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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 🙂



3rd Grade Update

Hi Families
Here is an update of our learning in third grade:

Writing: This week we are finishing up our narrative writing. We will finish the week learning how to write a written response to a text. Next week, we begin learning about persuasive writing.

Math: We continue to practice multiplication and division facts with word problems and using lots of different strategies. We plan to review  on Wednesday or Thursday and take our test on Friday. 

Reading: We have been learning all about making predictions and using details when we make a prediction.  We will also be practicing giving a retell of the books we read.

A few more things to know………

As you see school work coming home there may be  a number grade (3,2,1) on some of them.
Use this as a guide:
3- proficient
2- progressing
1- beginning

Third grade homework consists of reading 20 minutes, five nights a week and multiplication fact practice for 5 minutes, five nights a week. We have been talking a lot about goal setting to help us get better at reading and math facts. Lots of our third graders have made action steps to practice facts and read at home as a way to reach their goal. The reading and math fact log should be returned to school every Monday. 

Math Fact Cards: You will see your child’s blue fact folder filling up. As your third grader works on their math fact log, please help them choose one set of count bys (one color) flash cards to work on each night.  We have learned the 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, so far. It is starting to become apparent which kids are regularly practicing their math facts and which kids are not. Please help your child gain confidence with their math work by practicing these at home.

Math Practice Page:
Each Friday, the third graders complete a math fact practice page. Last week they did the 5s fact page. When your child completes all the problems correctly, they will move on to the next practice page. This Friday, your third grader will either try the 5s page again or will try the 2s page for the first time. Please look for this practice page to come home so you will know what facts to practice with your child.

The next early release Friday is October 23. Dismissal is at 12:15.

Week of February 17

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time will be sent home with your child today. Please look for that in your child’s homework folder.

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island.

Economics Test: We will have our test tomorrow, Tuesday 2/18. A review page went home last Thursday.

This Friday, February 21 is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.


On Friday, we enjoyed a few Valentine activities. We read about Milton Hershey and his creation of milk chocolate and we used candy hearts to play games and build towers.

Update: Week of January 14


Here is an update of what we have been working on in third grade:

Writing: We have started learning strategies for realistic fiction. We are brainstorming small moments in our own lives and using them to generate ideas for realistic fiction. We are looking forward to creating our own characters, problem, and setting.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our Economics unit. I plan to give the test on Friday, A review page will come home.

Math: We have been working hard on telling time and using elapsed time. This will be great to practice at home.
Example questions:
Joe got to his friend’s house at 1:30. He was there for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then he walked home for 20 minutes. What time did he get home?

The school music program ended at 8:35pm. It lasted for 1 hour and 50 minutes. What time did the program start?

It will be important for your third grader to continue practicing math facts on MobyMax. Working on this at home will be helpful to build fluency especially in preparation for 4th grade. If your third grade has not memorized their login and password for Clever, please let me know and I can help.

Reading: We have started our series book clubs. Students have reading assignments and then meet with their group to discuss the characters, problem, and details of their reading.

Scholastic Book Order: A book order was sent home last Thursday. If you choose to place an order, do that online by this week Thursday, the 17th.  Thank you!

Snack: I am all out of extra snacks for our classroom. I like to have some available for when students forget theirs at home. If you are able to donate, we would appreciate a box of graham crackers or a bag of pretzels. Thanks!



Week of May 21

  • We are working hard on end of the year assessments with reading and writing and we are also spending time doing some math review too! We are finishing strong over the next few weeks!
  • BIOGRAPHY PROJECT: Hopefully you have seen the project note come home as well as the invitation. Help your child plan to dress like the person they researched and/or make a visual to represent their research. You are invited to our Living Museum on Monday, June 4. Please look for an invitation to come home!
  • 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! Look for last Friday’s practice page to come home.
  • Homework: Please help your third grader to continue working on reading and math fact practice as homework. This is critical not only near the end of the year, but also throughout the summer.
  • We will have our Core Democratic Value Test on Wednesday. This was part of our social studies unit on public issues. 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.