Game day was so much fun! There was pie face everywhere, soda floats a plenty, and lots of smiling faces. It was a perfect way to end our week. Thanks for all the families that sent in games for us to play!
Our theme basket is going to be Dogs. In the next few months, if you stumble across any dog related items you would like to donate towards our basket, our school and PTA would truly appreciate it. Every little bit, no matter how tiny, helps. All of the money goes towards the school and your children, so thank you in advance.
Our Native American project is well under way. We are mostly done the research part of our project. On Monday, the students will be introduced to an online program called Glogster where they will display their information. We will work on that over the next week. They will have access to this website at home. However, please limit your help to spelling, grammar, and listening to them present. Also, if your family chooses to do a crank up project they are not due until the week of Thanksgiving. Plenty of time!
Next week, due to the field trip and Thanksgiving the following week, we will be extending spelling and reading. So they will get their spelling words on Monday but the test will not be until the following Tuesday.
Have a great weekend!
Soon we will be having our first community meeting of the year. If your child has a special skill (dancing, singing, playing an instrument, a special trick) you can send me a video of it and it may get highlighted at the next community meeting! They accept way more than just stories!
Thank you to all the parents who either came in to visit during the party or sent in food or costumes for our school parade and celebration. It was so much fun! Have a great weekend!
-Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Erving -
November 5th - Picture retake day
November 6th - Unit 2 Assessment
November 8th - PTA Candy BINGO (sign up online)
With Michaelmas under our belts, we got back to our normal routine this week. We have started our science unit. We are looking at different animals from the past and using our observational powers to figure out more information about them.
In math, we are continuing to fine tune our strategies for multiplication and division. Students are slowly gaining fact power by memorizing their multiplication facts. Please take some time to practice their math facts a few times a week. We normally do conferences on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Halloween is coming! I can't believe next week is Halloween! I will be sending home information on how our day will on Monday. Parents are absolutely welcome to join us for the parade and food celebration afterwards. Be on the lookout Monday for more specific times.
Have a great weekend!
As Fall has started, so has multiplication! Third Graders are responsible for learning their multiplication tables up to 100. In order to asses their fluency with multiplication and division I do "conferences". Instead of giving every student a sheet of facts and a minute to write down the product, I have the students come up to me and look at a sheet of paper. If they tell my the product within three second, that fact is considered automatic. If they use a strategy, that's great! But we will keep working on them until they are automatic. The order of the facts for conferences goes 10s, 2s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s. You will be getting more information on how this whole process works next week. Look for the first conference sheet to go home on Thursday!
We are wrapping up our communities unit in social studies. The students will be writing letters to different types of communities across the United States (all fifty states!). We usually get only ten or so letters back, but it is so exciting when we do! We look up their school on Google Earth and discuss what kind of community wrote back to us.
I can't believe it's already almost October. Our first month has flown by!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - Picture day at 11:45am
Thursday - School drill
September is almost gone already! This was our first week with spelling words. We take our test on Friday and I correct and grade them over the weekend. Be on the lookout for their spelling tests on Monday. We also started social studies this week. Your students are learning the different types of communities (rural, suburban, and urban) and what is found in them. Soon we will add letter writing to a community project!
We had our first birthday of the year. When your child comes in on their birthday we have a few things to make their day special. They get several items of birthday sway (pencils, stickers, and bookmarks) and the class creates a birthday book. Each student will create a page made especially for the birthday student. They are so creative!
I am placing the scholastic book order tonight if there are any last minute orders! Also, our PTA magazine drive has started. Be on the lookout for the little book for your students to fill in if your family chooses to participate.
A look ahead:
September 23rd - Little Books Due (Magazine Drive)
September 30th - Picture Day
We survived our first full week of school! The students were busy this week! They jumped into our regular routine with both feet. We started our math lessons which included homework. Remember, if your student is getting frustrated with their math homework please send it in with a note. There are no consequences for needing a little extra help!
We also started our reading program. This ended with a practice quiz that we completed together today. Our benchmarks were done on the computer this week and are all finished up. These benchmark tests help me make small groups for reading and give me a general idea for math strengths.
Next week we will be starting spelling. Your student will come home with a pre-test on Monday night. Please study those words over the week to prepare for their first spelling test on Friday. We will also start using our assignment books. Look in their assignment books to see what is due each day. There will be a stamp each day to show that a teacher checked their assignment book.
October 18th - Michaelmas
November 22nd - Native American Museum field trip
May 28th - Giant Whale in school field trip
June 5th - Whale Watch
Our first week as a third grade class has come to an end! Mitchell Updates will be a weekly sneak peak at what your student has been up to. I also try to give a reminder for important upcoming events!
Our first week was filled with lots of information! The students learned about their classroom by completing a scavenger hunt and learned about each other by playing a board game. We were even able to get almost everyone on the computers to play math games today! One of the most popular spots in the classroom is our classroom library. We have lots of books to excited hopefully every reader in the classroom.
Next week, on Monday, your student will start their math lesson which means they will start getting homework. Over the weekend they are tasked with finding a spot they will be able to focus for homework. I will stock their binders with items that will ensure they can do homework anywhere. Some of the tools include pencils, spelling sheets, a number grid, and other items.
I will hopefully see many of you next week for back to school night! This is for me to give information to parents about our school year. I will have lots of dates for you, such as the Whale Watch and Michaelmas, so bring a sticky note!
Have a lovely weekend.
Back to School Night - Tuesday, September 10th @ 6:00
Magazine Drive - Thursday, September 19th