Katherine Bowers

Third Grade Math and Science

 

Welcome to 
Mrs. Katherine Bowers' 
Third Grade Class


My Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 
from 
Texas State University

Our Daily Schedule:

              7:45-7:50           Arrival, Un-pack, make Lunch Choices

              7:55-9:20            Block A Bowers Homeroom

              9:20-9:50.           Recess

              9:50-11:15.        Block B: Classen Homeroom Math Class

              11:15-11:45         Lunch

              11:45-12:45         Intervention 

              12:45-2:10           Block C:Reimann Homeroom

                2:10-2:55.          Specials

                 2:55-3:05.          Homeroom

SPECIALS Rotations: Rhythms-Monday and Friday, PE- Tuesday, Music-Wednesday, Idea Lab-Thursday
Please contact me if you have questions or concerns at:

Email: kbowers@nbisd.org
830-627-6470 School Line
830-627-6491 Classroom Direct Line

Homework will be assigned Monday and due THURSDAY's. Your child will be writing down their assignments in their agenda daily. I will be assigning homework meant to reinforce concepts that were covered during the day.

If you find your child struggling with an assignment, please drop me a note and attach it to the assignment.

We are really working on Multiplication fluency. Students are encouraged to create their resources such as their own multiplication chart on test, so we have been practicing making and filling them in. Please use this PDF link to print off additional ones for your child  to practice at home.

Multiplication Chart

 

Multiplication Practice:

www.xtramath.com

http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/quick-flash-ii

 

Thanksgiving Math Challenge: 

   Parent Letter

   Game Board

 

Agenda:

Students will have a student agenda that comes home daily. In the agenda students will have homework and other class communication (Ie: behavior, reminders, etc..).    Students are expected to have their agenda signed nightly and return to class the next day.

Monday Mail:

Monday Mail will come home every Monday (or Tuesday, if we have a holiday on Monday.) Please review graded papers and notes in this folder.  The expectation is students will return their folder the next class day with your signature on the Parent folder page.

Homework:

Math Homework will be assigned on Monday and due Thursdays

Reading Homework are expected to read 20 min. everynight

**SEE AGENDA for other assignments

 

  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Math Skills

    1. Play cards and board games with your child. Simple games such as Go Fish and Crazy 8’s are a great way for young children to learn the value of numbers. More advanced games such as cribbage and Monopoly are excellent mental math motivational tools.
    2. Count change with your child and have him or her use money in real-life situations. Use nickels and dimes to have children count by increments of 5 and 10. For older children, have them play “cashier” and count back change to you after you “purchase” an item.
    3. Play number guessing games. Here is an example: I am thinking of a number between 1 and 100. It is more than 50. It is an even number. It is the product of 8 times 9.
    4. Cook and read recipes with your child. Baking cookies is a fun way for children to practice their fractions by using measuring cups and spoons. For older kids, teach fraction equivalency, i.e., How many fourths does it take to make one-half?
    5. Take your child shopping and point out sales wherever percentages are used. Explain to older children how to calculate the price of something marked 50% or 10% off. This also provides an excellent opportunity to teach rounding.
    6. Use your newspaper to find graphs and statistics. Discuss how to read and interpret a graph, and point out the different kids: line graph, pie chart, bar chart, histogram, etc.
    7. Have your child assist you in crafts such as woodworking or sewing. Use various measuring tools to show your child how to properly measure an item to the nearest inch. Measurement is the mathematical area in which children tend to be least proficient on standardized tests. Have older children find the area and perimeter of an object.
    8. Fill a jar with jellybeans and have your child estimate how many there are. After their initial estimate, take out 10 and allow them to amend their guess. When you count the actual number, show your child how to count in increments of two.
    9. Pretend to shop using an advertisement. Given them 50 “pretend dollars” and have them pick out the things they want to buy and figure out how much money they would have left over. Hint: A toy ad is especially motivating for young children.
    10. Use dice to do mental addition and teach probability. Ask your child, “Am I more likely to roll a 7 or a 12?” For a challenge, use more than two dice. You can list all of the possible combinations on a piece of paper.

    As you try these activities your child will better understand that math is both fun and useful. This understanding will provide a firm foundation of mathematical confidence and proficiency.

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