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Ask your kids what has been going on in third grade the last few weeks. Even though school is almost over, we keep doing creative things to keep on learning. We have completed our Reading, Math, and Religion Assessments and we worked really hard to get ready for those. In April we had an Easter Egg Hunt in the library. We weren't looking for candy, but instead each egg that we found had a Math problem inside. We worked with partners to solve the problems and review for our big test. 

After Easter, we built a peep protector out of toothpicks and gumdrops. We built  a catapult out of pencils and rubber bands. In the gym we shot off a jelly bean, a peep, a chocolate egg, a piece of chalk, and a penny. We estimated which would go the farthest and were surprised by some of the results.

We did a Build It Stream activity and made a rocking chair, a swing set, a rocket, a bridge, and a tower. We had to plan what to bring to school with our team and how we were going to build it. Then we had a chance to make changes to improve our end product. We did a survey of our classmates and created a line plot about the number of people in our family. We created area and perimeter with toilet paper in the gym and graphed area and perimeter on graph paper. We studied weather and talked about the water cycle.

We are excited to see a Power Point from the Holy Land. One of our favorite parts of the week is when we listen to the Gospel reading for Sunday and do a short Lectio Divina about what the reading means to us.

Have a great summer!

Third grade just finished their study of the planets by creating "Out of this World Planets". The students had to research their planet and then create a three dimensional planet. Our planets include moons, rings, stars, and even the core of the planet. The third graders always love this project and Mrs. Marks and Mrs. Jessen are amazed each year by the originality and hard work of their students. We completed our study of planets by working together to make an appropriate habitat for each planet.

In Religion, we have learned the Luminous Mysteries, and discussed the miracles and parables of Jesus. We are also so lucky to have one of the priests come in each Friday to spend time with us discussing our faith. On Fridays we also listen to the Gospel for Sunday and discuss how it applies to our life.

In Math, we are still being quizzed each week on multiplication tables. Students should be studying them each night. Our chapter is on area and perimeter which is a challenging, but exciting chapter. We combine our Reading stories with reading Scholastic News which relates current events. In Social Studies we are studying city and state government and will have a test on Friday.

Our Valentine Bingo was a great success with lots of grandparents, lots of prizes, and lots of fun. A special thanks to all the parents who helped out that day.

Before Christmas, the third grade presented their animal projects. They included power points, dioramas, posters, and puppet shows. Before presenting, the students had spent several weeks doing research on habitats, offspring, adaptations, and interesting facts. The students did a wonderful job.

We are finishing our study of fractions in Math and are continuing to add a new set of multiplication facts each week. We are striving for speediness, so facts should be studied each night. A set of multiplication flash cards would be helpful. 

In Religion, we follow the celebration of Christ's birth to the study of Jesus' ministry. We will be studying the Luminous Mysteries soon and talking about the miracles of Jesus and reading His parables. 

Third graders enjoyed our unit in reading on different kinds of weather. It was so interesting to see Kansas mentioned in our books as being part of Tornado Alley. Kansas will again be mentioned in our Social Studies as we study wheat farming. We conclude the week with one of our favorite activities - bread baking. Thanks in advance for all the parent help.

Despite many days of rainy weather, we received enough sunlight to grow our lima bean plants. It is always interesting to see which plants grow and which plants don't. It is also a challenge between the two third grades to see whose plants grow bigger. This year Mrs. Jessen's class won.

We had a celebration of the end of quarter 1 and the success of getting our AR points. On Friday, we celebrated Flashlight Friday. The room was dark, we brought out pillows and blankets, and were able to read for an hour. The start of quarter 2 requires a new set of 5 points to add to the points earned in quarter 1. 

In November, we will be tested on knowledge of the basic prayers. We begin a study of landforms in Social Studies, and animals in Science. We continue subtraction in Math. Please review subtraction facts. In reading, our stories are about the weather. Our Religion book talks about Jesus being our Savior and how God keeps His promises.

 We are trying to sprinkle kindness in all we do in third grade. This was our art project where we wrote ideas for being kind on the sprinkles of the doughnuts.

We have had our first Social Studies test. Next week we will have our first Math and Science test. We are studying facts, learning cause and effect, and practicing writing complete sentences. We learned about St. Francis this week. Next week we will learn about Mary and the Joyful Mysteries.

Keep reading AR books and keep being kind!

Welcome to another school year! I am excited to be teaching your children this year. We are off to a great start! Third grade has lots of new and different things to do. The first is that trip up the stairs calling for a little more independence and a little more responsibility. 

Our first Science unit is on Soil and Plants. In Social Studies, we are studying communities. We start Math with place value and Reading with stories about respect. In Religion, our first unit is on Abraham and Ruth. A big change this year is our concentration on Virtues. Our virtue for the year is KINDNESS. That will be popping up in homilies, art projects, and class discussions. Hopefully you can incorporate Kindness in discussions at home also.

Thanks so much for all the donations from my wish list. You have helped me so much. I was overwhelmed with all the birthday cards from the kids. It made my birthday special. Please contact me through email or a note if you have any questions.


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