Newsletter for the week of Jan. 5-9

January 5, 2015

Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,


Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a nice Christmas break with your families. I’m so happy to see the third graders again and am ready to get 2015 started!


Book Report: The students were assigned a book report today. They will be making a Story Wheel that shows important story elements from their book. They are to choose a fiction book (preferably 200 pages or less). It can be a book that they are already reading, but not one that they have already read. Your child has been given the instructions for the book report and also a rubric, which I will use when grading them. This report is due on Friday, January 23rd.


3B Prayer Service: We will be leading the Friday prayer service on Friday, January 16th at 8:30 in the school hall.


Multiplication/Division Facts: Students have learned about the concept of multiplication and division. It is now time for them to learn the 0-12 basic multiplication and division facts. Students will focus on one fact a week. This week, students will learn their 2 multiplication and division facts. These facts need to be practiced a little bit every night. A letter with more information about this will be coming home with your child tonight. Please review the letter and return the bottom section to school by Wednesday. Thank you!


Tests Coming Home: I will be sending home the Geography test, Boxcar Children test and Division test today. Please review these with your child.


Reading Log: The December reading log needs to be turned in by tomorrow. I handed out the January reading logs today. These will be due Friday January 30th.


Blue Friday: Friday will be Seahawks dress day.


This week we will be learning:


Reading: We read Yonder Mountain: A Cherokee Legend, our target skill is compare and contrast.   Students will create a graphic organizer to describe the meaning of the different symbols in the story. We also read about the Trail of Tears and discuss its significance.


Math: Students begin memorizing their multiplication and division facts this week. A letter will be sent home today explaining the multiplication/division plan. We begin with our 2s facts tomorrow. For students to succeed, it is crucial that they practice their facts daily at home.

We also begin chapter 10 on fractions.


Science:  Stud Students continue working on their earthquake research project using iPads research earthquake history and frequency in WA.


Social Studies: We continue to learn about immigration. Students will share the postcards about their family immigration history with their classmates.

Religion: We will be on chapter 5 and discuss worship.


Spelling. Homework is due Thursday and the test will be on Friday.


I’d                   he’s                 haven’t         doesn’t           let’s                there’s

wouldn’t       what’s                       she’s               aren’t                        hasn’t                        couldn’t

he’d                they’re


challenge word: we’re



Language Arts: Students work on a goal setting project for the New Year. We also begin writing an informative paragraph on Martin Luther King Jr. This week we focus on learning how to find important information in a piece of text.



Next week: Dane


Have a great week!






Erin Meland