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The Last Two Weeks of School!?!? WHAT!?!

OH.MY.GOODNESS! Has this school year flown by for you too?

I am certainly going to miss this wonderful group of kiddos. As you know, I love their sassy and sweet nature, and I cannot imagine another class replacing them. I am going to make sure I enjoy every last second with these soon-to-be fourth graders. I bet that hurts your eyes to read those words! Ha! Ha!

The list below will give you a sneak peek into the excitement of the next two weeks, plus a few housekeeping details added in for good measure.

Tuesday, May 10

  • Dental Screenings
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Finish making and play all division games

Wednesday, May 11

  • Classroom Tiger Store
  • All library books due
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Division Banana Split tests
  • Math Stations

Thursday, May 12

  • Kindest Kansas Citian Reception 2:00-3:00
  • I will not be at school for on this day and Friday. I have family visiting for my baby boy Sam's graduation.
  • Taunya Hammontree will be my guest teacher.
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Math Stations

Friday, May 13

  • School Wide Tropical Day
  • Bring beach towels & wear sunglasses and flowery shirts and shorts!
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Math Stations

Sometime the week of May 16 - 19

  • Price Chopper Reading Party because we met our goal of reading 30,000 pages!
  • I am waiting on an email from Price Chopper for the exact date.
  • Price Chopper will be donating Rold Gold Pretzels, Snack Pack pudding, bananas, bottled water, and Bakery Fresh Hershey’s chocolate chip cookies.

Monday, May 16

  • Think First Assembly for grades 3-5 from 1:45-2:30
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Math Stations

Tuesday, May 17

  • All-School Awards Assembly 9-10:30
  • Wear Royals Attire
  • Box Tops Party
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Poetry
  • Math Stations

Wednesday, May 18

  • Tiger Dollar Volleyball Game: 3rd Grade Teachers vs. 3rd Grade Students
  • This game will be played during the 9-10 specials' time.
  • Tickets to play will be sold at the Tiger Store.
  • Students who don't buy a ticket to play will get to watch and cheer for everyone.
  • We will begin cleaning out our desks and lockers. The kids will need at least two grocery bags with handles of some sort to carry their things home. Backpacks typically won't hold everything.
  • Finish James and the Giant Peach
  • Finish Poetry

Thursday, May 19

  • Third Grade Picnic
  • We will eat at our normal time on this day, but we are taking it outside for a picnic-style lunch.
  • Kids can bring a lunch from home or go through the hot lunch line.
  • All kids are encouraged to bring beach towels for the picnic.
  • Please send sunscreen since we will be out longer than usual.
  • Bubbles and Frisbees are welcome!
  • Yearbook signing following our picnic!
  • Division Banana Split party

Thursday, May 19

  • Empty, clean, and organize book buckets
  • Return math books to library
  • Kids will need to bring back packs on this day.

Friday, May 20

  • Last day of school
  • No hot lunches will be available. All children need a sack lunch and a drink.
  • Field Day - water bottles, sunscreen, and athletic shoes are a must!
  • Report Cards posted to Skyward

It has been an absolute pleasure working with each of you this year. As I have typed often and honestly, it is because of such great parents that great children come to me each school day. ~April

Teacher Appreciation Week

I am overwhelmed and so very thankful for the wonderful displays of appreciation I was shown this past week. From the handmade cards, to the myriad of gift cards, along with the yummy treats, and sweet displays of affection, I AM ONE LUCKY, LUCKY TEACHER! A big SMOOOOOCH goes to all of you for all YOU do each and every day and to take time out to show your appreciation to me... unbelievable! I appreciate YOU, and I am humbled beyond belief. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

SUMMER SLIDE: Please don't let this creepy-crawly thing happen to your child!

Third Grade Summer Review

The BEST thing a kiddo can do this summer is read, read, and read some more and then practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts! Unfortunately, “summer slide” is real. To make sure your child doesn’t lose the gains made during the school year, please encourage your child to embrace reading, writing, and math this summer. I know some parents tie "study" minutes to the minutes a child is allowed to watch TV or play video games. Although this is a very personal decision for parents, it may be helpful to entice those less than willing learners. :-)

ELA Review

It really doesn’t matter what type of reading a child chooses as long as it is enjoyable to the child (and not too easy). Reading out loud can help a child with reading speed difficulties. Reading a favorite poem or text over and over again (out loud) is great practice. You can even race your child to see who can read faster, you or your child. Words must be read correctly for them to count. :-)

For math facts a child doesn't know, it is best to learn them a little at a time and to learn the fact family, whether it is addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. An example would be to practice 8-5=3 so 8-3=5 and 5+3=8 and 3+5=8. 3,5 and 8 are the members of that addition and subtraction fact family. It works the same for multiplication and division. If a child knows all of the facts, but just needs to get faster, flash cards or a timed website will work fine.

Please see the skills listed below for a more detailed way to help with SUMMER SLIDE.



■read and understand books at a third grade level or above, 330 to 700 Lexile Level

■figure out the lessons or morals of the stories that are read and explain that message using details from the story

■describe characters in stories and explain how their actions affect the story

■tell the difference between what the reader thinks and what the author or characters might think in a story

■ compare and contrast stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters

■ ask and answer questions to show understanding


■talk about the most important details in the information read and tell how they support the main idea

■tell the difference between what the reader thinks and what an author writes in informational texts

■answer questions about where, when, why and how

■compare and contrast the most important ideas and details in two pieces of information about the same topic



■write to share an opinion and give reasons to support that opinion

■write an opinion piece in an organized way that introduces an opinion and lists reasons to support the opinion

■ use linking words (because, therefore, since, for example, etc.) to connect an opinion with the reasons

■ write a conclusion (ending) to the opinion piece


■ write to inform and explain ideas to others clearly using facts, definitions, and details

■ write an informative text that introduces a topic and then groups related information to-gether

■include illustrations when writing to help others understand the topic better

■ use linking words (also, another, and, more, but, etc.) to connect the ideas in writing

■write conclusions to informative pieces


■write organized stories that have lots of details

■write stories from different points of view that have characters and a plot

■ use dialog between characters and describe their actions & feelings to help others un-derstand the plots

■ use temporal words (first, next, then, finally, etc.) to help others understand the order in stories

■ write conclusions to stories

Math Review


  • Work on a mix of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Most kiddos do great on one fact set at a time (like all multiples of 4), but have more trouble (or slow down a lot) when facts are mixed (multiples of 1-9 mixed together).
  • They will begin long division in fourth grade and will need to be quick with all facts.
  • Regrouping when adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers
  • Two-step word problems using different operations

Understand the properties of multiplication:

  • Commutative - if 6 x 4 = 24, then 4 x 6 = 24
  • Associative - To figure out 3 x 5 x 2, multiply 3 x 5 = 15, then 15 x 2 = 30 OR multiply 5 x 2 = 10, then 3 x 10 = 30
  • Distributive - To figure out 8 x 7, I can think of 8 x (5 + 2) which means (8 x 5) + (8 x 2) = 40 + 16 = 56


  • Using fractions with the denominators 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 know the following:
  • Understand that fractions represent a number on a number line,
  • Compare fractions using <, >, and =,
  • Draw and recognize very simple equivalent fractions

Perimeter and Area

  • Calculate the perimeter of a shape
  • Calculate the area of a given shape using square units, including two or more rectangles connected
  • Compare the two calculations


  • Round to the nearest 10 and 100 using 3 and 4 digit numbers


  • Telling time to the nearest minute and determining elapsed time
  • Know the difference and measure in liters, grams, and kilograms


  • Place shapes into categories using their attributes
  • Name a category of many shapes by looking at their attributes

Thank you so much for helping to stop the nasty SUMMER SLIDE!

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What a Year!

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Precious soon-to-be 4th Graders