Third Grade News

The Lamplighter School

Cinderella Variations and Adaptations

In December, we will be studying folktales from around the world. We focus on the Cinderella story, which has been told for over 2,000 years, originating in ancient Greece. Last week, your child was given an assignment that should be returned by the day we return from Thanksgiving break (November 30). Students were asked to read (or watch) two different Cinderella stories and complete a very brief form for each story.

You can find Cinderella variations by searching a library or bookstore database for "Cinderella" or "Cinderella variation." Below are some suggestions (though you can find many more than just these!):

Cinderella Picture Books:

· The Orphan: a Cinderella story from Greece by Anthony Manna

· Cindy Ellen: a wild western Cinderella by Susan Lowell

· The Golden Sandal: a Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox

· Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

· The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Cinderella Movies

(Please preview these movies or check their reviews on to make sure they are appropriate for your family)

· Cinderella (1950 – Disney animated version) – rated G

· The Princess Diaries (2001) – rated G

· Cinderella (2015) – rated PG

· A Cinderella Story (2004) – rated PG

· Ella Enchanted (2004) – rated PG

· Into the Woods (2014) – rated PG


Are you looking for ways to spice up your student’s reading life? What about a magazine subscription? It truly is the gift that keeps on giving, and it creates a sense of anticipation as students wait for the next issue! A few that we love (and the reviews are straight from Parents’ Choice magazine:

Ranger Rick: Each issue of Ranger Rick is a wildlife adventure that captivates young readers with lots of remarkable world-class photography and compelling features. There's also fascinating facts, columns, quizzes, riddles, brainteasers and puzzles, all about critters and creatures around the world.

Spider (ages 6-9) and Cricket (ages 9-12): Between the covers of these literary magazines, readers can lose themselves in entertaining, thought-provoking and informative stories, folktales, first-person reminiscences, poems, author interviews, and evocative illustrations by accomplished artists and photographers.

American Girl: American Girl is a consistently well-written magazine for young girls. It balances many different elements like DIY crafts, entertaining quizzes and polls, fiction, puzzles, recipes and many opportunities for readers to submit and publish their own work. The graphics are playful and colorful, but serious issues are addressed too—such as bullying and how to handle gossip.

National Geographic Kids:
National Geographic Kids magazine's tagline is "Dare to Explore," and it does a wonderful job introducing children to the many natural wonders and remote areas of the planet. Additionally, the magazine shines a light on the secrets of the everyday modern world. In any given issue, a reader might follow a troop of chacma baboons as they attempt to cross a river in Botswana, then read about a see-through TV, and finish off learning fun facts about pizza. The abundant photos, a National Geographic signature, are vivid and eye-catching. Regular features include crafts, jokes, quizzes, comics, contests and more.


Our focus from now until winter break will be on strategies for learning multiplication facts. We will start multiplication mad minutes in January.


  • ZERO: the product is 0
  • TEN: put a 0 at the end of the number multiplied
  • FIVE: multiply by 10; then take 1/2 of that number
  • TWO: double the number that is being multiplied
  • FOUR: multiply the number by 2 and double that
  • EIGHT: multiply the number by 2 , then double that number and then double it again (double-double)
  • THREE: multiply by 2 and then add one more group
  • SIX: multiply by 3 and then double
  • NINE: multiply by 10 and subtract one group
  • SEVEN: 7x7=49 should be the only seven fact the children have left to learn

Special Area Classes

Social-Emotional with Miss Wiedman
Miss Jill will begin Third Grade Lunch Bunches in December. Students will eat lunch in small groups in her office and will discuss social emotional issues. Topics will vary by lunch date but will include initiating play, using good manners, being a good sport, and/or being kind to others.

Environmental Science with Mrs. Cauley
Third graders have been hard at work researching their chosen bird for our songbird "show" on November 12th. Your children’s bird reports will be informative and lyrical when they play their birds’ calls from the Cornell University bird guide web site! Our students report interesting facts about their bird and also will use our Lamplighter collection of nests and eggs for their presentation.

Also in November the classes will be planting daffodil bulbs for our spring Playground Garden display and will compare and contrast the properties of bulbs and seeds.

Science with Mr. Burton
Third grade students have been working with magnetism and electricity. Recently, we learned about magnetic levitation and students built their own maglev vehicles and ran them on our maglev track in the classroom. Coming up, we’ll make our own electromagnets and do some creative programming work with Makey Makey components.

Media Center with Mrs. Vermillion
Please join Lamplighter for the annual Media Center Open House, Thursday, December 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to make a donation that underwrites the purchase of books and e-books for the Media Center while honoring Lamplighter faculty, staff, and special friends. Musical entertainment will be provided by our talented Lamplighter students.


  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break

  • Thursday, December 3: Media Center Open House, 7:30am-5:30pm

    Thursday, December 17: Crazy Hat and Silly Sock day

    Friday, December 18: All School Program Performances
    Group 1 - 8:30am
    Group 2 - 10:30am
    Group 3 - 1:00pm

    Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, January 3: Winter Break

    Ask Your Child...

    How did the Cinderella stories that you read or watched compare to the Cinderella you are familiar with? What elements were similar (a lost item, a big event, an evil character, etc.)? What things were different (the setting, the specific lost item, etc.)?


    Can you solve these math facts? What strategies will you use to help you?

    7 x 7= ?

    9 x 6= ?

    74 ÷ 10= ?

    64 ÷ ? = 8

    What helps you determine if a number story is asking for multiplication or division?

    What is a square number?

    Environmental Science

    Imitate your bird’s “voice” and calls.

    Third Grade Teachers

    Leslie Bledsoe - Math (yellow and blue) - - ext. 321
    Lauren Hardage - Math (red and green) - - ext. 319
    Nick Leggatt - Literacy (yellow and blue) - - ext. 320
    Becky Walker - Literacy (red and green) - - ext. 420