Friday, April 28, 2017

Class Update

I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time doing something fun over April break. Now that we are back we are busy, busy, busy! Let me fill you in on things we finished up recently as well as what to look forward to in the future.

Recently during our science block, we learned about our solar system. We focused on planetary order, planet characteristics and moon phases. We even did a fun Breakout activity that was Star Wars themed (all the teachers dressed up as characters and the kids loved being surprised). It was so much fun! In the next few weeks we will start a mini unit on sound.

The students were very excited to begin our nonfiction reading unit. Our learning focused on how nonfiction differs from fiction reading, organizing new information into smaller chunks and summarizing using a box and bullets organizer. We also worked on compare and contrast using Venn diagrams. This week we have moved into narrative nonfiction, more specifically Biographies. Your child has just chosen a biography to read and research. They will become this person for our Wax Museum next month with your help. A letter will be going home today explaining the project. Also we read a just for fun read aloud titled, The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry which the class couldn't get enough of!!!

Our informational writing unit is going really well. Students began this process by choosing a topic that they are passionate about and could teach others. We have been working on Introductions, topic sentences and chapter organization. Please continue to look in your child’s folder daily to see if they have a rough draft that you need to help them edit and revise. Thank you!!

We finished our fraction unit and have moved into more work on multiplication, extension facts and factors. This unit also offers review on measurement and division.

Genius Hour

The third grade classes have begun Genius Hour. “Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.” The students are in the researching phase and will send a sheet home on Monday describing what their project is and if there are any supplies you might need to try to help them with.-- Most supplies are readily available at school and again this will be an in school project:)
Here is a link to the introduction of Genius Hour:

Enjoy the Weekend!

Monday, April 10, 2017


Hello Everyone! 
This week your child will not be bringing a regular math sheet homework home. We will be starting unit 8 after April break. So for the next few days your child will bring home other various tasks for homework time.

Your child played a fun fraction golf game during part of our math block today. For homework he or she will have a game board and helper circles to use to play a game with you. These sheets do not need to come back to school tomorrow.

Please let me know if you have questions!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Class Update

Hello Families!

We have been working on many different things in the classroom over the past few weeks.

Reading: We are still working through our mystery unit. As detective readers, we have been focusing on searching texts for clues, determining suspects and motives. Our read aloud is full of adventure and many clues to solve. The kids are really enjoying it!

Social Studies: Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the world, more specifically countries and what makes each of them unique and different. As a grade, we chose to learn about about Japan's culture and we even made a large class carp symbolizing courage, to decorate our classroom.

Each of the students have chosen a country to research too. We have been working hard to use different sources and take notes. Also, I know many of you are excited for the family country project! I can't wait to see them! The projects are due February 10th and you are invited to "Tour the World" in our classroom on February 16th starting at 9:00am.

Last week, the students and I had so much fun trying to solve a Geography Break Out! Clues were hidden around the room and the students worked together to find and solve them in order to open each of the six locks on the box. We had 45 minutes and solved it with 56 seconds left-talk about close!!!!

Also related to social studies, we have started our Junior Achievement program in the classroom. Mrs. Tippie (Noah's mom) has kindly volunteered to teach the class about how cities and towns are organized and what important responsibilities citizens have in their town as well.

Writing: We have been practicing the art of speech writing with persuasive essays. The students have been gathering topics in which they have strong feeling opinions about and turning them into a speech with a thesis and reasons or examples to support their thinking. 

We also wrote thank you letters to Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contributions to our country. The letters were filled with great vocabulary and phrases! Here are a few: "You inspired thousands" "What you did lifted up our country and people's spirits" "Your message will continue to be passed on"

Math: Right now we are working through multi-step word problems. These problems promote critical thinking and organization. Another strategy we have been practicing is doubling and breaking apart area rectangles. These activities support multiplication facts and build in helper facts. Also, we continue to practice becoming more fluent with addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Please continue to support your child at home with these facts too!

Lastly, I wanted to post a beautiful collection of artwork the class did with Mrs. Higgison! It caught my eye, the first morning I saw it. Enjoy!