3rd and 4th Grade News

Friday, September 16, 2016

This is the class weekly letter and it will be sent out on Fridays and will contain information about what we have been working on in class that week, the upcoming memory verse(s), and any upcoming events or other school related news.

Thank you to the parents who have sent in snacks. The class will be having shared snack days on hot lunch days, Tuesday and Friday. Please remember don't send in heat ups for lunch on those days.

Homework Assignments

Your students will have homework in math, reading, and spelling every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. They should be writing them homework assignments in their planners that asking you to initial the planner every night. I have a reward system set up that they receive a sticker for every initial and also for turning in their homework on time. If a student has not done their homework, or does not know where it is, they will be staying in at morning recess to complete it. I am a big believer that instilling good homework habits at this age will help set them up for success in the future. This is a great age to learn organization and responsibility and I want to help guide them on the path to be independent learners.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to email me heidiboucher@me.com or text me at 209-8916. Your feedback is important to me and I appreciate it!

Parent Conferences Schedule

Thursday, 9/22

9 - 9:20 am Zoey, Marie Lam

9:20 - 9:40 am Gavin, Hayden & Lori Garrison

2:40 - 3 pm Jonah, Joshua & Heather Mahle

3 - 3:20 pm Trevor, Graham & Elizabeth Storey

3:20 - 3:40 pm Mia, Graham & Elizabeth Storey

Friday, 9/23

9 - 9:15 am Daniel, Louis & Angie Juergens

9:15 - 9:30 am Alexis, Louis & Angie Juergens

11 - 11:20 am Matt, Bridgette Godkin

Bible Memory Verse - No Quiz on Friday

Memory verse for 9/30

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.

2 Corinthians 3:5

This Week in Math

Each week we are working on learning a multiplication table(s) of the week. This week we are working on the 4 times table. Students will take a pretest on Wednesday and a final graded test on Friday. We are spending time in class each day reviewing the table(s) by reciting, and doing different hands on activities. Reviewing with your students at home will definitely help!

3rd grade

  • Reviewing rounding and the 5 and higher round up rule
  • Mental math strategy of adding 10 (and 100) and subtracting the difference. This can be confusing, an example problem: 32 + 8 = , they change the 8 to a 10 so the problem is now 32 + 10 = 42, the next step is to subtract the extra ones 42 - 2 = 40. This is just one strategy to help them do math problems in their head, I always tell students different strategies work for different people, try this to see if it works for them.
  • Using estimation to help determine if an answer is reasonable.

4th grade
  • Finding common factors and the greatest common factor of two whole numbers.
  • Identifying prime and composite numbers.

This Week in History/Science

3rd/4th grade

  • In science this week we learned more about our senses and observed how eyes dilated after being in the dark.
  • In history we have been learning about John Smith and his travels.

This week in Reading & Writing

We have started working on Daily 5 components and have learned all 5 components - read to self, listen to reading, read with someone, word work, and work on writing. Next week we will start these rotations in our class during our Daily 5 time.

Writing -

3rd grade is working on and this will be reinforced in the following weeks:

  • Using the correct side of the paper to write on, the three holes to the left, red line on the left, and name and date up in the top right hand corner
  • Indenting the first line of a paragraph
  • Starting a new line next to the right line, students tend to wander to the right with their sentences
  • Only capitalize the first letter of a sentence and do not capitalize letters in the middle of the word

This Week in Spelling

3rd and 4th grade

  • NO SPELLING this upcoming week
  • Spelling http://www.spellingcity.com, in your student's STAR binder are copies of the spelling lists for the year.
  • I have purchased an upgrade option on Spelling City so your students will have access to extra resources, please feel free to use this at home. Listed below is the sign on information for students. The first column is their username and the second column tells their password.

3rd Graders

8 Student(s)

Student's name Username Password

Anderson, Alison aanderson207 Password: alison

Juergens, Daniel djuergens Password: dan

Mahle, Jonah mahle Password: jonah

Sidney, Jenna jsidney Password: jenna

Cabral, Kimora kcabral2 Password: Kimora

Storey, Mia mstorey Password: mia

Storey, Trevor tstorey1 Password: trevor

Lam, Zoey zlam Password: zoey

4th Graders

5 Student(s)

Student's name Username Password

Juergens, Alexis ajuergens1 Password: alexis

Woodbury, Ava awoodbury16 Password: ava

Garrison, Gavin ggarrison1 Password: gavin

Tarver, Gunnar gtarver1 Password: gunnar

Godkin, Matt mgodkin1 Password: matt0

Hot lunch

Hot Lunches:

Tuesday - Tomato Bisque w/Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Friday - Frito Pie

September Events

19th, Monday * Tram field trip, leaving the school at 12:45 pm and heading back to the school at 2:30 pm.

20th, Tuesday * Hot lunch - Mashed potatoes & ham

22nd, Thursday * Parent Conferences

23rd, Friday * Parent Conferences

3rd and 4th Grade News