Social Studies Homework and New Math Unit

Parents,

Social Studies homework:
Economics homework will be coming home tonight. It is due tomorrow (Friday). We have been studying specialization and interdependence as well as import and export. Students are to find five or more objects around the house and write where it came from.

New Math Unit:
We have started our new unit in Math. We will study measurement. Please click on the family letter below to read more information about what we will be learning.

Update: Week of November 13

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, November 20. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please help your third grader to remember to return their books so they can check out new books.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: You will see a practice page come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This let’s you and your third grader know what facts will need to be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their own progress on a graph here at school so they will know exactly what facts they should be working on.
  • PE CARES:  Thursday is the last day to bring in canned goods! Thanks for all the donations so far. Keep them coming!
  • We will have our Unit 2 Math Test tomorrow (Tuesday). A review page is coming home tonight. This unit covered multiplication with 6s, 7s, and 8s as well as word problems.
  • As a reminder: We do not have school November 22-26. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!
  • Looking Ahead: Early Release on December 1.

Update: Week of November 6

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, November 13. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • Due to the book fair, we do not have library on Wednesday. A book fair wish list should be coming home today. Please look at this with your child and decide if purchases will be made. Our purchase day is on Thursday.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: You will see a practice page come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This let’s you and your third grader know what facts will need to be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their own progress on a graph here at school so they will know exactly what facts they should be working on.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: I look forward to meeting with you tonight or Wednesday night!
  • Snack Reminder: Please make sure your child brings one snack each day. Please help them to pack a healthier snack and not candy. Thanks!

Third Grade Update!

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, November 6. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: You will see a practice page come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This let’s you and your third grader know what facts will need to be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their own progress on a graph here at school so they will know exactly what facts they should be working on.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: Conference appointment slips were sent home on Oct. 23. I look forward to meeting with you next week!
  • This Friday, November 3 is an early release day. Dismissal is 12:15. Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and they will have it to take home.   The cost will be $2.50.  Free and reduced benefits will also apply.

Third Grade News….

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 30. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • We will have our Geography test on Wednesday. We have been reviewing in class and a review page will come home on Tuesday.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • We have PE on Wednesday this week. Please check with your child to make sure they have gym shoes at school. Changing into clean shoes helps keep our gym floor clean and safe. Thank you!
  • Picture Retakes are this Thursday, October 26.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: You will see a practice page come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This let’s you and your third grader know what facts will need to be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their own progress on a graph here at school so they will know exactly what facts they should be working on.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: Conference appointment slips (bright orange paper) should be coming home today. Please look for that in your child’s folder! I look forward to sharing all of your child’s hard work with you!

Week of October 16

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • Culver’s Night tonight 5-8pm!
  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 23. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • We will have a social studies quiz on Wednesday. We are learning about how people, goods, and ideas move. A review will come home home on Tuesday.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • School Pictures were sent home today. Retakes are October 26.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: On Fridays (and sometimes more often) we assess multiplication fluency. This helps the students to know their own progress with learning their facts. Students will be given a multiplication fact page one fact group at a time. We have already completed the 1’s facts and the 2’s facts. Some students will be moving on to the 3’s facts. Some will keep practicing the 2’s.  Your child has a graph where they are keeping track of their progress so they know what to continue working on. Ask your child what facts they are working on for this Friday!

Thank you!
Ms Van Arkel  🙂

This Week….

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 16. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • Our math test will be tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 10). We reviewed in class today and the review page should be coming home tonight.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • Jet’s Pizza night is Thursday!
  • Friday is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

Math Test Coming Up!

Parents,
We will be having our Unit 1 Math Test next Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be depending on how we do with our review on Monday. I will be letting you know!
This unit has covered multiplication and division and understanding how they relate. Please refer to my previous post HERE.

In preparation for the test, it will be so important to practice multiplication facts with your child. They should be able to show multiplication in a few different ways by using repeated addition, arrays, and area model. We have been working on these concepts in class and as part of weekly homework packets.

We have also learned the distributive property of multiplication. For example, we can find the area of the whole rectangle below by using  7 x 3 = 21.
We can also break the large rectangle into two smaller rectangles (red and white).
Then we find the area of each smaller rectangle and add.

example:  (5 x 3) + (2 x 3) =
15   +    6       =  21

Thank you for your support!

Ms Van Arkel  🙂

Team Color Day!

 

This weekend is the U of M/ MSU football game! We have some excited football fans in third grade so tomorrow (Friday) we will  wear our favorite team colors. If you don’t have blue or green, then wear colors of your favorite team or Hudsonville apparel!

 

This Week…

  • A new homework packet went home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 9. A spelling list should come home as well.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • Just a friendly reminder about snacks: Please help your child to pack one healthy snack for our morning snack time. We do not have a lot of time so just one snack works best. Students may have another snack at our afternoon recess if they wish.
  • There will be a PTC meeting this Thursday, Oct. 5 in the library from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • This Friday is Popcorn Friday!

THANK YOU!
Ms Van Arkel   🙂