This week in Language arts we will continue Narnia, get back on track with our spelling words, and embark on a new writing unit. We will be learning about the realistic fiction and begin plan our own short story in the genre. To accompany this, our grammar lessons this week will be about quotations.

Math:
We will be learning about the decimal notation for money for our next unit. There will be short quizzes on Tuesday and Friday to check understanding. Even though we are moving out of our multiplication and division units, our multiplication facts are still really important! Please take any opportunity  possible to practice them at home.

Science:
This week in Science we will dive into our next human body system, the nervous system.  We will learn what the nervous system is and the major components of this system as well as the parts of a nerve cell.  We will kick off this unit with a small experiment in water temperature!

History:

This week in history we will learn more about the Roman lands. We will explore the bridges, roads, buildings, and aqueducts of ancient Rome. This will lead us into learning about gladiators and chariot races!