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Week of May 7: Update and Snapshot of our Learning!

  • 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:  This is the last day for the MobyMax contest. 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.
  • We will have our Math Test on Wednesday. This will cover unit fractions, fractions on a number line, and equivalent fractions. We will review today and tomorrow in class.  A review page will come home today.
  • We go to library on Friday. Please remind your third grader to bring back their books so they can get new ones.
  • Biography research homework: Please help your third grader look up a picture of the person they are researching. They should print it off and bring it to school this week. If you do not have a printer at home, please let me know. Thanks!
  • AS A REMINDER: Friday is an early release. Dismissal is at 12:15

    Here is a snapshot of a few things that we have been working on in third grade:

Learning fractions with pizza!

Bird Beak Experiment

Bird Beak Experiment

Bird Beak Experiment


Our Last Week~

Wow! I can’t believe it is our last week of third grade. Wasn’t it just September?!
We’ve really had a great year and have enjoyed learning together.
Here are a few things to remember this week:

Tuesday:  Fraction test

Thursday:  Last Day!  (full day)  3:40 dismissal

2nd and 3rd grade field day in the morning. Please help your child
remember to wear tennis shoes and to bring a water bottle.
We will also have our end of the year school store. Each student will have a chance to spend some of their tickets they have earned in class this year. 

Please look for papers and writing folders to come home this week. It’s fun to look back at how much progress has been made since the beginning of the year! Thanks so much for all your support this year. I have truly enjoyed having your third grader in class. Have a great summer!

Miss Van Arkel   🙂

Fraction Test

We have wrapped up our fraction unit!!! That means our fraction test will be on Tuesday. I know it is the last week of school, but still very important for our third graders to to their best work and finish strong. Please encourage them to maintain focus in class and listen attentively and to just do their best.
Your child brought home a fraction review page on Friday. Please go over these problems and problems like it. It will be important for your child to know numerator, denominator, unit fraction and be able to label fractions on a number line.
For example: 


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Please review equivalent fractions. For example  1/2 = 2/4, 3/6, 4/8. We have used fraction strips in class to demonstrate equivalent fractions as well. For example:

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We have also compared fractions using word problems. For example:

Lily ate 2/8 of a pizza and Joe ate 6/8 of a pizza. Who ate more pizza?   Since it is the same unit fraction (eighths), we look at the numerator and know that 6 is more than 8 so Joe ate more.

Students should also remember that the larger the denominator, the smaller the part. For example:

Lauren ate 2/3 of a candy bar. Logan ate 2/4 of a candy bar. Who ate more?  We know that a candy bar cut into fourths will have smaller pieces than a candy bar cut into thirds. 2/3 is larger than 2/4 so Lauren ate more.

Thank you for supporting your third grader!!
Have a nice weekend  🙂

Miss Van Arkel