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19 pretty creative kiddos…making third grade an awesome adventure!

Week 20

We are ready for another fantastic week together. There are always so many great opportunities ready for us!  Please make sure to send snow gear and warm wear everyday.  It is always exciting when we can head outside for recess.  It is miserable to be stuck on the blacktop while your friends play in the snow.

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: What was the March on Washington.  This is a non- fiction book that is helping us to start our study of non- fiction features.
  • We will continue through a little more realistic fiction and then break into non fiction.We are really working on sticking with a book until it is finished!
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • Time Lines are taking us through the history of Michigan.  Last week we began discussing the explorers who came to Michigan.  We have been reading a realistic fiction book that introduces students to the history of Michigan chronologically. We are all enjoying Professor Tuesday and his time traveling.  We will be exploring forts and trading posts this week.
  • Magnets are “sticking” with us for a while.  So far, we have explored how magnets attract and repel.  This week we will explore what is attracted to magnets as well as how to sort items using a hypothesis.
  • We have begun experimenting with electricity this week and will explore the connections that are between magnets and electricity.

Spelling (Word Study):

  •   Spelling tests as needed will be taken on Friday,  There will be a vocabulary test Friday.
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Week 19

Another fantastic week is just beginning for us!  We have been having a great time learning and growing together.  Suddenly, our class has become much more independent.  It is always fun to watch this transition happen.  Those moments when I look around see the countless lessons, strategies and learning coming to together and being used seamlessly.  Your children are such a joy and I am so lucky to spend this time with them :)

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: New one!   Ask your kiddos about the reading we have been doing as a grade level.  This time  in our day is a favorite for each of our classes and we have read MANY books together. *WE HAVE BEEN LOVING OUR READ ALOUD SO MUCH… we have exceeded our normal read alouds for this time of the year!*
  • Our Book Clubs are coming to an end for mysteries.  We will continue through a little more realistic fiction and then break into non fiction.We are really working on sticking with a book until it is finished!
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • Time Lines are taking us through the history of Michigan.  Last week we began discussing the explorers who came to Michigan.  We have been reading a realistic fiction book that introduces students to the history of Michigan chronologically. We are all enjoying Professor Tuesday and his time traveling.  We will be exploring forts and trading posts this week.
  • Magnets are “sticking” with us for a while.  So far, we have explored how magnets attract and repel.  This week we will explore what is attracted to magnets as well as how to sort items using a hypothesis.
  • We have begun experimenting with electricity this week and will explore the connections that are between magnets and electricity.

Spelling (Word Study):

  •   Spelling tests as needed will be taken on Friday,  There will be a vocabulary test next Friday.
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Lansing Update… NEW INFORMATION

Dear Third Grade Families,

 

I am very excited to tell you that our Lansing times have been adjusted.  There was an updated schedule shared and we will not need to leave Beverly School until 9:00 on Thursday!  Students may come to school at their normal time and meet in the school Lobby.  We will be boarding the buses promptly and leaving at 9:00am.

 Please make sure your child has a disposable, peanut free,  sack lunch and is here at 8:45 this THURSDAY!

 So far I have two chaperones… If you are available, please let me know as soon as possible!

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Lansing Update!

Lansing is only 3 “sleeps” away!  We are up to 2 chaperones for our class.  If you previously indicated that you did not want to attend but can now…please email ASAP!!

We will leave Beverly School at 8:15 and there will be fresh bagels on the bus.  We will return to Beverly by 4:15pm.

We are very excited about this trip and if you have never been, it is a great opportunity.  The Capital is beautiful and the Historical Museum is packed full of artifacts.

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Week 18

It is a big week in third grade.  We are off to LANSING this Thursday.  Everyone is very excited to visit our state capital and the Michigan Historical Museum.  PLEASE SEND IN THE PERMISSION SLIPS!!  We only have one chaperone so far, if you are interested in joining us… there is room for you.  (There will be bagels on the bus… the real kind… not the Friday morning kind).

Here is what is coming this week:

Language Arts:

  • Read aloud: New one!   Ask your kiddos about the reading we have been doing as a grade level.  This time  in our day is a favorite for each of our classes and we have read MANY books together.
  • Our Book Clubs are continuing for one more week!  The kids were so excited to jump into mysteries and work in groups. The groups are loving the challenge and the chance to sit around a bright carpet, share reading and ideas and they are having very rich discussions.  One of the pieces that has been exciting to watch is how the class is discussing their text.  When we began there was a lot of use of discussion starters and responses.  Now, the kids are discussing ideas and responding to each other.  Being able to respond is a thoughtful step as the kids no longer simply share their ideas.  This type of discussion requires students to hear their group members and respond to them.
  •  Your child should be reading 20 minutes a night. Keep checking in on those reading logs.  We record books when we finish them rather then every night.

Math:

  • All of our math groups are working on multiplication and division.  Check in your child’s assignment book for more information and for upcoming ASSESSMENTS.

Science/Social Studies

  • Time Lines are taking us through the history of Michigan.  Last week we began discussing the explorers who came to Michigan.  We have been reading a realistic fiction book that introduces students to the history of Michigan chronologically. We are all enjoying Professor Tuesday and his time traveling.  We will be exploring forts and trading posts this week.
  • PERMISSION SLIPS for our Lansing trip will be sent home this week.  More information in backpack mail.
  • Magnets are “sticking” with us for a while.  So far, we have explored how magnets attract and repel.  This week we will explore what is attracted to magnets as well as how to sort items using a hypothesis.
  • We will begin experimenting with electricity this week and explore the connections that are between magnets and electricity.

Spelling (Word Study):

  •   Spelling tests as needed will be taken on Friday,  There will be a vocabulary test this Friday.
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