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Debra Kaufman
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Third Grade 3-105
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End of Year Celebration!
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6/26/18
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Dear Parents,

We want to thank you so much for the teacher appreciation gifts we received on Friday. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.

* Ask your child: What is the first book you want to read this summer? *

Today, students took home their report cards and a summer gift including a summer reading list.

Stay in touch!! Write me a postcard about your summer. Send it to P.S. 130!

Have a great summer,

Debra, Miriam, and Keanna
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Dear Parents,
Save the date: Friday, June 22, 10:00-10:40
Third Grade Picture book and China Study share
Thank you to those who came to watch this morning’s puppetry performance! Thank you to Auden’s dad for getting the entire show on video. We will share it with the class.
This week, we kept working on our picture books. Students worked revise their writing by stretching out important parts and adding description to their stories.
Next week we will begin our STEM unit, making parachutes! Please donate the following items for the class project: paper towels, napkins, plastic shopping bags or small garbage bags, tape, and if possible, string.

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, June 11: No school
Friday June 15: No school
Friday, June 22: 3-105 Picture book and China Study share
Tuesday, June 26: Last day of school
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Silk Route Day! Students played the parts of ancient Chinese artisans, farmers, scholars, and merchants and simulated a trading post along the Silk Road. Our classroom was transformed into the oasis of Kashgar. Students traded silk, rice, porcelain, spices. Our scholars offered to teach traders how to read and write in exchanged for goods. Everyone encountered something they didn't expect such as hunger, sandstorm, or bandits.
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5/31/18
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Calligraphy with Mr. Choewy!
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5/31/18
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Field Day!
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5/25/18
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Calligraphy with Mrs. Choey!!
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5/25/18
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Dear Parents,
We had an action-packed week! Visit our website for pictures from Field Day and calligraphy.
* Ask your child to show you a Tai Chi move.*
On Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Choey visited our classroom to teach us calligraphy and Tai Chi. Students practiced forming four new Chinese characters. Next week we will add ink and color.
In math, students continued solving multi-step word problems, practicing addition and subtraction strategies, and measuring to the nearest fourth with a ruler. Next week we will work on graphing on line plot and interpreting data.
In Social Studies, we are getting ready for our Silk Route Day simulation. Students have been bringing in items to “trade” and writing greetings for their “customers”.
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Debra
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Dear Parents,

Thank you for the many cards and gifts for teacher appreciation! Miriam, Keanna and I feel appreciated by 3-105.

* Ask you child what they want to write a picture book about!*

This week students kept writing different entries in their writing notebooks based on our mentor books: Hairs by Sandra Cisneros and My Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard. Students came up with lists of objects that make them think of stories. We also read some entries written by teachers that were inspired by these books.

In math, we built triangles and quadrilaterals with straws. Students identified which shapes were triangles and which were not triangles. They also explained the difference between a vertex and an angle. See attached letter about math in this unit. And see our website for pictures and a student-written blurb!

In Social Studies, we continued to read about the long journey along the Silk Route. Students began to write about what it would have been like if they were ancient Chinese scholars, farmers, artisans, and merchants on the Silk Road. We are getting ready to simulate an oasis along the Silk Road in our classroom! Stay tuned for details.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Debra
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A work in progress: our map of China
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5/11/18
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