Third Grade Adventures-Week 3

It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of September. I’m looking forward to the month of October as all of the rituals and routines we’ve been working on in September will pay off-plus some of my favorite units are taught in the fall (Classification of Animals and The Earliest Americans). It’s going to be a fun month!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

  • OTA Movie Night-September 28th at 6pm Hope to see you there.
  • Jog-A-Thon Friday, October 19th Keep working on getting those pledges. This is one of OTA’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Also, be sure to turn in your child’s Jog-a-Thon t-shirt form by October 1st. This can be found in the Jog-A-Thon packet that went home last week.
  • Volunteer Packets If you plan to volunteer at OTA, you must complete the volunteer packet that includes getting finger printed. If you have already completed your packet, please make sure your verification of car insurance is current.
  • Extended Learning has been posted for Q1. All projects are due on Friday, November 2nd which is the last day of the first quarter. Please keep projects at home until that date.

Curriculum Highlights

Daily Morning Meetings: This week our focus word was RESPONSIBLE and our mantra was “I do my best in my work and tasks”. We talked a lot about what it looks and sounds like when you are responsible-especially when it comes to being in our classroom. We also had two circles where we had to focus our attention on what it means to walk in another person’s shoes and how would it feel if somebody did to you what you did to them.

Reader’s Workshop: We talked about how readers can use sticky notes to write down what they are thinking, wondering or connecting to while reading  By writing their thoughts on a sticky note and placing it in their book on the page that really got them thinking, students were able to discuss and share their thoughts about their book with their tables.

Writer’s Workshop: We planted more seeds in our notebook about how writers use their five senses. We brainstormed an event/place/person and used our five senses to describe that. We are also beginning our Friendly Letter Unit and learned the parts of a friendly letter.

Math: We completed our unit on graphing and took our first math assessment. Today we began our Multiplication Unit by playing a fun game called Circles & Stars.

Read Aloud: We are getting very close to the end of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. That book has everyone highly focused and wanting to read more:)

Social Studies: This week we introduced our first group project, chose roles within our group and worked together to research a continent. Each team is responsible for a set list of criteria found on their rubric that describes exactly what needs to be done to earn a specific grade. Teams did a lot of research this week, gathering information they will then put on a large map they create together. They’ve been doing a great job!

Art: This week we made an Array City so it was an art project that combined the elements of line and shape but also included math. Students created buildings whose windows were arrays (4×2 or 6×2 for example) to practice that conceptual understanding of multiplication.

Music, From Ms. King: This year the students in 3rd grade are starting ukulele. The skills we have worked on so far are: 1) Identifying parts of the ukulele, 2) playing 1 finger chords (C Major, C7, A minor) and 3) playing 4 and 8 beat strumming patterns to music.


This week I’d like to recognize Roxy, Maya, Jacob and Reece for showing how RESPONSIBLE they are in their work, tasks, and choices. Congratulations to these students, your class is so proud of you!



Third Grade Adventures-Week 2

Thank you to all of you who made it to Back to School Night last night. I’m looking forward to a good year together! If you weren’t able to make it and would like a copy of the slides, please email me and I will send them to you.

This week was an exciting one as Chromebooks were introduced to the class. Mr. Mark came in and did a lesson with us about naming and using the parts of a Chromebook as well as how to log in and take care of them. The students were more than excited to begin using their Chromebooks and have been putting them to good use doing research of Antarctica on dkfindout, navigating Prodigy (a math “game”) and exploring Epic Books.

Curriculum Highlights

Daily Morning Meeting: This week our class goal was FOCUS and our mantra was “I can focus my mind on what I want to”. We shared why it is hard to focus and talked about ways in which we can redirect our mind to focus when we’ve become distracted (take a deep breath, say the word focus in your head and exhale). We played two games that required focus in order to be successful. You can ask your child about Coseeki and Gone Missing.

Reader’s Workshop: As we continue to establish rituals and routines of independent reading, we’ve also talked about how readers talk about what they are reading with others. We learned how to “Buzz Effectively” and did a fishbowl activity where we watched a group do just that.

Writer’s Workshop: Learning how and why writer’s use notebooks has been very exciting as we put into place some writing strategies for “Gathering Seeds”. Your student can explain that:)

Math: We are completing our unit on graphing and have learned about data, frequency tables, bar graphs, pictographs and line plots. Next week we begin our Multiplication Unit!

Social Studies: Focusing on the words country, climate, landform, landmark, and culture, we learned about the continent of North America. 

Art: After examining warm and cool colors in art, we sketched a landform using lines throughout the sketch. Using oil pastels, we created warm skies and cool landforms and created some gorgeous art pieces!


  • If you haven’t turned in your child’s emergency bag, please send it in next week.
  • Jog-A-Thon packets went home today. Jog-A-Thon is on October 19th. Let’s start working on raising some money for OTA!
  • Please send headphones for your child to use with their Chromebook. They may leave these at school or in their backpack.


Every Friday I recognize students, who during the week, have demonstrated a skill that we focus on at Morning Meeting. This week it was FOCUS. Xavier, Aska, Poppy and Reid were recognized for their consistent efforts to be focused and show others what that looks and sounds like. Congratulations to these students-our class is very proud of you!

And I’d like to also recognize last week’s winners for being wonderful role models using our class signals 100% of the time and showing RESPECT. Congratulations to Chloe, Landon and Louis-our class is so proud of you too!


Weekly Update-First Week of School

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the first week of school:) As chaotic as this transition can be at home and at school, I am so happy with the progress we have made this week! 

We accomplished a lot these past four days and to give you a better idea of what it is we’ve been up to (other than that “I don’t know” response you might get to the “what did you do at school today” question) here are some topics we covered as well as some ideas to engage your student in talking about what they are doing and learning:

  • Daily Morning Meeting where we follow the same 4 step process: Greeting, Share, Activity, Reflection. Ask your student about our Jenga tower and what happens when somebody knocks it down.
  • Reader’s Workshop where we are learning the rituals and routines of independent reading and thoroughly enjoying our class library. Your student should be able to tell you about E, JR, and C books.
  • Writer’s Workshop where we decorated our Writer’s Notebook and also tried to trick each other through truthful and exaggerated sentences or stories about something we did this summer.
  • Math where we worked on bar graphs, line plots and today a frequency table. Ask your students who won when we played the line plot game “Third Grade Rollers”.
  • During Read Aloud we are reading “Sideways Stories From Wayside School” and something happened to the evil teacher, Mrs. Gorf…
  • Social Studies where we labeled a world map with the 7 continents, 5 major oceans, equator, compass rose, North & South Poles and a map key. We talked about The Eiffel Tower and The Great Wall of China being landmarks of which two continents?
  • In Art we read “The Cat and the Bird” which was a story inspired by the art of Paul Klee. We discussed the illustrations to get a better of idea of what abstract art is and created some of our own, for our abstract self portraits, with crayon and watercolor. Lots to ask about there:)

Upcoming Dates and Reminders.

  • Back to School Night is Thursday, September 13th. I hope to see you there as this is a special night for parents to get information about the upcoming school year. There are two sessions to accommodate families with multiple children:
    • Schedule for K-5 Parents
      • 5:30-6:00 on the field– Parent Foundation Welcome, Music and PE Presentations
      • 6:00-6:25 Session 1
      • 6:30-6:55 Session 2
  • Emergency Bags are due. Please be sure to send a gallon zip lock bag with two water bottles, healthy snacks, a game/toy and include your child’s name as well as emergency contacts.
  • Blue Student Emergency Information and the white Medication Authorization and Plan (top portion of form MUST be filled out by all families whether or not your student is taking medication) forma are due.
  • If you haven’t had a chance to complete the student survey that was sent home this week, I would love to hear your thoughts. You can find the form here:                  Student Parent Survey
  • We will be introducing Chromebooks to the students on Monday. Students will need a set of headphones to keep at school. At your earliest convenience, please send these in so your student can begin to use them while on their Chromebook.
  • A big THANK YOU for the supply donations for our classroom! I am so appreciative of this and look forward to a great year together.

First Day of Third Grade!

Welcome to 3rd Grade! 

Our first day of 3rd grade flew by so quickly and it was such a pleasure meeting all of your children. I can tell we are going to have a very fun and active year together:)

Today, we spent a lot of time establishing rituals and routines that will allow us to have personal, group and academic success throughout the year. We had our first morning meeting, we practiced class signals (a lot) so we know when to stop and listen, as well as talk about what it looks and sounds like to work in a successful cooperative group. In order to practice what a “great cooperative group” looks like, we had a group mission to Save Fred.

Fred is a worm whose boat (cup) capsized. In order to save Fred, each group had to put a lifesaver (gummy lifesaver) around Fred and put him back into his boat. But, they could not use their fingers. They had to figure out how to save Fred by using paper clips and working together. There were many successful missions and a couple that were more challenging but the students all came out of this with a strong understanding of what a “great cooperative group” looks and sounds like!

A few things to keep in mind for this week:

  • Your child should have come home with a purple take home folder (unless they chose to use their own special folder). There are some important papers for you to look through and a couple to fill out. Your child may have been happy to tell you you had homework tonight:) Any papers that need to be returned to school can be sent back in this folder.
  • PE is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this quarter. Please be sure your child wears their PE uniform and shoes to run around in on those days.
  • If your child has a book from home that they would like to bring to read in class, they are welcome to do that. We have a class library with a lot of book choices too but I know that sometimes they have something special they’d like to read.
  • Back to School Night is Thursday, September 13th at 5:30pm.
  • Parent Foundation Meeting tomorrow night, September 5th at 6:00pm. A brochure about the Parent Foundation came home today in the take home folder. 
  • Students need to have an emergency bag brought to school by Friday. In this gallon zip lock bag there should be a couple of water bottles and snacks. If you’d like to include a game or toy to keep them entertained you may do that too. Please include a piece of paper with your child’s name and emergency contact information inside the bag. For those of you who were here last year, I will be returning last year’s emergency bag to be refreshed. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  • I will continue to work on the class blog to update schedule information, extended learning, etc. In the meantime, my email is [email protected]org so please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

I am looking forward to a great year with you all!

Save Fred!

ZenTotz After School Program 2018-2019

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