Benchmark Expectations

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces this morning as we came back! We wanted to share some information about testing next week.

Next week, we will have our middle of the year benchmark assessments. On Tuesday, students will take the math test. On Thursday, students will take the reading test. These tests are 4 hours long (time allowed, not necessarily takes that long) and are good practice for other tests.

We wanted to make sure that parents were aware of the expectations we follow during testing. The following are things the students will experience during testing:

  • Classrooms are silent during testing.
  • Students must raise hands to ask questions, go to the restroom or turn in testing materials.
  • Teachers cannot help students with questions or answer choices. Our standard response is: “I cannot help you with that. Please do the best you can!” We have practiced this but we will continue to remind them.
  • Students use test booklets and bubble sheets (we have practiced this a lot already)
  • Students can have water bottles with them but they stay on the floor.
  • Students can bring gum or hard candy (candy must be unwrapped and in a sealed baggie)
  • Students will read a book after they have finished their tests and until all tests are turned in.

We know our 3rd graders are going to ROCK this test! Please remind your child that this is just a test, it’s nothing to be scared of. As long as they take their time and show their thinking (work, notes…) they will do great!

On these very special duo of days, please make sure your child is at school on time, especially if they eat breakfast at school. Please encourage your child to take their time and try their best! We only expect their best and we know they can do it! Please feel free to email us with any questions, before the day of the test. We will share your students progress (this is not graded for the report card, just used as data for our teaching) after the tests have been graded.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20th! AKA: PARTY DAY!

Party day is just around the corner, so here are a few reminders and helpful info!! Third grade parties are set for Wednesday  morning from 9:00 – 10:00!!!! We are so excited to show you the christmas decorations in our room, our presents under our tree, and our elf named Emma. The kids named her themselves! Many of you have sent back the blue form about helping out or sending items to help our room mom. Stacie Hawley has stepped up for us and has contacted those for help! THANKS STACIE!!! We are very excited about all the fun we are going to have! Students need to bring a small gift bag to carry all of their gifts home from their friends and teachers. Please have your child’s name on the bag! We have 11 girls and 9 boys in our class (heads up for gifts if you need it). Also BIG reminder… Please do NOT bring any homemade foods or foods that contain peanuts! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me or comment on here! Can’t wait to see everyone!!

December 11-15

Math:

3.4F(S)- recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

3.4H(S)– determine the number of objects in each group when a set of objects is partitioned into equal shares or a set of objects is shared equally

3.4J(S)-determine a quotient using the relationship between multiplication and division

3.4K(R)– solve one-step and two-step problems involving multiplication and division within 100 using strategies based on objects; pictorial models, including arrays, area models and equal groups; properties of operations; or recall of facts

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts, record in the log. I will check these logs on Friday. Your child will earn extra recess Friday if this is complete and he/she has had good behavior all week.

***** Review multiplication facts for 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, and 10.

Wednesday – Students will have a multiplication test over 2’s and 4’s

 

Science:

3.5D- explore and recognize that a mixture is created when two materials are combined such as gravel and sand and metal and plastic paper clips

 

Other Information:

  • Monday ~ Students can wear Christmas hats, reindeer antlers, elf ears, etc.
  • Wednesday ~ Students may wear school appropriate Christmas PJ’s.
  • Wednesday ~ Mad Minute over multiplication facts 2’s and 4’s
  • Thursday ~ Dress up as a Whoville character, Grinch, or wear red or green.
  • Friday ~ homework logs due for math and reading
  • December Dates to Remember ~
    • 19th and 20th Early Release at 12:15
    • 20th Class Parties 9-10 and end of the 2nd nine weeks
  • Christmas Break ~ December 21 – January 3

December 4 – 8

Math:

3.4F(S)- recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

3.4G(S)- use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial produce, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties

3.4H(S)– determine the number of objects in each group when a set of objects is partitioned into equal shares or a set of objects is shared equally

3.4J(S)-determine a quotient using the relationship between multiplication and division

3.4K(R)– solve one-step and two-step problems involving multiplication and division within 100 using strategies based on objects; pictorial models, including arrays, area models and equal groups; properties of operations; or recall of facts

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts, record in the log. I will check these logs on Friday. Your child will earn extra recess Friday if this is complete and he/she has had good behavior all week.

Flashcards have been sent home to help practice multiplication facts 2 and 4 for test on Thursday!!!

 

Science:

3.5D- explore and recognize that a mixture is created when two materials are combined such as gravel and sand and metal and plastic paper clips

Other Information:

  • This Friday ~ homework logs are due – Fun Friday (extra recess if complete)
  • This Thursday ~ Mad Minute Multiplication over 2’s and 4’s
  • December 11th ~ Christmas outfits! (Wear Christmas hats, reindeer antlers, elf ears, etc)
  • December 13th ~ Christmas PJ day!
  • December 15th ~ Grinch Day! (Dress up as a Whoville character, Grinch, or wear Red or Green!
  • December 18th ~ Christmas around the World
  • December 19th and 20th are Early Release at 12:15
  • December 20th ~ Class Parties from 9:00-10:00 (Parents who come can sign their student out with homeroom teacher)
  • December 20th ~ End of the 2nd Nine Week
  • December 21 – January 3 ~ CHRISTMAS BREAK

Encourage Exploration in Science

Third Grade Math and Science Teachers only need $81.00 left to fully fund our project! This project helps all of our classrooms be equipped for better science experiments! We are so excited! Please share the word and help us get fully funded! A big THANK YOU to Turn-Tex Machine & Tool, Inc. for helping us get SO CLOSE!!!

Click the link below to learn more! 🙂

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November 27 – December 1

Math:

3.4F(S)- recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

3.4G(S)- use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial produce, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts, record in the log. I will check these logs on Friday. Your child will earn extra recess Friday if this is complete and he/she has had good behavior all week.

Science:

3.5A(R)- measure, test, and record physical properties of matter, including temperature, mass, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float

3.5C(S)– predict, observe, and record changes in the state of matter caused by heating or cooling.

Other Information:

  • Wednesday ~ Graded Papers are being sent home – sign and return envelope by Friday
  • Thursday ~ Progress Reports are being sent home – sign and return on Friday
  • Thursday ~ Mad Minute Multiplication Test (over facts of 0, 1, 5, and 10’s)
  • Friday ~ homework logs are due – No fun Friday if HW is not complete
  • Friday ~ Scholastic Book Orders due (last chance to order before Christmas!!!)

November 13-17

Math:

3.4D (S) – determine the total number of objects when equally-sized groups of objects are combined or arranged in arrays up to 10 by 10

3.4E (S) – represent multiplication facts by using a variety of approaches such as repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting

3.4F (S) – recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

3.4G (S) – use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial products, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties.

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts and record on the HW log. I check these logs on Friday! Students earn extra recess on Friday’s if they have done their HW and have had good behavior all week!

We have started working on multiplication in class! Everyone of my students are working hard! I cannot be more proud of them each and every day.

Science:

3.5B – describe and classify samples of matter as a solid, liquids, and gasses. Demonstrate that solids have a definite shape and that liquids and gases take the shape of their container.

3.A – measure, test, and record physical properties of matter, including temperature, mass, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float

 

Other Information:

  • Friday ~ Homework logs due
  • Thursday ~ Vocabulary Test, Mad Minute (subtraction)
  • November 6-27 ~ Bring in Box Tops. The class with the most in each grade level wins a pizza party!
  • November 6-10 ~ Annual Food Drive
  • November 20-24 ~ Thanksgiving Break
  • November 17 ~ Scholastic Book Orders due (last chance to order before Christmas!)

November 6-10

Math:

3.4D(S)- determine the total number of objects when equally-sized groups of objects are combined or arranged in arrays up to 10 by 10

3.4E(S)- represent multiplication facts by using a variety of approaches such as repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting

3.4F(S)- recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

3.4G(S)- use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial produce, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts, record in the log. I will check these logs on Friday. Your child will earn extra recess Friday if this is complete and he/she has had good behavior all week.

Science:

3.5B(R)- describe and classify samples of matter as solids, liquids, and gases and demonstrate that solids have a definite shape and that liquids and gases take the shape of their container

Other Information:

  • Friday ~ No Pep Rally, homework log due
  • Thursday ~ Vocabulary Test, Mad Minute (subtraction)
  • November 6-27 ~ Bring in Box Tops. The class with the most in each grade level wins a pizza party!
  • November 6-10 ~ Annual Food Drive
  • November 20-24 ~ Thanksgiving Break
  • November 17 ~ Scholastic Book Orders due (last chance to order before Christmas)

Happy Birthday TATE and IAN

Birthday shout out to Tate and Ian!! They both had birthday’s last week!!! They both loved and enjoyed having their birthday’s during Red Ribbon Week!

Tate and Ian, you are both such a joy in the classroom. You are both leaders and help others around you! I have loved getting to know both of you. I know we are going to have a GREAT rest of the year! 🙂

October 30 – November 3

Math:

  • 3.4D(S) ~ Solve with fluency one-step and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and relationship between addition and subtraction
  • 3.4E(S) ~ represent multiplication facts by using a variety of approaches such as repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting
  • 3.4F(S) ~ recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

Homework: Study your basic subtraction facts, record in the log. I will check these logs on Friday. Your child will earn extra recess Friday if this is complete and he/she has had good behavior all week.

Science:

3.5B(R) ~ describe and classify samples of matter as solids, liquids, and gases and demonstrate that solids have a definite shape and that liquids and gases take the shape of their container

Other Information:

  • Friday ~ Pep Rally (may not be fun for younger students since the seniors are being honored), homework log due
  • Thursday ~ Spelling Test, Mad Minute (subtraction)
  • Wednesday ~ Early Release 12:00
  • November 6-27 ~ Bring in Box Tops. The class with the most in each grade level wins a pizza party!
  • November 6-10 ~ Annual Food Drive
  • November 20-24 ~ Thanksgiving Break
  • November 17 ~ Scholastic Book Orders due (last chance to order before Christmas)