Third Grade News
Mark Your Calendars
May 6th - Spring Carnival beginning at 4:00pm
May 19th - Bruster's Spirit Night
May 20th - Spring Picnic
May 25th - Last Day of School
Please remember that although Milestones testing is finished we are not done learning. It is still important to be here each day as long as your child is not sick.
Reading is Wonderful Every Day of the Week!
As we prepare for the end of the school year, we will continue to read and review the AKS for the last quarter. We will practice reading passages and answering questions. Each night, students are expected to read 20 minutes per night and document the reading on their reading log.
At the beginning of 3rd grade, we agreed to participate in the 25 Books Campaign Reading Program. Throughout the year, we have read and documented different genres and it’s time to celebrate! On May 10, 2016, we will have our 25 Books Campaign celebration. We will acknowledge students for their achievement of participating in the program. Congratulations to all students who met the goal. We are proud of you!
As our overall 3rd grade experience come to an end, it’s important to discuss summer reading. While it’s great to read during the school year, it’s essential to read in the summer. Did you know reading is wonderful during the summer months too? According to Reading Rockets, research states that students who do not read during the summer months can lose up to three months of reading progress. During the summer, please encourage your child to read, read, read!
Summer Reading Tips
1. READ ~ Read daily and write a short paragraph about the book you read. Please remember to include the setting, characters, problems, and solution. If you are reading a non- fiction book, write five to seven facts about the book you read.
2. LIBRARY Visit ~ Students should take a trip to the library weekly. Please sign up for the local reading summer programs at your neighborhood library.
3. WRITE Weekly ~ In a journal, write about topics that are interesting to you. If you have time, write a letter to a grandparent or friend!
4. COMMUNITY Involvement ~ Locate a place to volunteer or participate in a community project throughout the summer.
Happy reading to everyone and enjoy your summer vacation!
Writing for Success!
We have been reviewing all three genres of writing that we have worked on this year. We will review our end of year writing rubrics and students will be challenged to produce their final narrative pieces; they’ve come full circle! We will then end the year by reading poetry and trying our hand on becoming poets! This will be a great way to work on creative writing and it will be a great opportunity for students to practice reading their own work fluently. Our goal is to have each student publish and illustrate their own books of poetry to take home this summer. These little authors have worked very hard and have grown tremendously as writers this year! Keep on writing this summer. Keeping a diary of fun events, or a travelers journal are great ways to help your child continue to grow as a writer!
On one of those rainy, boring summer days, have your child spin the “Story Starter” on Scholastic’s website to create a fun story! Remember, all plays (and movies) begin as scripts! ;-)
Social Studies Update!
Our Economics unit has started. We have a few more lessons to go through, an open book quiz and a summative grade. The students will begin to receive “Cougar Bucks” on Monday May 2nd. Cougar Bucks will be received daily based on compliments and positive points. They can also lose “Cougar Bucks” based on behavior etc. The Cougar Bucks will be stored at school and used at the School Store which will open on Friday May 20th. The students will have the opportunity to have a real-world application of economics! As a reminder, the School Store parent letter will come home on Monday May 2nd and it’s due back on Monday May 9th. Please sign and list the good or service your child will be doing/bringing and don’t forget to check the bottom as to whether your child can or cannot purchase food from the stores.
We are continuing working on the suffixes in unit 4 of our word study book. The next suffixes are;
-er meaning more
-est meaning most
-ly in a certain way or manner
Then we will review and test over unit 4 after spring break.
The final three lessons introduce roots for numbers from 1-3: uni-(1), bi- (2), tri-(3). These number roots most often occur at the beginning of the word. The final test on all three roots will be next week.