Ms. Slack & Mr. Small: Our Thoughts on Dance Africa


Ms. Carter: Ancient China


Congratulations to Leeah Rosado our third grade representative for the Annual District 16 STEM Fair. Leeah’s project, “Popping Corn” out scored all other projects in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade to be one of the three projects to represent our school!!!!!!!!

Also representing P.S. 309 is N’Kai Aguillera our Pre-k – K representative. Our 1st -2nd grade representative is a repeat finalist, last year’s 2nd place District Fair winner, Dontay Waters.

Best of luck to our finalists and all our STEM fair participants!!!!






Our third graders are springing into new learning. They have embraced non-fiction literature as well as fictional novels. As we continue to expand our knowledge, your children will begin making connections with non fiction literature and creating their opinions of a given situation through literature.

Unit 3 Module A

The Big Ideas are:


-Oral Histories

The anchor text is:

“Storm in the Night” by Mary Stolz

The supporting texts are:

“Knots on a Counting Rope”  by Tameka Fryer Brown

“Paul Bunyun” – Text Collection

“We Need New Tornado Warnings” –  Sleuth

“Taking Shelter” – Sleuth

Throughout the unit, students will be expected to:

a) read and demonstrate comprehension of the topics covered in several non-fiction anchor text.

b) use text-based evidence to form an opinion.

c) engage in student facilitated discussions about their opinion.

d) compose responses to literature.

It is imperative that your child reads every night for a minimum of 30 minutes. Please study the following words with your child at home.

  1. bough – main branch of a tree
  2.  downspouts – a pipe to carry water from the roof to the ground
  3. overcome – to succeed in something you struggled in.
  4. shallow – an area where it is not deep, usually in water

Your child has access to various online text. They can login to ReadingPlus

Things To Do:

  1. Engage your child in conversations where they state their opinions and support their opinions with facts.
  2. Give your child a list of topics to create an opinion about and support their thinking.
  3. Encourage your child to incorporate a variety of opinion words in their daily speaking. (If you desire,  such a list can be provided.)

This unit will be addressing the following standards:

RI3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

RI. 3.5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently

RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).