Update from Mrs. Rockmaker

Now that the November concert has passed students will return to the use of their notebooks (for grades 3,4 and 5) and Theory Time books (for grades 4 and 5 only).  I would also like students to bring a folder and a pencil to music.  Students who have left materials in the music room can retrieve them outside of class time.  New 4th and 5th grade students can purchase Theory Time books to be purchased from Barnes & Noble at the Chandler Fashion Mall from the school book list. I have attached a copy of the list.2017-2018 School Book List

 I have also included a link to the list from the Archway Lincoln website:


Week of 11/27

Dear 3rd Grade Families:

We hope you have had a festive and restful Thanksgiving Break. We have a – few more weeks before Winter Break – it is coming up fast! Here are a few curriculum updates for the coming week:

ELA – This week we will be continuing our reading of Wind in the Willows. The vocabulary test based on words from the text will be taking place a week from this Tuesday, on 12/5 – we apologize for the confusion on this test – it was postponed due to timing issues. We are also continuing with our reading of Little House on the Prairie. Our November Poem recitation will also be taking place this week.

Maths – We will be wrapping up our introduction to long division. We will be ending the unit on Friday with a test.

History – This week we will be continuing with our Study of Ancient Rome. We will be gearing up for our first History test coming up Monday 12/4. A study guide will be going home this Monday.

Science – We will be starting our look at the Skeletal System this week.

Please be in touch should you have any questions or concerns – have a great week!

The 3rd Grade Team

Week of 11/20/2017

Dear 3rd Grade Parents:

We hope you have had a pleasant weekend, and got all your Thanksgiving shopping done!  As you know, this will be a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will only have school Monday and Tuesday.  This will be an R & R weekend, so no homework will be assigned over the break – Happy Thanksgiving!!

Things to know for this week:

ELA: The in-class Spelling Bee is this week!  Third Grade classes will be holding their Bee over the next two days.  We will also be finishing up Chapter 12 of Little House on the Prairie

Maths:  We are continuing to learn strategies for Long Division this shortened week.  We will continue review after the break.

Science: We will be concluding our study of the Muscular System with a short quiz.

History: We will be taking a short pause from our Rome studies to take a look at the historical aspects of the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you are looking for something fun to do over the holiday weekend, the Arizona Science Centre has a Pompeii exhibit that would be a great (and fun!) curriculum enriching activity for your third grader!

Our top Read-A-Thon earners will be participating in the Student/Teacher kickball game on Tuesday, congratulations readers!!  Of course, we are rooting for the Student team 😊

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns – have a pleasant and safe Holiday Weekend – The 3rd Grade Team.

Week of November 13th

Good morning! We hope everyone enjoyed the three day weekend. Only 1 1/2 more weeks before our Thanksgiving Break.

We have one very important event this week: The Winter Music Concert! Mrs. Rockmaker, Mrs. Boswell and our students have been working very hard to put on great show. This year, our concert will be held at Higley Center for the Arts. An information sheet was sent out, but please contact us if you have any questions.

In math, we continue to work on multiplication, division and word problems. This week, we begin long division.

In ELA, we continue to read Little House on the Prairie and The Wind and the Willows.

In Science, we continue our exploration of the muscles in the human body.

In History, we are learning more about Rome. Please ensure that your student is staying aware of all due dates for the Rome Project. Please see the bright green handout for more information.

Growth Mindset and Math

Good morning!

I know there were some concerns about the homework last night.  It did come directly from the Singapore curriculum.  This homework was intended for them to practice the valuable math skill of trial and error.  Problems like these encourage the training of a growth mindset.  We are only collecting this as a “you tried” grade.  We are not grading it for accuracy. Don’t worry, though, we won’t put problems like this on an assessment.


One final note, they did have time (as long as they weren’t picked up right away) during dismissal to work on this.  At least one scholar did and asked me questions and I was able to help her figure out a strategy.