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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will continue learning about early explorers in social studies. This week, we will learn about Vasco Nunez de Balboa and Jacques Cartier. As we continue learning about explorers, we will compare their reasons for exploration, their obstacles, and their accomplishments. Ask your child about these things.



In reading, we will learn how authors use cause and effect to help tell stories. We will learn about specific clue words that signal cause and effect as well. 

In math, we will finish our unit on finding the area of rectangles. Then we will review what we've previously learned about solving word problems. We will focus first on 1-step word problems which use multiplication or division.

In writing, we will continue our explorer informational writing. We are writing a paragraph about each explorer and then creating a powerpoint as a final draft to show what we've learned about explorers. 

As always, please let me or Mrs. Keith know if you have any questions or concerns. Let's have a GREAT week!

Thank you!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Weekly Update

Welcome Back Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In social studies, we will continue with our unit on Early Explorers. We will learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot this week.



In math, we will wrap up our work with the properties of multiplication and begin a new unit on finding the area of rectangles. We will relate area to the arrays we made when we first studied multiplication. 

In reading, we will learn about the sequence of events. We will learn that authors use specific words to indicate the order in which events happen in stories.


In writing, we will begin an informational piece about the explorers we are studying. We will use the information we learn during our social studies time to help us write a paragraph about each explorer we study.

We're looking forward to a GREAT week!

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


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!


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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 https://clubs.scholastic.com/. 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!