Thinking in 3rd

Hastings & Simmons Newsletter- Volume 20

A peak at the week...

Reading- Nonfiction: Activating Schema (KWL)

Main Idea/ Important Details


Writing- Writing Process: Expository (beginning 2nd piece)

Grammar- Prepositional Phrases


  • Identifying unit fractions, fractions on a number line and composing/decomposing fractions.
  • Fluency: Multiplying x6 Test on Friday

Below is a great School House Rock video on You Tube to help practice their six facts!

  • Please make sure your student is studying their multiplication flashcards

Social Studies- Local, State, and Federal Government

Science- Weather

Homework- Due Thursday, February 4th!

Reading Theory- Complete the pretest

Handwriting- HWT pp. 54-57

Math- will be sent home in Monday folders

Read Theory Homework

What is Read Theory?

Read Theory is a powerful educational tool that offers online reading activities for all ages and ability level. The program adapts to students’ individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill building exercises that suit their needs.

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 log in and complete the reading pretest. This test will help determine your child's reading level. Your child should login and complete the test before Thursday, February 4th. Starting February 5th, your child will be asked to read and answer questions for 2 stories each week. 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 1-5

4th grade will begin Blow Pop Sales to raise $ for Bob Bullock field trip

Friday- Education Foundation's Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook

February 8-12

Tuesday: Author Visit 8:15 - 9:15

Thursday: Brave 3:15-4:15

Friday: Valentine's Day Party (look for more info soon)

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!

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!

Field Trip to the George Bush Library for the Reading Discovery presentation on the Berlin Wall

Joe and I would like to brag on all of your kiddos! They did an AMAZING job on our field trip. We had to sit quietly for about 30-40 minutes before the presentation began. We also had to be very quiet through the presentation since it was being presented live to other schools nation and world wide. So KUDOS to every one of our students for a job well done!

During the presentation we watched a video about George H.W. Bush's life. It was very good and the kids seemed to really like it. Next we got to "meet" students via live video from all over the US and even all the way from Germany! They asked questions of our various presenters. Then we got to hear the stories of a high ranking officer in the German military and also from Ms. Kressler, who was a German who escaped East Germany when she was in her early 20's. Both stories were very interesting.

Finally we heard students from Greens Prairie, Southwood Valley, and a Houston school read excerpts about the Cold War. The Greens Prairie 4th graders, Kat and Brett, ROCKED it!

We also got to see what can be done with a picture in Augmented Reality. It was amazing!! We hope that the children came home and were able to share some of what we experienced with all of you!