3rd Grade Happenings!

Laughter and Learning in Third Grade!

Dear 3rd Grade Family,

Phew! I sure am glad that testing week is over, and I'm sure your students are too! It can be pretty intense, but students did a fantastic job buckling down and getting it done!!! They were respectful and quiet in the hallways and they worked really hard. I'm so proud of them!

Next week we resume our regular schedule. Please make sure to scroll down to the ELA section of this newsletter for a heads up on some coming changes. :) (How's that for a teaser?) Don't miss those pictures at the bottom too!!

♥ Mrs. White 3rd ELAR & 3A Science

P.S. Thanks to all who have turned in headphones! Mrs. Daly said our class has had the best response!! We still have a few missing, so if you haven't had a chance to send some in, please try to do so by Tuesday (we have computer on Tuesdays!). Thank you!!


Use the district code SMGT-TX to login to your account. Spelling homework and dictation text, which will go home next week, are posted. I think you can find them under resources. Sneak Peek! :)

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie resumes next week, and our pace is going to pick up a little bit. Students who need a little extra support are encouraged to listen to the book on audiobook. You may even find that siblings and parents would enjoy listening too!! :)

This week in Language Arts!

I want to thank you all for your patience and support as we've gotten the phonics, spelling and dictation portions of our ELA block up and running. We have considered the feedback from families and students, and you will start to see some changes starting this week. The changes are intended to make the homework more clear, as well as incorporating more spelling patterns and rules. We are still teaching those key pieces of phonics instruction. Spelling tests, Second chance words and dictation weekly assessments will remain in place on the same schedule. I really appreciate all your feedback - it's my goal to work together with you and your students to meet your students' needs and develop their skills!

We've also started our cursive practice - students are doing very well with that.

I have a few other things up my sleeve that I'm looking forward to rolling out this year! :) I like to keep the kids on their toes.

This Week in Science!

On Thursday, we watched an awesome video about the Monarch butterflies! Students wrote in their journals at least three facts about what they learned, and they were clearly engaged and interested in this amazing creature and its epic journey. :)

On Friday, we explored making "rocks" out of chocolate. Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are more fun to learn about with chocolate, foil, and water!! While the experiment didn't go quite as planned (sometimes, that's science!), I hope the students had a good time and made those crucial connections. We will continue with rocks next week! :) Thank you to all those who were able to show the video to their students ahead of time, it really made a big difference and gave us more time for the hands on activities! I may try more classroom "flipping" as we move forward.

September Book Report

The assignment is due September 30. Please make sure that your students don't leave it to the last minute! If you have any questions, please let me know.

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