ANNOUNCEMENTS:

If you did not sign up for fall parent/teacher conference, please do so. Conferences can be set up on PTCFast.com. You will need to have a code, which was in the letter you received at open house. Let your child's teacher know if you need it.


Mrs. Volk is open for tutoring this school year. If interested, please contact her directly at ann.volk@vmbulldogs.com


LITERACY:

We are continuing to use the Journey's curriculum. This encompasses spelling, reading, grammar, and writing. The students will be taught in whole and small groups. We will also be using Scholastic News and trade books. Please keep in mind that we are not doing a traditional Monday-Friday schedule. We are rotating every 6 days or so on a new unit so things like Spelling tests will be given 5 days after the list is sent home, unlike the typical "Friday test." If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.



MATH:

This year we are continuing to use the Everyday Math series. Your child will have math homework on most evenings. This work should not take longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please encourage your child to 'stay on top of' this math work and to come to class prepared.
Next week we will first focus on using a variety of math tools and we will practice telling time to the nearest minute and calculate elapsed time. We will also use open number lines to round numbers. (Lessons 1-3, 1-4, 1-5)

Science:

Mrs. Garrison will be teaching Science for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate out every three weeks. We will start out the year with Invisible Forces using the amazing videos and resources from Mystery Science. We spent the first week looking at pushes and pulls. We then made a Hopper Popper and tested it out as you can see pictures below.


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Social Studies:
Mrs. Volk will be teaching Social Studies for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate every three weeks. We will start out the year learning about Native Americans, Settlers in Jamestown, and Salem, MA.


Writing with Mrs. Wright~

I will be your child's writing teacher this year! I hope to instill a passion and love for writing amongst all third graders. We'll be writing opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts & narratives this year. I've started writing with my homeroom section thus far. We've begun talking about what an opinion is. The graphic organizer we're using in class will help students keep their ideas organized and is an easy to format thoughts/ideas into paragraph form. Third graders will soon be revising, editing & publishing their opinion paragraphs. Please let me know if you have any questions about what your child is doing in writing. Thank you!



MRS. VOLK:


We've had a great start to the year. I am so excited to be working with this group of students. I am expecting great things to happen over the course of the year!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to help with our parties this year. All the spots are filled and I greatly appreciate your willingness to help out! I will send out reminders as each date nears.

Remember the math HomeLinks. We will be completing lessons 1-3 through 1-5 this week. Please encourage your child to read each night. Fifteen to twenty minutes makes a big difference!

Book orders
You can always place an order on-line, but please know it won't be received by Scholastic until I finalize it. I sent home on-line ordering instructions with the first book order, or you can access Scholastic from here...Scholastic Our class code is GXPY2. You are also welcome to send the order back to school with a check written out to Scholastic for me to place your order. Please contact me with questions.
IF you ever want to purchase books as gifts, just let me know in an email (I'm a great secret keeper), and I'll let you know when they arrive.


MRS. GARRISON:


If you wish to do the Homelinks in Math we will be doing Lessons 1-3 through 1-5.

Our spelling test will be on Tuesday, August 30.

You can always place an online order through Scholastic Book Clubs, but please keep in mind that it won't submit until I finalize it with orders I receive at school. You can log on here Scholastic and use our class code N9TPR. You also can send a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs and I can place the order here at school.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for parties. We still have some spots left if you are interested in signing up please let me know. Thanks in advance!

Thank you all for your support and have a great week!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! amy.garrison@vmbulldogs.com


Mrs. Wright:
We are off to a great start in 3W! The group of children I get to work with this year are so much fun. Mrs. Myers is our student teacher for 7 more weeks. She attends Iowa State University. Here are some bits of information:
  • Our next spelling test over short vowels will be administered next week on Wednesday.
  • Fluency practice- each Monday your child will receive a 2-sided handout which will help your child practice his/her fluency at home. Our first passage is titled Pioneer Days. Monday through Thursday your child will read the passage to you for 1 minute. Please record how many words per minute your child read in the box provided. You will also note how many mistakes he/she read. This sheet also has comprehension questions on the back. Your child will need to turn this sheet in on Friday mornings with both sides completed.
  • Reading calendars- your child will receive a September reading calendar on Thursday, September 1st. The goal is for your child to read 20 minutes per day outside of the school setting. Your child will record his/her minutes on the calendar. At the end of each month students will turn in their reading calendars.

Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to the above information! ~Mrs. Wright