HEADS UP - IOWA ASSESSMENTS ARE NEXT WEEK.


We are still collecting box tops.


The ELEMENTARY CARNIVAL is Saturday. Come out and support a really great cause - your kids! There will be activities, prizes, a silent auction, food, and SO MUCH FUN to be had!! Don't miss out.

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Chris from Dallas County Conservation was our special visitor. We learned all about owls and even got to meet one!


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

Click here for a direct link to I-Ready. I-ready is an awesome site to encourage your child to visit. Two days per week for 15 minutes each will help your child academically.
I-Ready

Click here for a direct link to Epic, a reading site for kids. EPIC

Click here for a direct link to ConnectedED, a math site aligned to our math curriculum.ConnectEd

Click here for a direct link to xtramath, a math site for math fact practice. Xtramath
Each child has a PIN number to put in and...
...you will need your teacher's email:
ann.volk@vmbulldogs.com
amy.garrison@vmbulldogs.com
amanda.wright@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. Next week we will focus on ordering fractions, partitioning distances to locate fractions on a number line, justifying fraction comparisons, and solving fraction number stories.

Please continue to work on those basic math facts - addition, subtraction, and multiplication! Math life will be so much easier and stronger for the students if they are fluent in their math facts. Spending 5-10 minutes a day can greatly improve the automaticity of math facts. Xtramath is an easy way for the students to practice and can be accessed by clicking the link above. If you don't have internet or computer access at home flash cards are also a great thing to use.


Science with Mrs. Garrison:

Mrs. Garrison will be teaching Science for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate out every four weeks. We continued with animals over time and explored how selection plays a role in the animals we have now.



Social Studies with Mrs. Volk:

Mrs. Volk will be teaching Social Studies for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate every four weeks. Our last few units will focus on immigrants and the introduction of the automobile. My class has started this final rotation. The students are going to be learning about the introduction of the automobile with Miss Moore. They will be starting another science rotation next Thursday.


Writing with Mrs. Wright~
I am your child's third grade writing teacher. 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. My homeroom section will wrap up their narratives on April 5th. It's been so much fun walking the students through the writing process this year. We have many talented third grade writers here at VM.



MRS. VOLK


March reading calendars are due next week. I will not be sending home a reading calendar but would like the students to continue to read. :) I will be encouraging students to share with the class the books they are reading. Hopefully others will be encouraged to read the books your child loved reading.

Another set of book orders will be sent soon.
You can always place an order on-line, but please know it won't be received by Scholastic until I finalize it. 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.

Please, please, please have your kids practice their basic math facts. This practice should include addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

MRS. GARRISON

Remember Iowa Assessments are this week. My class will be testing on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. They are welcome to bring a healthy snack! We practiced on Thursday to help calm any nerves- our focus is just trying your best!


Don't forget to sign up for SeeSaw so you can see some of your child's work! I'm trying to include a little of both Math and Reading.


Math Homelinks this week will be for Lessons 7-9 through 7-11. Don't forget about Xtra Math to help build fact fluency!

Our spelling test will be on April 5. I will be adding challenge words to those students that have a 100% on their pretest.

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 hereScholastic 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.


Try to encourage reading at home! We are sharing the good books we are reading each morning trying to build on the love of reading!

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:
  • Our next spelling assessment over changing final y to i will be administered on Wednesday, April 5th.
  • Fluency practice- each Monday your child will receive a 2-sided handout which will help your child practice his/her fluency at home. 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. Our next sheet will be titled, "Black Bears and Grizzly Bears- What's the Difference?".
  • Reading calendars- 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 April reading calendar. This new April reading calendar can be turned in at the end of the month.
  • Grades will be continuously updated on Infinite Campus. Feel free to email me with any questions regarding Infinite Campus.
  • IA assessments are here! Please encourage your child to take his/her time, do his/her best work, and to show what he/she knows.

Please let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, and/or concerns. ~Mrs. Wright