Learning Links

Heather Smith & Adriane Reinelt

May 13, 2016

Classroom Calendar

Please click on the button link to view our classroom calendar for important events.

Classroom Photo Album

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FreshGrade Digital Portfolios

There are new entries in your child's FreshGrade portfolio this week. An important data point that is shared is your child's April progress on 3-digit addition and 3-digit subtraction. The last Quick Check on this skill will be next week. Our goal is for students to demonstrate at least 3 out 4 problems correct. Please see your child's performance posted on his/her FreshGrade portfolio. Use this data to determine which skill needs some extra practice this weekend.

Many Thanks for a Special Week!

A heart-felt thank you for a wonderful week of surprises throughout Staff Appreciation week. We were treated to special eats all week long: Monday - muffins and bagels, Tuesday - lunch, Wednesday - fruit and snacks, Thursday - breakfast sandwiches, and Friday - desserts. We also received special daily gifts from our classroom: Monday - Brioni's gift card, Tuesday - orchid plant, Wednesday - monogrammed stationary, Thursday - Bath and Body Works hand soap and lotions, and Friday - monogrammed hand towels and an insulated tumbler glass. Thanks for making us feel so special!!!

Leader in Me- Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

This week, leaders created cinquain poems about a place that they like to have fun. A cinquain is a five line poem that describes a noun. The fun place that they chose would be a nice place to visit and sharpen the saw!


Leaders hung up their respect acrostic poems around the school! Keep an eye out for them when you are here!!


Leader in Me Home Learning Conversation: Ask your leader what place they chose to write their cinquain poem about.

Math Fact May Progress - We're down to 3 weeks :) Keep practicing!!!

Math Fact Fluency Class Progress:

  • 62% of our mathematicians have mastered addition facts
  • 38% of our mathematicians have mastered subtraction facts and have moved on to mastering multiplication facts
  • 10% of our mathematicians have mastered multiplication facts and have moved on to mastering division facts

Math Fact Fluency - 100% by June

Continue to have your mathematician practice his/her basic facts for at least 10 minutes each night. Your child may practice facts in any one of the following ways:

  • card games - Each student was gifted a deck of cards and a card game book in December.
  • flashcards - Each student has been given his/her own set of triangle flashcards.
  • online games - Need suggestions, see our classroom website.
  • board games
  • etc...


Please refer to your child's Math Fact Progress Chart in his/her Story of Learning Portfolio to practice the appropriate operation. Your child should master addition first, followed by subtraction, and then multiplication.


It is expected that 3rd grade mathematicians master with 100% accuracy addition and subtraction basic facts by June. Mastery of multiplication facts is not expected in 3rd grade as multiplication is an introductory concept. Mastery of multiplication facts is a 4th grade expectation. However those students who have mastered addition and subtraction will work towards beginning mastery of multiplication facts.


Addition and subtraction fact progress is monitored through XtraMath.org and can be completed at home or at school. Your child's process can be viewed by logging on to XtraMath.org or by viewing the Math Fact Progress Chart in the portfolio.

Math - Fractions

We have been continuing to explore fractions this week by creating our own fraction bar models representing 1 whole, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8.


  • We are already SECURE in our understanding that a fraction represents a part of a whole.
  • We are DEVELOPING our understanding of representing various fractions by drawing and shading fraction parts in different models (bars, circles, etc). See the image for an example.
  • We are BEGINNING to explore similarities and differences between fractions by using the following mathematical language: equivalent (equal), greater than, and less than.


Math Home Learning Conversation: Have your mathematician share his/her learning of fractions and the similarities and differences that were discussed with our fraction bar models.

Reading- Close Reading & Assessment

Readers viewed a video clip and put their close reading skills to the test! Readers did a great job with finding the hidden meaning in the clip.


Readers also were given their final reading assessment for third grade and I am so proud with how much our readers have grown!! I can confidently say each and everyone of our readers is ready to move on to fourth grade! (Although they still do need to make sure they are reading over the summer to maintain their progress ;))


Readers are also striving to maintain their stamina at school and at home. We are continuing to practice to log what we are reading and we are making sure to be engaged in reading so we are ready for fourth grade. :)


Reading Home Learning Conversation: Ask your reader to explain the message from the video clip Partly Cloudy.

Writing- Passion Project

Writers have done some fantastic research on their topics this week!! We are wrapping up with our research and have begun to plan out our presentations and create them. A majority of writers are choosing to present their research using a poster. i am fine with google slides or a google doc if some of the work can be completed at home. Unfortunately, we do not have enough time to get that kind of a presentation completed in class with it being the end of the year.


We hope to being our presentations next week :)


Writing Home Learning Conversation: Ask your writer what new information they have learned about their topic through their research.

Word Study

This week marks the first week where we will begin to stray away from our normal word study schedule. Students were assessed to see how much they have grown over the course of this year with word study and everyone has done such an amazing job!! Each student has made growth and progress and I am very proud.


In the next few weeks we will be reviewing sorts that we have done and focus on being able to spell high frequency words in preparation for next year.


Word Study Home Learning Conversation: Ask your student to reflect on how their spelling has grown over this year.

Social Studies - Early Michigan People

We have been researching the influence of French fur traders on Michigan by exploring the following questions:


  • Where did they come from?
  • How did they get to Michigan?
  • Why did they come to Michigan?
  • Who did they interact with?
  • What events are important to Michigan's early history.


We are demonstrating our understanding by creating journal entries as French Fur Traders.


Social Studies Home Learning Conversation: Ask your historian to share what he/she has learned about the French fur traders.

Camp Invention Summer Camp

This is a great summer camp. Click on the flier link below for more information.


Camp Invention flier