Third Grade: Specials Spotlight

Fourth Quarter 2016-2017

Exploratory Team

The teachers of these exploratory classes are committed to inspire the creative genius in all students through art, technology, library media, music, counselor and physical education.


3rd graders continued learning about playing recorders during our 4th quarter in music class. They learned about the basics of reading music notation and playing an individual instrument while reading the notation. There are a lot of skills to think about as they play recorders – using soft, gentle air, covering the holes completely to play the notes correctly, arranging fingers in the correct pattern to play each note, reading the notation to know which note to play, using the syllable “doo” to start each note, and counting the rhythm of the song as it is played. I have been really impressed with how well these 3rd grade students play already! Keep these instruments in a safe place so they’ll be ready again in 4th grade! We also spent time watching “The Sound of Music” and discussing the musical. Next year, your students will be invited to join in our Soaring Singers Choir! Look for information about this great opportunity in August! I hope you have a wonderful summer and take some time to sing and dance along the way!


The end of the 2016-2017 school year is here. With the end of the year comes many traditions and celebrations. It has been a tradition at Riverview Elementary to award one student from each grade the honor of being the artist of the year. This is kept secret from the students until the awards ceremony. A piece of art has been selected to represent each student. These works of art will be framed and they will hang in the Riverview office for the next school year. In addition, one work of art is chosen to be framed and hung at the DeSoto School District office until the student graduates. Congratulations to these students, as their artwork was outstanding! Thank you for all you do to encourage the artist within your child!

Portfolios have all gone home with students over the last few weeks. It is so exciting to look at how much our artists have grown in their talents over the course of the school year. I hope everyone has taken the time to share and discuss your child's art with them. They have made great progress this year with their art talents!

I want to thank all of the Riverview families I have been fortunate to meet and talk to. I have truly enjoyed working with your children this year at Riverview. Enjoy your summer!


Fourth quarter was filled with many awesome activities! We were able to learn more about basketball, striking objects, take our last pacer test of the school year, and prepare for Field Day! We got to learn more about basketball at such a prime time; right in the middle of March Madness! It was the perfect time to play the sport and be able to talk about the different games that were taking place (and hear about the upsets and how ruined our brackets were :)). I was (always am) so proud of all the students for their continued improvements in their talents and skills. They amaze me every day! The striking unit is always a fun one. Students were able to strike objects such as balloons, fleece balls, dodge balls, beachballs, and volleyballs with their hands, pillow paddles, noodles, and rackets. We learned about the force we use when swinging to strike an object, and got to practice using different amounts of forces for the different types of hits we were aiming for. The students finished up their pacer tests for the year and I couldn't be more proud of them. They worked SO hard every quarter and did their very best. Field Day was such an amazing way to end the quarter! The students seemed to have a great time, and I saw amazing sportsmanship all day long! I am so looking forward to next year with this group of students. They are so fun! Have a great summer!!


Third Graders were introduced to Excel a bit this quarter. We created a table in MS Word and surveyed our classmates on a favorite item. We then segregated our data and saved entered it in Excel. Students learned how to create a bar or line chart utilizing the data they collected. We formatted our chart and added titles.

We also got a chance to use the new Ozobots PTA purchased for us . The kids loved designing coded mazes on paper and using them with our ipads.

Students reviewed skills for online safety. We had great discussions. I was surprised to see how many kids had easy access to social apps. We discussed privatizing those and watching who we communicate with.

I hope you have a great summer! On those rainy days practice typing skills! See you next year!


In our library classes this quarter we reviewed our procedures for our fire, tornado, and intruder drills. We continued learning about Melvil Dewey and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students had fun acting out a topic and determining which Dewey category it would belong in. Students that participated in the William Allen White reading program voted for their favorite 3rd-5th and 6th-8th nominees. It was fun to see the variety of favorites this year! We are being held in suspense as the official winners have not been posted! We explored books from the reference section of our library. We discussed the purpose of a dictionary. Students looked up words with a partner, read the word’s definition, and then matched their word to a word found in the definition. We also looked at a thesaurus and discussed its usefulness when looking for “just the right word” in our creative writing. Students looked up words and identified synonyms that could be used in place of that word in their writing. We enjoyed stories read by members of the Screen Actors Guild online. Third graders can begin reading the William Allen White nominees for 2017-2018 this summer! Information about the program and a Reading Log to track your child’s reading will be posted to my website by June 5th. You can visit my website at: . Please keep reading and enjoying books from the public library over the summer!

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