Super Hero Star Scholar News

Mrs. Struve's Third Grade Classroom

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Important Information

TOMORROW graded work will go home inside your child's clear folder. You will also find their reading group rubric and cooperative learning goal. Please review their goal and send to school by Wednesday next week. We will store them inside their portfolios and review it after our next group project.


TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19th Prairie Point will have their annual Fun Fair! It is sure to be a fun night!


OZZIE READING IS OFF AND RUNNING! It is not too late to turn in your "bases" to redeem your free ticket to the Cougars game. Please have your child bring their second base to school this week.


THANK YOU PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Scholars have enjoyed having parent volunteers visit our room. Volunteers read with students or assist with giving our multiplication minute tests. I am in the process of making our schedule for March and April. If you didn't sign up at the beginning of the year, but are now interested, please email me at mstruve@sd308.org.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home!

Thank you to our volunteers for an AWESOME Valentine's Party!

Students had a blast at our recent Valentine's Day party. Students completed puzzles, played games, and peeled and sorted crayons for a service learning project. Thank you to all of our parents this year that have donated items or time to make our parties into memories that students will not forget. It is hard to believe that this was our last party for third grade!
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Fraction Fun!!!!

It has been so much fun seeing scholars' creativity and skill shine through in the cities they designed! We are wrapping up our unit on area and perimeter and are ready for fun with fractions! The standards for third grade include:

  • Understanding how fractions are made. Knowing that fractions represent a part of a whole.
  • Understand a fraction as a number on a number line and represent fractions on a line diagram.
  • Compare fractions based on their size. Are fractions greater than, less than, or equal to other fractions?
  • Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


Students will complete hands on activities, play games, watch videos, and engage in a variety of opportunities to practice skills. I have included a site with demonstrations and game links below. Many students have requested additional games they can practice their multiplication and division facts, so I included a link to those too.

ELA: Digging Deeper into Informational Text

Everyday I am amazed by the depth of discussion among scholars during our language arts block. All scholars take their jobs as active readers and authors very seriously. In writing, students applied their knowledge of writing using information presented in text, a variety of sentences, and dialogue to finish their extensions to Frog Princess. Students LOVED listening to their peers' stories! I challenged students to include similes in their stories; and we focused on adding adjectives and adverbs to add further detail. Next week students will complete a similar task independently to complete an extension to Miss Agnes.


Meanwhile, we have started reading about the variety of city homes in Module B, the informational text part of Unit 2. We will further investigate how to identify or support the main idea of text, as well as focus on illustrations provide us with additional information that is NOT included in the text. Check out our three texts on Pearson Realize. They are City Homes (Inside Text Collection), Deep Down and Other Extreme Places to Live, and The Song of Sky and Sand.

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Pearson Realize Log In Information

To access Pearson Realize at home, go to our school website, click on "Students", click on "Student Resources" and finally click on "Ready Gen Pearson". I have included a link below. I have changed students' passwords so our classroom all has the same one.


Username: student ID number

Password: 3struve

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Scholars as Scientists: All About Water

Students recently completed experiments testing the surface tension of water on pennies, using water, salt water, and soapy water. Students then performed experiments investigating water on a slope. Tomorrow we will complete a review over vocabulary and main ideas, and students will take a quiz next Tuesday, February 23rd. We will continue our investigation into water by investigating density, items that sink or float, and the differences between hot and cold water. We will establish connections between concepts learned to the water cycle. Curious of what science looks like in our classroom? Ask your child to bring home their Science Notebook and share! :)

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Scholars as Historians: Pontiac's Rebellion and the Revolutionary War

This week we investigated the sequence of events during Pontiac's Rebellion and The Revolutionary War by recording causes, effects, and our own personal opinions or thoughts. Students then drew pictures to represent and compare the perspective of the British versus the colonists. We will pause and take some time next week to further investigate the history and life of Daniel Boone, and his contribution to colonists moving west. Students will participate in a close read of an article on Daniel Boone, and create their own "foldable pop out" book with facts about his life.

Important Dates

Friday, February 19th: Family Fun Night at Prairie Point


Tuesday, February 23rd: Science Quiz


Thursday, February 25th: Great Art Presentation