Category Archives: News from Ms Van Arkel

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.

POLAR EXPRESS PARTY!

We will be having our annual Polar Express Party on Thursday, December 20 from 9:00 – 10:30am.  We need donations and volunteers to make this fun event happen.  Click on the Polar Express picture to donate items and volunteer to help with a game or craft.  Please send all donated items to school by Wednesday, December 19.  If you are volunteering to be at the party, please come at 8:30am that day to get directions for your game or craft. 

Update: Week of November 19

Parents,
Here is a quick update of a few things coming up in third grade:

Multiplication Practice Page:
We will do our practice page tomorrow instead of Wednesday (since we do not have school). Check with your third grader on what facts they will need to practice.

Geography Test:
We will plan to have our Geography test at the end of next week. We will review in class and a review page will come home.

Math Test: 
It is looking like we will have our Math Test next Wednesday. We will spend next Monday and Tuesday doing some review. You will see a review page come home.

SCHOOL NEWS: 

Our school will be a drop-off location for TOYS for TOTS. Read more about how you can help HERE.

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.

 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 21-Nov. 25). School resumes on Monday, November 26. 

 

 

 

Update: Week of November 12

Parents,
Here is some information for the week:

Social Studies quiz: We have been learning about how we modify and adapt to our environment. We will have a short quiz tomorrow. You will see a review page coming home today.

Multiplication Practice Page: We will have our next practice page on Wednesday. Pages were sent home on Friday. Your child has been keeping track of their progress and should know what facts to practice for Wednesday.

MobyMax Fact Fluency practice: At conferences, I gave you an update of your child’s fact fluency scores for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We spent the first part of the year reviewing addition and subtraction fluency. Since it is a second grade concept, our hope is that student’s have those facts mastered and have moved on to practice multiplication and division. Starting this week, I will move all students to  multiplication and division on MobyMax. If your child still needs some practice with addition and subtraction, please continue practicing at home.

PE CARES Food Drive continues through November 16.
Please consider donating non-perishable food items that will all be given to Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  The class that brings in the most items will be given a thank you and traveling to Hudsonville Bowling Lanes for a bowling party!!!! Thanks for your help.

Book List: At conferences, we discussed your child’s reading progress and their good-fit level. I am sending home a list of book titles suggestions. Use this as you help your third grader choose ‘just-right’ books. Look for this green paper to come home in daily folders.

Coming Up: 
November 15: PTC meeting- 6:30 in the library
November 16: Last day for PE Cares donations.
November 19: Culver’s Night  5-8pm
December 13: Holiday Program at Fair Haven church – more details to come!
December 14: Early Release – 12:15 dismissal.

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

Social Studies Update

In third grade we study Michigan. We have started our Geography unit and have been learning about relative and absolute location and natural and human characteristics.  We have also started to learn about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan.
Today we got out the maps to identify these places:

LANDFORMS in Michigan:
– Peninsulas: Upper and Lower Peninsula
– Islands: Mackinac Island, Beaver Island, Isle Royale
– Mountains: Porcupine Mountains, Huron Mountains
– Sand Dunes: Sleeping Bear Dunes

BODIES OF WATER in Michigan:
– Great lakes: Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior
– Rivers: the Grand River
– Waterfalls: Tahquamenon Falls
– Bays: Grand Traverse Bay, Saginaw Bay

We had fun looking at the Map of Michigan:

Reading Calendar Homework

CLASSROOM READING CALENDAR HOMEWORK
Our class is participating in the BOOK IT! Program to encourage reading at home. As third graders, reading is a homework expectation. You will receive a calendar starting October through March at the beginning of each month.  Each time your child reads at home they should mark it on their calendar. The recommendation is to read for at least 20 minutes at least 5 days a week. That’s 400+ minutes a month!!

At the end of each month the calendar should be returned to school and your child will receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

This calendar will also serve as our classroom reading log. When a completed calendar is turned in at the end of the month, students will receive the coupon for pizza and also a special prize from me!