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.

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.


Week of October 30, 2017

Important reminders:

Monday:  Vocabulary Quiz

Tuesday:  Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day – Please ensure that you have turned in your request.  If a student attends school in an unapproved costume, they may be required to call home for a change of clothes.  Reminder, costumes should be literary in nature and pop culture is not allowed.

Wednesday:  Early release – normal clubs and Athanaeum.

Thursday:  Normal day

Friday:  Early release – no clubs only Athanaeum.  Teachers will be attending an In-Service training.

Language arts:  In ELA we will continue working on the Wind in the Willows, Little House on the Prairie, and will focus on writing complete sentences with an emphasis on parts of speech.

Vocabulary will be tested every Monday. Please study the words and definitions daily. On Thursday’s we will have specific vocabulary homework in regard to taking apart the vocabulary for specific context.

Math:  In Math, we continue to review math facts and relate multiplication to division.  We are also exploring one step and two step problems.

Science:  This week in Science we will continue our study of body systems with the muscular system.

History:  This week in History we will be exploring pre-Christian Roman religion.  We will be looking at how the daily lives of the Ancient Romans was shaped by their belief systems.

Week of October 23rd, 2017

We enter our first full week of Quarter 2 ready to learn about:

  • Ancient Rome in History.
  • The human body in Science.
  • Multiplication and Division (facts only) in Math.
  • Little House on the Prairie, The Wind in the Willows, writing summaries and learning new vocabulary words in Literature.

Coming up:

  • The Tree poem recitation will be on October 31st. Please ensure your scholar is practicing reciting the poem.
  • Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day on October 31st. The goal is for the students to dress up like a character from literature.  No pop culture (Harry Potter, Star Wars) is permitted.  We will be sending home those approved permission slips beginning Monday.


We still have two recess breaks for the hard working scholars.  The only change that has occurred is that now two days a week, each class (in their 2 class groups) have access to the playground equipment after lunch.  This means that the morning recess for 3C and 3D has changed times.  3A and 3B remain the same.  All classes have recess together on Wednesdays on the field.


Our team is now grading participation using the SLANT rubric.  These evaluations will go home every two weeks in the Black Graded Work folder.

CATEGORY 5 4 3 2 1
Sit up Student consistently sits in the scholarly position,  demonstrating all four requirements. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands folded)


Student sits in the scholarly position, demonstrating at least three of the four parts. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student sits in the scholarly position, but only demonstrates two of the four requirements.  (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student inconsistently sits in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Student does not sit in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Listen Politely Student listens carefully to others, waits patiently for a turn to speak, and is respectful of other points of view. Student listens to others, does not interrupt and generally accepts other points of view. Student listens to others, rarely interrupts, but does not indicate if they agree or disagree with a point of view. Student typically does not listen to others, interrupts frequently and/or is rude and intolerant of other points of view. Student is off task when others are speaking, including drawing, playing in desk.
Ask and Answer Questions Student takes an active role, (without prompting), in classroom discussions, contributing relevant and insightful comments as well as posing thoughtful questions. Student willingly participates in classroom discussions, offering useful and relevant comments. Student responds to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, but seldom volunteers. Comments are sometimes not relevant to the discussion. Student comments indicate little understanding of the topic being discussed. Student may or may not willingly respond to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, and never volunteers. Comments are seldom relevant to the discussion.
Nods for Understanding Student consistently demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student sometimes demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student is inconsistent about demonstrating understanding. Student demonstrates understanding only a fraction of the time. Student does not demonstrate understanding during class.
Track the Speaker Student maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student mostly maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student sometimes maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student rarely maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student does not maintain eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations.

Week of August 7th


Parents, thank you so much for helping to make the first day of school a smooth transition from summer break.  The 3rd Grade Team had a blast on the first day of school with all our scholars.  We are sure that this will be filled with learning and laughter. 

Please be sure to read the Headmaster Updates each week.  They always have important information about upcoming events.  This week featured information about drop off and pick up.  If you are not receiving the Headmaster Updates, please contact Richelle Petersen (rpetersen@archwaylincoln.org). 

Students should have brought home their agendas and their yellow homework folder.  If these items were not brought home, please contact me so I can make sure it makes it in their backpack on Monday.   

Snack Time is directly before our 10:05 recess in the morning.  Please make sure your child’s snack is nut free and healthy.  No candy is allowed as a snack in the classroom.  Snacks that are not covered in cheese dust (Cheetos, Doritos, etc.) are preferred as they become very messy.

English Language Arts 

Literature: we will begin reading Pinocchio.  As we read, we will be practicing the skill of asking and answering questions.  For this first week, we will be reading up through chapter three of Pinocchio. We will not be doing a reading log this year, but please expect literature homework every night! Every Friday we will be having an assessment on the skill taught that week.

Grammar: we will be reviewing parts of speech.

Writing: we begin with the writing traits of ideas and organization.  We will also be looking at the writing process and what makes a paragraph.

Spalding: we will be introducing how a Spalding lesson works, including: the scholarly position, correct pencil grip, reviewing manuscript writing and introducing cursive writing. We will start the Ayers list for spelling words the week of August 21st.


In history this week, we will be brushing up on our map skills.  Students should be able to find information on a map by the end of the week. 


In math, we begin Singapore math with relating 4-digit numbers, place value, comparing numbers within 10,000, number patterns and rounding to the nearest 10.  Rounding has traditionally been a tricky topic for third graders.  One way to support your scholar would be to ask them to round numbers to the nearest ten.  For example, while in the car you could ask “What is 47 rounded to the nearest ten?”  Rounding will begin on Friday of this week. 


In Science, we are starting the year with Animal Classification.  We will be discussing how we classify organisms and learning about taxonomy.  For taxonomy, we like to use a mnemonic device to aid in remembering the different levels:  King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti = Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.