Category Archives: 3rd Grade Update

3rd Grade Update: Week of December 17

Here is an update from our classroom:

Writing: We are working on writing conclusions to our informational writing. We will work on revising, editing, and writing a final draft.

Social Studies: We started studying Economics in Michigan. We have learned about scarcity, opportunity cost, and we have started learning about economic activities such as manufacturing and agriculture.

Math: We continue with our measurement unit and will begin a few lessons on telling time and using elapsed time. This would be great to practice at home, too! Third graders should keep practicing multiplication facts at home using MobyMax or flashcards.

Reading: We have been exploring nonfiction texts by identifying text features and new vocabulary words. We have also been taking notes as we read and gather facts and information from our reading. Third graders should continue with reading 20 minutes at least 5 days a week. Complete your December reading calendar over break and bring it back on January 7.

COMING UP:

Our Polar Express party is on Thursday, Dec. 20. Students may wear pajamas if they would like. ***If you are donating items, please send them in on or before Wednesday. 

Popcorn Friday is this Friday, the 21st.

HOLIDAY VACATION starts Monday, December 24. School resumes Monday, January 7!

Update: Week of December 10

Parents,
Here is an update for the week:

Math and Reading homework: Our third grade homework consists of independent reading and math fact practice. The reading calendar is homework each month and should be turned in at the end of each month. The December calendar can be returned in January.
Please help your third grader to continue practicing multiplication facts- just 5 minutes each night on MobyMax or using flashcards. Mastery with the basic facts is very important to understanding other math concepts.

Our music program is this Thursday evening. Please read the information HERE.

Our third grade Polar Express party will be on Thursday, Dec. 20. Please be sure you have read the email that was sent on Friday and also the original post HERE.

The 5th grade candy cane sale continues through Friday. If your child would like to buy one, please send $1.00 in an envelope with your child’s name.

COMING UP:

Thursday, Dec. 13- Jet’s Pizza Night

Friday, Dec. 14- Early Release: Dismissal at 12:15pm.

 

Update: Week of December 3

Parents,
Here is an update for next week:

Writing: We have moved on to Informational Writing. Your third grader will be choosing a topic that they know a lot about. They will learn to organize information to write about this topic.

Math: We took our Unit 2 test on Friday and will move on to the next Unit that will cover measurement. Multiplication practice pages went home on Friday. Please check with your third grader about what math facts they will need to practice for Wednesday.

Social Studies: We took our Geography test and will move on to learn about the Economics of Michigan.

Reading: We have started to explore Nonfiction texts and we will be looking closely to see how author’s use text features to teach about a topic.

  • Coming Up: 
    November Reading Calendars are due on Monday. This is homework and is expected to be turned in at the end of each month. December calendars went home today (Friday).
  • Please see information in a previous post about our Polar Express Party.
  • Information about the Holiday Shop was sent home today (Friday). Our class will be going on Thursday, Dec. 6. If your child plans to make a purchase, please send in the envelope labeled with your child’s name.
  • Holiday Music Program:
    The music program will be on December 13 at Fair Haven.
    Grades K, 1, 2:  Drop off is at 6:15 pm.  Performance is at 6:30 pm.
    Grades 3,4,5:  Drop off is at 7:30 pm.  Performance is at 7:45 pm.
  • Our next Early Release day is December 14. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

Week of November 5

Here’s an update for our week:

I look forward to meeting with you at conferences this week! I will see you on Monday evening or Wednesday evening.

We will preview the book fair on Tuesday. If you would like your child to make a purchase, please send money in an envelope labeled with your child’s name by Thursday. 

WRITING: We are working on opinion writing. Each student has chosen their opinion statement and is now working on writing their reasons with supporting details. We are learning to write this into a paragraph.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue to study the geography of Michigan. We started learning about natural resources.

READING: We are finishing up our unit on characters. We are studying the characters in the book Because of Winn-Dixie. We have been able to identify character traits and the way the main character changes throughout the story.

MATH: We continue working on multiplication and division. We have been practicing the facts by working on a lot of word problems.

THURSDAY NOV. 8: Jet’s Pizza Night- mention our class when you order!
MONDAY NOV. 19:  Culver’s Night  5-8pm

 

Update: Week of Oct. 29

Parents,
Here is an update for the week:

Reading Calendars are due Thursday. A new one for November will be sent home on Thursday. This is used to keep track of reading homework. It is recommended that third graders be reading for at least 20 minutes/at least 5 days a week.

We will complete our next practice page on Wednesday. Your child is keeping track of their progress at school and should know what multiplication facts they are working on. You should have seen the practice page come home last week with a “Got It” or a “Not Yet” note attached to it.

We have an early release day on Friday. Dismissal is at 12:15.

I look forward to meeting you next week at conferences! Conference appointment times were sent home on Friday.

Our class will visit the Book Fair next week.  We will look on Tuesday and purchase on Thursday. If you plan to have your child make a purchase, please send money in an envelope with your child’s name by Thursday. Thanks!

 

 

Week of Oct. 22

Parents,

The focus of this week is BE NICE, BE SAFE, BE AN UPSTANDER. In our classroom, we will be talking about what it looks like to be safe and be nice. We will be talking about what strategies can be used to Be an Upstander when others around us are not making safe or nice choices.

Here is a quick update of what has been happening in  third grade:

WRITING: We have finished our personal narrative writing. We celebrated by reading a classmates writing and giving praise feedback and critique feedback. We are now learning about opinion writing.

WORD STUDY: We have started our superswitch reading groups. During this time, everyone is working on reading at their just-right level. We are also working on word study. During word study, groups are observing word patterns, vowel patterns, and vowel sounds. They will be doing some word sorting and practicing spelling these words. You will not see these words come home at this point because we are doing more exploratory work in class right now as we get started.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue studying the geography of Michigan. We have studied vegetation and climate and will move into learning the human characteristics such as bridges, highways, lighthouses.

MATH: We completed our unit 1 test and math tests were sent home today. We have started unit 2 which covers multiplication with 6, 7, and 8. Please look for practice pages coming home. Help your third grader to study their math facts for the next practice page on Wednesday.
Continue with multiplication fact practice at home- use flashcards or MobyMax

READING: We are using our read aloud book (Because of Winn-Dixie) to guide us in understanding characters. We are making observations about a character’s behavior to make inferences about what they are like. Continue daily reading at home. The Reading Calendar is due at the end of the month.

COMING UP:
OCT. 23: Turkey Trot
OCT. 26: Popcorn Friday
OCT. 30: Picture Retakes
OCT. 31: Fall Party- email has been sent for volunteers. Thanks!
NOV. 2: Early Release- 12:15 dismissal

Week of Oct. 8

Parents,
Here are a few things you will need to know:

  • Our Growth Mindset mantra this month is: MY BRAIN IS LIKE A MUSCLE THAT GROWS. Today, we made a new goal for ourselves. We put it right on our name tag as a daily reminder. The goal is: I will work hard to help my brain grow strong! 
  • Jet’s Pizza night: October 11
  • Early Release this Friday, Oct. 12
  • Snack: Please help your child remember to pack one healthy snack each day. I usually have a snack available for forgetful situations. If you are able to donate a box of graham crackers, our class would appreciate it!
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice Page: On Wednesdays (and sometimes more often) we assess multiplication fact fluency. This helps the students take responsibility in their learning. Students will be given a multiplication fact page one fact group at a time. This Wednesday we will start with the 5s. When the 5s page is passed,  your child will move on to the 2s. The order we will follow is: 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s. Your child has a graph where they will keep track of their progress so they know what facts to work on. You will see the practice page come home with a note attached that says: “GOT IT!” or “NOT YET”. This will let you know what facts to work on for the next practice page.
  • We made our GOAL!!!!
    Each day we use a scoreboard. If our scoreboard has more smile tallies than sad face tallies, we earn a smile magnet. So our class set a goal of earning 10 smile faces. When the class met the goal they would receive a treat from me. So today was the day! We enjoyed cookies and apple cider. Way to go, class!!

Update: Week of Oct. 1

Parents,

It continues to be very important that students be practicing their multiplication facts at home. We work on multiplication at school, but students need continuous practice with the basic facts so they can complete the math work at school. There are a few ways students should be practicing at home:

FLASHCARDS: these should be coming home each night. It is not so helpful to try and practice the whole pile of flashcards in one sitting. Instead, choose one color count-bys that your child is struggling with and just practice those for that night. Then choose a different color on a different night. This will help mastery. A recommended order of practice is: 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s,.
As the flashcard folder gets full, we will start to take some out and keep them at school.

MOBYMAX: students have been working on MobyMax math fact practice at school. They are reviewing addition and subtraction facts and when they have mastered those, they will move on to multiplication and then division. Students can access Mobymax at home for practice.

Coming up this week:  WALKATHON
Friday, October 5 is our school WALKATHON.  This is sponsored by the PTC (Parents, Teachers and Children)…and it is our ONLY fundraiser for our school.  The money raised funds learning incentives, online learning programs and parent/child events throughout the year.  Our goal is to raise $30.00 per child to support our extra programs at school. PLEASE donate and join us for our Lovin’ the 80’s Walkathon!

Look for information about our READING CALENDAR later in the week.

Thanks!

 

3rd Grade Update! Week of 9/24

Dear Parents,
Here is our weekly update for the week:

HOMEWORK REMINDER:
Your third grader should continue with daily reading and math fact practice. Your child should have the 5s, 2s, and 10s multiplication facts in their folder. Please make sure the yellow multiplication folder stays in the blue Homework folder so it can go back and forth to school and home. Consistent practice is crucial as we move on in our math lessons. Look for the 9s facts to come home this week.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER:
If you are still planning to order, you may still do that tonight. I will submit the order this week so let me know if you are planning to order, but are unable to do that tonight. Thanks!

School Picture Day is on Thursday. 

WALK-A-THON:
Please look for information to come home today regarding the Walk-a-thon. Support from you, your friends and family, is greatly appreciated. This is our main fundraiser for our school! More information can be found on our SCHOOL BLOG.
PLEASE NOTE: 3rd grade walks 9:45-10:30am. I believe the page that was sent home listed a different time.

Popcorn Day: 
Popcorn Day is on the final Friday of the month.  This is made possible by YOU – your donations at Open House funded the purchase of the popcorn/oil.  Parent volunteers come in each Friday to pop the popcorn and deliver it to classrooms.

EAGLE’S Spirit Day:
Friday is Eagle’s Spirit day in celebration of the homecoming football game. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and gold to support the team on game day.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
As you see school work coming home there may be  a number grade (3,2,1) on some of them. See below to find out what this means.
Use this as a guide:

3- proficient

2- progressing

1- beginning

 

Thank you!!  🙂

 

~Third Grade Update~

CLASSROOM NEWS:

WRITING: We have been learning how to generate ideas for personal narrative writing. We chose a small moment idea today and will learn how to plan for our story writing. We will learn writing strategies to make our writing powerful.

GROWTH MINDSET: We continue learning about Growth Mindset. We have been making goals as a class and then each student made a goal for themselves as a reader.

MATH: We continue learning our 5s and 2s multiplication. We have started to learn how multiplication and division are related. We have learned to make drawings that go with multiplication equations and have practiced solving word problems.

READING: We have been working on choosing good-fit books. We talked about forming strong reading habits that help us grow as readers. We will be starting a new read aloud mentor text (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane) that will help us practice reading strategies.

OTHER INFORMATION TO KNOW:
HOMEWORK: 
Please continue with daily reading (20 minutes) and math fact practice. We will be adding the 2s multiplication facts this week.
I sent home 2 MATH HOMEWORK PAGES (1-3/1-5) today. These are due on Friday 9/21. These pages are helpful for practicing facts and strategies so please support your child as necessary.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: You will see information coming home about the Scholastic Book Order. Take a look at these with your third grader. If you choose to order, please follow the instructions on the letter that is attached to the packet. Your order helps our class earn free books! Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD:

PICTURE DAY:
school picture day is on September 27.

9/20: PTC Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
9/28: Popcorn Friday
10/5: Walk-A-Thon
10/12: Early Release dismissal at 12:15pm.
10/23: Turkey Trot