3B Newsletter

April 2014

Thank you!

Thank you for helping to make my engagement so special! I was so excited to share this spectacular news with 3B. With comments like, "We can be your best men!" and questions like, "Can we come to the wedding?!" they all certainly made that special moment of sharing this part of my life with them one moment I will never forget. I'm one lucky teacher!

Expo Night is Right Around the Corner

Who: The super students of 3B

What: Expo Night

Where: Central School & Room 220

When: April 9, 2014

Why: To celebrate and share all we've learned this year

See you there!


We've been practicing our multiplication facts, and we are building fact power every day! We've been applying our basic facts to figure out extended facts when we multiply larger numbers, specifically multiples of 10.

We're learing all different kinds of multiplication algorithms. The first method we learned is called the "partial products" algorithm. I attached a free resource from the Everyday Math site for you, if you'd like to check it out. We'll learn lattice multiplication and the traditional way, too. I'll keep you posted!

Math Game of the Week

Multiplication or Division Bingo!


As we wrap up Unit 4, it's a good time to reflect on the new accomplishments and challenges of Readers Workshop.

We are becoming so independent! The students of 3B are now expected to read the main selection in class once and at home once before our whole-class book club. Students are also thinking more critically about the text through each weekly "Digging Deep" assignment. The students have been working hard to remember the important criteria for developing a solid 3rd grade response:

- restate the question

- answer the question

- cite examples from the text

- extend their thinking


Your children are experts on all kinds of things! From legos to gymnastics, painting to lacrosse, we have just about every kind of expert you can imagine in Room 220. These experts are busy writing their own nonfiction books about everything and anything you ever wanted to know about baseball, sculpting, guinea pigs, and more! Mrs. Simkus and I have had a lot of fun ourselves- as we chose to write all about... cockroaches! YUCK!

Thank you for encouraging your child to continue the writing process and conduct some research at home. We have such serious and committed writers! Each day we get closer and closer to publishing our work. We can't wait to share our finished products with you.

In class we used this quote from one of our favorite authors to think about how we should edit and revise.

“By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.” — Roald Dahl

Social Studies

Lenape Lifeways visited the third grade! We were so lucky to have a guest visit us and teach us more about the first people of New Jersey, the Lenape.

We read Annie and the Old One by Patricia Miles Martin. We learned about Navajo weaving and even started our own!