Mrs. G's Classroom News

September 30, 2016

Classroom Management

We had a great, full, busy week! We switched for the first time during RTI power half hour. Every student in third grade traveled to the classroom where they will receive instruction on specific skills that they need in reading. Such skills could include phonics, comprehension, rate and accuracy, and enrichment. I think the kids enjoyed this time and we are hoping that dividing kids up into groups will allow us to really target learning in areas needed and we hope to see gains in scores as time progresses.

We have many upcoming events next week. Please keep checking my online, color-coded classroom calendar on my WEBSITE. Also take note of the dates below:

Oct. 3 - Student Council speeches for those who want to run to be a Hornung Leadership representative. One sign is allowed to be posted in the room and a speech is required. Students do not have to write out their speeches unless they want to. Two students from each third grade class will be voted on and the winners will be announced at the very end of the day. The first meeting for those who are voted in will be Thursday at 8:15am.

Oct. 5 - Walk to school day. Please see Mr. Yates' stinging news newsletter to read more. I will be at Mt. Brighton in the morning with my sign. Look for me!

Oct. 7 - Brighton's Homecoming parade. I will be walking with other teachers in the district weather permitting. I will stop in front of Gia's Salon right on Main Street to greet students who decide to attend the parade. We will take a quick photo and of course I may have a little treat or something to hand out to them!

Writing Workshop

This week we learned about adding sensory details to our writing. We thought about what we heard, saw, felt, smelled and tasted when we experienced our personal story we are writing about. We also inserted well described action and dialogue with quotation marks. Lastly we learned how repeating words in our writing for emphasis can enhance our own stories we write.


Unit one is coming along nicely. We worked on lessons 8-10. We went over multiplication strategies for 2, 5 and 10 and we were introduced to division. We will most likely have our test for unit one next week. Students can play Everyday Math online games at home to help them prepare. The lessons are also briefly addressed at their Everyday Math portal and can viewed at anytime to refresh their memory. Students can log into Everyday Math by going to There are also several videos with excellent explanations by clicking on "video tutorials".
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Reading Workshop

This week we finished up the first "bend" of our reading workshop unit. We made book recommendations to each other through the biblionasium reading log program and had wonderful partner book discussions. We also started our new anchor text read aloud - Stone Fox. Next week we will focus on comprehension.

Students logged into the Achieve 3000 for the first time Friday. This non-fiction program is leveled individually for each student. We hope to do Achieve 3000 once a week to read interesting articles, participate in related polls to the articles and do the activities to help us understand non-fiction text. This program is great for preparing our third graders for the M-Step standardized test that will occur at the end of the school year. To learn more about Achieve 3000 you can go to

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Word Work

We worked on Lesson 3 this week. The concept of the week was two closed syllables in a word. We talked about vowel tagging and We sorted words and played games on

Science / Social Studies

We continued our sound stations in science. The end of the day is very active when we learn this way! We also started a book about sound and will take our first science test next week. Then we move onto light!

In social studies this week, Mrs. Allen taught about the four cardinal directions. She also went over Michigan landforms.