Friday, September 28, 2018

A Sneak Peek into Next Week...

Literacy:  This week in the literacy block students will be working hard to uncover context clues and self-monitor comprehension while reading.  Students will learn the different types of context clues and practice finding the meaning of unknown words.  They will also work with dictionaries and words with multiple meanings.  We will use multiple text sources to practice this skill.  In the writing block, students will practice constructing paragraphs with detail and elaboration.

Math:  Math lessons will center around geometry concepts and subtraction strategies.  You can expect corresponding Home Links for homework.  Please have your child practice on at home!  It is a great math practice website!

Social Studies:  We will finish our Native American Theme Set as we read a biography about a famous American.  Students will determine important information and understand how it applies to the key concepts we've studied throughout the unit.  They will take their final assessment on Wednesday.  After the assessment, students will begin a mini-inquiry project on a Native American Tribe.

Interactive Read-Aloud:  I will continue to read aloud The Birchbark House.  Students will analyze character development and important plot events as we read.

All-Star Forms

Just a friendly reminder... All-Star forms are due Monday, October 1st.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Room Parent

Room 212 is really in need of a room parent.  I promise to make it easy and not ask a lot of you.   If you'd be willing to help out, please contact Courtney Jacobson:
Your support would be very appreciated.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Newest Blog Post

Please check out your child's newest blog post!  They worked really hard with their buddy to write these essays.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

This Week in Our Classroom

Literacy:  During the literacy block this week, we will finish publishing My Buddy essays and begin writing paragraphs with elaboration and detail.  Students will learn to use examples, descriptions, anecdotes, and explanations to improve their writing and add detail.  In reading, we will learn strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words and review self-monitoring while reading.  Students will learn to annotation marks and how to annotate a text.

Social Studies:  In the social studies block, we'll read non-fiction National Geographic texts on the culture and way of life of Native Americans.  Students will practice generating questions and using the questions to take notes from the text.  Throughout this practice, students will learn how the homeland of the Native Americans influenced their food, shelter, and culture.

Math: In math, we'll review estimation strategies and multi-digit addition and subtraction.  Students will continue to work on and play math games that correspond with what we are learning in class.  You can expect HomeLinks 1.5-1.8 for homework this week.

Interactive Read Aloud:  We will be reading The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich.  The book corresponds with our social studies unit and provides an insightful look inside the lives of an Ojibwa family.

Important Reminders
- Book Fair will take place this week in the library before and after school

30 Book Tower Challenge

It was brought to my attention that the book list corresponding to the 30 Book Tower Challenge was not very diversified.  The purpose of the challenge is to expose students to a variety of authors and books.  Please feel free to substitute an author or book.  We are not concerned about the specific authors, we are just hoping it gets our kids reading.  Below is short list of authors to provide a more diverse selection, but there are many more! You may also take a look at books that have won The Coretta Scott King Award or other award winning chapter books.

Author List
Deborah Ellis
Rita Williams Garcia
Erin Entrada Kelly
Gary Soto
Thanhha Lai
Julia Alvarez
R. J. Polacio
Gita Varadarajan
Grade Lin

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Room Parent

Room 212 is still in need of a room parent.  If you'd like to volunteer, please email Courtney Jacobson at

30 Book Tower

Students learned about a year-long reading assignment today.  We will refer to it as the 30 Book Tower.  It is a challenge to read 30 novels throughout the year.  During the year, there are 2-3 "check-ins" per quarter.  Students are required to turn in a Book Jacket for each book they read and complete a book project/report for 7 of the check-in dates.  Your child received a folder with all of the information today.  Please check with your child tonight and ask them about the project.  This assignment consists of both Homework and Project grades in Reading.  All of the information is also available on the TGW.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Fair

Our classroom will visit the Book Fair on Friday afternoon.  If you chose to send money with your child, please put it in a ziplock bag and write your child's name on the bag.

Keyboarding Practice

In third grade students will type a lot of their final drafts in order to publish them to the Student Blogs.  Please have your child practice keyboarding skills at home.   There are many free websites that offer typing practice.  You can find a few under the Links and Resources tab on the TGW.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This Week in Our Classroom...

This week in our classroom, we will spend Monday and Tuesday afternoon in the computer lab taking the NWEA test.

Literacy:  Students will finish their building block posters to represent each one of the building blocks mentioned in Coach Wooden's book, Inch and Miles' Journey to Success. We will also read another short chapter book by Coach Wooden this week.  Students will finish their buddy writing assignment and learn about a year-long homework project later in the week.  Later in the week, we'll review genres and making good book choices.

Math:  We will begin Unit 1 this week in math.  Student will begin receiving nightly homework starting Tuesday evening.  Please check out the Third Grade Website to learn more about the unit's objectives.

Social Studies:  This week students will begin completing an informational text study that focuses on taking a historical look at different Native American groups in the U.S.  The class will be divided into groups, each group will be learning about about the history of different Native people - the Nez Perce, Pueblos, Iroquois, and Cheyenne.  Check out the Third Grade website for more information on this unit!

Book Fair:  Our class will visit the Book Fair this Friday afternoon.  If you'd like to send money with your child, please make sure it is in a sealed plastic bag with his/her name on the bag.  

- Check with your child to make sure ALL materials are returned to school each day.  These include Homework Folders, Planners, and any other school materials that were taken home.  

- Book Fair will take place next week in the Skinner North library from 8am- 5pm each day.  

Friday, September 14, 2018

Student Blogs

Students have published their first post to their personal blog.  Please check it out and leave a comment if you can- the kids love it!  I need to "approve" your comment before it will show up, so please be patient if you don't see the comment right away.  You can get to the Student Blogs on the TGW (Third Grade Website) under the Student Blogs tab.  You DO NOT need to log in to look at the blogs.

You can give valuable feedback to your child by telling them two things they did really well and then offering one piece of advice for next time (i.e. Capitalize your title, double check your spelling, give more detail, etc...) However, "great job!' is fine, too!

Student Blogs:

Freckle is an on-line learning platform.  It differentiates instruction automatically based on your child's performance.  This keeps your child engaged and constantly learning.  Please encourage your child to use at home.  Each student received a user name and password.  This information is taped inside of their Student Planner.  They may work on at home anytime!


I am in need of a volunteer or volunteers.  Please email me if you are available at all next week!
Thank you!


Third graders use a lot of checklists to help them do their personal best.  Each child received a morning checklist and an afternoon checklist to keep in their Homework Folder.  I will remind the students every morning and afternoon to take out this checklist and make sure all the items on the list are completed.  They will use a dry erase marker on the list and erase it when completed.  Please make sure your child brings his/her Homework Folder to school each day.  You may find it helpful to replicate the checklist with chores and/or homework at home!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Open House

If you were unable to make it to Open House last night, please take a minute to read through the Parent Information Packet (it will be in your child's Homework Folder tonight).

You may also check out the link on the Third Grade Website:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Room Parent

Do you want to be a Room Parent?  
Room Parents work with the Teacher, FOSN and the other class parents to facilitate communications and organize parent teacher coffees, end of year gifts, teacher appreciation, etc.  Being a Room Parent is largely a communication role and can be done remotely via email.  Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering this year. For any questions, please email  The form to provide a bit of information, if interested in the role, is below.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

First Week Team Building

Team Building Activities from Week 1


I am looking for a volunteer or volunteers to help make copies and get supplies organized for the school year.  If you are available to help during the day, please email me and let me know when you're available.

Back to School Night

Please join us this Wednesday, September 12th from 5-6:30pm for Open House/Back to School Night.  Ms. Noecker and I will be sharing important information about third grade.  

A Sneak Peek Into Our Week

A Sneak Peek at Our Week

Room 212 had a wonderful start to the school year!  Our main focus for the first week of school was getting to know each other better, understanding expectations and routines of the classroom, and developing communication and team building skills together as a classroom.  Here is a "sneak peek" at our second week:

Interactive Read-Aloud:  We will finish reading Coach John Wooden's Inch & Miles: Journey to Success this week and will finish the week reading related shorter chapter books.  This book presented students with different "pillars of success" individuals need in order to do their personal best.  Ask your child what pillars they remember!  These "pillars to success" serve as a foundation for discussions during students' entire third grade year.  

Reading:  This week students will be introduced to reading workshop and discover what it looks like in third grade.  Students will spend the week deciding how to make book choices based off of level and interest.

Writing:  This week, students will interview a peer in the classroom.  Then, students will be writing "My Buddy & Me" papers where they write about themselves, their buddy, and then similarities they found between themselves and their buddies.  Their work will be posted on their student blogs later this week!

Math:  Towards the end of this week we will be starting Unit 1 of Everyday Math.  The Unit 1 Family Letter,  correlating games, and additional resources can be found on the following page of the Third Grade Website:

Social Studies/Science:  During our social studies/science block, students will continue participating in team-building activities.  Team-building and communication skills that the children are developing are life-long skills that will be helpful to them at any age!

Important Updates:
  • Students will begin using their classroom planner this week.  Along with the green homework folder, the planner and homework folder should be taken home and returned each night.  There is homework page on the Third Grade Website that is updated on a daily basis:
  • Every Friday graded work will be passed back to students