Mrs. Haas' Third Grade News

September 27, 2015

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We will kick off Theme 2 in reading this week. We will work on summarizing both fiction and nonfiction text, and we will learn about contractions.

Last week we introduced Listening Library during our reading rotations. Students can log on to to listen to books being read to them. Listening to a fluent reader helps students build their own reading fluency. Students can access the website at home, or you can also download the app to your own device at home. Use the Prairie Star username and password to access our school's books.

Username: pseswolf

Password: psewolf

Writer's Workshop

We will finish revising our class book, and then move on to editing. This is when we check for proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation in the writing.


We will continue our study of regrouping when you add and subtract numbers. This week we will focus on subtraction with regrouping. This is when you borrow from other place values as you subtract.

The students did awesome with our first timed test of the year. We will take another one this Friday. The next timed test is all subtraction facts. Be sure to find time to practice 5-10 minutes each night. Subtraction facts don't pop into our head as easily as addition facts. The more practice students can get at home the better their fact fluency will be.


We will spend time reviewing organisms, environments, and social groups this week.

Field Trip to Wilderness Science Center

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 11:45am-2:30pm

Blue Valley Wilderness Science Center

This Friday we will travel to the Blue Valley Science Wilderness Center to learn about organisms. Students will need a sack lunch on Friday since we will eat in our classroom before we leave that day. Don't forget to have them dress in their yellow Prairie Star Shirt.

Math Rotations

Last week we started math rotations during our math instruction time. We will typically do math rotations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. During this time, students visit four stations in the classroom to practice the math skill for the day. Students will review problems at their seat individually, work with a math buddy solving problems or playing a game, use technology to practice math facts, and work with the teacher in a small group. The students really seem to enjoy the rotations.

Learning With Our Buddies


Are you on twitter? Follow our class @HaasErika. I send out tweets that allow you to see what's happening in our room. As a parent, it's always fun to see the activities that your kiddos do. Sometimes they come home forgetting all the fun and hard work they do all day!