Last 10 days of THIRD GRADE!

I can’t even believe we are in the last 10 days of school!!!

To celebrate all our accomplishments this year, we will be doing an activity each day.
Each activity will begin with the letters in: THIRD GRADE.

Here’s what we did today:
Tasty treat while we celebrate our writing.
       I provided a snack while we shared our biography speeches with our classmates

I shared the activity for Tuesday because it is one they will need to know ahead of time.
Tuesday, May 30 is:

Hat day or silly sock day!



The 20 Liters walk is this Saturday!  So far six classes have raised, $461.24!!!
We will be collecting money until Friday. Keep it coming!
If you are interested in experiencing a little bit of what life is like in Africa, come walk with us at 3:00 at 8th Street Park this Saturday, May 20.
Thank you!

20 Liters: Walk For Water

Join us in making clean water 20 liters at a time! 

633 Million people in the world live without clean water. This isn’t just an inconvenience.  Water is essential to life and access to clean water brings with it improved health, education, and prosperity.  So, our mission is to make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable through long lasting and innovative technologies.

You can help make dirty water clean for the people who need it most by learning about the problem and then doing something about it.  With as little as $20, 20 Liters can bring 10+years of clean water to a person living in Rwanda. 

You can take action today by participating in your classroom fundraising drive.  Beginning May 2-19, students can help by bringing in a donation to the classroom.  In class we talked how they could bring spare change, return pop cans, or do extra chores!

You are also invited to a family event called Walk for Water on May 20 at 3:00pm at the 8th Street park in Hudsonville.

Here is a short video of Abraham, the boy who visited our class today! 

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M-STEP testing starts tomorrow. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will be extra important this week! We will not have a homework packet, but daily reading and math fact practice should continue.

Look for information to come home this week regarding the biography project. May 26 will be our biography museum celebration.

Thank you!  🙂

Dates to Remember!

I want to make sure you are aware of some important dates coming up:

May 2-5: M-STEP testing for 3rd grade
**It will be important for students to get enough sleep and a healthy breakfast in the

May 12:  Early Release  12:15 dismissal

May 23:  Field trip to DeGraaf Nature Center
**A note was sent home about this a few weeks ago. Be sure to send in $1 by May 19.

May 26:  Biography Presentations
**Students will be presenting their biography research in the form of a museum.

As it nears the end of the year, we want to make sure the daily routines of reading and practicing multiplication facts continues. Keeping that routine through the school year will help continue practice through the summer months too.
Thank you!!

Ms Van Arkel   🙂

Third Grade Update!!

We are working hard in 3rd grade:

Writing: We are working on biography research and will be writing about the people we have studied. We are working on gathering information, organizing details, and drafting our work.

Science: Students are finishing up the Light unit with Ms VanderStel. Test on Friday!

Math: This week we started the Fraction unit. We have learned about unit fractions and will be working on equivalent fractions too. We are using lots of number lines and other visuals to show fractions. Please click on the letter below to read more information about the concepts we will be learning with fractions.

Reading: We are ending our biography reading unit. Our class has enjoyed reading about people in history and we have learned about the challenges they faced in life. We have learned about all the hard work they put in to fulfilling their dreams. We have enjoyed reading about how so many people have made a difference in our lives even today.

Public Issue Homework

We have been studying public issues during our Social Studies and Writing times. We have been studying a public issue, forming an opinion , and writing an essay. Last week we studied wind farms in the Great Lakes.

This week, we will be studying a new public issue. Your third grader will be reading an article and forming their own opinion to write about. The homework involves you sharing your opinion on the issue the article addresses. They will need to read the article, identify the opinions in the article (agree/disagree), and gather a few more opinions from a parent and other adult.
There will be a green paper coming home today to help record the information.

The green paper should be completed and returned on Monday, March 6.

3rd Grade Update!

Here’s what’s happening in 3rd Grade:

Writing: We are finishing up our realistic fiction writing. We have learned to think of an experience in our own life and add new, realistic parts  to make the story interesting. We have made up characters and learned to use character traits. We continue working on Show not Tell. We used a story mountain to plan for our writing.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our unit on Michigan History. We will be learning about how Michigan became a state. Our unit test will be next week. 

Math: We have been working on addition and subtraction. Much of this lesson has been review, but we have also learned about rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. Our unit test will be next week. 

Reading: We have started our Series Book Clubs. Each student is in a group and they have a daily reading assignment that must be completed for them to meet and discuss with their group. The groups discuss the questions and predictions they have as well as what the character is doing and how they change in the story.

Please continue a consistent routine of reading 20 minutes (5 days a week) and math fact practice (at least 5 minutes/5 days a week).