Third Grade News

Room 11 on the Move

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Ahoy there, you landlubbers!

Greetings from your third grade pirates! We had a ton of fun this week wrapping a high-seas theme around learning. We used our dictionary skills to look up pirate vocabulary to earn "loot," and practiced pirate spelling by "sinking" each other's battle ships made of the words. We dove into creative writing to weave our own pirate tales, and we used all our literary skills to understand and then illustrate a pirate poem. We applied our knowledge of lines of symmetry to shoot our opponent's pirate ships with "cannon balls" from our own, and each afternoon we made arrays with pirate gold we'd earned throughout the day to count it by multiplying it. Check out your scalawags in their pirate hats above. If you look closely, you'll see that our class mascot, Dexter the monkey, is also hanging out in his pirate hat.

Pirate Dress-Up Day is Tuesday

Send your little mariners in rags and big belts and bandanas. I'll be in a home-made pirate costume, too.

Congratulations to Our Multiplication Masters

I am so proud of Ellen and Emelyn, who both passed their mixed-fact multiplication test this week. I loved celebrating with ice cream Sundaes during a private lunch with them on Friday. If your child didn't make it through all the multiplication tests this year, please help them study this summer to be ready for fourth grade. They'll struggle in fourth grade math if their multiplication facts aren't automatic, and many of them are very close to having them all down. Use those long, lazy days of summer wisely!

Land ho! The last week is on the horizon!

It's going to be three fine days for sailing. On Tuesday, we'll dress as pirates and head to the library for a history lesson on pirating with Mrs. Hutcherson. We'll enjoy one last celebration with Ms. Gorman's pre-kindergarten students, who have been our book buddies all year. Wednesday, we'll keep the learning flowing as we review our third-grade skills and apply them to our pirate lives. Thursday is the last day of school. We'll head to Star Skate before 8 a.m., so please have your child to school on time wearing or bringing socks. Parents are welcome to join us for the walk over. We'll return to the school in time for a pizza lunch provided by our wonderful parents, and we'll have our last-day-of school party starting about 2:45 p.m. We'd love to see you there.

Our Week at a Glance

Monday -- No school. Happy Memorial Day.

Tuesday -- Dress like pirates. Book buddies. Library history lesson.

Wednesday -- Fifth grade/teacher volleyball game in the afternoon.

Thursday -- Leave for Star Skate 7:55 a.m.; pizza lunch; class parties in the afternoon

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