Mrs. Majetic - Winterpock Elementary
Welcome to Mrs. Majetic's Third Grade Class! 
WEEKLY NEWS AND HOMEWORK! 

Each Sunday evening, I will post important news, reminders, assessment dates and daily homework for your convenience. 

November 19-20


Greetings Third Grade Parents!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! As you well know, we have a short week coming up. Here is what the students have for Monday and Tuesday.

We will be doing a variety of Thanksgiving themed activities to practice skills from the past several weeks – Homophone Harvest, Pilgrim Parts of Speech, and Turkey two-digit addition and subtraction. We will also be reading a nonfiction article about the First Thanksgiving. This article will help us review sound reading strategies:

1.  Strategic highlighting of the text – Students should not be highlighting entire sentences. Rather, we have discussed highlighting bold words, dates, proper nouns, key details, etc. This is a very hard skill that we must practice.

2. Determining Where to Find an Answer – Before reading, I have taught the students to read all the questions. After reading the question, the student is to determine if this is an “In My Head” question or “In the Text” question.

3. Providing Text Evidence- If a question is to be found in the text, the students have been instructed to indicate in what paragraph they found the answer. They need to number paragraphs and write down the paragraph number beside the question.

Reading for comprehension is a very active and thoughtful process. We will not have success if we are randomly highlighting, reading without focus, or rushing. The passages will become increasingly more complex and the questions will require students to put in much effort. We will be working on reading comprehension a great deal in the coming months. When reading comprehension activities and assessments come home, check to see if your child is going through this process in a careful way.

On Monday, we will be reviewing a skill the students know well – Author’s Purpose. We will use the acronym PIEE to help with this. Students will determine if the author of a text wanted to persuade, inform, entertain, or explain. There will be a short and sweet Author’s Purpose formative on Tuesday, November 20.

In science, we will finish the water and the water cycle. There will be a summative water test on Tuesday, November 20. This science summative and all science summatives from here on out will be given digitally on the student Chromebooks. You will not get paper copies of tests so look for your child’s grades on ParentVue. To prepare for the test, the students already have a study guide and some activities in their green folders. On Monday, they will be provided some practice questions and the Essential Understandings. We will go over both in class, but students should review at home on Monday evening to be fully prepared for the test on Tuesday.

In math, we are continuing our Place Value Part 2 unit. Last week, we did several activities with comparing numbers as greater than, less than, or equal to. We will continue that skill for the next couple of days and then work on ordering numbers and rounding after the Thanksgiving break. The Place Value summative will be on Friday, November 30.

On Tuesday, we are going to have some fun with three Thanksgiving STEAM activities.  Students will get to:  build the Mayflower and see what design floats the best, create a Thanksgiving table to hold the harvest and see what design is the sturdiest, and create a place for poor turkey to hide!

In writing, we are so busy preparing for your visit. The students wrote fall poems and are now working on a fall personal narrative. We still have a fall letter to write and a fall persuasive piece. We can’t wait to read to you at the Gift of Writing event.

Your child may have mentioned that we have been practicing for the CoGat tests. We have one more day to go. Hopefully, you saw the letter that Mrs. Dubiel sent home last Wednesday explaining the CoGats and providing the dates. These tests will be given online using the Chromebooks on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after the break.

HOMEWORK

MONDAY – study for Author’s Purpose formative tomorrow, math sheet, study for water cycle summative tomorrow

TUESDAY – Happy Thanksgiving!



November 26-30

I know that you all are going to be very busy during the Thanksgiving weekend visiting with family and – should I say it- decorating for the winter holidays! I am letting you know what is coming after Thanksgiving so that you can focus on family and friends and leave school behind for a bit.

Students should finish their novels and the corresponding activities by Monday, November 26. On that day, we will be having Literature Circles and the kids need to be prepared to share and discuss with their classmates about their book.

In math, we will continue with Place Value Part 2. On Monday, we will discuss ordering four-digit numbers. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will practice rounding to the tens, hundreds, and thousands place. There will be a quiz on all of this on Wednesday, November 28 and the summative will be on Friday, November 30. For the Place Value summative test, students will be expected to: 1. round to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand, 2. order a set of four, four-digit numbers from both least to greatest and greatest to least, 3. determine a magic number, and 4. indicate greater than, less than, or equal to.  There is a comprehensive study guide that students should study to be prepared.

In shared reading, we will be discussing the different genres of literature: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, fables, etc. There will be a formative on genres on Thursday, November 29.

In social studies, we will be learning about Ancient China. Yes!  Your child did learn about that last year in second grade. The Virginia Department of Education has moved the Ancient China and Ancient Egypt  SOLs to third grade starting this year. Therefore, your kiddos will get these again, but with more rigor. The Ancient China summative will be sometime during the first week of December. I will announce that as we get closer.  

Don’t forget the Gift of Writing event is on Thursday, November 29 at 2:45. If you filled out the green slip that was attached to the invitation, I will have your security badge waiting for you on a table at the front door of the school. Pick up your sticker and come on down!

CoGats will be in administered in the mornings of Tuesday, November 27, Wednesday, November 28, and Thursday November 29. These are digital tests done on the Chromebooks. You will receive the testing results in a few weeks.

Thanks for your support!


HOMEWORK

MONDAY – Word Study menu item, math sheet

TUESDAY – Word Study menu item, math sheet, place value formative tomorrow (know ordering numbers, comparing numbers, and rounding numbers)

WEDNESDAY – Word Study menu item, math sheet, study for genres formative tomorrow

THUSDAY – spelling test tomorrow, Place Value test tomorrow – use study guide


Week of November 12-16


Hello Third Grade Parents!

Hope you all had a nice fall weekend. I heard from the kids that this was the final weekend of outdoor sports like soccer. Hope you stayed warm!

Thanks to all of you who have gotten pledges for the Boosterthon Fun Run that will happen this Friday, November 16. Because of those pledges, our class has earned two awards – no spelling homework on Monday and Crazy Sock Day on Monday!   So Monday night, the students can skip Word Study homework and they should wear their crazy socks tomorrow – Monday, November 12.

In math, we are completing our telling time unit. There will be a quiz on Tuesday, Nov. 13.   Students will need to tell time to the nearest minute and complete elapsed time word problems.  On Thursday, Nov. 15 we will have the time summative. For the summative test, students will need to do the following: match an analog clock to a digital clock, read and write times to the nearest minute, complete elapsed time problems, and be able to identify equivalent times for minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. There is a good study guide to help with the equivalent times that the students already have. I will provide a packet with around 30 elapsed time problems for extra practice at home if it is needed.  Our next unit of study will be place value part 2. We will be working on ordering numbers and identifying numbers as greater than and less than.

We will continue to practice comprehension of fiction and nonfiction. We will answer questions about our Time For Kids articles and read a funny fiction story in our basal reader called Cook – A – Doodle -Do!   With the fiction story, we will discuss drawing conclusions and other story elements. There will be a comprehension of fiction summative at the end of the week.

The students have their new novels. I hope they are enjoying them. The kids may work on reading these books through the Thanksgiving holiday. The novels and the corresponding activity are due on Monday, November 26.

In shared reading, we are also working on dividing words into their syllable parts. On Monday, students will receive a sheet with some syllable rules that are helpful. We will do several activities for practice and there will be a ‘dividing syllables” formative on Friday, November 16.

In science, we are starting a unit on water and the water cycle. Students will get a study guide on Monday. We will be completing interactive notes each day this week. On Wednesday, the students will have an open notes water cycle reading comprehension activity. The summative test for water and the water cycle will be next Tuesday, November 20.

In writing, we start our Fall Writing Collection tomorrow. Students will be writing fall poems, a fall letter, a fall persuasive writing piece, and a fall personal narrative. These will be collected and shared with you at our annual Gift of Writing Event on Thursday, November 29 at 2:45. An invitation with details will be coming home in your child’s gray folder on Monday night.

Hope you all have a great week!


HOMEWORK


MONDAY – no spelling – elapsed time sheet – both sides – study for time quiz tomorrow

TUESDAY – 1 Word Study menu item – complete 10 elapsed time problems of your choice

WEDNESDAY – 1 Word Study menu item – study for telling time summative tomorrow –

THURSDAY – 1 Word Study menu item – syllables quiz tomorrow – spelling test tomorrow



Week Of October 29 - Nov. 2

Dear Third Grade Parents!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. It is hard to believe, but the first nine weeks of third grade is nearly over. I am so impressed with how well the students have made the ever so challenging transition to third. I should have all the grading done by Thursday evening. You will know your child’s final grades for the quarter by Thursday night.

This week in math, we are starting a new unit – telling time. We will begin with a review of periods of time for day, month, and year. Please see the study guide for this information. Then we move on to telling time on an analog clock to the nearest minute. After we return from the break in November, we will learn about elapsed time. There will be a telling time formative on Wednesday, October 31. For the quiz, students should know how to tell time to the nearest minute on an analog clock, periods of time for day, month, and year, and equivalent periods of time on a calendar.  This will be the final math grade of this quarter.

In shared reading, we will be reviewing a variety of word analysis skills to prepare for a word analysis formative on Wednesday, October 31. We will do activities on recognizing verbs, review how to use apostrophe s, practice counting syllables in words, and hit prefixes and suffixes one more time. Students will see all these word analysis skills on their quiz Wednesday.

As you know, we have already taken part 1 of our geography test – the land and water features of North America. We have part 2 on Tuesday, October 30 – the land and water features of South America. The two parts will be put together to make one summative social studies grade.

We have also been discussing diversity in America during the social studies block. The students will be bringing their social studies books home in the evenings to review the diversity chapter with you. They already have notes and a vocabulary fill-in-the-blank activity to study. Later this week, they will have an Essential Questions activity to study. The diversity summative will be on Thursday, November 1. This will be the final grade of the quarter.

Students have been focused on reading their novels. The Sarah, Plain and Tall group has a comprehension packet. The other 3 groups may choose any activity they want from the Reading Comprehension booklet they have. The reading and the activities should be finished on Wednesday, November 7.

We will have our last reading summative on Tuesday, October 30. There will be two nonfiction passages with comprehension questions. There will be several main idea and heading questions. Student also need to know setting. We will do activities to review and prepare.

We will be taking a hiatus from spelling for a couple of weeks. There will be no Word Study groups this week. Students will have six spelling test grades from this quarter that will be averaged and will count as one summative writing grade. I will post that as soon as I get all the spelling tests from the different teachers.  As well, we will not do Word Study the week first full week of November as that is a three-day week.

On Wednesday, we will be rotating to four spooky STEAM challenges – Pumpkin Catapults, Pumpkin Towers, Spider Walkers, and Spider Bridges. Thank you to the parents who sent in supplies for these activities. It promises to be a fun afternoon!

You may have heard that the kids now have their very own Chromebooks!  Yeah! Last Friday, each student was assigned their Chromebook and we came up with new passwords for everyone. Each child has a password that is unique to them and they have been told to keep it secret. We are so excited to have this technology available to us all the time!

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences!


HOMEWORK

MONDAY – study for South America geography test tomorrow- complete “Calendars” page for math


TUESDAY – study for telling time formative tomorrow, prepare for word analysis formative tomorrow, and complete “Telling Time” page and “Equivalent Times Matching Cards” page


WEDNESDAY – study for Diversity Summative tomorrow


THURSDAY – none but read your novel



Week of October 22-26

Good Afternoon Third Grade Parents!

Wow!  We only have two more weeks of the first quarter left. The kids are doing amazing. I am very proud of them. I have updated Parent Vue so you know where your child currently stands in terms of grades. I have also gone ahead and posted the dates and descriptions of the upcoming assessments for this quarter on parent Vue. That way, if your child has a target grade they are reaching for, you both know how to study and prepare.  Note thntil we start simple machines in November.

We still have two reading summatives left. One will be a nonfiction comprehension test with three passages. The other will be a Performance Based Project to assesses understanding of nonfiction text features. There are explicit directions and a rubric. Parents and students will know the expectations for this project and students are welcome to work on this in the evenings with your guidance. This summative project will be due on next Monday, October 29.

Students also have a Performance Based Project for social studies. Again, the kids will be provided clear and specific instructions and a rubric. The kids are invited to work on this at school and at home with your guidance to make sure they are following the directions and are working neatly and accurately. This summative project will be due this Friday, October 26.

In math, we are finishing up our geometry unit this week. There will be a formative on Wednesday, October 24 that covers shape names, angles, and congruent and noncongruent figures. The summative will be Friday, October 26. For the geometry summative, students need to know:

1.  The names of the various polygons – see Polygon Concept Map page for examples and descriptions of shapes,

2. How to determine if a given shape is a polygon or not a polygon,

3. How to identify a right angle,

4. Angles, rays, lines, and line segments,

5. Identify shapes as congruent or noncongruent,

6. Be able to draw lines, line segments, rays, and angles with a ruler.

During shared reading time, we will be using our nonfiction articles in the Time for Kids magazine to determine the main idea and supporting details of text. There will be a main idea formative on Thursday, October 25.

In addition to reviewing the continents and oceans of the world, students will be learning about specific geographic features of North America and South America.  To lighten the load, the students will be tested on these two continents on separate days but only one summative grade will be entered in the gradebook. The geography of North America test will be on Thursday, October 25.

I have sent out the SignUp Genius for those wishing to conference with me.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

HOMEWORK

MONDAY – sort words and 1 menu item, “Shape Addition” page

TUESDAY - sort words and 1 menu item, study for geometry quiz tomorrow, complete congruent and noncongruent sheet

WEDNESDAY - sort words and 1 menu item, main idea formative tomorrow, map test on North America tomorrow, congruent shapes page

THURSDAY – spelling test tomorrow, geometry summative tomorrow, social studies globe project due tomorrow

Week of October 15-19

Hello Third Grade Parents!

Wishing you all a happy weekend. I hope the kids enjoyed yet another unexpected break! Here is what we will be doing next week.

Since we missed school on Friday morning, we will have the suffix/prefix formative on Monday. We will have the missed Word Study test, as well.

It is time for a second reading summative. Our last reading summative focused on the comprehension of nonfiction. This week, we will review comprehension strategies to better understand poetry and fiction passages. We will be reading lots of fun poems which the kids always enjoy. We will practice understanding fiction with a passage called “How to Pet A Dolphin”. Students will continue to practice these steps: 1) divide and number paragraphs, 2) determine if a question is “In my Head” or “In my text”, 3) and strategic highlighting. (Some students are highlighting way too much. We need to try to focus on highlighting those things that are most important.) The fiction summative will be on Thursday, October 18.

Of course, we will not be leaving nonfiction out this week. We will be reviewing nonfiction text features: title page, table of contents, index, glossary, dictionary guide words, headings, subheadings, bold words, italics, bullet points, illustrations, captions, diagrams, labels, maps, tables, charts, and diagrams. Did you know all these features help us better understand the nonfiction texts we read? Students will be completing interactive notes on all these items. They may want to look over these at home on Thursday night. There will be a nonfiction text features formative on Friday, October 19.

It has been great to see the kids enthusiastically reading their “chocolate” novels. The reading and the corresponding written activities are due Friday, October 19 . Students will get new novels at that time.

We had our graphing summative last Thursday and the kids rocked it! We are starting our geometry unit on Monday. Students will learn about lines, points, angles, polygons, quadrilaterals, congruent and non-congruent figures, and subdividing shapes to make new shapes. This will be a two-week unit. We will have the geometry summative on Friday, October 26.

Currently, the children are working on “The Great Graphing Project”. This is a Performance Based Activity with clear directions and a rubric. It will count as a summative math grade. Since it counts as a summative, students will want to do well. It is due on Tuesday, October 16. If you feel it is needed, look over the project with your child on Monday night before they hand it in. Ask your child to share their project with you. Encourage them to share with you the expectations on the rubric. Did they do their best work?

In science, we are moving along with our habitats/ecosystems unit. Students will be completing a habitats booklet that will make them familiar with the different plants, animals, weather, and locations of the world’s habitats.  The habitats/ecosystems summative will be on Friday, October 19. Students should focus on the study guide, the vocabulary flash cards, and the Essential Questions sheet. Students need to know the difference between a population and a community, be able to recognize the plants and animals found in various aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and be able to identify a habitat as aquatic or terrestrial. There will be a habitats formative on Thursday, October 18.

In writing, the kids are having a great time learning how adverbs and adjectives make our writing more interesting. The kids will be completing “monster” stories this week. These descriptive, narrative pieces will count as a summative grade.

Field day is Wednesday in the afternoon. Don’t forget comfortable clothes and shoes and a water bottle for your student.


HOMEWORK

MONDAY – sort and complete 1 menu item with Word Study words, complete lines and rays page

TUESDAY - sort and complete 1 menu item with Word Study words, complete “Simple House Picture” activity

WEDNESDAY - sort and complete 1 menu item with Word Study words, fiction summative tomorrow, habitats quiz tomorrow, lines, segments, and rays sort

THURSDAY – spelling test tomorrow, nonfiction text features formative tomorrow, complete subdividing polygons sheet


Week of October 8-12

Hello Parents!  Let me begin by saying that we had a great week.  The kids worked very hard on their research projects and they look really good!  The animal research reports will end up being three grades - a formative reading grade for "Uses a variety of print and electronic resources" and 2 writing grades.  The questions will count as  a  formative and the actual report will be a summative.  

The math graphing unit is humming along nicely.  The kids handled the graphing quiz on Friday very well.  To prepare for the  graphing summative on Thursday, October 11, you will want to pay particular attention to the multiple-choice graphing questions that we did in class on Friday and the graphing quiz we took on Friday.  Both are in the students' math folders.  Next Thursday, students need to be able to analyze and interpret graphs on the test.  Specifically, students will be asked to:  analyze info in a chart and pick the corresponding graph, understand that graphs have TAILS (Titles, Axis, Intervals, and Lables), they have to know that a key shows the value of the pictures in a pictograph, they will have to construct their own pictograph and bar graph using data from a data chart, and they will need to be able to analyze a graph and pick true and false statements about that graph.  On Friday, we  start our new math unit - geometry.

In reading, all groups met with me to discuss their novels.  We talked about the targeted reading comprehension strategies in their booklets.  Now we all have chocolate fever!  Each group has a chocolate-themed novel.  Groups have been assigned a page in the reading comprehension booklet.  The group reading Chocolate Fever has a reading comprehension packet to complete.  The reading and the written exercises are due on Friday, October 19.  

In shared reading, we will be reading the funny story Wolf! in our basal readers.  The  students will analyze the story  to learn about Problem and Solution.  We will do a few activities with Problem and Solution and have a formative on Wednesday, October 10.  

We will also be reviewing prefixes and suffixes.  There will be a prefixes and suffixes formative on Friday, October 12.

In science, we have been busy learning about food chains.  The students have watched several videos, made flash cards of key vocabulary, and worked on a food chains interactive booklet.  The food chains summative will be this Tuesday, October 9.  To prepare, students should study the flashcards, the study guide, the graded formative, and the Essential Questions.  The Essential Questions reflect the rigor and depth of understanding required to do well on the summative.  Next, we will learn about animal habitats.

The students have taken three spelling tests and are enjoying switching for Word Study.  Just a reminder - all of the spelling tests will be averaged to make one summative writing grade.  Since spelling tests are recorded in writing, the writing SOLs apply to the tests.  For the dictation sentences on the spelling tests, students are expected to use correct capitalization and grammar.  

We will continue to work on comprehension of nonfiction as we read our Time For Kids.  As well, we will be working on poetry and fiction passages.  We are focusing on reading strategies that help us understand our reading better:  dividing our passages by paragraph, numbering the paragraphs, determining if the questions is "in my head" or "in the text", and highlighting important information.  We will have a fiction summative the week of October 15-19.  

On the horizon:

1.  Picture Day - October 10

2.  Richmond Symphony - October 11

3.  Early Release - October 12

4.  Field Day - October 17 - Mr. Baytop needs volunteers to make field day a success.  Consider volunteering.

HOMEWORK

MONDAY - read novel, sort words and 1 menu item, study for science summative tomorrow, complete graph

TUESDAY -  read novel, sort words and 1 menu item, Problem and Solution quiz, graph

WEDNESDAY -  read novel, sort words and 1 menu item, study for graphing summative tomorrow

THURSDAY -  read novel, spelling test tomorrow, suffixes and prefixes formative tomorrow

Week of October 1-5

It was so great to see you all on Thursday evening.  Thank you for attending Back to School Night!

We will continue our math unit on multidigit addition and subtraction in word problems.  By Monday afternoon, your child will have four sheets that explain the step-by-step procedures and strategies to "attack" word problems.  On Monday, the students will receive a laminated U-P-S Check work mat to help them solve word problems.  Students need to write down what they Understand, make a Plan (pick an operation), Solve the problem (show your work), and Check the work (do the opposite operation to see if the computation was done correctly).  On Wednesday, there will be a formative of single step word problems that contain multidigit addition and subtraction problems.  Students should prepare for this test by using their UPS Check mat with the word problems copied on blue paper.  Be sure to read the paper that I sent home Thursday that was created by the math department with parent strategies for helping young mathematicians with word problems.

After the math formative on Wednesday, we start our new math unit on graphing.  The students will be learning about survey questions, tally charts, using data from a tally chart to make a bar graph and a pictograph.  Students will be asked to ANALYZE graphs.  This is hard and we will get in lots of practice.  There will be a formative on graphs on Friday and a summative test next Thursday, October 11.  

In reading, we start the week by reviewing ambiguous or irregular vowels patterns.  There will be several activities to practice this and a formative on Thursday.

As well, we will start to learn about prefixes and suffixes on Friday.  We will spend several days on this and have a formative on prefixes and suffixes sometime next week.

Students need to finish the novels that they were assigned and complete ONE activity in the Reading Response Journal that is in their guided reading baggie.  The Charlotte's Web group will do comprehension questions and vocabulary instead of the Reading Response Journal.  The reading and the activity/questions need to be done by this Friday, October 5.  On Friday, the whole class will get "chocolate fever" as we all get novels that are chocolate themed - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolate Fever and Chocolate Touch.  What fun!  Students will have two weeks to complete their novels so that puts us at October 19 to finish the reading and one activity in the Reading Response Journal.  

In third grade, reading and reading comprehension are integrated into everything we  do:  math word problems, the social studies text Our World, science notes, Time For Kids non-fiction articles, shared reading stories in our basal reader, reading checkpoints when we practice reading strategies, and novel studies just to name a few.  It is not so much about ticking off minutes each night as it is about reading to be a successful student and enjoying quality literature and discussing our reading with others.  The kids learn to self-monitor their reading habits to complete their assignments.  I will start to include "Read your novel" on the homework agenda to help students remember to pull out their books each evening.  

In writing, we are continuing to use Chromebooks to do digital research about an animal to write a simple report.  We will finish the research Monday, begin the rough draft, and have final copies completed on Friday.  This  short report will count as a summative writing grade.

In science, we are doing a second animal unit - food chains.  Students will be receiving a study guide, flash cards, and will be completing a food chains interactive booklet.  By the end of the unit, students will understand producers, consumers, predator, prey, carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore.  As well, they must understand how all these interconnect in food webs.  There will be a formative on food chains vocabulary on Friday, October 5.  There will be a food chains summative on Tuesday, October 9.  

On the horizon we have Picture Day on Wednesday, October 10 and an early release day on Friday, October 12.

Almost done!  Some of you asked if you could send in items for the class.  We are in need of Skittles for a math graphing activity, we need several bags those pumpkin candies that remind you of candy  corn for a Halloween Steam activity, and file folders.  

Have great week and thank you so much for your support!


HOMEWORK

MONDAY - read novel, word problems - "Addition" side only, sort and 1 Word Study menu item, and review science notes

TUESDAY - read novel, word problems - complete back of yesterday's sheet, study for math word problem formative tomorrow, sort and 1 menu item with Word Study words, review science notes

WEDNESDAY - read novel, "Bus Arrival" graph page, study for irregular vowels formative, review science notes,sort and 1 menu item

THURSDAY - read novel, both sides of graphing page, study for graphing quiz tomorrow, spelling test tomorrow, science formative on food chains vocabulary (study flash cards)




Week of September 24-28

Hello Third Grade Parents!  Well, it was an interesting week with the bad weather and late arrival on Tuesday, but I think we are back to normal now.    Hope it stays that way for a while!

We finished our social studies unit on Rules, Laws, and  the Role of Government.  Now we will be working on a science unit about animal adaptations.  This is a short, five day unit.  We will have a formative on vocabulary/terms related to the topic on Wednesday, September 26.  Students should study their flash cards and study guide.  We will have the summative on Friday, September 28.  Students should review the activities in their green science folder each evening to be prepared for the test on Friday.

In math, we completed our unit on place value and we will now be learning about multidigit addition and subtraction, estimation, and single step word problems that contain two and three digit addition and subtraction problems.  The math department has divided this unit into two parts.  The first part will be assessed with a formative next Wednesday, October 3.  We will pick up this unit again in January and have the summative at that time.  Students need to be confident with two and three digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, estimation, and single step word problems for the formative.

In writing, we have almost completed a personal narrative that will count as a summative grade.  This week, we begin researching an animal to write a short report.  Students will complete digital research and research in books.  The final draft will be finished during the first of October and will count as a summative writing grade.

Also in writing, we will be discussing pronouns with a particular emphasis on the pronoun "I".  Students will learn that when we use "I" in a sentence with "and" as in the sentence "Mrs. Majetic and I both like pizza.",  the "I" comes after the word "and".  There will be a simple formative on Wednesday, September 26 .

We have started guided reading groups with literacy stations.  The children have novels that they are reading.  In addition, they have been given a comprehension activity to complete with their book.  Students should be done reading their books and have their activity completed by October 5.

For shared reading, we are learning about reference materials - atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, and thesaurus.  Students will be making a Reference Resources Game and will complete activity sheets to use for studying.  There will be a formative on reference materials on Wednesday, September 26.  You Tube has a great clip by Sparkly Barkley on Reference Materials - part 1 and 2- that you may want to check out.

We have a guidance lesson on Monday and math MAPS testing on Tuesday.  Have a great week!


HOMEWORK

MONDAY - sort words and complete 1 menu item, complete front and back of 2 digit addition and sutraction page, study science materials (notes and flash cards), review reference materials activities

TUESDAY - sort words and complete 1 menu item, complete 3 digit addition page,  study science materials (notes and flash cards) for science vocabulary formative tomorrow, study reference materials activities for reference materials formative tomorrow

WEDNESDAY - sort words and complete 1 menu item, complete 3 digit subtraction page, prepare for formative tomorrow on using "I" with "and" in a sentence,  study science materials (notes and flash cards)

THURSDAY - spelling test tomorrow, complete estimation word problems, science summative tomorrow

Week of September 17-21

Hello Third Grade Parents!  Hope that the kids enjoyed an unexpected, long weekend.  I sure missed them on Friday.  

I wanted to let you know that we are celebrating Constitution Day tomorrow - Monday, September 17 - by wearing patriotic colors.  If possible, we are asking all of the third-grade children to wear red, white, and blue.

Tomorrow, please check your child's gray communication folder for an important letter from your child's new Word Study teacher.  This letter is full of information about how the third-grade team does Word Study.  It explains the homework and testing expectations.  Also, a Word Study menu of activities will be glued in your child's Word Study journal so that they can complete simple homework activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.  

Because we missed Friday, I am adjusting assessments by a day.  We will have the synonyms/antonyms quiz tomorrow - Monday.  We will have the place value math summative on Thursday.  On Wednesday night, there will be two resources that you will want to seek out to help your child feel completely confident and prepared for the math test.  There will be the place value quiz  and a place value review page to study.  Students need to  be confident with the following:  position, place value, expanded form, word form, base ten blocks, mystery number, greater than and less than using symbols, and rounding to the nearest hundred and thousand.  Activities and examples of these skills are found in the red math folder.  Also, there will be a formative of all of these skills on Wednesday.  I will quickly grade it and send it home that day so that students know what  they need to study.

We have been hard at work learning about Rules, Laws and Citizenship.  There will be a social studies summative on these concepts this Friday, September, 21.  To prepare, students will be bringing home their social studies book.  They should focus on pages 58-59.  As well,  they have notes in their yellow social studies folder and a baggie of flash cards with important terms.

In shared reading, we have discussed comprehension strategies to use when we are reading to help us better understand the text.  Students will have a cold read this week that will be a formative in reading.  As well, we will be learning about the articles a, an, and the.  There will be a simple exercise on using these articles on Thursday that will count as a writing formative.  

I have heard from a couple of parents this week expressing that their child failed to bring home the proper folder needed to complete homework.  Just so you know, I write on  the board every day the materials that need to be in the bookbag for home.  I will continue to draw their attention to this list so that you have all the materials you need each night.  

Our Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 27 at 6:00.  See you then and thank your for all of your support!


HOMEWORK

MONDAY- place value sheet, sort Word Study words and complete one menu item, study social studies notes and flash cards

TUESDAY - place value sheet, study for math quiz tomorrow, sort Word Study words and complete one menu item, study social studies notes and flash cards

WEDNESDAY- prepare for place value summative tomorrow (look at formative and review page), review articles a, an, and the for quiz tomorrow, study social studies notes and flash cards, sort Word Study words and complete one menu item

THURSDAY - prepare for Word Study spelling test tomorrow, prepare for summative on Rules, Laws, and Citizenship tomorrow, math sheet on 3 digit addition


Week of Sept. 10-14

Hello  Third Grade Parents!  Our first week of school was a good one.  We learned about the new PBIS behavior expectations for the whole school - Be Safe! Be Kind! and Be Responsible!  We were reminded of how we should act when on the bus, in the halls, in the cafeteria, and on the playground.  We earned eight Positive Paws in the first week and we are on our way to earning a reward!  

All week we have been "thinking like a scientist" to prepare for our first science summative test this Wednesday, September 12.  This first test is all about the APPLICATION of scientific knowledge.  Students need to apply their understandings of the scientific method, work with tools that scientists use, interpret scientific data presented in a table, and analyze scientific findings presented on  graphs.  

To prepare, we have watched several Brain Pop clips about observation, generating a hypothesis, science tools, and the scientific method.  We did three science experiments using the scientific method.  This coming Monday, we will do a fourth science experiment and we will record the data on a table and construct a graph using the data.  These are things the students will see on the test.

This past Friday, we went to science rotations.  Students sorted and classified shells, rock, and balls, used graduated cylinders to measure water, used rulers to measure length, and used balance scales to compare weight.  

Students are instructed to bring home the green science folder each day through this coming Wednesday.  Notes and study guides are stored the folder.

On Monday, the students will have their first reading formative test.  It will be an open book quiz for Vacation Under the Volcano.  Students need to have read the book and need to bring it this Monday, September 10 so  that they can complete the quiz using the book to verify answers.   This week will also be learning about synonyms and antonyms and there will be a synonym and antonym formative on Friday, September .

On Wednesday after our science test, we will begin our new social studies unit about Rules, Laws and Citizenship.  Students will be instructed to bring home their social studies folder each evening to look over their notes a little at a time.  The summative will be in about a week and a half.  A specific date for the summative will be forthcoming.  We will have a simple formative on good and bad citizenship.  

Last week in math, we reviewed strategies for addition:  Friendly Tens, Doubles, Near Doubles, and Counting On With 1,2, or 3.  We had a simple formative on these strategies on Friday.  The grade has been posted on ParentVue.  This Monday, we start place value.  There is so much to learn with place value so this material is divided into two units.  We will do part one for the next week and a half and we will have the place value summative next Wednesday, September 19.  We will do more place value later in the year.  For the next seven days, students will be learning about position, value, expanded form, word form, rounding to nearest 10, 100, and 1,000, and comparing numbers as greater than or less than.  There will be a formative on Monday, Spetember 17 which I will quickly grade and return so that students can prepare for the summative test on Wednesday, September 19.

We will have some simple homework this week.  Each evening there will be some math examples that review/reinforce the math lesson taught earlier that day.  Homework is not meant to stress families.  It is simply a way for students to determine if they understand concepts so that they can ask clarifying questions the next morning.  If students do not understand material they need to ask me to clarify the very next day.  The pacing is  fast and we do not want students to get behind.  


Here is the homework schedule for the week.  Students have been instructed to write these things in their homework agenda each morning but soemtimes that does not happen the way we would hope so here is your back up plan.  Ha!



MONDAY- place value sheet - front and back - study for science test on  Wednesday

TUESDAY - digit values sheet - science test tomorrow

WEDNESDAY - Find the Mystery Number sheet - study for synonyms and antonyms quiz on Friday

THURSDAY - Rounding to the Nearest 100 sheet - quiz on synonyms and antonyms tomorrow - social studies formative on good and bad citizens


Have a great weekend.  Looking forward to week 2!


Week of September 4-7

Greetings Third Grade Parents!  I hope you all had a wonderful last weekend of summer.  I am so excited to be your child's teacher.  It is going to be a great year!  I met most of you at Open House on Thursday.  In case you could not make it, here are some things to keep in mind:  students need to wear tennis shoes tomorrow and every Tuesday as Tuesday is our PE resource day; the children need a nut-free, peanut-free snack each day as we do not eat lunch until 12:56; students need a water bottle because we do not have a water fountain in our room;  and the kids need Vacation Under the Volcano each day this week.  Make sure your child knows exactly how they will get home tomorrow and everyday.  Route numbers could have changed over the summer so be sure to check Chesterfield County's website to get the most updated bus route information.  We do not have any homework this week.  However, we are having a science summative next week - probably Wednesday -  on scientific investigation.  The students will be instructed to bring their science folders home each evening.  They may want to look over the science notes each night so that there is not so much to study at one time.  I have assigned place value lessons to the students Dreambox accounts.  We start the place value math unit next Monday so if they have time, it would be great if the kids could do some Dreambox this week.  Have a restful evening.  See you at Back To School Night on Thursday, September 13.