Sunday, December 11, 2016

Learning Objectives for Dec. 12 - 15


In math we are currently classify and sorting two and three dimensional figures, including cones, cylinders, spheres, triangular and rectangular prisms, and cubes, based on attributes using formal geometric language; and using attributes to recognize rhombuses, parallelograms, trapezoids, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.


In science we are currently identifying forces that can change the Earth’s surface rapidly, including how volcanic eruptions and earthquakes can cause rapid changes on Earth’s surface such as creating new land, making cracks in the crust, or changing landforms, and also how landslides can cause rapid change to Earth’s surface such as rocks and debris falling from a rock face.

Social studies

In social studies we are currently identifying and comparing how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment in which they live such as deserts, mountains, wetlands, and plains; and identifying and comparing the human characteristics of various regions.


In reading we are currently learning to understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and respond by providing evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography.


In writing we are currently writing expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Students are expected to write letters whose language is tailored to the audience and purpose (e.g., a thank you note to a friend) and that use appropriate conventions (e.g., date, salutation, closing).

Optional Homework for the Week oh Dec. 12 - 15

Please click on the links below to view the homework as a PDF.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Learning Objectives for November 14 - 18


In reading we are currently working with Informational Text/Expository Text. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about expository text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to identify the details or facts that support the main idea; draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence; identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts; and use text features (e.g. bold print, captions, key words, italics) to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text. Also, students use a flexible range of metacognitive reading skills in both assigned and independent reading to understand an author’s message. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts as they become self-directed, critical readers. The student is expected to monitor and adjust comprehension (e.g., using background knowledge, creating sensory images, re-reading a portion aloud, generating questions); make inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding; summarize information in text, maintaining meaning and logical order; and make connections (e.g. thematic links, author analysis) between literary and informational texts with similar ideas and provide textual evidence.


In writing we are currently learning about Expository and Procedural Texts. Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Students are expected to create brief compositions that establish a central idea in a topic sentence; include supporting sentences with simple facts, details, and explanations; and contain a concluding statement.


In math we are currently applying mathematical process standards to represent and explain fractional units. The student is expected to determine the corresponding fraction greater than zero and less than or equal to one with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 given a specified point on a number line; represent fractions greater than zero and less than or equal to one with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 using concrete objects and pictorial models, including strip diagrams and number lines; compare two fractions having the same numerator or denominator in problems by reasoning about their sizes and justifying the conclusion using symbols, words, objects, and pictorial models; and represent fractions of halves, fourths, and eighths as distances from zero on a number line.


In science we are currently learning to demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done such as swings, 
balls, pulleys, and wagons.


In social studies we are currently learning to understand the basic structure and functions of various levels of government. The student is expected to identify local, state, and national government officials and explain how they are chosen.

Optional Homework for the week of November 14 - 18

Please click on the links below to view the homework as a PDF.

Language Arts


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Learning Objectives for November 7 - 11

Monday, October 31, 2016

3rd Grade November 2016 Newsletter

Happy November, Old Town 3rd Grade Families!
Thank you for entrusting us with your sweet children.  We are very thankful for all of our kiddos and families and that we can do what we love each day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the beginning of a busy season!  We are learning about Non-Fiction and Expository Writing in Language Arts, Fractions in Math, Magnetism and Gravity in Science, and the 2016 Election in Social Studies.

We have our first, “Staycation Field Trip” here on campus on Thursday, November 17.  Mad Science will be coming to our school to do some interactive science experiments and exploration with us!  We are so excited for this upcoming event!  We will not be collecting any money for this trip and plan on eating outside on the picnic tables in the “woods” for lunch (weather permitting:).  More information will be coming soon!

Please mark your calendars for the following dates in November!

November 1- Report Cards go home
November 2- Popcorn Day
November 3- 5:30 TAG Testing Parent Information Night
November 4- 3-5th Morning Assembly 7:35
November 6-Daylight Savings Time Ends!  Be sure to change your clocks!
November 11- Veteran’s Day Celebration on Campus 8:00am
November 15-Scholastic Book Fair/Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 16-Scholastic Book Fair/Popcorn Day
November 17-Scholastic Book Fair/Kona Ice 2:50
          3rd Grade Mad Science Staycation Field Trip! More info. coming soon!
November 18-Scholastic Book Fair/3rd-5th Morning Assembly 7:35
November 21-25- Happy Thanksgiving!  No school!  
November 28-Back to school from Break

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Learning Objectives for October 31 - November 4

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Learning Objectives for October 17 - 21, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy October! Fall is here and we are settling in for some fantastic learning!

Hello, Third Grade Families!
Please Mark Your Calendars:
Oct. 5-National Walk/Bike to School
Oct.7- 3-5 Assembly 7:35am
Oct. 10- No School!  Parent Conference Day
Oct. 13- Fall Pictures
Oct. 18- Reading Under the Stars
Oct. 20-Kona Ice After School
Oct. 21-3-5 Assembly 7:35am
Oct. 22- Campus Clean Up
Oct. 26- Early Release 12:00
Oct. 31- Literacy Character Dress Up Day

In Math we are entering Unit 3: Revisiting Multiplication Concepts and Introducing Multiplication Fact Strategies (Use tens and Doubles)

In Language Arts, we will be starting our Poetry Unit!

In Science, our focus will be finishing Matter/Mixtures and Moving to Energy. Then we will begin gravity and Force and Motion.

Social Studies will focus on Good Citizenship and learn about organizations that work for the good of the community (ex. Red Cross).

We are excited to announce that our school will host our Annual Book Character Day on Monday, October 31st!

Children may dress as a character from a story with whom they book-character-008make a text-to-self connection. This means your child can link something about the book character to his/her life and experiences. This book needs to be in your child’s book box at school, a book from home, or a book read by the teacher to the class.For example: In the book Wemberly Worried, Wemberly worries about having no one attend her birthday party. Your child may have experienced a similar feeling and could connect to how Wemberly felt in the story.Please work with your child to plan a simple homemade costume…no need to purchase one!   Just do your best to gather an assortment of hats, clothing, or other props to create a homemade costume. Face and hair paint, blood, masks, weapons or scary characters are not permitted.

Kindergarten will host a parade at 8:00 am for all students to enjoy! We encourage our kindergarten families to attend. We look forward to an exciting day of fun book characters from some really amazing books!

We are enjoying teaching and watching your children discover and learn!

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

Thank you for sharing them with us!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Early Release Wednesday 9/28/16

Our first Early Release of the year is this Wednesday,  September 28th.  Please note the new dismissal times. Students in grade kindergarten through fifth will be dismissed at 12:00 pm.  Our morning prekindergarten hours will be from 7:40 am - 9:50 am.  Breakfast will be offered for our morning students, however, lunch will not be provided.  Our afternoon prekindergarten hours will be from 9:50 am -  12:00 pm.  Only lunch will be provided for our afternoon prekindergarten students.  Our campus lunch schedule will be adjusted on early release days to reflect the shortened school day.  Sack/box lunches will be the only choice available in the cafeteria.  Students will eat lunch in their classrooms.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Happy, September Third Grade Families!

It has been a  pleasure getting to know all of the new faces in our classrooms! We have hit the ground running and are working hard!

Language Arts Homework: It is the expectation that students read a minimum of 20 minutes per evening at home. We will be sending a reading log home for your child to complete and you to initial.

If your child needs a book, please let their teacher know! We can assist with finding books of interest and helping to pick a library book to take home!

Math Homework will consist of practicing multiplication facts, problem-solving, and working on specified math links at home.  

Reading and Math homework will  be sent home each Friday and will need to be returned on Thursday of each week.

Morning Arrival-Students have been doing a great job coming into the building, SAFELY, RESPECTFULLY, AND RESPONSIBLY. Students that enter the building at 7:15 may go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast OR head to the classroom and wait in the hallway silently, until 7:30. Students are monitored by staff at all times.  At 7:30 students enter the room and we begin morning work.

Spanish Classes/Specials-
We are excited about the enthusiasm our students have expressed in learning Spanish.  As we work to provide the best learning experience in implementing the new program, we have collaboratively decided to remove the Spanish class from the specials rotation and offer it to all classes at a designated time of day during the week.  Your child's classroom will continue to have the opportunity to participate in Spanish for fifty minutes once per week.  We have coordinated a schedule that will ensure your child does not miss any instructional time from other academic areas.  The new schedule will take effect on Tuesday, September 6th.

School Start/End Time- The Elementary school day begins at 7:40 and ends at 7:50. If you have a change in transportation, please send a note with your student and call the office to make them aware.  We in turn, will make sure they go where they are needed to be.

Important Dates- Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
September 5 - Labor Day/No school
September 20-Back to School Night
September 28- Elementary Early Release
October 10-Parent/Teacher Conference Day/No school for students

Reminders: Please be sure your child has a snack each day to bring to school.

A light jacket or sweater is also recommended for the classroom as sometimes it gets a bit chilly.

Please visit our third-grade sites for any information or updates.  Also, feel free to contact your child's teacher at anytime for questions or clarification!

Thank you!

Monday, August 29, 2016


This year the Third-grade teachers will be using Class Dojo as a tool for reporting positive behavior and skills students could improve upon. Please view the below video of parents who talk about how Class Dojo has helped to improve their children through the positive feedback. Teachers will be sending out letters or emails explaining how to connect using Class Dojo. Please contact your child's teacher is you have any questions regarding Class Dojo.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

First Day of School!!!

We are so excited to have met all of our awesome third graders and their families last week and can't wait for Tuesday to start the 2016-2017 school year!!