MARCH IS READING MONTH!
We have been having lots of fun celebrating reading. Last week we read with Mrs. Stutz’s Kindergarten class.
We have several of our students who have been ‘CAUGHT’ reading! They are featured on our classroom wall!
I look forward to seeing you during Parent/Teacher Conferences this week! Our third graders have made great progress and it is exciting for me to share that with you!
I am sending report cards home today. Your third grader can be very proud of all their hard work! If your child is discouraged that they did not receive ALL 3s on their report card, please remind them of their GROWTH MINDSET. We have worked hard on using a growth mindset as we work on learning and make progress toward our goals. The standards you see on the report card show progress being made and they will continue to be assessed. Remind your third grader that learning takes hard work and practice. I am very proud of our class!
Our class will preview the book fair on Monday. If your child chooses to make a purchase, please send the money in an envelope labeled with your child’s name by Wednesday. Thanks!
March is Reading Month- FUN FRIDAY:
Our class is celebrating Reading Month with some activities on Fridays. This Friday, we are wearing our words! Choose a shirt with words so others can read it!
MobyMax math fact practice: Please remind your third grader to get on MobyMax to practice math facts. This will help build their fact fluency progress.
This Friday, March 8 is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15.
I look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences next week. Your appointment time went home on a bright yellow slip of paper on February 22. If you are not sure of your time, please let me know. Thank you!
Math Test: We will have our math test on Thursday. We will review in class on Wednesday and that will come home. Please help your child to continue practicing math facts.
Reading: We begin our Biography unit. We look forward to reading about famous people in history. Later, your child will be writing a biography report about a person.
Writing: We begin our literary essay unit. We will use a mentor text and form big ideas about a character. We will work together to put our ideas into an essay.
Social Studies: We begin learning about Pioneer life.
In celebration of Reading Month, our class will celebrate on Fridays.
Friday, March 8: Get comfy and read: All school PJ day! Bring your favorite book to read.
Friday, March 15: Wear a SHIRT that others can read.
Friday, March 22: Wear a HAT that others can read.
THURSDAY, March 28: Read with a treat. We will read and have a snack.
Here is an update for the week:
Writing: We will be practicing some constructed response writing before moving on to Literary Essays. We will be learning to answer a question about a text with complete sentences and detail.
Math: We are learning to use different strategies for 3 digit addition and subtraction. We are practicing with word problems too. We are also working hard with rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.
Please continue helping your child with multiplication practice with flashcards and MobyMax.
Social Studies: We begin learning about the French in Michigan and about the fur trade.
Reading: We will be practicing reading a selection and responding with a written response. We will move on to Biography reading next week. Please continue to support your child as a reader and encourage them to be reading 20 minutes at least 5 days a week. Keep track of this on the monthly homework reading calendar.
**Conference appointment slips went home last week. Make sure you found the bright yellow paper in your child’s folder. I look forward to sharing the progress your child has made.
**We have an Early Release on Friday, March 8. Dismissal is at 12:15.
**If you haven’t registered for the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE, please do so as soon as possible. If we can get 50% of our school to register, we receive $500 in PE equipment. No cost to register! More information can be found HERE.
Here are a few things to know this week:
Social Studies Homework: We have been studying the people of The Three Fires. We have studied the Ojibway and Potawatomi in class. Tonight’s homework assignment requires your child to read about The Odawa and complete the chart. They have done this two times in class so they should be aware of the procedures for completing this. This assignment is due tomorrow, Tuesday 2/19.
Conference Appointment Slips: These will be coming home on Friday. Look for the bright yellow paper in your child’s folder.
Multiplication Practice Page: Please check in with your third grader on what facts they should be practicing for Wednesday.
Thursday, February 21: Jet’s Pizza Night- make sure you mention our class! We could win a pizza party!
Friday, February 22: Popcorn Friday.
Here is an update for the week:
WRITING: We will be working on finishing our realistic fiction stories.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue learning about the History of Michigan and will begin learning about The Three Fires- Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwa.
MATH: We started unit 4 today. We reviewed place value drawings. We will work on using place value drawings as well as rounding to the nearest 10 and 100, and using 3 digit addition/subtraction in word problems.
READING: We are hoping to finish up our book clubs this week. We have enjoyed reading new books from a series and having discussions about characters in our stories.
An email was sent about Valentine’s Day information. We are making Valentine gift bags in class. Your child may bring in Valentine cards to pass out if they choose to. A class list was included in the email. We will not need parent volunteers or donations sent in. We will be doing some whole group activities throughout the day on Thursday.
Hi 3rd Graders!!
I miss you! I can’t believe all this snow we have! It’s not so fun taking Stella outside because it is so windy and cold!! I hope you are staying safe and warm.
My last post shared about Mrs. Reagan’s snow day learning challenge. I hope you have been doing lots of reading and MobyMax math fact practice. You could help our class win a PIZZA PARTY!! Keep up the good work!
I have a challenge for you, too!! I found this SNOW DAY BINGO and thought it would be fun to share. Take a look at the Bingo card and choose 5 things that you have done or will be doing on one of our snow days. Write them down and have mom or dad sign it. Bring it to school to share with me and I’d love to give you a special prize!
REMEMBER: DO NOT go outside when the temperatures are extremely cold. Talk to mom or dad first!
Ms Van Arkel 🙂
We have another SNOW DAY today. Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below). Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.
AND EXTRA special INCENTIVE:
Mrs. Reagan will throw a PIZZA PARTY for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING. She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!
Options for learning:
Students have until 5 pm tonight to participate.
Here is an update of what we have been working on in third grade:
Writing: We have started learning strategies for realistic fiction. We are brainstorming small moments in our own lives and using them to generate ideas for realistic fiction. We are looking forward to creating our own characters, problem, and setting.
Social Studies: We are finishing up our Economics unit. I plan to give the test on Friday, A review page will come home.
Math: We have been working hard on telling time and using elapsed time. This will be great to practice at home.
Joe got to his friend’s house at 1:30. He was there for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then he walked home for 20 minutes. What time did he get home?
The school music program ended at 8:35pm. It lasted for 1 hour and 50 minutes. What time did the program start?
It will be important for your third grader to continue practicing math facts on MobyMax. Working on this at home will be helpful to build fluency especially in preparation for 4th grade. If your third grade has not memorized their login and password for Clever, please let me know and I can help.
Reading: We have started our series book clubs. Students have reading assignments and then meet with their group to discuss the characters, problem, and details of their reading.
Scholastic Book Order: A book order was sent home last Thursday. If you choose to place an order, do that online by this week Thursday, the 17th. Thank you!
Snack: I am all out of extra snacks for our classroom. I like to have some available for when students forget theirs at home. If you are able to donate, we would appreciate a box of graham crackers or a bag of pretzels. Thanks!
I hope you all had a great Holiday break! We are back into learning in 3rd grade!
Homework Reading Calendar: January homework reading calendars will come home today. Make sure this is being used to record reading minutes. This is part of our homework and should be turned in at the end of the month.
Social Studies Homework: We have been learning about specialization and interdependence. Tonight’s homework requires your child to look for five things around the house and find out where they were made. This will help our discussion on import and export.
This homework is due tomorrow Jan. 8
Multiplication practice page: We will do the next practice page on Wednesday. Be sure to check in with your child on what facts they should practice.
Reading Counts: Reading Counts ends on Friday. In third grade, this motivational program is optional for students and requires responsibility with reading and taking tests. If your student is almost to their goal, please help them to remember to take their tests this week.
Thursday, Jan. 10- Jet’s Pizza Night
Friday, Jan. 11- EARLY RELEASE– dismissal at 12:15pm.