Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will have 2 more days of testing to finish the IOWA on Monday & Tuesday. What is the IOWA? We will be back to our regular schedule starting Wednesday!

In science, we will continue our unit on Rocks & Soils. We will visit the science lab on Tuesday to help us with these concepts. We will review what we learned about the properties of rocks & minerals and we will also learn about soil. Your child should be able to describe properties (color, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support growth of plants) of soils and soil types (sand, clay, loam).

In math, we will continue with understanding the basics of multiplication and then learn how division is related to multiplication. We will practice simple division by sharing items equally.

We will begin memorizing multiplication facts in a few weeks. A great way to begin is to make sure your child can count by multiples. If your child is comfortable counting by 2s and 5s, move on to 3s & 4s. I also recommend keeping some flashcards in the car for extra practice. (I have printable sets. Let me know if you want them. The Dollar Tree usually has sets as well.)A mixture of cards they already know with a few facts they don't is a good way to start. I also have multiplication games on the class blog here.

In reading, we will be learning about the word "scene". We will participate in a class readers theater (informal play) of Charlotte's Web. The students will each have a part in a scene from the novel. We will learn how each scene builds on the next!

In writing, we will be working on our next narrative. Ask your child what his or her story idea is. We will be working on developing engaging plots with a problem and solution.

Friday is going to be a GREAT day in 3rd grade! Your child will be completing a Charlotte's Web STEM challenge! And we will end the day by watching the movie. We will compare & contrast the book with what we see in the movie.

This Thursday, Sept 21 is Xdrenaline Night! Come out and support Addison while your kids get their wiggles out.

Next week, Sept 25-29 is FALL BREAK! Please be on the lookout for reading challenge information.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Weekly Update - Irma Edition

Hello Third Grade Families!

I hope everyone stayed safe during Irma! I was worried about my family and friends in Miami, but everyone did fine other than power outages and lots of tree debris. My friends with homes & businesses in the Keys did not fare so well though. It will be a long recovery!

Due to the weather days missed, our IOWA testing schedule has changed.

Wed. 9-13 ~ No testing
Thurs. 9-14 ~ IOWA
Fri. 9-15 ~ IOWA
Mon. 9-18 ~ IOWA
Tues. 9-19 ~ IOWA

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science, we will continue our investigation of rocks, minerals, and soils. We will focus on the Moh's Hardness Scale which tells us how hard or soft a rock or mineral is. We will review the different attributes geologists analyze to classify rocks & minerals including color, texture, luster, & hardness.

In math, we will begin multiplication!! We will start with the basics to be sure we understand that multiplication just means repeated addition of equal groups. We will also learn all about arrays.

In reading, we will continue our focus on using context clues to help us determine the meaning of unknown words.

In writing, we will finish our final copy of our personal narrative and then begin planning a brand new imaginative narrative.

Let's have a great 3 days together before the weekend!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the 3-day weekend!

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In science we are learning all about rocks & minerals. We will learn how to describe rocks as well as how scientists use the Moh's Hardness Scale. Here are some terms we will learn this week:

In math, we will work on solving word problems. This quarter, our goal is to be able to solve 2-step word problems that use addition or subtraction. The key is to read the problem slowly, one sentence at a time. We will have an assessment on Friday which covers place value, rounding, addition & subtraction of 3-digit numbers, and word problems.

In reading, we will continue using Charlotte's Web to help us learn more about context clues.

In Writing & Language Arts, we will finish our final draft of personal narratives. We will also continue our study of pronouns.

Special Happenings this week:

Tuesday - Science Lab
Tuesday - Well Star lesson on healthy food choices
Wed-Fri - COGAT testing What is the COGAT?
Wed - Bruster's Night!

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

Thank you!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Update

Hello Third Grade Families,

This Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Dismissal will begin at 12:15. Please make sure your child knows how he or she is getting home that day. If there is a change in transportation, it must be in writing. 

Don't forget, there is NO SCHOOL next Monday, Sept. 4th. 

Here's a look at our learning this week:

We will finish up our American Indians unit with a test on Tuesday. Your child should have brought home a study guide last week to help prepare. We will review on Monday. Later this week, we will begin our new unit on Rocks & Soils! 

In math we will work on subtracting 3-digit numbers. We will review some strategies learned in 2nd grade and we will also learn about regrouping. Your child will be able to use the strategy which works best for him or her!

In reading, we will continue sharing the story of Charlotte's Web. This week we will focus on the comprehension strategy of asking & answering questions before, during, and after reading. When your child is reading at home, encourage him or her to ask questions about what he or she is reading.

In writing, we will continue drafting our personal narratives. We will work on adding details and dialogue to our stories. We will also begin learning about pronouns this week.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Keith.

Have a great week!   

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.