December 11 Lunch Orders Due
December 18 Winter Break Begins
January 2 School Resumes!
Homework Due by Thursday, December 14th
1. Read for at least 20 minutes every night.
2. Complete at least 30 minutes of math practice
3. Complete at least 20 minutes of typing practice.
4. Optional: Compete Paragraph of the Week writing assignment.
Prompt: We often take care of other people like younger brothers and sisters. We also take care of plants and pets. Write about a time that you took care of something.
Upcoming Out and Abouts
We will use our Out & About time this month for Engineering Labs! This week, students will invent, test and refine solutions to problems from two new fairy tales: Jack & The Beanstalk or Little Red Riding Hood.
1. Breakfast Donations - Fruit needed this Friday 12/15.
Last week, students completed their first fairy tale engineering project. They either constructed a raft for the Three Billy Goats Gruff or a house for the Three Little Pigs. Ask your Plover to tell you about the project. Here are some questions to guide you: Was your design successful? How could you tell?Did you try any designs that didn’t work? What surprised you about the project? What frustrated you about the project?
Over Winter Break, you might try your own raft challenge at home! You will need a small tub of water, straws, and pipe cleaners. Try to build a raft that will hold a small action figure or see who can create a raft that holds the most pennies. This makes a fun family challenge! Also, if you are traveling, you might be able to notice different boats, rafts, barges, and other things that float. Observe the shape and design. Talk about how much mass they hold. Make guesses about why rafts and boats were invented in the first place.
The third graders participated in an event during math called The Hour of Code. This campaign was a part of Computer Science Education Week, and if you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history! 100 million students have now discovered how accessible and fun computer science can be by doing just one Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Plovers tried out several self-paced tutorials which introduced computer science skills such as drag-and-drop programing, creative problem solving, sequencing and patterns, and basic algorithms. To learn more about the Hour of Code or try out some of the tutorials at home, please visit https://hourofcode.com/us/learn.