We have almost finished the first quarter of our 3rd grade school year. Most students have learned to settle down and get to work. We have completed assessments for current reading levels for all 26 students. Some of you noted your child's level decreased over the summer. It is normal for students to lose 2 full reading levels unless they read about 20 minutes each day over the summer holiday. Some students lose over any extended break, so please keep that in mind as we approach the upcoming holiday season.

Reading makes your child smarter. Please make sure your child is reading an average of 20 minutes each night.


Units 1 & 2 Assessment on October 4th (Focus) 5th (Amick)

Units 1 & 2 focused on the following skills: addition and subtraction strategies for 3 digit numbers, rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100, multiples of 10, multiplication and division strategies.

Students were introduced to multiplication/division strategies with a game called Circles & Stars. We used dice to choose a number to multiply. You can view an example of Circles & Stars at the folowing website:

We also learned about arrays (see the graphic above) an how they relate to multiplication and division, as well as strategies such as repeated addition/subtraction, and multiplication/division on a number line.

Multiplication columns will go home each Monday. Students are asked to complete one column each night. The weekly multiplication test is a 5 minute timed test at the beginning of Friday's lesson. The test is worth 5% of the Math grade. As of October 1st, your child should know the 0, 1, 2, & 5 multiplication facts without having to use a strategy such as counting on. By the end of October they should also know 10, 11, and 3 multiplication facts.

If your child is struggling with remembering the lower facts, please consider purchasing flash cards to help them memorize them. You can view a multiplication facts here:


We have completed the unit about heat and our next unit will be about rocks and minerals. The only Science unit students are responsible for on the first District Assessment (which will be administered the last week of the quarter), is heat.

Please remind students to review the unit tests before taking the DA. All unit tests should be under the correct subject tab in their binder.


Students have learned about United States geography and are currently learning about Native American Culture. They will be responsible for both on the end of quarter District Assessment administered the last week of this quarter. Please remind them to review their unit tests before the DA.


Students completed their guided "small moment" story and grades have been posted. They will write an unguided "small moment story" the first week of October, for the second grade of this quarter. . We have focused on "small moments" they can remembered that were important to them. They have learned to develop their story by remembering the "heart of the story" and using "voice". They learned to used dialogue, transition words, strong verbs, emotional adjectives, and adverbs, as well as to develop a strong lead and conclusion. I am looking forward to reading their final drafts.

We will begin our unit on informational writing October 11th. Students will choose from a variety of topics to research, and then will write about that topic.

Students always receive grades in each of the following writing categories:





Please remind your child that spelling is important.


We were happy to celebrate the following birthdays through October of this year:

Joshua - 10/10

Leah - 10/15

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