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Update: Week of November 11

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We are learning about how we write to our audience while using convincing words.

Math: We have been working on 2 step word problems. These can be tricky! Today, we started our math review for our test on Wednesday. The review will come home tomorrow. Please help your third grader by going over word problems and continuing to practice multiplication facts.

1. The pet shop had 8 cages of mice, with 4 mice in each cage. 5 mice escaped. How many mice were left in the pet shop?

2. I baked 47 cookies, but 7 were burned and thrown away. The rest were shared equally among 8 people. How many cookies did each person get?

Reading: We continue our study of mystery books. Our third graders are becoming great detectives and are using helpful strategies to solve the mysteries in their books. We have learned about using a chapter timeline and collecting clues and suspects. They are becoming great thinkers as they read!

Social Studies: We started learning about the vegetation and climate of Michigan.

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 


WINTER GEAR: Please remember to send all the winter gear with your third grader. It is so helpful if it is labeled with your child’s name, too! We still have recess on cold and snowy days and the playground gets wet. Thank you for your help with this!

SNACK: Our class has one snack break in the morning. Please pack your child a healthy snack to support their learning. Please make sure the snack is separate from their lunch and that your child knows where the snack is placed in their backpack. Thank you!

BIRTHDAYS: If your child chooses to share something with the class on their birthday, our policy is no food. Your child can bring in items such as stickers, pencils, bookmarks, erasers, etc. to share with the class or you may choose to donate a book to the class. Thank you!

MOBYMAX: Please help your child remember to log on MobyMax to practice their math facts. Some students have made it to their multiplication and division facts! YAY!! Keep up the great work!


Friday, November 15: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm.

PE CARES canned food drive through November 21. Keep sending in those canned goods!

November 26: field trip. I will be contacting those whose names have been drawn to attend as a chaperone.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20.  – note the change for our class to Tuesday, not Monday.

Scholastic Book Fair: November 18-22. Our class will preview on Nov. 19 and purchase on Nov. 21.

Holiday Program: December 12- more details to come!



Update: Week of November 4

Here’s what’s happening in third grade:

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We have developed a thesis and are working on organizing information.

Math: We have been working on 2-step word problems. Continue practicing multiplication facts at home. Right now we are planning for our math test sometime next week.

Reading: We continue to use strategies to read mystery books. Today, we talked about using a timeline when our book gets confusing. This helps to check our comprehension.

Social Studies Homework: We have been learning about the Landforms and Bodies of water in Michigan. Your child has homework due Wednesday. It was sent home today. They should read the Bodies of Water page and complete the rest of the chart. They should study for our Landforms/Bodies of Water quiz on Wednesday. They will need to name the landforms and Bodies of Water in Michigan and be able to name an example of each.
1. Mountains- Huron Mountains
2. Bays- Grand Traverse Bay

Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Field Trip Note: A field trip note was sent home on Friday. It should be returned on Monday, Nov. 11.

Our Class Field Trip!

Last Tuesday, our class went on a field trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens. We had a great day exploring the gardens and we enjoyed a great presentation learning all about trees and tree identification. It connected well to our Native American studies from this year!

Enjoy the slideshow below:

Update: Week of May 27

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! I can’t believe we are so close to the last day of school! It has been a great school year and I am so glad to have this group of great 3rd graders to work with this year!!

FIELD TRIP: We had a great day at Frederik Meijer Gardens today! We had some time to explore and then we experienced a great presentation to learn about trees and tree identification. It connected well to our studies of Native Americans, too!

SOCIAL STUDIES TEST: We will have our Core Democratic Values/Public Issues test on Thursday. We reviewed today and the review sheet should come home in your child’s folder.

MATH TEST: We will have our final math test on Friday. This will cover 1 and 2 step word problems and comparison problems. We will review this week and the review page should come home in your child’s folder.

Biography Living Museum is next Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30-2:15. Look for more information to come through email this week.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Friday June 7. This is a half day and dismissal is at 12:15pm.


Update: Week of April 22

Here is an update for our week:

EARTH DAY: We celebrated Earth Day today by reading an article and completing some response questions. We also read a story and finished a craft ->see photo below. We talked about ways we can help our EARTH become a better place to live.

Writing/Reading: We are working on reading, researching, and studying a person in history. We are gathering information and will work on writing about this person.

Math: We have started our Fraction unit and we are learning about unit fractions and representing fractions on a number line.
Continue practicing math facts on MobyMax.

Social Studies: We are learning about the Government of Michigan.

Field Trip: A note went home today about a field trip to Meijer Gardens. The cost is $2.00 per student. Please send the form and money to school (in an envelope labeled with your child’s name) by May 3. We are allowed 4 chaperones per class. If you are interested in attending, please note this on the form and 4 chaperones will be randomly chosen.

REMINDER: As the weather gets nice, please let me know if your child will be riding their bike home. It is helpful to know if there is a change in end of day transportation.

MSTEP Testing starts next Tuesday:

Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

  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!



Update: Week of February 12

  • Homework this week is 4-2/4-4. It should be coming home today and is due next Monday Feb. 19.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: We did not do a practice page last week due to our short week and our snow day on Friday. We will do a practice page this Friday. Please check in with your third grader about what facts they should be practicing. We have talked a lot about what it means to work hard and practice in order to make progress as a learner. Some of our students are learning that their determination and hard work is paying off as they learn the multiplication facts!!  👍🏼
  • If your child is passing out Valentine cards to classmates, please make sure they are brought to school by Wednesday. We decorated Valentine bags today and on Wednesday we will be doing some Valentine themed activities in class.
  • Our field trip is on Thursday. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is dressed for snowshoeing. We are excited to learn about Native American Life.
  • We have library on Friday. Help your child remember to bring their books back before Friday. Thanks!

Update: Week of January 29!


  • Homework is a little different this week. An email was sent on Friday with more information. Your child will need to log on to Study Island to complete the homework by this Friday, February 2.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: You will see a practice page 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 will need to be practiced for this Friday. Your third grader keeps track of their own progress on a graph here at school so they will know exactly what facts they should be working on. Please help your third grader practice their facts this week.
  • We have library on Friday. Help your child remember to bring their books back. Thanks!
  • A note will be coming home today regarding our third grade field trip on Thursday, February 15. $1.00 will need to be sent in to school before Thursday, February 8.
  • This Friday, February 2 is an EARLY RELEASE. Dismissal is at 12:15 pm.
  • WINTER BREAK is Monday and Tuesday, February 5 and 6. School resumes on Wednesday, February 7.

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   🙂