Third Grade News

Mrs. Behm, Mrs. Komar, & Mrs. Pilo

February 15, 2019


As always the students continue to grow in using the 4 school agreements. Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Responsible. We see growth in these areas each day.

Language Workshop:

We are in the midst of our new study of fairy tales, legends, folktales and fables. Our readers and thinkers will continue to explore and discover the attributes of this type of genre. We will read, think and unpack our thinking of the lessons and intentions of the writers and illustrators of these stories. The exciting and powerful part of this process is putting into action, the valuable lessons that unfold in these books.

What influences the lessons we learn?

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Reading Workshop:

In Reader’s Workshop, we will research and notice the structure and the crafts that these writers used in composing this type of genre. It will support our understanding of the different perspectives and intentions of each the different authors which will lead us to compare the similarities and differences of each of the fables and folktales. As we listen and think well together, unpacking the themes of each of the books together supports our readers’ ability to monitor their own reading during independent reading time.

Thank you for supporting your child’s efforts to read every night. It makes a huge difference in their ability to sustain, maintain and grow their literary lives!

Writing Workshop:

We joyfully celebrated our nonfiction stories during our Writing Museum! Each student was able to share their writing pieces with their peers and teachers. The highlights of our Writing Museum was both sharing it and receiving verbal feedback from their classmates on the different moves they used as writers and illustrators of this genre. Our next writing journey will be to compose a fairytale by adapting to one that they have studied in Reader’s Workshop.


Fractions have become a major part of our math learning lately! Students have learned how to represent fractions by drawing a partitioned shape, making a number line, or building them with fraction strips. The biggest thing they need to work on is making EQUAL PARTS. It helps if they think of a real example like cutting a cake into equal parts to share with family or friends.

As we move into the second part of our unit you should be getting the new Grade 3 Unit 7 Parent Letter in your son or daughter’s home folder. The fraction kits that each student made will be a helpful tool to visualize how two fractions may be equivalent or greater/less than each other. Check out this website to see some of these fraction relationships:

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Students have learned a lot about crayfish structures (body parts) and their functions (purpose). They also discovered crayfish behavior and why they do what they do. Next we will be learning about inquiry in science. Students will use what they learn about inquiry to compare crayfish with another animal.

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Social Studies:

The students have now finished their Landforms book that they created on their iPads. The students truly enjoyed learning about many different types of landforms and the definitions of each landform. As we study our books in Language Workshop we are discussing with the students where the stories come from such as what part of the United States or even what country. The students are also learning what oceans are near these countries.

Digital Citizenship:

During this time the students have been working on digital citizenship lessons to learn how to safely use the internet.

Parent - Teacher Conferences:

Conferences are coming up next Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, February 28. Please make sure you’ve signed up with a time to meet with your child’s teacher. You can find all the sign up info on the last Eagle Update.

Optimist Swim Club:

Rose Glen is getting ready to set up our swim/dive team for the annual Optimist Swim Club Meet which will be held on Saturday, April 6th at South High School. This is a FREE event and is open to all boys and girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

The following are the dates and times that we will have practices at WEST High School. Each participant must turn in a permission slip prior to being allowed to swim at the practices. Permission slips should be returned to their teacher and they will be forwarded to the coaches.

Order your swim team Spirit Wear on this site:

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Parents are required to drive their children to the practices and pick them up on time. (Carpooling is a great idea!)

Each child is required to attend three of the five practices in order to participate in the swimming meet on Saturday, April 6th.

The 5 Practices are as follows. Please be ready to enter the pool by 4pm!

  • Wednesday, March 20th @ 4:00 - 5:00

  • Friday, March 22nd @ 4:00 - 5:00

  • Tuesday, April 2nd @ 4:15 - 5:15

  • Thursday, April 4th @ 4:15 - 5:15

  • Friday, April 5th @ 4:15 - 5:15

If you have any other questions please feel free to talk to your coaches,

Mrs. Watke (970-2454) and Mrs. Marcks (970-2463).

We hope to see many of you there on Wednesday, March 20th!