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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 🙂



Week of April 30

  • 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 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: Third grade M-STEP testing begins this week.
     It is important that students get an adequate amount of sleep and a healthy breakfast before school. Also, provide extra nutritional snacks on the testing days, along with a water bottle. Thank you!

Homework reminder


The biography research homework is due tomorrow. Please help your third grader to remember to bring it to school. This information will be needed in class. Thanks!

There will not be a homework packet this week. However, there may be a few pages coming home during the week.

Please continue practice on math facts (5 minutes a night) and reading (20 minutes a night). Math fact practice and daily reading is crucial for your child’s continued progress and success.

Spelling words came home today and should be practiced for the test on Friday.


Biography Research Homework


A note will be coming home about your child’s biography research project. We will be doing some research in class as well as the writing part, but some help and support will be needed by you at home. Please see a copy of the note below. This paper will need to be returned to school by Tuesday, March 22.     Thank you!

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Biography Research

We are wrapping up our biography unit for reading and are moving on to research in writing. The students have chosen a person that they read about or that they wanted to know more about.

Your child will need to bring in additional facts to supplement the materials that they have here. A note is coming home today about looking up more information. Please check for this note.

Please have your child bring in printed articles or books from the local library for Monday.

Please note: In the next coming months, more information will be coming home about a biography project.

Thank you!


Economics Test and Research

Hi Families,

We will have our Economics Test tomorrow. A review page went home tonight. Please help your third grader study for this test and review vocabulary. Thanks!

Also, we are beginning research writing. Your child will need to think of an animal or a person that they could research, gather information about, and write about. A note will be coming home about research homework. Please look for that soon. Thanks!

Miss Van Arkel


We have been working so hard on our research writing. Each student chose a person or a state to do some research on. They chose a book from the library and began reading and collecting information. We have been working on organizing that information and will be putting it together. Today, we spent some time meeting with our partner and sharing our research. We had a great time!

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Writing Update

We have finished our fiction writing and are now moving on to some research. Your student will be researching either a place or a person. We started today by asking questions about our topic and then started to read our non-fiction book to gather information. We will be talking about what kinds of information are important to teach about our topic. Ask your child what they have been researching.