• multiplication
  • Strategies: repeated addition, arrays, drawing equal groups of
  • multiplication number patterns
  • multiplication and division problem-solving
  • perimeter and area
  • XtraMath and IXL online

  • immigration/immigrants, countries of origin, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, settling in America, citizenship, cultures and celebrations
  • Ask your child about the class "FAMILY" they have been grouped with and what "COUNTRY OF ORIGIN" they are assigned!!
  • Students will continue working in their family groups throughout next week.  Simulation activities include/will include, packing a suitcase for America (limited space for entire family, reasoning and justifying items packed), Ellis Island entrance/exams/etc., country of origin research and project, life in America beyond Ellis Island.........WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR FAMILIES ONCE THEY ARE IN AMERICA??  Will they find work?  Will they be separated at Ellis Island?  Will some members get sent back to their country of origin?
  • This ties nicely to our year-long theme of working to build a space colony for the future because we are learning what it's like to come to a new land to live and the processes necessary or that we'd like to change when admitting people to our space colony!
  • Watch for PHOTOS in our SCRAPBOOK!
We are making great progress through our curriculum and soaring through our learning targets!

  • Comprehension:  Book Clubs (see tasks below)
  • Accuracy:  "Cross-Check" and "Back Up & Re-read" strategies
  • Fluency:  Voracious reading, smooth and expressive voice, choosing just right/good fit books, 5 finger rule
  • Expanding Vocabulary:  using context clues to infer meanings of unknown words

  • Magic Tree House Hour of the Olympics CLASS BOOK CLUB!!  Students engaged in collaborative book clubs as our entire class explored MTH Hour of the Olympics!  Roles and responsibilities included Summary Spy, Director of Discussion, Word Whiz, Trait Tracker, Clever Connector, Illuminating Illustrator, Queen/King of Questions, and Fact Finder.  Students also each had their own vocabulary journals to explore and document new words found in the text.  The experience has been great, and we are culminating the experience with group reflection projects next week.  More book clubs to come after winter break and WATCH FOR PHOTOS IN OUR SCRAPBOOK!

  • verbs, helping verbs, irregular verbs
  • editing

  • 6 Traits-ORGANIZATION & SENTENCE FLUENCY:  hooking readers with great introductions, transitions, and thesis statement; completing organizing planning page independently
  • Projects and writing assignments are tied to immigration and culture unit (see left).
Today we ROCKED OUT with a song about area and perimeter (set to the tune that MANY of you parents will most likely remember from the 90s!!!).  We spent our "Martian Math Friday" APPLYING the skills of addition and multiplication through measurement explorations with area and perimeter.  Listen/watch the song below so that you can sing along with your kids to help them remember that we ADD to find PERIMETER OUTSIDE and MULTIPLY to find AREA INSIDE!

Weekend Challenge (5 DOJO Points):  If your child listens to the song with you, have him or her COMMENT on this blog post describing the rules for PERIMETER and AREA that they learned in the song!  Any other useful information (like that area involves square units) will be additional bonus points!!!
Our BLAST OFF BANK and GALAXY MALL will "be open" next FRIDAY (12/21), so this is a great way for your astro cadet to earn extra DOJO points before then to cash in and buy goodies before our break!!
Dear Mission 125 Parents,
Help make our winter party a "SNOW-riffic" success by donating items for the celebration. We need lots of goodies for this event, so every donation is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you!!!

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Dear Mission 125 Parents,
VOLUNTEER to host or donate to our Winter Party next Friday, 12/21! 

The first 2 responders (one slot has ALREADY filled up!) will help host our party with one of our room mothers, and a separate email will follow for those who wish to donate to our celebration. 
Thank You! 

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Don't forget about Dancing with the 3rd Grade Stars tomorrow!  See the full post with information below.  If you plan to attend as a dance partner with your special 3rd grader, Mrs. Lucci asks that you arrive in the LARGE gym NO LATER THAN 8:50 a.m.  We will begin our dances promptly at 9:00.  SO EXCITING!!!!


Sneak Peek of our Dance Moves!

All third grade students are excited to share in a morning of community dancing with a special guest.  Please come ready to fully participate in the morning's festivities--comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn!

Who: Third grade students + one special adult guest*
When: Thursday, December 13 from 9:00-9:45
Where:  IT big gym
Why: To experience music class as an active participant rather than merely as an observer, and have a fun morning with a community of wonderful people!  

*Questions about bringing younger siblings or bringing more than one special guest?
Contact Mrs. Lucci:
Our class was DAZZLED watching the Tiger Tales performance last month.  Watch this LIVE video of their performance in St. Louis!  Look for siblings of our 3rd grade students shining like stars!  Way to go Mrs. Lucci and the Tiger Tales Ensemble!!!