3rd Grade News: 12/4

Hello families!
We have had a great first week back in Virtual School.  Thanks for being patient with us as we navigate this world again.  Please remind your child to be on time and ready for virtual classes–cameras on and ready to go!
Important Dates to remember:
December 11–50 States Quiz!
December 17–Half Day (more information to come)
December 18-January 6–Winter Holidays
Please be sure to fill out the Family Decision Survey IF (AND ONLY IF) you plan to change your decision about in-person or virtual learning.  The window to complete the family-decision survey closes tomorrow, December 4th, and there will be no changes to the decision after that point.  The survey can be found at  The survey only needs to be completed if you are planning to change your decision from earlier this year.
We have been working on a Patricia Polacco unit in ELA, reading stories from her childhood. Next week the students will start writing a narrative, recounting a family tradition. What is easy for children this age to do is be able to tell what they do. What is challenging for children this age is to add descriptions and details, explaining how they felt, what they see and smell, etc. In order to help your child, we want them to be able to have a photograph as a guide to help them as they write. First, your child must determine what family tradition they will be writing about. Once they have decided on that, we ask that you help them find a photograph of that tradition, so that they are able to give more details. Please have your child “bring” the photo to ELA next week. Thanks so much!
From the PPE Library: 
Good news! MNPS has given us the green light for curbside service. If your child(ren) would like a new library book(s) over the next few weeks, please fill out this short form. I will email you when your child’s book(s) are ready to be picked up. Books will be on the PPE front steps in paper bags, look for the bag with your child’s name on it. There will be a cart on the porch for returned library books. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
Here is what we’ll be up to next week: 
In ELA we will continue reading Patricia Polacco books.  We’ll read a few wonderful holiday stories, The Trees of the Dancing Goats and Gifts of the Heart.  Students will work hard on their own personal narratives.  In grammar we will be working on “their, there, and they’re”.
In Math we will be learning about the properties of multiplication–associative, commutative, and distributive properties.
In Science we will discuss changing states of matter.  We will learn a lot about what happens when you add heat and take heat away from certain states of matter.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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