First Day of School!


Nice job teachers!  Your rooms look amazing, you’ve had a successful day and the new year has started.  You have met your new children and they already know that you love them!   I will be posting helpful tips and techniques on this blog and you’ll hopefully find things that you will help you with teaching.  If there’s something you’d like to see addressed here, let me know and I’ll try to make it happen.

There are links for you and I’ll be posting helps for parents also.  You can link directly to the parent page from your blog.  

Please remember to let me help you!  I’m so excited to be a part of your classroom!

Susan
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Book Fair Information!

grownup and goodies may BOGO Bookfair
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End of Year Testing is Here!

Teaching:  Monday: Mrs. Alexander   Tuesday-Friday: Mrs. Goldsberry

Important Dates:

Mon April 30th   Writing End of Level Test
Tues May 1st    2nd Session End of Level Test
   Fieldtrip Permission Slips Due
   Last Day for Parents to Sign Up AND Pay for Fieldtrip
Wed May 2nd  ELA End of Level Test
Thur May 3rd  ELA  2nd Session ElA Test
Fri.   May 4th   Short Day Schedule


Miss Angelee made an awesome video about our testing faces and we’re in it! Here’s the link if you’re interested in seeing it:



https://youtu.be/MwnrlYPAMRo

Important Information

We can’t believe that End of Year Testing is here!  We will begin Monday morning and have a 45 minute session each day.  The test is not timed, and if a student needs more than the two sessions per test, they will be given all the time they need to complete their test.  
Please make sure that your student is well rested, well fed and ready to test.  We are trying to make this as non-stressful as possible. 
Tuesday is the last day for parents to sign up and pay for the field trip.  We will not be able to accommodate anyone after this day. 

Hermit Crabs
If you haven’t heard, we have hermit crabs in our classroom!  These are part of this months STEM project and have brought so much joy to our classroom.  Watch for a blog post about how 2 of these interesting creatures might become a part of your households.  

ELA


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Reading
READ, READ, READ 20 minutes every night!

Math

We are moving into capacity this week.  We will explore milliliters, liters and how to estimate how to use these measurements. 

Homework
Prodigy is a great option to review for the End of Year tests as it will review all areas that we have learned about throughout the year.  
Another great math option is Math 3 Under the Sea
T
he last option is Frontrowed.com  We are more than willing to assign your child assignments they can complete to help them continue through the 3rd grade core.

Have a fabulous week!
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Field Trip Permission


Dear Parents,

We are so excited for our last field trip this year. We are going to the Living Planet Aquarium in Draper on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018.

The plans for the trip are as follows:

  • All students will need to meet at the Roy Front Runner Station no later than 8:15. We will then board the train and ride to Draper. A bus will meet us there and shuttle us to the aquarium.
  • At the aquarium, we are scheduled for a half-day learning adventure and then we will have a short time to explore and eat lunch.
  • We will then shuttle to the station and board the Front Runner and return to the Roy Station at 4:16. You will need to pick you child up from the Roy Station.

The cost of the aquarium is usually around $15 for children and $18 for adults so we are ecstatic to say that the cost of this fieldtrip has been donated by POQA! These funds were made possible by the generous donations from parents! If you, as a parent, would like to go with us, you are more than welcome to. The cost of the trip for parents is $15, which will cover the cost of your admission into the aquarium, your Front Runner ticket, and the shuttle bus to the aquarium. 

With the nature of this field trip, we are only allowing parents to attend with us and all parents will be responsible for a small group of children. Please make other arrangements for ALL other siblings.  

 If you would like to go with us, please sign the note at the bottom of the page and return it WITH your payment by Tuesday, May 1st. No money will be accepted after this date. Those who do not pre-sign up will need to pay full admission price at the aquarium that day.

Thank you,
The Third Grade Teachers

Yes, my child ____________________________will be going on the field trip on Tuesday, May 8th. Please remember they will need a sack lunch this day or mark school lunch below. 

No, my child ______________________ will not be going on the Field Trip on May 8th.

_______Yes, I am planning on attending with you as a chaperone. I have paid the office the required $15. (Your child may pay this on their way to class) 

_______Yes, my child will need a sack school lunch on this day. I understand I will be charged as a normal school lunch. (If you sign up, you will be charged. 

____________________________________________
Parent Signature



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Play Info, Math and Reading

Teaching:  Mrs. Goldsberry

Important Dates

Mon.  April 16th   Happy Monday!
Tues.  April 17th   Spring Pictures (Free Dress Down)
Wed.  April 18th   STEM
Thur. April 19th   No Library
Fri.     April 20th  Short Schdule (Not a Dress Down)


Play Information
We are so excited about our upcoming play.  Please clear your calendars so we have a full cast for both the day and night time  performances on May 16th.  We will perform at 2:00 and again at 5:30. 

Each of the students have been assigned their parts and will be working hard to memorize their parts and all of the songs that go along with the play.  We will NOT be sending scripts home, as this will make the play more enjoyable for you to watch. 

We do need each child (with his/her family’s help) to be responsible for his/her costume.  The costumes do not need to be overly extravagant.  If you have questions or need some ideas, please feel free to contact us, we are more than willing to help you figure something out.

Reading
We are beginning our last unit of study in Reading (Can you believe we have completed 5 units!)
Unit 6 Week 1

Math
We are working hard to make sure all of the students are progressing and mastering all 37 standards that are covered in 3rd grade.  We are focusing in whole group on completing elapsed time and then moving to measurement, capacity and mass.  

Homework
Reading is still the most important part of homework.  If a reading habit is formed at an early age, it will follow you through your lifetime.  20 minutes a night is all that we ask for, and I know that many of the students in our class read more than that. 

Math homework is Prodigy or Frontrowed.  We have assigned several opportunities to work on the concepts your child is struggling with.  All students do not have the same assignments, they have been individualized according to the needs of the student.

We truly have amazing students and parents to go with them!

Have an amazing week!

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Spring has Sprung!

Teaching:  Mrs. Goldsberry

Mon.  March 19th     Welcome to this Week!
Tue.   March 20th     Happy Birthday Dea!
                                      First Day of Spring (I hope it doesn’t snow!)
Wed. March 21st       STEM Day
Thur. March 22nd    Library Day (Please remember your books)
                                      Miss Kate as Guest Teacher
Fri.  March 23rd       Short Day Schedule
                                      Miss Kate as Guest Teacher

We are Becoming Published Authors!
We are getting ready to become published authors.  In order to do this, we need you to sign the paper that your child will be bringing home.  This paper is the order blank for additional books.  Please look it over, and regardless if you buy or not, we need you to either mark yes, or no and send it back.  Anyone who does not bring back an order form, will not be able to have their book bound and sent back to us. 

Each child WILL have a book to bring home, please do not include this book on the order form!!!!  Also, please DO NOT write “Only the free paper back book”.  The order form is if you would like to purchase additional books or a hard back copy of your child’s book.

Report Cards
Report cards are updated for the quarter.  We are now in the 4th quarter now and will be going strong until the end of the year.  Your child has been working very hard in Language Arts and Math.  Please remember the number 1,2, 3 and 4 and not indicative of your child’s mastery of the various standards but the percentages for each standard can tell you if they have mastered that standard. 

In math, your child has been working on a skill until they master it.  This means some of the standards, they have not worked on at all this quarter. The students will be bringing home an updated Standards Mastered Sheet on Monday.  It shows all the standards they have mastered in blue.  They can tell you which one they’re working on and which ones they have struggled with. 

If you have questions about these scores please feel free to contact myself and Mrs. Alexander.  If you are emailing, please always remember to include both of us in the emails.  sgoldsberry@questac.or and aalexander@questac.org


Reading

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Math
We are going to start our unit on reading graphs and analyzing data.  This is a very fun unit where we learn a lot about each of the different types of graphs and how to read them.  We also work with story problems involving graphs.  Please keep your eyes open for the different graphs you see on a daily basis.  We are also continuing with our individualized standard mastery.  

Homework
Please continue to read for 20 minutes daily!  It is amazing the difference this habit can make in the number of new words you learn, and how it affects fluency and comprehension.  If you don’t like reading, you just haven’t found the right book.  This is true for children as well as adults.  

Math
In order to have a celebration for completing 3rd grade math early, all standards must be mastered by March 31st.  Many have asked what homework can be done at home to help master the standards, and it’s quite easy!  Do Frontrowed.com  adaptive practice.  Check your child’s mastery chart and have them work in the area of the standards they are currently working on in class.   You may also choose prodigy, and we are still making assignments in Prodigy to help support the topic we are working on in our whole group instruction.

Please know that we love our students and are thrilled to be a part of their lives!

Have a fabulous week!


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March Forward and Learn!

Teaching: Monday-Tuesday: Mrs. Goldsberry Wednesday – Friday Mrs. Alexander

Important Dates:
Mon.    March 5th  Welcome back to School!
Wed.    March 7th   STEM
Thur.   March 8th   Library
Fri.       March 9th   Short Day Schedule

We have learned and accomplished so much this year, but we’re not stopping there, we’re have so much more to learn, master and accomplish! We are currently working on opinion writing.  This requires us to first determine what we think, then we have to state why we think that, and last, we have to use evidence to support what we think.  This type of writing is difficult for 3rd graders, but we’re starting to understand it, and improve our opinion writing.  

Don’t forget that the Iditarod is going on and everyone should have their tracking sheet at home.  This is a fun activity that you can do as a family, as you track the driver your student choose and watch as the teams move closer to the finish line.  There is no need to send the tracking sheets back to school.

Reading
Unit 5 Week 1
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Math
We are continuing on with Front Row Ed and will finish up our fraction unity before the end of the week.  We are still working to achieve mastery on all other concepts.  Please remember, all concepts may not be mastered by the end of the quarter, and that’s OK!  We would much rather know that they understand and know the concept throughly.  

Homework
Many have asked how to help with the mastery of concepts.  The best way is to have them work in Frontrowed.com on the concepts they are struggling with.  We will still make assignments in Prodigy, and we want them to continue to love practicing Prodigy.  If you are interested on purchasing a membership in Prodigy, they are available through POQA for $12 a year.  This is a huge savings from the $10.00 a month membership that is available.

Reading homework is still 20 minutes a night.  If you would like to do Imagine Learning also, please feel free!  This program will help fill in any holes your child may have in all reading areas, and helps them with comprehension at and above the 3rd grade level.  Instructions on Imagine Learning can be found on the post below this one. 

We hope you all have a fabulous week!



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Imagine Learning

We have another homework option that will help your child with reading comprehension, and grammar, it’s called Imagine Learning.  The students access it here: www.imaginelearning.com  It takes them 20 minutes to complete a session (It will turn off when they are done).  When they first log on it will ask for a server number (This is a one time thing for each computer they use) which is  


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MARCHing on!

Teaching: Mrs. Alexander

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss

Coming Up This Week

Monday        2/26: 
Tuesday        2/27: 
Wednesday  2/28: STEM Lab
Thursday      3/1: STEM; Library, remember to bring your books
Friday           3/2: READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
                                Wear your spirit shirts
                                Early release

Thank You
A big THANKS to everyone that was able to make it to Parent-Teacher Conferences! We love getting to see you all, face-to-face, and sharing all of the progress that your child has made since we last conferenced in the fall. Your support means so much to us!

Reading
Wonders Unit 4, Week 5
Genre: Poetry
Reading Workshop: Giants, Captains Log
Literature Anthology: The Winningest Woman of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, The Brave Ones, Narcissa
Phonics: soft
c, soft g
Grammar: Irregular verbs
Comprehension: Theme, Figurative language

In addition to our Wonders unit, we will also be learning more about the amazing Dr. Seuss. We will read some fun and informative pieces written about his life, his contributions, and his impact on literacy and education. We will also integrate some fun writing into our study of Theodor Geisel!

Math
Fractions, fractions, and more fractions! This week we will continue to work on comparing fractions.  We will be looking at fractions with the same denominator, as well as fractions with different denominators. Along with learning more about fractions, students will continue to work towards the mastery of all standards in FrontRowEd. 

Homework
The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough, 20 minutes each night is all we ask. Think of reading as feeding the brain. For Math, students may choose to battle in Prodigy, or work in adaptive practice on FrontRowEd.
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Parent Teacher Conference Week!

thank-you-note

Thank you for all the wonderful valentines, help with Multiplication Madness and our Amazing Field Trip!


Teaching:  Mrs. Goldsberry

Important Dates to Remember
Book Fair will be held all week in the Q1 Gym
Mon.  Feb. 19th:   President’s Day (No School)
Tues.  Feb. 20th:  Parent Teacher Conferences
Grown Ups and Goodies
Wed.   Feb. 21st:   STEM
Thur.  Feb. 22nd: Parent Teacher Conferences
Library (Don’t forget your Library Books!)
Fri.   Feb. 23rd:  Dollar Dress Down Day
Early Out Schedule
Daddy Daughter Dance

We want to thank everyone who donated and helped set up, serve and clean up our Multiplication Madness Party.  Without all of you, the party wouldn’t have been the huge success that it was.  FYI mastering multiplication is not a thing of the past, we will continue to work on our fluency of the facts by doing timings and passing them all off again, but this time we will build stamina with 5 minute timings.  Don’t worry, we have a lot of fun activities to help us build our fluency.

A huge thanks goes out to all the parents who took the time out to go on the field trip with us!  It was a huge success and we’re sure all involved had a fabulous time.  If you have a few pictures you would love to share with us, for the end of year video, please send them in an e-mail and we’ll be sure to add some of them to the collection. 

Parent Teacher Conferences
We are so excited to meet with each of your and your student.  We have updated many of the assessments we gave at the beginning of the year, and can’t wait to share this information with you.  We will also be sharing our plans for them the rest of the year. 

In addition to the conferences, the book fair is open all week.  The hours for the book fair are before and after school, with a fun Grown Ups and Goodies on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  It will also be open during conferences. 

Reading 
We will be continuing with last week’s strategies and skills of context clues, cause and effect, and rereading using a new text.  We will also use the same text to form an opinion and then write about what we think.  This is a fairly new type of writing for our students and we’re excited to watch them develop into fabulous opinion writers..

Math
We are delving into equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  These are very difficult concepts as they appear to be concrete until the denominators get involved and then they’re very abstract.  We are also working on mastering all of the concepts we have introduced and learned so far this quarter.  We will be giving each parent a print out of exactly where your student is in this mastery at Parent Teacher Conferences.  

Homework
Homework for the week has not changed.  Reading is the MOST important part of homework.  20 minutes of good solid reading is so important for your child’s fluency and comprehension.  Daily reading increases a child’s vocabulary by copious amounts when reading for just 20 minutes a day.  It is also amazing how quickly his/her vocabulary acquisition decreases as the time read decreases.

Along with the 20 minutes of reading, we have a new tool to help us with our comprehension and may be done at home as often as possible.  The students know know to use the site, and it takes about 15 minutes to complete a full session.  Just click on this link:  

imaginelearning.com

We are involved in the Greg Tang Olympics.  There is a code on the Google Classroom Dashboard that the kids may add to and work on tonight.  The competition ends tomorrow.  We will go back to Prodigy Game and Frontrowed on Wednesday.

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