Week of Sept. 17

We are almost done with testing!!! Tomorrow is the last day of IOWA testing.  Please congratulate your child on all of their hard work.  They have had testing every week in the month of September.

Next week is Fall Break!  I know the kids are excited and ready for a break, especially after all of the testing we’ve been doing.

Here is what we are working on this week:

Reading – We are learning to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.  We are also working on prefixes.  In writing we are continuing to write narratives.

Math – We are learning different strategies for multiplication.  We are also continuing to work on two-step word problems.

Social Studies – We are beginning our economics unit.  We are learning about scarcity and opportunity cost this week.

Here are the spelling words and homework for the week.  Just a reminder students should be practicing their spelling words at home in some way.  They can write each word multiple times, say them aloud to a parent, write them in a sentence, etc.  They also need to be readin for 80+ minutes each week.

3rd spelling 5-1kf1ldn

6 Math Review Q1 (Mult & Division Strategies)-2o8rorw

6 Reading Q1 NF(Text Features)-2jfq35e

Week of Sept. 10

Thank you to everyone who ordered books through Scholastic Book Fairs!  All of the books are in and should have made it home by now.

I am looking for Mystery Readers for Halloween.  If you are interested in reading to the class that day, please email me.

Here is what we are working on this week:

Reading/ELA/Writing – We are wrapping up character traits and beginning to learn how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.  We are learning how to make nouns plural.  In writing we are writing narratives and learning how to edit our writing and our peer’s writing.

Math – We are continuing to work on two-step word problems.  We are also beginning to learn about multiplication.

Science – We are wrapping up our unit on soil this week.  We will also begin discussing economics in social studies.

Here are our spelling words and homework for this week.

3rd spelling 4-1z66b7u

5 Math Review Q1 (Multiplication Strategies)-1wi9qvj

5 Reading Q1 NF(Text Features)-1p1qqe4

Week of Sept. 4

I hope everyone had a restful long weekend! Due to a short week there will be no spelling words this week.

Testing begins tomorrow.  We will take the CogAT Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats breakfast.

Here is what we are working on this week:

Reading/ELA/Writing – In reading we are determining the character traits of different characters in a book. Students are working to provide evidence from the text to support how the character is showing that trait.  In grammar we are learning about abstract nouns – courage, friendship, kindness.  In writing we are learning how to edit our writing.

Math – We are continuing to solve 2 step word problems.

Science – We are wrapping up our soil unit this week.

Week of Aug. 27

We go to the media center this Tuesday.  Please make sure your child brings their books to school tomorrow so they can get new books.  This Wednesday is an Early Release Day.  School will dismiss at 12:30.  Here is what we are working on this week:

Reading/ELA – We are recognizing different character traits of the characters in books.  We are beginning to write personal narratives about small moments in our lives.  We are also working on pronouns.

Math – This week we are focusing on using the algorithm to add and subtract with regrouping.  We are also working on two-step word problems.

Science – We are learning about the different types of soil and their characteristics.

Here is the spelling and homework for this week:

3rd spelling 3-24za4w4

3 Math Review Q1 (Adding Subtracting cont.)-13usbb8

3 Reading Q1 F(Explicit_Refer to text)-w5g76g

Week of Aug. 20

Picture Day is this Wednesday.  We will be getting our pictures taken in the morning.  Everyone will have their picture taken.  These pictures will appear in the yearbook.

Class t-shirt orders are due this Friday.  If you haven’t sent in your child’s form and money, please get them in this week.  The shirts will be used on field trips and other school wide events this year.

We’ve had several students order books through Scholastic Book Clubs.  Just a reminder – the deadline for ordering is September 5.

Here is what we are working on this week:

Reading/ELA – We are working on asking and answering questions as we read.  When we read we want to be asking questions to make sure we understand what we are reading.  When we are answering questions we want to use evidence from the text.  In writing we are learning how to write a friendly letter.  We are also reviewing common and proper nouns.

Math – We are continuing to work on rounding number to the nearest ten and hundred.  We will begin learning how to use the algorithm strategy to add 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Science – We are wrapping up our rocks and minerals unit this week. (The test is on Tuesday.)  We will begin learning about the different types of soil this week as well.

Here is the spelling list and homework for this week.

2 Math Review Q1 (Adding Subtracting)-18yj5no

2 Reading Q1 NF(Explicit_Refer to text)-1id9fp2

3rd spelling 2-1l7d88m

Week of Aug. 13

Thank you to everyone who came out to Open House last week!  We had a great turn out.  Just a reminder that we are collecting orders for class t-shirts.  We will wear these shirts throughout the year for field trips and other school-wide events.  Scholastic Book Club order forms also went home last week.  If you would like to order books for your child(ren), go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs.  Our class code is GKT69.  If you would like to order a Scholastic Children’s Dictionary, please email me so I can add you to my list.

Here is the homework for this week.  Your child should have their spelling words written in his/her agenda, but the list is provided in case they forget.  Links for the reading and math homework are also available in case your child forgets his/her homework at school.

3rd spelling 1-2l42rbs

1 Math Review Q1 (Rounding)-1ryc0bt

1 Reading Q1 F(Fluency)-2184c09

Week of Aug 6

What a great first week of school we had!  Everyone seems to be enjoying making new friends in third grade.  One of our favorite activities last week was Saving Sam.  Ask your child to tell you all about it.

Homework is beginning this week.  Each night your child is responsible for completing that day’s math and reading assignment.  We will go over homework every morning after announcement.

Open House is this Thursday from 6:00-7:30.  I will be going over what to expect in 3rd grade. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Water Balloon Fun

The Friday before Spring Break students who earned Fun Friday got to play with water balloons.  Mother Nature was very kind to us!  It was cold out for most of the day, but the sun came out just long enough for us to have fun with water balloons.