Third Grade News

October 2016


We've completed our first nine weeks of school! Isn't that amazing? It was full of adjustments to high expectations, new responsibilities, and the overall transition of becoming a third grader.

What We've Been Up To

*Reading - We have learned about visualizing, summarizing, and comparing and contrasting story elements in fiction. Students have also been exposed to the various folktales, including fairy tales, fables, tall tale, myths, and legends. We will now be shifting our focus to nonfiction texts. We will begin this unit by reviewing text features and determining how these features help us understand nonfiction texts.

*Math - Students in third grade have worked the first quarter on building a strong foundation in number sense. These skills are the building blocks for future math concepts. We are moving from patterns into multiplication and division concepts. This is a large unit and may be different from the way you learned it when you were in third grade.

*Science/History - Students in Mrs.Kennedy's and Ms. Nunley's content classes have learned about the contributions of ancient China and Egypt. Up next will be two science units that include soil and the components of the water cycle.

*Writing - In the past couple of weeks students focused on past- and present-tense verbs and using a comma in a simple series. Next, we will be working on using abbreviations (abb.) and using singular possessives (Bob's bookbag). The students will be practicing writing using informative and explanatory styles (how to make a...).

Recently we have...

* Completed our first Fox Summit with a "blue out on bullying" - all children received a "Stand up. Speak up,Stop Bullying" blue band.

* We have had our Farmer and Team Spirit Days.

* Completed our first letter grades for the marking period.

Fall Conferences

Third grade will be holding their fall conferences on Tuesday, October 25! Information on how to sign up for a conference time went home in your child's Thursday Fox Folder. Please make sure to review it and send it in as soon as possible. You will be meeting with your child's homeroom teacher.

Upcoming Dates

October 17-21: Book Fair (during your child's library resource)

October 21: Grandparents' Day

October 28: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Monticello

October 31: Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character

Important Reminders

  • Do you still have questions about MAP Testing? Check out the MNES parent homepage for a brief video that explains a little more about the use of MAP and how we use it to target our instruction.
  • Please be sure to review and sign your child's Fox Folder every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day is on Monday, October 31. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. This does not necessarily correlate to their Halloween costumes. Masks are not allowed and all costume accessories must be school appropriate.
  • Reports Cards are in a new format this year! Teacher comments are on the bottom of the report card AND on the back. Please review carefully!

Things to Ask Your Child About

Do you ask your child what they learned in school to only have them answer, "Nothing!" or "I don't remember?" Here are some questions that encompass what we've been doing so far in third grade that you can ask to jump-start their thinking, and maybe lead to some awesome conversations!

1. What is a folktale?

2. What continent is west of Asia?

3. What is a homophone?

4. What is the difference between a repeating pattern and a growing pattern?

5. What's one thing you've learned this week?

Contact us!

Questions? Concerns? Comments? Contact us!

Ms. Fox

Mrs. Harris

Mrs. Kennedy

Ms. Nunley

Mrs. Trayer

(540) 967-1347

New Resources!

Epic! Is a website that all third graders are newly enrolled in. Students created a "Readers' Profile" when they first logged in, and now have access to books that have been targeted for their specific interests. Should your child forget his/her login, please contact his/her reading teacher.