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Friday, February 27, 2015

ISTEP Testing Schedule

The week is upon us!! ISTEP will start on Monday, March 2.

It is SO IMPORTANT that your child be in school on these days!!! 

Make sure your student eats a good, healthy breakfast and has a good night's sleep the night before.

Our schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 2: Math Session 1 - 12:45-1:30

Tuesday, March 3: English Language Arts - 12:45-2:00

Thursday, March 5: English Language Arts - 10:00-10:45 & 12:45-2:00

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


There is no school tomorrow, February 25, due to staff development.

See you Thursday!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Topics ~ Week of February 23

I can't even believe it is already the last week of February! Is it spring yet?!

This week, we will be doing the ISTEP practice test. ISTEP starts March 2.

Reading ~ Continuing our unit with nonfiction text features.  We are learning how to read and understand charts, diagrams, maps, etc. Looking at text features is often something we skip over as readers. But they give us so much information!

Writing ~ Most of our writing time this week will be lent to ISTEP practice.  In between that, the students will have time to free write.

Math ~ We will be starting Chapter 8 on Tuesday.  This chapter has to do with algebraic thinking and problem solving...definitely a challenging subject! We will start slow with number sentences.

Science ~ We are still working on Simple Machines.  I am thinking a test next week.

Here are our learning goals:

Reading: I can apply knowledge of  text features in a non-fiction text to gain information and meaning from a text.

Writing: I can respond to a prompt after reading two different texts for a variety of different purposes.

Math: I can solve real world, multi-step problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I can find a rule when solving these problems.

Science: I can name the simple machines and tell which could solve real world problems.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekly Topics ~ Week of February 17

Reading ~ We will be starting a new unit in reading this week.  We are focusing on nonfiction text features. These are things like charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.  Students have seen these before, but we will be looking at much more complex features this time around.

Writing ~ We are still working with our test study unit in writing.  I-STEP is only a few short weeks away!  Students are being asked to read TWO lengthy texts and then answer a writing prompt about what they have read.  Some prompts can have up to 4 parts to answer.

Math ~ We will spend next week wrapping up Chapter 11.  The plan is to have a test on Thursday or Friday over: 3-dimensional shapes, symmetry, congruence, coordinate planes, angles, lines, and number lines. WHEW! We covered alot this chapter! A study guide will go home Tuesday.

Science ~ Simple Machines unit started on Wednesday.  Have your child show you what they are learning about on discoveryeducation.com.

Here are our learning goals:

Reading: I can apply knowledge of  text features in a non-fiction text to gain information and meaning from a text.

Writing: I can respond to a prompt after reading two different texts for a variety of different purposes.

Math: I can identify 3-dimentional shapes and 2-dimentional shapes and talk about their attributes.
I can identify and draw points, lines, and line segments.

Science: I can name the simple machines and tell which could solve real world problems.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Questions are starting to arise about bringing in Valentine's day cards.  Please feel free to bring them in!  We have 25 students, so please make sure your child brings enough for everyone.

Our party is Friday, Febrary 13.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Topics

I am going to start posting a quick blurb each week to fill in parents on what we are doing during the week!

So often, you may ask your student, "What did you do in school today?" Just to hear the response, "Nothin'." As you have seen, we don't have too much homework in 3rd grade...so these kids have to be filling their days with SOMETHING...right?

I will be posting weekly to let you know exactly what topic we will be working with. Some units will take more than one week to get through, you will notice. This way, you can prompt your student with questions like, "What did you learn about realistic fiction today?" or "I saw you were talking about symmetry this week...can you tell me more about that?"

Here's what's going on this week:

Reading - We are working on a test study unit. ISTEP and IREAD are just around the corner!!! We are doing lots of practice tests and then talking about different strategies that we use to be successful.  Definitely not the most exciting unit, but SO necessary.

Writing - Students are wrapping up their Realistic Fiction pieces today.  Tomorrow, we will be doing a "stand alone" activity for President's Day.  Then, we will start the same kind of test study unit with writing.  This time, they will read two passages and have a writing prompt to answer to.  This is what we expect from ISTEP this year.

Math - We are currently on Chapter 11. This week, we will cover congruence, symmetry and whole numbers on a number line.

Social Studies - We are still in our Civics and Government Unit. A study guide will go home tomorrow and we plan to have a test Friday, so long as we don't have another delay/snow day this week.

BEARS time - We are working on Equivalent Fractions.  This is a topic that we have already taught this year, but noticed that, as a 3rd grade group, struggled with on the Math Acuity test. We are revisiting this topic to ensure that the topic "sticks."