Room 113 News

A glimpse into your child's past week! January 8

What We're Up To:

This week students have obviously had to adjust to the demands of third grade once again. :) Next week on Wednesday, third graders will be participating in a Read-a-Thon in the Gym. Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas (or comfy clothes) and bring a blanket or pillow,along with a couple of good-fit books!

Parent Helpers - Secretarial Type Work

If you have a little time to spare, I could use your help! I'm looking for someone who can hole punch, staple, etc.

Is your child asking to bring a device to read on at school?

In order to prepare our students for the 21st century, we need to teach them to use technology as tools to enhance their learning. We use technology every day.

Every student in our district signs an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the beginning of the year. This lays out the district guidelines on technology use. Also included are rules for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Because we want to make sure that using technology is enhancing our learning, we strictly follow these guidelines. Your child must understand that their device is their responsibility at school. The device is to be used for reading during reading time only. If your child chooses not to follow the AUP, his or her technology privileges can/will be revoked.

Appendix F on page 94 of the Parent Handbook will provide more information if you are interested.

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In Science we have begun a very basic introduction to Sound energy. Students have learned that sounds can be loud or soft (volume) and that sounds can be high or low (pitch). We learned that sound is created by vibrations. When vibration stops, sound stops. We had some fun with a couple of *free* "Guess the Sound" apps that I downloaded to my phone!


This week the big deal was the Native American presentation ( see link: ). Our prior learning was reaffirmed with the primary and secondary sources that were shared with us this week.

In addition, we also learned more about the Native American belief system. We learned that Native Americans believe that legends help explain superstitions, or how things in nature came to be. Specifically we read The Legend of the Lady Slipper and The Legend of Sleeping Bear. If your child is wanting you to take them to the Sleeping Bear Dunes this summer, don't be surprised! :)


In Math we completed Topic 6 with our test on Friday. Students have been practicing ALL multiplication facts, 0-10 at this point. They should be practicing these at home as well. Students are able to login to their Google Classroom site and practice any of the MANY links we've learned from in class. These links are videos and games and are available at the site 24/7. The kids like them, so to ask them to practice wouldn't be any punishment!!

We are also in the midst of Multiplication Sundae quick quizzes. This means that students have been taking an (almost) daily quick quiz on the fact that they are working to master. Once they pass the quick quiz (40 problems, all correct in 3 minutes), they earn a portion of their sundae. Our actual Sundae Party will take place in February, but it's important to get working on memorizing the facts NOW!!! We will be moving on to division and then fractions in Math, but multiplication facts need to still be worked on!

Also, students brought home a *NEW* Multiplication Packet in their Friday Folder today. This should be returned on January 29, the last day of the month that's a school day. A surprise treat is included with the return of this packet, ON TIME!!!

The link below is great for choosing and practicing the facts your child is currently struggling with. There are also PLENTY of great practice links within your child's Google Classroom account.


The deadline for students to reach their Accelerated Reading goal is fast approaching (January 15th!!!). I've met with every student and they are clear on the work that they have left to do in order to meet their goal. (You also are able to log in to view their Progress on AR Home Connect - let me know if you need another copy on how to view this info.)

In addition to the Library books they check out each week, your child should have taken AR quizzes on the following books that I've read to them so far:


In Writing, many students misplaced their Realistic Fiction pieces, so we've spent the week starting over. Writing is oftentimes something to take a break of in the middle, so Winter Break really messed up our momentum! As a result, students are in the process of creating a flow map of their story idea.


Link to our Class Schedule

Tuesdays - Library 2:00 - 2:45

Fridays - Computer Lab 9:30 - 10:30

Mon/Wed = Gym, Tues/Thurs = Music, Fri = Movement


January 13: 3rd Grade Read-a-Thon (wear jammies, bring blanket/pillow and books)

January 15: AR Goal Deadline/Missing Work Must be Turned IN!!

January 18: MLK Jr. Day - no school

January 25: Records Day (no school for kids)

January 29: Report Cards will be Sent Home

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