Category Archives: 3rd Grade Update

Week of May 21

  • We are working hard on end of the year assessments with reading and writing and we are also spending time doing some math review too! We are finishing strong over the next few weeks!
  • BIOGRAPHY PROJECT: Hopefully you have seen the project note come home as well as the invitation. Help your child plan to dress like the person they researched and/or make a visual to represent their research. You are invited to our Living Museum on Monday, June 4. Please look for an invitation to come home!
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress! Look for last Friday’s practice page to come home.
  • Homework: Please help your third grader to continue working on reading and math fact practice as homework. This is critical not only near the end of the year, but also throughout the summer.
  • We will have our Core Democratic Value Test on Wednesday. This was part of our social studies unit on public issues. A review page will come home today.
  • We go to library on Friday. Please remind your third grader to bring back their books so they can get new ones.

Week of May 14

  • We will not have a homework packet consistently for the remainder of the school year. If a homework page is sent home, I will let you know. The expectation is that students continue with weekly work of reading and math practice by way of flashcards, math apps, practice pages, MobyMax, etc.
  • BIOGRAPHY PROJECT: Look for a note to come home today! This will give you information about the project your child will work on.
    You are invited to our Living Museum on Monday, June 4. Please look for an invitation to come home!
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress! Look for last Friday’s practice page to come home.
  • MobyMax as homework practice:  Third graders will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • We will have our Science Test on Wednesday. This will cover animal classification and animal adaptations.  A review page will come home today.
  • We go to library on Friday. Please remind your third grader to bring back their books so they can get new ones.
    Thank you for the treats and notes last week during Teacher Appreciation Week!! I felt so loved. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to teach your children each day. Thank you for supporting their learning.

 

 

Week of May 7: Update and Snapshot of our Learning!

  • We will not have a homework packet consistently for the remainder of the school year. At this point in the year we are focusing on other areas and gearing up for MSTEP. If a homework page is sent home, I will let you know. The expectation is that students continue with weekly work of reading and math practice by way of flashcards, math apps, practice pages, moby max, etc.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress!
  • MobyMax as homework practice:  This is the last day for the MobyMax contest. Students can earn 1 point for each question they answer correctly within a lesson topic that is passed. Top 5 students in our class earn a prize and the next 25 will earn a smaller prize. Please use this as homework practice.
    Third graders will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • We will have our Math Test on Wednesday. This will cover unit fractions, fractions on a number line, and equivalent fractions. We will review today and tomorrow in class.  A review page will come home today.
  • We go to library on Friday. Please remind your third grader to bring back their books so they can get new ones.
  • Biography research homework: Please help your third grader look up a picture of the person they are researching. They should print it off and bring it to school this week. If you do not have a printer at home, please let me know. Thanks!
  • AS A REMINDER: Friday is an early release. Dismissal is at 12:15

    Here is a snapshot of a few things that we have been working on in third grade:

Learning fractions with pizza!

Bird Beak Experiment

Bird Beak Experiment

Bird Beak Experiment

 

Week of April 30

  • We will not have a homework packet consistently for the remainder of the school year. At this point in the year we are focusing on other areas and gearing up for MSTEP. If a homework page is sent home, I will let you know. The expectation is that students continue with weekly work of reading and math practice by way of flashcards, math apps, practice pages, moby max, etc.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress!
  • MobyMax as homework practice:  This is the last day for the MobyMax contest. Students can earn 1 point for each question they answer correctly within a lesson topic that is passed. Top 5 students in our class earn a prize and the next 25 will earn a smaller prize. Please use this as homework practice.
    Third graders will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • We go to library on Friday. Please remind your third grader to bring back their books so they can get new ones.
  • Biography research homework: Please help your third grader look up a picture of the person they are researching. They should print it off and bring it to school this week. If you do not have a printer at home, please let me know. Thanks!
  • AS A REMINDER: Third grade M-STEP testing begins this week.
     It is important that students get an adequate amount of sleep and a healthy breakfast before school. Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle. Thank you!

Week of April 16

  • We will not have a homework packet consistently for the remainder of the school year. At this point in the year we are focusing on other areas and gearing up for MSTEP. If a homework page is sent home, I will let you know. The expectation is that students continue with weekly work of reading and math practice by way of flashcards, math apps, practice pages, moby max, etc.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress!
  • MobyMax as homework practice:  Our class will be participating in A MOBYMAX CONTEST from April 16-April 29. Students can earn 1 point for each question they answer correctly within a lesson topic that is passed. Top 5 students in our class earn a prize and the next 25 will earn a smaller prize. Please use this as homework practice.
    Third graders will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • The Scholastic Book Order is due tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18. Take a look at the online flyers and make your purchase by Wednesday. Thanks!!
  • AS A REMINDER:
    Grades 3-5 have been preparing for the state test (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
    Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
    Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
    Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
    • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26
    • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10

 

~Learning Update~

Here’s what we have been learning about in third grade:

Writing: We have finished our Literary Essay unit and then completed our Post Assessment of opinion writing before Spring Break. We will now begin to practice constructed response writing as well as begin our Core Democratic Values writing work that goes along with our Social Studies Unit.

Science: We will begin studying animals and adaptations!

Math: We will spend a few days doing some review and activities with area and perimeter and then we begin our fraction unit this week.

Reading: We have been reading biography books and with each book the students read, they complete a comprehension card to summarize the important facts they have learned about a person in history. We will be working on choosing a person to study and write about.

 

Week of April 9

  • Homework this week is Homework 5-2 and Homework 5-3. This is  due next Monday April 16.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We will have our practice page this Friday. Please ask your third grader what facts they should be practicing so they can continue to make progress!
  • MobyMax should be practiced regularly at home. Third graders will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • The Math Test will be coming home this week. This was a very tricky test on area and perimeter and geometry concepts. If your child struggled with parts of the test, I encourage you to review those concepts at home. We will continue to review and reteach at different time in the classroom through the remainder of the school year.
  • This Friday, April 13 is a half day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.
  • AS A REMINDER:
    Grades 3-5 have been preparing for the state test (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
    Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
    Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
    Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
    • Grade 5  April 10, 11, 12, 17
    • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10
    • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26

 

Week of March 26!

  • We will not be doing a math practice page this week. The practice page from last week will come home sometime this week. This will let your third grader know what facts to be practicing over spring break.
  • Our Unit 6 math test will be on Thursday. This will cover geometry and area and perimeter. A review page will be coming home.
  • No Homework Packet this week! There will not be a homework packet this week, but please help your third grader to be consistent with reading and math fact practice over spring break! It is also important for third graders to be practicing typing. Please have your third grader practice typing by clicking the links here on the right side of the blog or logging on to Clever and using Nitro Type.
  • Have a great Spring Break!! School resumes on Monday, April 9!

 

 

Update: Week of March 12

  • I look forward to meeting with you this week for conferences. We have been working hard in third grade and it is exciting for me to share your child’s progress!
  • Homework this week is Homework 4-7 and Homework 4-8. This is  due next Monday March 19.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: A practice page will come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This lets you and your third grader know what facts should be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their progress here at school so they know exactly what facts to practice. Please help your third grader practice their facts this week.
  • MobyMax should be practiced regularly at home. You will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school.
  • We will be previewing at the book fair on Tuesday. Our purchase day is on Wednesday. If your child plan’s to make a purchase, please send the money in an envelope labeled with your child’s name. Thanks!
  • We will have our Government test on Friday. We have been learning about the three branches of Government and we have been reviewing in class. A review page will be coming home this week.
  • AS A REMINDER:
    Grades 3-5 have been preparing for the state test (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
    Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
    Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
    Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
    • Grade 5  April 10, 11, 12, 17
    • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10
    • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26

 

Update: Week of March 5

  • Homework this week is Homework 4-13/Homework 4-15. It should be coming home today and is due next Monday March 12.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: A practice page will come home today. This was completed on Friday. Attached to this practice page will be a note saying NOT YET or GOT IT! This lets you and your third grader know what facts should be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their progress here at school so they know exactly what facts to practice. Please help your third grader practice their facts this week.
  • MobyMax should be practiced regularly at home. You will need to log onto Clever to access MobyMax. Let me know if you have forgotten how to do this. There is a link on the right side of the blog under AT HOME links.  I will also continue to have all kids practice fluency here at school
  • We have been reviewing for our math test. A review page will come home tonight. Our math test will be tomorrow. It will cover word problems.
  • Conference appointment slips went home last week. I look forward to meeting with you either Monday, March 12 or Wednesday March 14!
  • AS A REMINDER:
    Grades 3-5 have been preparing for the state test (M-STEP).  This is a required test and it will take place in the weeks immediately following spring break.
    Please make sure you look ahead on your family calendar (Gr 3,4,5) to make sure that your child is at school on the days listed.   Please change any appointments so they do not occur the mornings of testing.
    Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle — and adequate sleep during the testing period.
    Testing takes place between 9-12 on these dates:
    • Grade 5  April 10, 11, 12, 17
    • Grade 4  May 8, 9, 10
    • Grade 3  April  24, 25, 26