The Hartmann Who! Week in Review

Third Grade Gifted & Talented - October 11th

Who - What - When - Why - How?

Who - Hi! I am your student's Gifted & Talented ELA (English Language Arts) teacher! Most students placed in my class in the 3rd grade, will have me again in the 4th and 5th grade!
What - My class is part of your student's state required, daily ELA time. They spend part of their daily time with their homeroom teacher and the remaining time with me. My class is NOT a "study hall", "homework center", "free-time", or "optional".
When - Students attend my class daily from 1:45pm until dismissal.
Why - When students reach 3rd grade, they begin switching classes for ELA and Math. Classes are created based on whether or not students have been identified by the state as Gifted & Talented and/or their MAP scores. My class consists of state identified Gifted & Talented kiddos and students that are considered "high flyers", based on their testing.
How - Students will work on projects and activities that focus on acquiring knowledge and skills, and strengthening creativity and higher level thinking that extend beyond the curriculum. Students will have weekly work in vocabulary; with an emphasis on Greek & Latin roots, writing, and reading comprehension.

Writing Tips

Thank you for helping your student complete the "Writing Tips" homework that I have sent home the last two weeks. I will continue to send this home each Monday in the purple or yellow folder that "lives" (lives = do not leave at home) in their book bag. Please help them finish it and return in the folder each Friday. Improving writing skills is one of the main initiatives of the School District of Oconee County and will remain so for at least the next three years. The Writing Tips homework I'm sending home may appear a little "old school", but it will reinforce the basic skills that we're covering at school. Please help your child be successful by:
  • completing all assignments in complete sentences, rather than fragments or thoughts,
  • checking for capital letters and punctuation, and
  • signing the homework to show that you are aware of the effort and progress your student is making.


"Spelling" has become a "dirty word" in education these days; rather, you'll hear more trendy verbiage like WORD WORK! No matter, in order to become proficient readers and writers, students and Northside Elementary are responsible for learning to read, SPELL, and write certain words with accuracy and fluency. We refer to these words as "No Excuse Words". Students had their first quiz on no excuse words last week. The words that I quizzed them on, are words from the No Excuse Grade 1 & 2 list - words they should already be proficient on. You'll find their quiz taped inside their writer's notebook, that also "lives" inside their book bag. Please help your student by practicing any missed words!

New this week -
look in your student's writer's notebook for "Spelling Week 1 - (Short a and Long a)" words and activities. Students should pick 3 activities that make a tic-tac-toe on their menu to complete using the words on this list. Activities should be completed in their writer's notebooks. Menu choices will only alternate every other week so make sure your student is trying a different tic-tac-toe options every week!

No Excuse Words

With each newsletter, I will send home list of past and current "No Excuse Words". Play school and home and quiz your student on these words!

a, and, away, big, blue, can, cat, on, he, was, had
1st grade: after, again, all, am, an, any, are, as, ask, at, ate, be, black, brown, bug, but, by, look, because, thing, write
2nd grade: always, around, been, before, best, both, brother, buy, many
3rd grade: about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, each

Book Studies

Students have started their first of three Richard Peck novel studies, each that follow the same lovable character, Grandma Dowdel! "In A Long Way from Chicago, Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry—all in one day!" This novel follows Joey and Mary Alice through nine summers they'll never forget! These three novel studies are "historical fiction" and take place in the 1930's - 1950's. We do one of the novels in 3rd grade and the other two in 4th grade.

In addition to the Richard Peck novel, students are reading October themed books in small groups based on their individual reading levels. The Witches by Roald Dahl, A to Z Mysteries Sleepy Hollow Sleepover, and the Magic Tree House Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve are the three titles.