October 9-13

We have another exciting week ahead of us in room 303! The book fair begins next week and our class will be able to preview the book fair this Thursday at 11:00am. Thursday is early release with dismissal at 12:30pm. There will be ASP but NO after school activities will take place Thursday.

In reading this week we will be learning strategies for retelling stories we read. We will continue reading our latest read aloud, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. In writing, we will spend the beginning of the week finalizing our personal narratives and will begin to take a look into what we are experts in as we introduce informational writing. In math, we will continue learning multiplication strategies and how we can apply those to problem solving. In social studies, we will begin our unit on explorers.


Reminders for this week:

Early Release on Thursday.

Conference week is next week. Dismissal will be at 12:30pm.



Monday- PE

Tuesday- PE

Wednesday- Art

Thursday- Music

Friday- PE


Have a great week!! 🙂


Ms. Swann

Week of October 2- October 6

I hope each of you had a wonderful fall break. I cannot believe that October is here already! Today we enjoyed our first field trip to the Wright Center. The students had a lot of fun learning all about animal adaptations and habitats.

This week in reading, we will be looking into finding the main idea and details of a passage. In writing, we are finishing our personal narratives and will be publishing our writing pieces later this week. In math, we will begin our multiplication unit. This week, we will look at different multiplication strategies. In science, we will begin our study on soil. Tomorrow we will begin our new read aloud, Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.


Please have your child bring in their recorder if they have not already!


Our class is collecting Box Tops!

Timber Ridge Families, it’s time to start collecting Box Tops 4 Education to help earn money for our school! We will soon send home additional information and a collection sheet in Thursday folders to help get you started.

  • Check expiration dates. We cannot accept any expired box tops.
  • You do NOT need to trim the box tops. We must be able to see the expiration date.
  • Don’t want to use the collection sheet – no problem! Gather box tops in an envelope, a sandwich bag, whatever works for you…just get them in! Please try and bundle in packs of 10 or 25.
  • Where? Either send in box tops with your children or you can drop them off in the box in the front office.
  • Download the new Box Tops Bonus App, choose product offers and then scan your receipts.
  • Due date: Please have box tops turned in by Friday, October 20th.

Look on items such as Yoplait® Go-Gurt®, General Mills cereals, boxes of Lara bars™, Nature Valley™ granola bars, certain Annie’s™ snacks, Finish® detergent, Bounce® dryer sheets…and so much more!

Ask friends neighbors and relatives to collect, too. Every top helps! Checkout the Box Tops for Education website for a complete list of products, coupons and special offers at www.boxtops4education.com.

Contact Sarah Britt at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for supporting our school!

****We are no longer participating in the Labels for Education program. No need to send these in.***



As always, please contact me with any questions you may have. I hope that you have a great week!


Ms. Swann

Fall Break Reminders

I hope that each of  you have a wonderful fall break! A few reminders:


I have given the students an *Optional*  Moby Max challenge for the break. The challenge is to complete 5 reading and 5 math lessons by the Monday we return from break. They have their login information.

We have a field trip on Monday October 2. Please be sure to have your student bring a sack lunch if they are not purchasing the sack lunch from school.



September 18-22

I hope each of you had a great weekend! It was so good to see many of you at the Fall Carnival. I am still drying off from the Power Shower 🙂 Thank  you to everyone for volunteering and coming out to this wonderful event! This week marks the end of our IOWA testing. Monday and Tuesday will be the last days with Wednesday being  a make up day for any student who might have missed a day of testing. The students are doing a great job. Thank you for encouraging them and getting them a good nights rest, breakfast, and providing snacks!

In reading this week, we will be learning and using our reading strategies as we look into different Native American regions. In writing, we are taking our rough drafts to the next level. We will be looking into strong hooks, details, and begin revising our personal narratives to make our writing bold. In math, we will be subtracting three digit numbers using different strategies. In social studies, we will complete our Native American region museum project and will present them at the end of the week. Each student has worked so hard on researching for this project, they are looking great! We will be  finishing up our second read aloud of the year and will be starting our third right after Fall Break!


Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Ms. Swann



September 11-15

I hope everyone has remained safe and dry these past two days. This week will look a little different than planned due to these days off. IOWA testing will begin on THURSDAY 9/14 and will conclude on Wednesday 9/20.


This week in reading, we are looking into reading strategies as we take a look at a variety of literature on Native American regions. In writing, we are continuing our personal narratives. In math, we will begin looking into subtraction and will discover different strategies for solving these problems. In social studies, we are continuing our research for our Native American Museum project. Friday, we will complete a STEM activity in which students will create a home that a tribe in their researched region would have lived in.


Reminders for this week:

Testing: Thursday- Tuesday, please have your student eat a healthy breakfast and get a good rest. If your child would like an additional healthy breakfast in class before testing begins, you may send in one for them.

STEM project: Friday we will construct our Native American homes. Please have your student bring in their materials.

Fall Carnival: Friday from 5:30pm-7:30pm is our annual Fall Carnival! I hope to see everyone there!!

***If you have not already and would like to do so, please submit your online Scholastic Book Order. I will be sending our class order by the end of this week!***


I hope everyone has a great week. As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all.


Thank you,


Ms. Swann

September 4- September 8

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! This week we will be having our CogAT testing. Testing will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There will be no homework this week or next due to testing. In reading this week, we will be working on context clues. In writing, we are looking into specific pieces of our narrative writing. In math, we will be wrapping up our three digit addition strategy practice and moving into three digit subtraction. In social studies, we will be starting our Native American Museum project. The students will be researching a region where the Native Americans settled in North America and will compile a presentation within the next few weeks.


I hope that everyone has a great week!


Ms. Swann





Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: PE

August 28- September 1

We have a full week ahead of us in third grade. In reading, we are using our close reading strategies to make meaning of unfamiliar words as well as responding to questions using a text. In writing, we are beginning to put our brainstorming pieces together to form our personal narrative. In math, we are learning different strategies to help us solve three digit addition problems. Our Native American unit continues in social studies. We are focusing on the six regions in North America where the Native Americans lived.


Tuesday is our first IN CLASS field trip!


Wednesday is early dismissal. There are no after school activities, but there will still be ASP. School is dismissed at 12:20pm.



Monday- PE

Tuesday- PE

Wednesday- Art

Thursday- Music

Friday- PE

Have a wonderful week! 🙂

August 21-25

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We had a full day of activities learning about the solar eclipse and ended our day experiencing a SUNsational event!

This week in 303, in reading we will be practicing our comprehension strategies using paired passages. In writing, we will continue our narrative writing unit. We will be using our senses to write about experiences in our life. In math, we will continue rounding numbers to the nearest ten and nearest hundred. We will begin our addition and subtraction unit starting with the properties of addition. In social studies, we will begin our Native American unit of study.

Specials this week:

Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: Art

Friday: Music


I hope that everyone has a great week. As always, if you need anything, please let me know!


Ms. Swann


August 14-18

Happy Monday! We have had a great start to our third week of third grade! In reading this week we are working on close reading using the strategies we have discovered in class. Our narrative writing unit is getting started this week. We are using mentor texts to become familiar with how different authors write and their purpose for writing. In math, we are still working with place value. This week we will be comparing and ordering numbers as well as rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. In science, we are evaluating rocks by their physical properties. We will be working with all kinds of rocks this week and categorizing them based on their physical properties. We will finish up our read aloud Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. We will begin a new read aloud later this week!


THURSDAY is PICTURE DAY!! Please send in order forms by Thursday.








Have a great week! 🙂