Ms. Damschroder's 3rd Grade

Week of March 23, 2015

Message From Ms. Damschroder

I chose this background because we are supposed to get a dusting of SNOW today!! I was wishing for warmer weather! I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break. Students, come back to school ready to learn. :-)

Ms. Damschroder

What do I do at home?

Read EVERY night. Find a good book and READ, READ, READ!! You should read for at least 15-20 minutes every day. Make sure you are not reading something that is too easy or too hard. If you need books, let Ms. Damschroder know.

Practice memorizing multiplication and division math facts. if you need flash cards, let Ms. Damschroder know. Students--you must memorize all basic multiplication and division facts before the end of the year. Many students are struggling with facts. Practice your facts EVERY NIGHT!

What are we learning?

In math, we are learning about polygons and quadrangles and their attributes.

In writing, we are learning how to write good sentences and paragraphs as well as finish our fictional narratives. Students have been taught about the parts of a sentence--the subject and predicate! We have also been writing sentences in the correct order and using correct grammar.

In reading we are studying point of view. We are using our point of view to understand the story and form opinions about what we read. We read a book, "Silver" about a girl who lives in Alaska. She gets a puppy to train and the puppy is stolen by a wolf. The main character, Rachel, goes into the woods to find her dog.

In social studies, we are beginning our government unit. Students learned a fair way to chose our leaders is to vote.


Sumdog has introduced houses for students to decorate. As students play they earn coins to "spend" in the store. They can now "buy" items for their virtual house. Students logged on at school today to practice geometry skills and to learn about their house. Students have also been entered in the housewarming contest. They need to answer 1000 questions in the contest. Students may play at home. They have their username and password.

Timed Multiplication Tests

Students can practice using the tests they bring home. Students should meet their goal in one minute timings in class. Each student has a personalized goal. If students need additional practice opportunities, has games and practice pages to print off. Students need more practice time outside of school hours to memorize facts. They must practice at home in order to be successful on timed tests, and in order to memorize the facts.

Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Reminder about Lift-Off

Reminder--On Thursdays when there is Lift-Off, and your child has signed up for Lift-Off, please send a note or write a note in your child's agenda. Thank you!

Scholastic News

Students can log-in to see any of the Scholastic News magazines we do in class or they can see Scholastic News magazines sent home for homework. I showed students how to log-in during class. The password for students is MsD3D. A link to the Scholastic News website is below. A flyer with the log-in information came home with your child.

Upcoming Dates

March 27--Unit 6 Math Test

March 27--End of the 9 Weeks reward party for those who made it! Students may bring a game to share and a drink/snack for themselves.

March 30-April 3--Spring Break, No School