Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

A few reminders for the eclipse tomorrow:
Dismissal begins at 3:05.
If you are checking your child out early, please do so after 11:15.
Please remind your child about the importance of keeping the safety glasses on when looking at the sun.

Third grade will spend the day tomorrow doing several eclipse activities, including a visit to the Science Lab!

Here's a look at our learning for the rest of the week:

In social studies we will continue learning about the American Indian Regions. This week, we will focus on the Plains, Northeast, and Southeast regions.

In math, we will continue working on 3-digit addition. We will also be working on addition fact fluency. Please encourage your child to practice addition facts here

In reading, we will continue enjoying the playful characters of Charlotte's Web as we practice describing character traits.

In writing, we will select a topic for a personal narrative and begin writing our first draft. Our grammar focus this week will be on abstract nouns.

This Friday is the first F.B.I. (Fathers Being Involved) breakfast of the year. Come join your child for breakfast and a quick meeting with Mr. Cohen.

Please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns about anything. Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will continue to learn about American Indian Regions. Last week, we learned about the Arctic regions. We will focus on the Northwest and Southwest regions this week. Ask your child about the locations of these regions as well as the types of clothing, food, and shelter of each region.

In math, we will review addition strategies that were learned in second grade and try those strategies with 3-digit numbers. We will also learn more about the regrouping strategy for addition as well.
We will continue practicing place and rounding this week too.

In reading, we will begin reading the book Charlotte's Web together. We will use this text as we dive into fully understanding characters. Your child should be pretty familiar with describing a character's physical characteristics; but in 3rd grade we will focus more on the inside of the character. How does the character feel? What is the character thinking or saying? What character traits describe the character? We encourage you to ask your child questions about characters from their books they're reading at home.

In writing, we will continue to learn strategies for getting story ideas. We've learned that stories come from the heart. We will expand on that idea this week as we focus on "small moment" stories.
Our grammar focus this week will continue with plural nouns. 

Remember, homework begins this week. Your child should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Please record the number of minutes and initial each night in the agenda on the monthly page in your child’s agenda. Spelling notebooks will go home on Monday to be returned Friday. Four activities should be completed to help your child prepare for Friday’s quiz. A math practice sheet will come home each night. It should be returned in the GATOR binder each day.

This week we will have a visit from our school counselor, Miss Weston, also know as the "Purple Princess". We will visit the new Learning Commons again and learn about the exciting creative possibilities we can experience there throughout the year.

Don't forget, Addison is counting on you for your donation to the Foundation which funds our science lab. Please visit Addison Fouondation to make your donation. Remember Mrs. Keith and Mrs. Kloos will hold Einstein the Snake if we have 100% class participation. Any donation amount is appreciated!

Also, please join the PTA at Addison PTA. There are exciting class incentives for classes with the most participation!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at or

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Here’s a look at our learning this week:

We will begin a brand new unit in social studies on American Indians! For the next three weeks, we will be learning about six regions in the United States where American Indians first made their homes. These regions will include the Arctic, Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast. We will compare and contrast how American Indians in each region used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.

In math, we will begin a unit on place value and rounding/estimating.

Check out our place value and rounding games on the blog. 

In reading, we will learn about the different reading stations in our classroom as we prepare to begin guided reading groups. We will also start building our independent reading stamina.

In writing, we will begin learning how to write a GREAT personal narrative and discuss how to generate ideas for our stories.

This week we will also visit the Science Lab, the Lightbulb Lab, and the new and improved Learning Commons (library).

Please plan to attend Open House this Thursday night.
5:00-6:00 Kindergarten, 1st and Target (2nd-5th)
6:00-6:30 PTA/Foundation Meeting in the cafeteria
6:30-7:30 2nd-5th and Target (1st grade)

Please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Welcome Back!

Mrs. Keith and I are so excited to start 3rd grade with all of you! We can't wait to see everyone at Meet 'n Greet this Friday, July 28th between 7:30-9:30am. Please take a moment to fill out your contact information for us using the link HERE.

Thank you!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Last Weekly Update!

Hello Third Grade Families!

I can't believe the year is over! We made it! Thank you so much for such a great year! I've enjoyed getting to know each of your children and I will miss them this summer!

A few reminders for this week:

Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days. Dismissal is at 12:15. PLEASE make sure your child knows how he or she is going home on those days. If there is a transportation change from their usual way of getting home, it must be in writing! 

NO BOOKBAGS on Wednesday!

Wednesday is the LAST DAY! YAY!

On Monday, we will participate in Hoops for Heart. We will also enjoy the talent show during the day. Parents are invited to attend the talent show at 6:00, Monday night. We will also visit the Lightbulb lab for some creative fun with Mrs. Bahr on Monday.

Report cards will be mailed home next week in the large envelopes you returned a weeks ago. If you did not provide the optional stamps, you will be able to pick up your report card next week at the front office.

I put together a memory video of all our photos and videos from this year as a gift for the students. You can view the video at this link:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Families,
I hope all the moms are having a great Mother's Day Weekend!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will again work on 2-step word problems. We will also review telling time and adding/subtracting 3-digit numbers for those who are still working on mastering those skills.

In reading, we hope to finish our book club books this week. Most of us just have a few chapters left. Did you ask your child about his/her group and the book the group is reading?

In social studies, we will review what we've learned about how government works. We will focus on the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government and also how checks and balances work within the branches. Check your child's notebook on Monday for a study guide because we will have a short quiz on Thursday.

In writing, we will be wrapping up the year with some end-of-year writing activities.

We have several special events this week:

Monday - Gritters library will talk to us about the summer reading program.
Tuesday - We will attend a special Fine Arts performance. (Last week's percussion performance was amazing!)
Thursday - KidChess will teach us all about chess, and give us a classroom chess set!
Friday - Awards Day at 8:00!

Here is our countdown calendar:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Families!

Three Weeks Left! I can't believe it! The year has just flown by!

Here's a look at our week:
In math, we will revisit fractions, especially fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions. We will not have math homework, but there are some good games on our blog that students could try at home for practice. We will have a math quiz on Thursday. In reading, we will continue our book clubs. Has your child told you which book he or she is reading? They each picked a book that interested him or her and have been reading and discussing with their book club. We will also be taking the RI (Reading Inventory computer-based reading assessment) this week to determine an updated reading lexile level. In social studies, we will wrap up our unit about Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Cesar Chavez with an assessment on Wednesday. A study guide went home last Thursday. In writing, we will continue working on poetry and a top-secret writing project that has nothing to do with a certain holiday coming up on Sunday =) Your child will be also presenting his or her selected poem this week. I recommend having your child practice standing and presenting the poem at home. Everyone selected a poem at school if they did not already have one. If your child brought or brings their poem home, please make sure it comes back to school.

We will have a visit from the school counselor and a visit to the science lab this week.

This Thursday night is our GATOR GALA. Please join us for this wonderful event! The program begins at 6:00 in the gym and then we will move around the school for various activities. A few of our classmates are participating in open mic night at the Gator Gala. It's not too late for more to participate. Please let me know if your child would like to be added to the list. All they have to do is read their poem (same poem from the class presentation) during the open mic portion of the evening which will take place in the media center.

This Friday is FIELD DAY!!! More information will be coming home regarding what should and should not be brought to school that day. Hopefully the rain stays away!

Please remember that our last scholastic book order is due this Friday. A coupon for a free book went home last week. I have a few more coupon codes if you need another. Order online HERE. Our class code is P2Y3C.

Please let me or Mrs. Levi know if you have any questions or concerns.