Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Third Grade Families!

Please remember to complete the reading challenge that was sent home yesterday. It is a green paper with turkeys on it. Your child should be reading 20 minutes most days of the break. I told the class that there will be a special surprise if we have 100% participation! If you are looking for more reading options, your child can always log on to raz-kids here. The teacher username is LKLOOS. Their password is their 7-digit student number. There is also a raz-kids free app for devices.

I also encourage you to continue practicing multiplication facts with your child. We have games on our blog here or you can always make your own flashcards or get some at the dollar store. Even 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

Most importantly I want everyone to relax and enjoy the break!

As always, let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here are some upcoming important dates:

-          Monday, November 13th – Parenting in the Digital Age event – 8:30am or 5:30pm – This is going to be a great event. Dr. Patti Agatston will be at Addison to discuss parenting in the digital age. She visited Addison last year and was extremely informative for any parent who has a school-aged child.  You will have an opportunity to learn about different apps and digital tools that your students are using, or will be using very soon. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our digital age!
      Wednesday, November 15th Third Grade Thanksgiving LunchOur class will have Thanksgiving lunch together at 11:40. Please join us at this time. ***After lunch, please join us back in the classroom to complete a STEM activity with your student. There will be lots of great critical thinking happening! We will be working on this activity until about 1:30pm. If you have any further questions about this fun opportunity please let me know. ***
-          Friday, November 17th – Spirit Wear – Falcons Day
-          Friday, November 17th  - FBI Breakfast
        Monday, November 20th – Friday, November 24th – Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science and social studies, we will finish our fossils unit and begin our new Early Explorers Unit! For the next several weeks, we will learn about 6 explorers. This week we will learn about Christopher Columbus.

In math, we will continue learning about the properties of multiplication and also about the order of operations and how to use variables!

In reading, we will continue learning about text features and understanding how text features can help us understand what we're reading. Encourage your child to read a non-fiction book at home this week and look for text features.

In writing, we will finish our informational animal writings and then revisit narrative writing with some fun Thanksgiving-themed writing.

Have a GREAT week! Let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour of sleep Saturday night!

A few reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL Tuesday, November 7th 
  • Our Diamond Del in-house field trip is this Friday! Be sure to ask your child about it after school!
  • We will have a visit from our school counselor, Ms. Weston this Thursday.
  • Scholastic book order forms went home last week. Please place your order by Wednesday, November 8th so that the books will arrive before Thanksgiving break. You can also order online at You have access to thousands of books online, not just what's in the magazine that was sent home.
  • Please plan on joining your child for Thanksgiving Lunch! We will be completing a family STEM challenge after lunch. We'd love to have you stay for that too!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we are continuing our work with fossils. We will be making a fossil book this week to keep in our science notebooks. We will learn more about what scientists can learn from fossils, how they form, and about the different types of fossils.

In math, we will begin a new unit on the properties of multiplication! This week we will focus on the distributive and associative properties.

In reading, we will begin a new unit on text features. We will work on using text features to help us locate information within the text.

In writing, we will be finishing our rough drafts of our animal informational writing. Once we finish these, we will publish them as books and add text features!

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Homework Update:
There will be no homework on Tuesday night! Your child should complete 3 spelling activities by Friday, read at least 20 minutes each night, and complete the nightly math activity (except Tuesday).

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will finish our unit on weathering and erosion & move on to fossils! We will learn how fossils form & about different types of fossils.

In math, we will continue our work on memorizing multiplication facts. We have learned songs to help us with the 3s and 4s facts. Please encourage your child to practice these facts for a few minutes each day. We have games on our blog here or try flash cards at home or in the car. There are several apps for fact practice to try as well.

In reading, we are continuing with the skill of identifying the main idea & details of a text. We are working on writing a complete sentence that tells that main idea. We will also learn about the difference between a main idea vs. a topic.

In writing, we will continue researching for our animal informational writing piece. We have learned how to take notes in preparation for writing our rough draft which will begin this week as well. 

Our grammar focus this week will continue with verbs. Last week we worked on adding -ed to verbs to make them past tense. This week, we will work with irregular past tense verbs.

As you're probably aware, Tuesday is Halloween. Costumes should not be worn at school. We will be completing some fun pumpkin activities throughout the day. I'll be sure to post pictures! Please do not send candy to school with your child after Halloween (unless it's Reese's for Mrs. Kloos!)

We will be visiting the science lab this Friday since there is no school next Tuesday on our regular day. We will also visit the Lightbulb Lab on Friday for some creative fun with Mrs. Bahr.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Let's have a GREAT week!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families, 

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will be investigating the different ways wind and water can change rocks over time. We will learn about the ways water, wind, ice, & even plants can cause weathering and erosion. Ask your child about the ways wind and water can change rocks.

In math, we will continue with learning multiplication facts. We will learn some songs to help with the 3s and 4s facts this week. Each Friday, we take a quick quiz on one set of facts. Ask your child which set he or she is on and then help them study for the Friday quiz. Some students have already passed the 2s, 5s, and 10s and are ready for the 3s this week! Check out the math fact practice page on the blog here for practice quizzes and games. Flashcards are a great way to practice at home too!

In reading, we will be learning about identifying the main idea & details of reading passages and books.

We will be reading some Fall themed non-fiction passages as we practice finding the main idea & details found in these texts. A tip for identifying the main idea is to ask, "What was every sentence in the passage or paragraph about?"

Our grammar focus this week will be about verbs! We will review the definition of a verb and then begin working on past tense verbs. We will review some spelling rules for adding -ed to words.

In writing, we will begin a brand new informational piece! Each student will select an animal to research. We will learn about taking notes from online resources and books from our library as well as why it is important not to plagiarize. 

We will visit the science lab on Tuesday.
We will have a visit from our school counselor on Wednesday.
We will have a special presentation by author/illustrator Robyn Hood Black on Wednesday.
We will visit the Lightbulb Lab with Mrs. Bahr on Friday for some creative fun!

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Remember, this week is conference week! Dismissal will begin at 12:20 all week. If you need a reminder of your conference time, please let me know. Don't forget, your child should come with you to the conference. Your child will be sharing some of his or her work and we will also make some goals together at the beginning of the conference. We will also have a chance to chat without your child if you have specific things to discuss without him or her in the room.

A field trip permission form & money envelope went home last Thursday for our 2 upcoming in-house field trips. Please be sure to return the signed permission slip, the signed Diamond/Gem mining brochure, and the payment envelope. Thank you to those who have already returned these! (We have some off-campus field trips planned for later in the year too.)

This week is RED RIBBON WEEK.

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Leaders are Drug Free!
October 16-20, 2017
Red Ribbon Week is a national event that promotes drug awareness and prevention each year. At Addison, we use this week to encourage our students to make good choices. We hope you will support us in celebrating happy, healthy choices at home! J
Monday – “Make a pledge Monday!” to live a healthy life –   At the start of this nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week – Students will receive Red Ribbon Week ribbons and sign class pledge to show that they pledge to live a healthy life!
Tuesday – “Hats off to being drug free!”- Students will wear their favorite hat.
Wednesday – “Wear Red Wednesday!”  Wear red to support a healthy life!
Thursday – “Shade out drugs!” – Wear your favorite sunglasses.
Friday – “Team up against drugs!”- Wear your favorite team gear or Addison spiritwear.  

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In health, we will be reading about ways to say no to drugs, alcohol, & tobacco as part of our 3rd grade health standards. We will use our new reading strategy SLAMS this week as we answer questions about the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, & tobacco. 

In math, we will continue working on multiplying and dividing by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We are working on memorizing these facts. Please check out the games & quizzes on our blog for some fun practice. Fact Practice

Last week in writing, we all pretended to be worms and wrote about the different types of soil we encounter. This week, we will publish those stories as e-books on the computer! I'll be sure to share these with you when they're completed this week.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns!

We're looking forward to seeing you at your conference time this week!