Mrs. Gibbs' Third Grade

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Week 18


Next week in third grade:

Holiday Party – Monday, December 18th – 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Third Grade Store – Tuesday, December 19th – Thank you for all of the donations sent in for the store. It’s going to be fabulous!!!

Early Release Days – Tuesday, December 19th and Wednesday, December 20th – 12:20 p.m.

Holiday Break – December 21 – January 3, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support that you have given me this year. It has been a difficult fall. But I am blessed beyond measure to get to come to this school each day and teach your children. Teaching has been my saving grace. I can never thank you enough for all that you have done. Please know that I love each and every one of these kids from the bottom of my heart. They make me smile each day. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I will see you all in January!


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Week 17


This week in third grade we worked on main idea and supporting details…again. Also we began our study of the structures of informational texts. We continued writing our informational books about American Bullfrogs. In math we finished up with area and the distributive property of multiplication. In social studies we completed posters on Cartier and deSoto.

Next week in third grade:

E/LA – Structures of informational texts…description, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, order and sequence; stanzas, plays, and other related genres

Writing – Continue to write bullfrog books and start research on explorers…your child has been assigned an explorer to write about on the next informational writing

Math – Bar Graphs

Social Studies – Cabot and Hudson


**Homework – There will be no formal homework sent home next week. HOWEVER there is an awesome optional project about family traditions coming home Monday! Please continue reading. I will be sending home unfinished work or any items that I feel like your child may need to practice. Thanks!

** STEM DAY Sign Up Genius – I created a Sign Up Genius for the next STEM day. Check your email!

**Holiday Party – Monday, December 18th 10:45 – 11:45 –a.m. Please send in a wrapped chapter book for our book exchange. If your child is a boy, please choose a book a boy would enjoy, wrap the book and place a tag on the book that reads TO: A Boy FROM: Your child’s name …if your child is a girl then do the same but for a girl!

**Inclement Weather Forms – Please make sure your form is updated with the correct dismissal information for your child. Tis’ the season…

**Third Grade Store – Tuesday, December 19th – We are still in need of items for the store. Thank you to all who have donated. Remember your child can send gently used toys for the store. If your child no longer wants the items, it would be a great way to get them out of the house!

**Early Release Days – December 19th and December 20th (12:15 p.m.)

**Holiday Break – December 21 – January 3rd, 2018

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Week 16


This week in third grade we worked on main idea and supporting details. We have been working on this skill for a couple of weeks now. In writing we had a special lesson with Mrs.O’Connor in the Learning Commons about researching and note taking. We began taking notes on the bullfrog for our first informational writing piece. In math we worked on area. Last but not least we studied Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Balboa in social studies.

Next week in third grade:

E/LA – main idea and supporting details, ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding in a nonfiction text

Writing – Continue to research and take notes, improve introductions, strong conclusions, writing body of informational bullfrog paper

Math – Distributive Property with word problems

Social Studies – DeSoto and Cartier


**Magnets came home today with your child. Please return the magnet if you do not wish to purchase or send in payment for magnet if you do wish to purchase.

**Holiday Party – Monday, December 18th 10:45 – 11:45 – More info to come home later!

**Third Grade Store – Tuesday, December 19th – Please start sending in items for the students to purchase! They really look forward to the store.

**Early Release Days – December 19th and December 20th (12:15 p.m.)

**Holiday Break – December 21 – January 3rd, 2018

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Week 14


This week in third grade we practiced writing narrative responses to one or more texts. We practiced this skill as it will be on the Milestone test in the spring. We will continue to answer questions using the F.A.T. response. F.A.T. stands for flip the question, answer the question and tell more about your answer using text evidence. In reading, we continued to work on the main idea. In math, we finished with multiples of ten and started our study on word problems using multiplication and division. Also this week, I introduced the Bedtime Book Club. Remember to send back the contract along with a picture of your child reading in bed. I am going to create a cute display for the room. I am hoping to inspire the students to read more for enjoyment. Let’s see how this works!

Next week in third grade:

Writing – We will begin our informational writing unit of study. This unit will be integrated with our reading series, Expeditionary Learning. Integrating resources is so beneficial! The first informational writing will be about bullfrogs. This was the topic of our text used the past two weeks. Next week, we will begin a new nonfiction book on frogs as well.

ELA – We will begin our new text focusing mainly on text features and how those are helpful to us as readers. Students will be going on a scavenger hunt through the new text to find text features and their uses.

Math – Continuing word problems with multiplication and division

Science – Finishing up with erosion and weathering; test on Thursday (Study guide comes home today!!!)

**Next week is the book fair! We visited on Friday and made a wish list. You may send in money any day with your child. I will let he/she go at different times during the day.

**Next week is Compassion Week! A flyer is in your child’s folder telling about each day. I love when the kids participate!!

**Thanksgiving Lunch – On Wednesday (not our Thanksgiving lunch day) we will be picking up sack lunches from the cafeteria and eating in the classroom. Thursday is our day for Thanksgiving lunch, and we will be eating lunch at 11:20 a.m.! Tickets to this lunch had to be bought in advance. Tickets will be coming home on Monday or Tuesday. There will be no extras sold this day.

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Week 13


This week in third grade we completed our personal narrative assessment piece! We will be moving on to informational writing week after next. We have studied all of our multiplication fact families and have learned strategies to help us figure out the facts we do not know. We worked on finding the main idea in a section of text and locating the details from the text and illustrations to support the main idea. We are working on newspaper articles about soil and will be finishing those up on Monday. All in all, a busy week for third grade!

Next week:

E/LA – More on main idea and text dependent questions in a nonfiction text

Writing – Narrative prompts

Math – Word problems with multiplication and division

Science – Soil, weathering and erosion

**No School-Tuesday, November 7, 2017

**Book Fair Preview in Friday, November 10, 2017

**Book Fair –  November 13-17, 2017


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Week 12


PARENTS – Just after dismissal I realized that I had not given your child his/her test scores. The scores are in envelopes ready to come home. They were just buried under my Friday table!! I am so sorry. I have put them in boxes to come home on Monday! Again, I am so sorry to have forgotten to get these to you today!

This week in third grade was finally back to “normal”! Red Ribbon Week is always fun. I loved to see all the participation. I even got in on the fun a couple of days.

We prepared for the personal narrative assessment on Monday by revising, editing, adding strong beginnings and endings, adding details, adding transition words, and telling stories bit by bit. I have asked the students to think about a seed story that means so much to them. Please discuss this idea with your child and have them tell you the story like a storyteller. It will be much easier for the students to write when they have been rehearsing it with their voice. Please do not prewrite. Just let them tell the story!

In math we started our drills on multiplication. We practice for a few minutes each day. As the students “pass” a family they get to color a piece of “pie”. Once all pieces of the pie have been filled in your child will be a “Master Multiplier” and will get a pizza lunch with me in December. I will host another pizza pie party in April for the students who become master multipliers by then.

In reading we began finding the main idea in a nonfiction text. The students are working on finding text evidence to support answers

Next week in third grade:

E/LA – small reading groups; main idea with supporting details from selected pages of a nonfiction text

Math – patterns with 8; patterns with 9; multiples of 10

Writing – personal narrative assessment; on demand narrative writing

Science – Fossil Test on Monday; soil

**Remember to see the page of curriculum standards for more detailed explanations.



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Week 11



This week was full of short days and flying cows! The Cow Drop was today and was totally exciting. Thank you to all the parents who came in for parent teacher conferences this week. It was wonderful to see you all. I hope that you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend with your families.

Second quarter curriculum standards have been posted on a page on the right side of the screen.

Next week in third grade:

Reading – Main idea/key details in nonfiction texts, verbs

Writing – Review of quotation marks in dialogue, revising endings, using editing checklist

Math – Patterns with multiples using decomposing, doubles, and other strategies

Science – Fossils – A study guide will come home on Monday. The test will be the following Monday. Please have your child study each night.

**RED RIBBON WEEK** (all next week)

Monday – Wear Red

Tuesday – Wear your favorite team colors

Wednesday – Crazy Hair/Socks Day

Thursday – Wear your pajamas

Friday – Dress like your favorite super hero

I love this week!! I can’t wait to see to see the participation! I will post pics on the blog next week.

**Picture Retakes Wednesday 10/25

**Don’t forget those pop tops and box tops!!!

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Georgia Parent Survey


It has been brought to my attention that the Georgia Parent Survey letter that was posted on the blog this week does not contain a live link to the survey. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do so by clicking on the live link below!!

Thank you!

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Cobb Digital Library Change


How to Access the Cobb Digital Library


  1. Visit the Mountain View Homepage at


  1. Click the link on the left column under resources that says “Cobb Digital Library.” It will take you to the login screen for a site called Mackinvia.  You may want to bookmark this site for ease of future use.


  1. Type Mountain View Elementary in the school line. Be sure to select the one that says Marietta, GA.


  1. Your child’s username is their Office 365 Username. It will be [email protected].  Just change to the student name.


  1. Your child’s password is mve


  1. Once inside, you can access electronic books and research databases for at home projects and learning. I hope to utilize this resource this year for many homework assignments.


**Please keep this paper somewhere safe for a reference throughout the year.

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Thanksgiving Lunch Information


Tickets will be sold October 16-November 8.  We will not be selling tickets on the days of Thanksgiving Lunches.  Parents please turn in the bottom portion of the form with your payment.  The window to purchase tickets closes on November 8.  We will send tickets home shortly thereafter.


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