Thursday, April 5, 2018


Awesome April
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Reader’s Workshop- This month we will finish up our study of characters and turn once again to nonfiction text. Students will use comprehension strategies as they work in research clubs to dig deeply into a topic. The strategies we will be focusing on through our research are: text structure, questioning to grow ideas, compare/contrast, cause/effect, developing evidence based theories, and learning to apply knowledge developed through research.

Writer’s Workshop- In Writer’s Workshop we will be exploring fairy tales and writing our own adapted versions.

Math- Unit 7- Exploring  Fractions-
* Understand the meaning of fractions and understand that fractions must be equal parts of the same whole.
* Represent fractions in various ways including fraction bars, number lines, and fraction strips.
* Compare unit fractions and compare fractions with either the same numerator or the same denominator.
* Find equivalent fractions.
Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts!

Content- Animals
* Understand how scientists classify animals- invertebrates/vertebrates
* Animal habitats
* Animal adaptations

April dates to remember
Thursday, April 26th – Play field trip- James and the Giant Peach
Friday April 27th - Earth Day celebration- 

Third grade Wisconsin Forward Testing Dates
Monday, April 23rd - Pickett
Tuesday, April 24th – Sanchez and Sime
Wednesday- April 25th- All third grade
Monday, April 30th – All third grade
Tuesday May 1st - All third grade
Wednesday May 2nd- All third grade

Monday, March 5, 2018


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Reader’s Workshop- In March we will continue to focus on fictional text and understanding character development. We will study story elements of fairy tales and folktales with an emphasis on getting a deeper understanding of text

Writer’s Workshop- We will continue working on opinion writing and prepare to give our speeches. Towards the end of the month we will move on to writing fairy tales.

Math- Unit 6 Geometry - Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

* Recognize the attributes of triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons.
* Investigate the relationship between perimeter and area.
*Solve real world problems involving area, perimeter, and unknown sides.

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts!

Content-
Simple Machines- Understand the parts and functions of the six simple machines
*Lever
*Wheel and axle
*Inclined Plane
*Screw
*Pulley
*Wedge

March dates to remember
March 8th  - Rodeo on the Prairie
March 14th- Early Release
March 15th - Symphony
March 20th and March 22nd-  Parent-Teacher conferences
March 28th- April 2nd- No School- Easter Break


Also Wisconsin Forward Testing is approaching. Third grade has set the following dates as testing days.
Monday, April 23rd
Tuesday, April 24th
Wednesday, April 25th
Monday, April 30th
Tuesday, May 1st
Wednesday, May 2nd

Please keep these dates in mind if scheduling appointments!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


February Follies


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Reader’s Workshop- In February we will shift from non fiction text, more specifically biographies, back to fiction text. Our focus on fictional text will be on understanding character development. Students will use their reading strategies to get to know a character like a friend. They will follow a character’s journey as well as compare and contrast characters across different texts.

Writer’s Workshop- Our focus for third quarter is opinion writing. Students will end this unit with a powerful persuasive speech that will be  presented to our class.

Math- Unit 4- Place Value - Students will be reviewing the concept of place value with multi-digit addition and subtraction.

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts

Content-
Body Systems- We will focus on 6 body systems. By the end of the unit a representation of their body and the important systems within it.
Nervous
Circulatory
Respiratory
Muscular
Digestive
Skeletal

February dates to remember
February 5th-8th - Smencils for Sale to support Environmental Awareness Day speakers
February 7th - 100th day of school!
February 9th-No school
Wednesday, February 14th- Early Release Day
Valentine’s Day class parties


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Image result for snowman image clipartJanuary Jollies

Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will again be taught through informational text. Our focus, however, will turn to narrative nonfiction with an emphasis on biographies.  Students will be reading a variety of biographies looking at informational text through a new lens.

Writer’s Workshop-We will continue to work on informative writing. Students will be working hard to polish their books through revision and editing. At the end of the month we will begin our persuasive writing unit.

Spelling Changes - Beginning in January we will be starting a new spelling program called Words their Way. We’ve recently received some training in this program and feel strongly that it will benefit all students. The first few weeks we will be working with the class to develop a spelling routine. After routines have been established students will be working on word patterns that are just right for them. At this point students will not have spelling work to do at home, but watch for information coming home later. We are learning this new system and will let you know of any responsibilities (homework) the students will have in the weeks to come. We’ve discussed the changes with the kids and they seem to be excited about the “new” spelling.

Math- We will continue our  measurement unit and move on to multidigit addition and subtraction.

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts for fluency

Content-

Solar System Unit
-Understand the position of the earth, moon, and sun in relation to the rest of the solar system
-Describe movements of the earth, moon and sun
-Understand the terms rotation, revolution, and orbit
-Understand what causes day and night, seasonal and yearly changes
-differentiate between objects in the sky including stars, planets, moons, and the sun

Towards the end of the month we will move on to learning about our body systems.
We will focus on 6 body systems and how to keep each system safe and healthy.
Nervous
Circulatory
Respiratory
Muscular
Digestive
Skeletal

January dates to remember-
Star Testing Dates
Pickett-     Tuesday, January 9th
                 Thursday, January 11th
Sanchez-   Tuesday, January 9th
                 Thursday, January 11th
Sime-         Tuesday, January 9th
                 Tuesday, January 16th

Wednesday, January 10th - Early Release
Friday, January 19th- End of 2nd quarter
Monday, January 22nd - Teacher in-service-No school for students
Friday, January 26th- Report Cards go home

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Days

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Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will be taught through informational
text. Students will use comprehension skills to understand nonfiction text with a  focus on asking and answer questions referring explicitly to text,
determining  main ideas and supporting details,
as well as using context clues to understand unknown words.

Writer’s Workshop-We will continue to work on  informative writing- Students will consider areas that they themselves are experts.  They will use their expertise and knowledge to inform others through their writing. Students will work through the writing process as they learn the different structures of informative writing and research. The goal is to have a published piece of writing completed in January.


Math- Unit 3Measurement
-Customary
-Metric
Time
-Telling Time
-Elapsed Time
Graphs
-Pictographs
-Bar Graphs
-Represent and organize data

Continue to focus on learning our multiplication and division math facts

Content- Our focus this month will be on Social Studies and the study of our economy. The overall idea of this unit is to turn our students into entrepreneurs and our classrooms into workshops. We will teach economic concepts and guide students into developing businesses.

Social Studies topics covered in this unit include:
-Wants vs. Needs
-Goods vs. Services
-Producers vs. Consumers
-Businesses
-Supply and Demand
-The role of banks
-Taxes


December dates to remember

Thursday, December 7th- 3rd Grade Music Program - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 13th- Early Release
Thursday, December 21st-3rd Grade Holiday parties-

Friday, December 22nd -Snuggle Up with a Book Day- Students may wear PJ's and bring a comfy blanket and/or pillow for a day filled with reading!

Monday, October 30, 2017

November News

Reader’s Workshop- This month our reading comprehension will be taught through the mystery genre. We will continue to focus on essential comprehension skills, using the skills of predicting, retelling, and synthesizing in order to lift the level of thinking required of good readers.  

Writer’s Workshop- Informative Writing- Students will consider areas that they themselves are experts.  They will use their expertise and knowledge to inform others through their writing. Students will work through the writing process as they learn the different structures of informative writing and research.


Math- Continue to use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100.

  • Multiplying and with dividing with 6, 7, and 8.
  • Work towards fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients.
  • Write and solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity.

Content-
Government- We will begin the month exploring the three levels of government (local, state, and federal)
History- Students will learn about life long ago and compare it to how we live today. We will end the month taking the kids back to our first settlers and the very first Thanksgiving. Students will work on a group project and prepare for a class presentation to demonstrate their learning.

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Look Ahead to October
Reader’s Workshop - We will continue our efforts to help students make reading part of their lives. The focus will be on essential comprehension skills through fiction text. These skills include envisioning, predicting, retelling, using context clues to figure out unfamiliar words, and questioning.


Writer’s Workshop - Narrative Writing-- Students will continue working on true stories with the goal of a published piece by the end of the quarter.


Math- Continue to use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100.
  • Reach fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients.
  • Solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity

Content-Unit
Geography- The first part of the month students will focus on learning the continents and oceans of the world. They are expected to know their place in the world showing their understanding through a Me on the Map activity.
Government- The second part of the month students will learn about the three levels of government and the responsibilities of each level.  

October Dates to Remember
October 11th - Early Release
October 19th - PIcture Retakes
October 20th - No School
October 31st - Halloween Celebrations-following the 2:00 parade

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Class Dojo


The third grade teachers will be using a classroom management tool called ClassDojo this year. ClassDojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points for things such as being respectful, responsible, or safe. On the other hand, notification will be given if students are not respectful, irresponsible, or unsafe. 

The students will be added to the Dojo monitoring system. A letter will be sent home with an attached parent access code so that you can log on to the website, https://home.classdojo.com/#!/signup. On the site, you will be able to see how many points your child has, which positive behaviors were noted, and which negative behaviors he/she needs to work on.

One of the greatest features of ClassDojo is that it allows parental access to this information daily and it sends you a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail.  All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up. Our hope is that this will help you monitor the progress of your child’s behavior on a week-to-week basis.
Please contact us if you have any questions!

               ~3rd Grade Team