News from 3rd Grade

September 16, 2016

Another Busy Week

We had a really busy, very productive week in third grade. Some of you received some updates from your child's SeeSaw account, but this newsletter should help fill in the gaps.

Thank you all for signing those planners, helping your children with homework, and recording the number of pages they read each night. I do check all three of these things on a daily basis, and your support means a lot to me.

Most of you returned your child's permission slip for the walking field trip we have scheduled on September 28th. I was happy to see that quite a few of you can join us that day, too. Hopefully it will be nice and sunny. I know the students are already looking forward to the trip!

Things we learned/studied/discussed this week:

  • Overland Park -- water system, maps (We even used Google Earth to explore the city virtually.)
  • Math -- subtraction with regrouping, subtracting across zero, arrays, and using multiplication to compare
  • Reading -- how people from other cultures contribute to the community, subject of a sentence, silent e and CVCe words, writing about an important event, synonyms, compound words, biographies vs. autobiographies, narrative nonfiction, editing marks, capitalization and ending punctuation
  • Counselor -- National Erase Meanness Day was today. Ms. Mendez came into our room for the last of three lessons on kindness and self-control. Ask your kiddo if they ate their Skittles. ;-)
  • Handwriting -- cursive "a" and "o"
  • Extra -- we made birthday cards for Mrs. Faucher on Thursday. If your kiddo tells you I cried twice in class today, they aren't pulling your leg. I do that sometimes when I am reading a touching story. Nothing to worry about. :)

We are now having math and reading workshops every day. Because we are doing this, students are receiving instruction that is more closely aligned with their individual needs. If you have any questions about this or anything else that is going on in third grade, please let me know.

Please contact me if you are wondering about your conference time. Some of you did not have the chance to sign up for a conference at Back to School Night. I will be sending notes home asking you to do so next week. Please let me know if you need an interpreter so that I can arrange for one to be present.

One other note. I told the class that I might not be at school on Monday because I could be called for jury duty. I called in after 5, as directed, and I do have to report to the courthouse in Olathe on Monday morning. If your kiddo is one who likes to know what is happening a little bit in advance, please share that information with them. I hope to be back in the classroom on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Technology Tidbits

Our class is using Prodigy, Xtra Math, SeeSaw, ConnectEd, and iStation on a regular basis. We also tried out Google Earth this week, and I have plans to use PicCollage and Explain Everything in the near future. I will continue to keep the iPads at school until after Winter Break. I will update you about whether or not they will be sent home after that.