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Third Grade Update

Hi Third Grade Families,
I can’t believe we are so close to the end of the school year! Despite the changes this year and all things considered, this has been a great year of learning with a special group of third graders!

Writing: Our third graders have been meeting with their research clubs to work on their second animal book. Each person is working on organizing their research to write their chapter to contribute to the book.

Math: Our class has been working hard learning about area and perimeter as well as learning all the different attributes of polygons and quadrilaterals.
Math Test: We will have our math test on Wednesday. A review packet along with a math vocabulary packet will come home today (Monday).
Math Vocabulary packet:  You will see a math vocabulary packet come home with your child tonight. Please use this as you help your child review for the test.

During math, we had fun using tangrams to make different shapes:

Reading: Our research clubs are working on reading and research to find the most important information about their animal. We are learning different text structures such as: sequential writing, compare/contrast, cause and effect, and problem/solution.

Social Studies: We have started exploring the different landforms and bodies of water in Michigan. We are also learning about natural characteristics and human characteristics of Michigan.

Other News:

Early Release on Friday, May 21. Dismissal at 12:15

Bring a towel: Your child may want to bring in a towel for the remaining weeks of school. As the weather gets nicer, we may take advantage of it and do some reading outside.

Note home: Your child brought home a note today (Monday) regarding a third grade presentation from the Children’s Advocacy Center. Please be sure to take a look at this note.

Thank you!
Ms Van Arkel 🙂

 

 

Math Test Coming Up!

Parents,
We will be having our Unit 1 Math Test next Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be depending on how we do with our review on Monday. I will be letting you know!
This unit has covered multiplication and division and understanding how they relate. Please refer to my previous post HERE.

In preparation for the test, it will be so important to practice multiplication facts with your child. They should be able to show multiplication in a few different ways by using repeated addition, arrays, and area model. We have been working on these concepts in class and as part of weekly homework packets.

We have also learned the distributive property of multiplication. For example, we can find the area of the whole rectangle below by using  7 x 3 = 21.
We can also break the large rectangle into two smaller rectangles (red and white).
Then we find the area of each smaller rectangle and add.

example:  (5 x 3) + (2 x 3) =
15   +    6       =  21

Thank you for your support!

Ms Van Arkel  🙂

Social Studies Quiz & Homework Packet

Throughout the last week we have been learning all about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan. Tomorrow, we will do a check-up to see how well we are learning them.
Please review these with your child. A chart will come home tonight to help your third grader study.

Landforms:
Peninsulas- upper and lower
Islands- Mackinac Island, Beaver Island
Sand Dunes- Sleeping Bear Dunes
Mountains- Porcupine Mountains, Huron Mountains

Bodies of Water:
Lakes- Great Lakes (remember HOMES)
Rivers- Grand River
Waterfalls- Tahquamenon Falls
Bays- Grand Traverse Bay, Saginaw Bay

 

A new HOMEWORK PACKET and spelling words are coming home today. The homework packet is due next Monday. We will have a spelling test on Friday.

A note about science

Here’s a note from Ms VanderStel regarding science this week:

Good afternoon!  My name is Ms. VanderStel and I get the privilege of having your child for science for the next few months.  We have been learning plant parts and their functions/jobs.  A study sheet along with some other papers have come home tonight for studying.  Please spend about 10 minutes tonight and 10 minutes tomorrow night reviewing with your child for our test on Wednesday.
If you have any questions, please contact me at kvander@hpseagles.net.
Thank you!

Social Studies check-up

This week we have been learning all about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan. Tomorrow, we will do a little check-up to see how well we are learning them.
Please review these with your child.

Landforms:
Peninsulas- upper and lower
Islands- Mackinac Island, Beaver Island
Sand Dunes- Sleeping Bear Dunes
Mountains- Porcupine Mountains, Huron Mountains

Bodies of Water:
Lakes- Great Lakes (remember HOMES)
Rivers- Grand River
Waterfalls- Tahquamenon Falls
Bays- Grand Traverse Bay, Saginaw Bay

 

 

 

 

3rd Grade Update

Parents,

M-STEP testing starts next week. It is important that your child has enough sleep each night and a good breakfast in the morning. I have talked to the students about doing their best work as a student and these two factors will be very helpful in your child’s attitude toward doing their best.
Thanks for your support in this!

Government: We will have our test on Thursday. A review sheet went home tonight. Your child will need to know the three branches of Government, what they do, and who is in charge.

Math: We have been doing some end of the year review and testing to help us understand how we did with the math concepts this year.

Spelling: This will be our last week- until further notice- for spelling words. We will continue to work on spelling and grammar in class. Please help your child to work on their spelling words this week for the test on Friday.

Reading: We have been working on reading a text and responding in writing as well as reading and summarizing. As a class, we have also been reminding ourselves of our reading procedures-  stay in one spot, read the whole time, build stamina.