Thinking in 3rd

Hastings & Simmons Newsletter- Volume 21

A peak at the week...

Reading- Nonfiction: Activating Schema (KWL)

-Main Idea/ Important Details


-Reading biography for project (link to Biography Project packet can be found below)

Writing- Writing Process: Expository

-working on 2nd expository piece

- creating magazine

Grammar- Prepositional Phrases


  • Composing/Decomposing Fractions
  • Partitioning a whole

Social Studies- Local, State, and Federal Government

Science- natural Resources

Homework- Due Thursday, February 12th!

Reading Theory- Read and Answer Questions for 2 stories (never fear they are very short)

Biography Project: Read, complete KWL, collect in your notebook (link to packet can be found below)

Handwriting- HWT pp. 58-61 "Tow Truck Connections"

Math- Pizza Fractions

Read Theory Homework

How does my child access it?

Your student can sign in to Read Theory on any device that has internet service. I have given each student a card with his/her username and password on it. This card is affixed to his/ her planner. The following link will take you straight to the login screen:

What is the expectation?

This week your child will read and answer questions for 2 stories. The stories are not long, but the questions will help me determine strengths and weaknesses in your child's reading skills. I encourage your child to continue reading for 20 minutes each night, but your child will no longer be expected to complete a reading log.

Homework Club

Homework Club will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:20- 7:45 in 3rd grade pod. Students that do not have internet access or are having trouble completing Read Theory assignments at home may attend to complete their work at this time.

Upcoming Events:

February 8-12

Tuesday: Author Visit 8:15 - 9:15

Thursday: Brave 3:15-4:15

Friday: Valentine's Day Party 11:30- 12:30

February 15- 19

Monday: Student Holiday

Thursday: Class Picture Day

February 22-26

Thursday: Mighty Mustangs Award Ceremony @ 2:00 in cafeteria

Author Steve Swinburne is coming for a visit!!!

When: February 9th

Time: 8:15

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of one of his books, please return the order form by Friday, February 5th.

If you would like to learn more about the author, please visit his website.

This is a great experience for our students. We cannot wait!


Third grade will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 12th. OUr pizza party will take place in the 3rd grade pod from 11:30- 12:30

Please send $2 to pay for the pizza and juice boxes. Feel free to send extra money, if you would like to help sponsor someone that is unable to pay.

If you would like to send extra goodies for our party, please sign up at Volunteer Spot.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Access this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

We will be decorating Valentine’s bags in our classrooms, but we would like for each student bring Valentine’s for their classmates. Please send a Valentine for each student.

In the afternoon, we will be watching James and the Giant Peach. The movie is PG, so we will need your permission for your child to view the movie. Please make sure your child has returned his/her permission slip.

Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We will be going outside for recess if the temperature is 38 degrees or higher..

Scholastic Book Orders Due February 26th!

Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: K3R9W

Please remember to place your Reading Club orders by February 26th!

You can shop and submit your order online or send the printed order form with payment directly to me. No matter how you order, every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.

The arrival of the book box is always a highlight-thanks for making it happen!

Happy reading!

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!