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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

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:

~Third Grade Update~

CLASSROOM NEWS:

WRITING: We have been learning how to generate ideas for personal narrative writing. We chose a small moment idea today and will learn how to plan for our story writing. We will learn writing strategies to make our writing powerful.

GROWTH MINDSET: We continue learning about Growth Mindset. We have been making goals as a class and then each student made a goal for themselves as a reader.

MATH: We continue learning our 5s and 2s multiplication. We have started to learn how multiplication and division are related. We have learned to make drawings that go with multiplication equations and have practiced solving word problems.

READING: We have been working on choosing good-fit books. We talked about forming strong reading habits that help us grow as readers. We will be starting a new read aloud mentor text (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane) that will help us practice reading strategies.

OTHER INFORMATION TO KNOW:
HOMEWORK: 
Please continue with daily reading (20 minutes) and math fact practice. We will be adding the 2s multiplication facts this week.
I sent home 2 MATH HOMEWORK PAGES (1-3/1-5) today. These are due on Friday 9/21. These pages are helpful for practicing facts and strategies so please support your child as necessary.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: You will see information coming home about the Scholastic Book Order. Take a look at these with your third grader. If you choose to order, please follow the instructions on the letter that is attached to the packet. Your order helps our class earn free books! Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD:

PICTURE DAY:
school picture day is on September 27.

9/20: PTC Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
9/28: Popcorn Friday
10/5: Walk-A-Thon
10/12: Early Release dismissal at 12:15pm.
10/23: Turkey Trot

 

 

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

 

Update: Week of March 19

  • Thank you for meeting with me for conferences last week! Our third graders are working hard and have so much to be proud of!
  • Homework this week is Homework 4-5 and Homework 5-4. This is  due next Monday March 26.
  • 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 library on Friday. Please remind your child to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • 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

 

Working Hard in 3rd Grade…

Here’s what we have been up to in our classroom:

Writing: We are working on revising, editing, and publishing our realistic fiction stories this week. We started thinking of small moments in our life and have used those ideas to create fiction characters and a new story line.

Social Studies: Before we begin our Government unit this week, today we reviewed what it means to be a mindful learner. We talked about making good choices even when no one is watching. We were reminded what it means to have good character. We read a book titled The Jelly Donut Difference and then we wrote about a way we could spread kindness to others just like the characters in the story did.

Math: We are working on word problems and have started practicing comparison problems.

Reading: Our Series Book Clubs are finishing up. Students are working on their second book in the series. Book clubs will meet to discuss the similarities and differences they noticed in their books of the same series.

 

Update: Week of February 19

  • Homework this week is Remembering 4-5/Homework 4-6. It should be coming home today and is due next Monday Feb. 26.
  • 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 library on Friday. Help your child remember to bring their books back before Friday. Thanks!

We had a great time on our field trip to DeGraaf Nature Center last Thursday! Take a look!