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Update: Week of May 20

Here’s an update of our learning in third grade:

Writing/Social Studies: We are working on writing about a public issue. We are learning about point of view and how to connect Core Democratic Values to our point of view.

Math: We are working on solving word problems and comparison problems. We are learning about strategies such as drawing comparison bars and noticing when word problems have extra or hidden information.

Reading: We are working on completing our research and writing for our biography project. I am working on doing some reading assessments and I have loved to see our students grow as readers this year!

A FEW MORE THINGS TO KNOW:

  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: I sent home a book order today. I was given book coupons to pass out. If your child received one, it will be stapled to their book order packet. This will be the last book order I send out and it’s a great way to stock up on some books for the summer. As always, our class appreciates your orders as it allows me to choose some free books for our classroom library!  Orders are DUE ONLINE BY MAY 28! Thanks!

 

  • LIBRARY BOOKS: Last Friday was the last day for books to be checked out of the library. Please remind your child to be looking for their books that need to be returned and start sending them back to school!

 

  • We will be celebrating the LAST TEN DAYS OF SCHOOL starting this Friday! Each day I will reveal the special celebration, but the first day requires some preparation.
    On Friday May 24, we will celebrate with Totally Red, White, and Blue day! Your child may choose to wear red, white, and blue. This also recognizes our Memorial Day weekend!

**NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, May 27 due to Memorial Day!

🙂

 

Update: Week of April 15

Here is an update for our week ahead:

MATH: We will be reviewing for our math test and will have the test tomorrow, Tuesday. A review will come home tonight. This test will cover geometry, classifying quadrilaterals, area, and perimeter. We will be moving to fractions next.

READING and WRITING:  We are working on our biography research. Your child has chosen the person who they will read about, research, and write about. We will be working on this over the next few weeks. Last week, a bright yellow paper went home explaining how to help your child gather more information and sources for their research. Please start to send this information in with your child this week. Thanks!

Math Practice Page: This Wednesday will be our last weekly practice page. I explained to the class that this does not mean we stop practicing multiplication and division facts! Math facts should still be practiced using flashcards and/or MobyMax. It is so crucial that this is consistent especially through the summer months so your third grader is prepared for fourth grade math.

Reading Log: Book- It reading logs are done for the year. Again, this does not mean that reading practice stops. The hope is that your third grader is starting to develop a habit and routine of becoming an independent reader. Please help them to make 20 minutes of reading part of their daily routine. Consistent reading will be helpful in building reading skills!

Scholastic Book Order: book order packets went home last week. If you plan to order, please place your order online by Wednesday, April 17. Thanks!! 

MSTEP TESTING:
Grade 5 – April 16 – 25

Grade 4 – May 7 – 16

Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

IMPORTANT TESTING DAY TIPS:
  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!

 

Hudsonville Public Schools 19th Annual  Student Art Show!!

The Reception for Georgetown Artists is on Monday, April 22 from 5:30 – 7:30

The show is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM from April 22 – May 1

Stop in to view all of the amazing art Hudsonville students have done! There is a lot of talent to check out!!

 

 

Update: Week of April 8

I hope you all had a great spring break and you enjoyed some rest and fun with family and friends!

Here’s an update for our week ahead:

Writing: We are working on responding to a text in writing and we are practicing using strategies so that we can write a clear and complete response. We are also practicing typing out our writing.

Math: We will be finishing up learning about area and perimeter and will be doing some test review at the end of the week. We will plan to have our test next Tuesday, April 16. Please help your child to continue working on multiplication facts at home. We will be nearing the end of our weekly practice pages in the coming weeks.

Reading: We continue to read and study biographies. This week,  your child will be choosing the person that they will read, research, and present. There will be a note coming home in the next week about how you can help your child gather information.

COMING UP:
EARLY RELEASE: this Friday, April 12. Dismissal is at 12:15.

M STEP Testing Dates:
The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring. Please avoid all doctors appointments and vacation days on the dates that your child is scheduled to participate in the state wide M-STEP testing.  Thank you for your attention to these dates.

NOTE: If your child is ill, we will administer the tests on make-up dates.  Do not send your child to school ill. We ask only that you avoid late arrivals, doctor appointments and vacation days on the dates listed below.

Grade 5 – April 16 – 25

Grade 4 – May 7 – 16

**Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

IMPORTANT TESTING DAY TIPS:
  1. Get plenty of sleep

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know and do our very best! Remind your child do use their Growth Mindset skills we have learned in 3rd grade!

Have a great week! 🙂

 

 

 

Update: Week of March 18

Parents,
Here is an update for the week!

Writing: We are finishing up our literary essays this week and will work on our Post Assessment for opinion writing.

Social Studies: We will finish our last lesson in our Michigan History unit as we learn how Michigan became a state. I am hoping to give the test on Friday. A review page will come home.

Math: We have completed our lessons on geometry and will begin lessons on area and perimeter. It will be important that your third grader continue practicing math facts on MobyMax.

Reading: We have started our Biography unit and students are starting to read and learn about people in history. They will read a biography book and then complete a comprehension card to show their learning and understanding. I am excited for our third graders to learn all about people who faced their fears, made their dreams come true, overcame challenges, and made our world a better place!

MARCH IS READING MONTH:
You can still email me a picture of your third grader getting ‘caught’ reading!

This Friday, March 22: Wear a hat with words so others can read it!

 

 

Update: Week of February 25

Parents,
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.

Other Announcements:

**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.

Thank you!

 

Update: Week of February 11

Parents,
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.

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 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

 

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