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MAY

MAY

HANNAN

HAPPENINGS

What’s New in Room 46?

Dear Parents,

Hip hip hooray, we ALL survived the PSSA!!! I am so very proud of how diligently my children worked each and every day. I’m confident that they did extremely well. You

will receive the results by mail sometime in September. It is hard to believe that we are in the home stretch of third grade! The year has

gone by so quickly!

It is very

rewarding to see how far each and every child has come. I’d like to wish all the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! You are all so very special to your child in more ways than you’ll ever know. Enjoy your

day!!!

LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading comprehension skills and strategies we will be working on this month include analyzing illustrations, author’s purpose, continued work on author’s theme and being able to site text evidence to support that theme, main idea/ supporting details and summarizing. We will also continue to work on answering text dependent reading responses. Grammar skills targeted this month include complex sentences, subordinating

conjunctions, suffixes less, ness, able, adverbs and adjectives that compare, commas with introductory words, prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will start a unit on persuasive writing. We will learn how to introduce the topic they are writing about, clearly state an opinion and provide reasons which support the opinion. The use of linking words to connect those opinions will also be taught. They already have begun work on a very special writing project which I know you will enjoy. Creative writing will continue throughout the month on various topics. I hope you will enjoy reading their poetry book. It should start coming home this week. Your child will be asking you to write a brief critique about it on the back.

MATH

conjunctions, suffixes less, ness, able, adverbs and adjectives that compare, commas with introductory words, prepositions and

We have started Unit 6which is entitled Stories, Tables and Graphs. Investigation 1 focuses on reading and

interpreting line graphs involving temperatures. Investigation 2 works with repeating pattern of connecting cubes. They will determine the number sequences in a pattern using what they know about multiples of 3. Investigation 3 will involve the use of tables and graphs to represent and compare different situations and develop rules for describing the relationship between two variables. Please continue to practice all math facts especially multiplication. They will tested on all 4 operations for an end of year fact fluency grade. I will be sending home fact fluency sheets for summer practice. Remember to have your child go on First in Math to practice fluency. There are also many other fun sites that help with math fact practice.

SCIENCE

The final science unit is

chemistry.

The children really

have a lot of fun with this unit.

You and your child will be

asked to read and sign a safety procedures contract. It will come home on the day we begin the unit. They will be using all their scientific inquiry skills of predicting, observing properties, drawing conclusions, drawing diagrams of observations, cause and effect and communicating all observations with their lab partner and then to the class. They will be testing 5”mystery chemicals” and recording what they learn about them. Their final grade will be to identify what each chemical is based on all their findings. The majority of heir grade will be on class work, and the identifying of the chemicals.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will start a unit on Ancient Civilizations. I will begin with several inquiry based questions. What makes a civilization? What is ancient? We will learn about Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and Greece. Our focus for each civilization will be on their food, clothing, shelter, religion and their contributions to modern

society. You should have received a note describing a timeline

project. This project will be completed at home. It is due on May 21st. Feel free to send the project in ahead of time. A grade will be given for the timeline and your child should be prepared to share a verbal presentation with the class. We will also be doing a research project. Each child will be researching a topic on one of the studied cultures and creating a project board which will display pictures and captions about their topic. This work will be done in class. I’m asking you to send in a tri-fold project board by Monday, May 11th. Your child should print out color pictures at home for their board. Black and white pictures can be printed at school. They may bring in special letters etc. for the title on their board. Each child will also be required to have a technology component which will go along with their topic. This will be done in class as well. We will be sharing all their expertise in an “Ancient Civilizations Museum”

which you will be invited to

visit on Wednesday, June 3 rd at 10:00AM. The children will be dressing in costumes representative of their particular topic. A note will

come home with specific instructions on the costume and date it needs to be at school. They are very excited about this and extremely engaged in the unit of study.

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MAY 8 th – FIELD TRIP TO FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

MAY 11th – TRI-FOLD PROJECT BOARD DUE

MAY 15 th – EARTH DAY

MAY 19 th – NO SCHOOL – IN- SERVICE DAY

MAY 21st - TIMELINE PROJECT DUE

MAY 25 th NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY

MAY 28th - FIELD DAY

JUNE 3rd – ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS MUSEUM

10:00AM

JUNE 4 th – PEN PAL PICNIC- at WTE SEE NEXT PAGE!!!!!!

JUNE 12 th – END OF YEAR PARTY

Contact me with any

questions or concerns. My

door is always open to

you. Together we will help your child achieve his or her BEST!!!