• November 9, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/9/2018 12:15:00 PM

     

    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 9, 2018

     

    Hello families!

     

    Beginning today, we have Parent-Teacher conferences. As a result, school will be dismissed at 12:30 Friday and all of next week. Please plan accordingly! I have confirmed each conference and I look forward to the opportunity to talk about third grade and your child!

      

    In Math we finished our second Module! Kids did great on the end of module test. An area that will need continued support at home and is easy to practice is telling time. Any time there's an analog clock around, have your child tell you the time! We've learned how to tell time to the nearest minute. In addition to this skill, they've also practied how to round to the nearest 10 minutes. Give it a try! Next week we begin Module 3. This new module introduces multiplying and dividing with 6 and 7 so those facts should be added to the regular practice that your child should already be doing. The more practice, the more quickly the facts can be recalled.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, and 10's***

     

    In Readers Workshop, we began a new unit. This new unit involves reading non-fiction books. We talked about the different types of non-fiction text they may encounter: narrative (stories), expository (fact telling), or a hybrid of both. They began exploring the non-fiction texts in our classroom library and chose a non-fiction book from the school library as well. We've talked about how to take notes on main ideas and details in expository texts and students will get the chance to practice this beginning next week.

     

    In Writing we will take a short break:). More after Thanksgiving!

     

    There will not be a new Studies Weekly for Social Studies next week. Short school days!

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY! 

     

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: No spelling next week!
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 3, Lesson 1 (Tuesday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), Lesson 4 (Thursday)
         Topic A: The Properties of Multiplication and Division (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic B: Multiplicaiton and Division Using Units of 6 and 7 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: No Studies Weekly next week!
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/29 Spelling Lesson 12 
    11/30 Studies Weekly #12
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS       
    11/12 NO SCHOOL
    11/9-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/13-16 Book Fair
    11/19-23 NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
    11/30 School Spirit: College Day
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

     

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  • November 2, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 2, 2018

     

    What a fun Halloween we had!! Loved the costumes and the engergy. Thank you to the parents who donated food and to the parents who were able to be here to help! We had some fun centers and a delicious lunch. Hopefully their tummies were full and ready for the adventure of trick-or-treating! Was fun to see so many kids and parents out in Summit Woods too!

     

    Beginning this Friday, we have Parent-Teacher conferences. As a result, school will be dismissed at 12:30 Friday and all of next week. Please plan accordingly! I have confirmed each conference and I look forward to the opportunity to talk about third grade and your child!

      

    In Math kids were sooo excited to learn how to do subtraction with two and three digit numbers and to have to borrow. They were thrilled to get the place value dots out and get to work. Their eagerness is awesome! They are doing great. Next week we'll have to decompose (borrow) twice and there will sometimes be zeroes in the tens and/or ones places. I know they'll live up to the challenge! We will review on Tuesday and the Module 2 test will be Wednesday.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, and 10's***

     

    In Readers Workshop, we will begin a new unit next week: Reading to Learn. We will learn how to approach Nonfiction text to get meaningful use out of them. 

     

    In Writing we will take a short break:). More after Thanksgiving!

     

    In Social Studies next week we will discuss primary and secondary sources of information and how to check for reliability. We'll also discuss Yosemit Valley a bit and discover how Santa Monica began and what it has to offer.

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY! 

     

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Unit 11 (word list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 19 (Monday), review (Tuesday), assessment (Wednesday)
         Topic E: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #11: Types of Sources
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/8 Spelling Lesson 11 
    11/9 Studies Weekly #11
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS       
     
    11/6 Student Council speeches and voting
    11/6 Project Cornerstone
    11/7 Picture Make-Up Day
    11/12 NO SCHOOL
    11/9-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/13-16 Book Fair
    11/19-23 NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
    11/30 School Spirit: College Day
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    lined paper

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  • October 26, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/26/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 26, 2018

     

    Hello! I hope you've had a great week! We've had fun and been quite productive here in third grade. They impress me daily with all the new things they're capable of and the ideas they come up with :). Thank you for being so speedy in returning your parent-teacher conference sheet! It's good we're getting things scheduled so we all know what's coming :). I look forward to meeting with you all in just a couple of weeks!

     

    Next week is Halloween! I know we are all really looking forward to this day! Students should arrive in their costume (if choosing to wear one) on Wednesday. The parade will start at about 8:30. Feel free to come watch! After the parade, we will have a party with fun activities and food. No need to send your kid to school with a lunch! Thank you to Anne Markert and Annie Wachob for all of the planning! Please be sure that your child's costume is school-appropriate: no weapons or gore. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. School is out at 12:30 that day and there's no school Thursday or Friday!

      

    In Math we worked this week with the standard algorithm to compose larger units, in addition to the many methods/tricks we've already worked with so far. Kids were eager to use the standard algorithm (ex: 547g + 52g = _____g). We also took a couple of days to learn how to round to the nearest ten and hundred with two- and three-digit numbers. We took a quick quiz and they rocked it!!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

     

    In Readers Workshop, students were able to share their book reports. WOW! Such hard work. If was fun to hear about the books they read and to see the creative and spooky haunted houses they created. Keep reading!!

      

    In Writers Workshop we had our Publishing Party!! We all LOVED it!! Thank you so much to all of the parents who were able to be here!! It was such a cool experience to see these kids so very proud of all the hard work that they've put into their narrative stories. To hear them reading their stories and all of the compliments that they were showered with was a favorite moment of the year so far :). And if you were not able to be here, I get it! Thank you for the hard work that you put into your job! The kids were eager to take their published pieces and their many, many compliments home to share there! And we had full tummies from delicious and nutritious goodies. Thank you all! 

      

    In Social Studies this week we talked about various cultures of California's Native Americans. Kids learned the difference between a custom and a tradition. Of particular importance was the Native Americans respect for nature. This is evident in so many of the legends passed from one generation to the next. This week was the last paper version of the test! There won't be a Studies Weekly next week (short week) but we'll start again the first week in November. The quizzes will still be on Fridays but they will now be ONLINE! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY! 

     

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you at the Boo Bash!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: No spelling next week!
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 17 (Monday), Lesson 18 (Tuesday)
         Topic D: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Addition Using the Standard Algorithm (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic E: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: No Studies Weekly next week!
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/8 Spelling Lesson 11 
    11/9 Studies Weekly #11
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS       
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party 
    11/1-2 NO SCHOOL (Teacher in-service days) 
    11/6 Project Cornerstone
    11/7 Picture Make-Up Day
    11/12 NO SCHOOL
    11/9-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/13-16 Book Fair
    11/19-23 NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    lined paper

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  • October 19, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/19/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 19, 2018

     

    Hello! I hope you've had a great week! We've had fun and been quite productive here in third grade. They impress me daily with all the new things they're capable of and the ideas they come up with :). 

     

    Believe it or not, Trimester 1 parent-teacher conference time is just three weeks away! Time is flying! Next Thursday I'll be sending out a notice of when your conference is scheduled. Please look for it so you can be sure the slot given works for you. Conferences will be offered after school on Friday, 10/9, and Tuesday, 10/13 - Friday, 10/16. School is out at 12:30 those days. Conferences will be 20 minutes each with slots starting at 1:00 and ending at 3:00. Let me know if you have any questions!

      

    In Math we worked more with measuring volume and mass in different ways. Students also worked with multi-step word problems. These kinds of problems can be a bit intimidating for kids who usually just want to pull out the numbers and do something with them. We've worked on strageties to make the problems approachable and added to techniques to solve these problems. Yesterday they took a Mid Module assessment so I could have a check of where they're at so far. They'll be coming home with the graded assessments today!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, students are getting lots of time to read their book report books! I have had a couple of book reports turned in already! Please doule check with your child today and this weekend to be sure that the project is worked on! The book report is due next Monday, 10/22. You can find the project guidelines and the grading rubric on our class website in the "Assignments" section.

     

    In Writers Workshop we are soooo close to being ready to publish!! The kids have worked super hard to produce incredible stories. We know you'll be impressed. Please plan to join us next Thursday, 10/25 at 2:00 here in our class for the opportunity to see what they've created!! We'll have our Publishing Party to celebrate their accomplishments and for them to show off their hard work. Hope you can join us! If you would be willing to bring a food item for all to share, we would love it!! Please email me to let me know that you're planning on bringing something!! I appreciate the contributions :)

     

    In Social Studies this week we continued talking about California's Native Americans. We discussed the regions they lived in and how they survived. Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

     

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 10 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 12 (Monday), Lesson 13 (Tuesday), Lesson 14 (Wednesday), Lesson 15/16 (Thursday)
         Topic C: Rounding to the Nearest Ten and Hundred (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic D: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 10, California Indians - Culture
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/25 Spelling Lesson 10 
    10/26 Studies Weekly #10
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS   
    10/22 Art in Action 
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party 
    11/1-2 NO SCHOOL (Teacher in-service days) 
    11/6 Project Cornerstone
    11/12 NO SCHOOL
    11/9-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/19-23 NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    lined paper

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  • October 12, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/12/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 12, 2018

     

    Hello! So many students have been filling me in on the progress of their book reports! Most are working on finishing their books which is a good place to be. Hopefully they'll finish up in the next week and the project can take life! There are elements of the report that can be done before the book is completed (title, author, beginning summary,...) if they're eager to start on the haunted house. The directions for the project and the rubric can be found on our website under the "Assignments" tab (click here). Last Friday in class we did the basic frame that the book report will be presented on. They made a haunted house on paper and cut out 4 windows and a door which will hide all book report elements. This is now at home and is to be returned no later than Monday, October 22. If you have any questions, let me know!

     

    For the most part, students are really enjoying the maturity that a binder brings. They take pride in putting things in the appropriate places and know where to turn to find a particular paper. As a result, I strongly encourage the kids to be responsible for their own binders. Your child can/should show you the homework page each day that we did in class. Your child can show you where returned tests are. Your child shoud be in charge of emptying his/her binder each Friday and remembering which pieces stay in the binder and which stay at home. This is a good step for a third grader! I know they're up for the challenge :).

     

    In Math students learned about the metric system and how to compare measurements of household items. We discussed what grams and kilograms are and that they are used to weight objects. We also discussed liters and milliliters and saw how these units measure volume. Lots of new vocabulary this week! Next week we'll continue with these measures and students will take the mid-module assessment to see how things are going so far. We are still working daily on multiplication and practice should continue to happen regularly at home. We talked this week about number sense and how someone can use this skill to solve multiplication problems without having the fact memorized (ex: student knows 5x5=25 so can add 5 to that answer to get 5x6).

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, students are getting lots of time to read their book report books! They had chances to talk about their books as well to help work out potential misunderstandings of the plotlines! Discussions lead to deeper understanding, even when the partners haven't read each other's books.

     

    In Writers Workshop some students have begun typing! Others are finishing editing, and some are awaiting tips from me. It's quite a process! They're typing in Google Drive and will submit their finished work in Google Classroom. We have worked with both of these sites in class now. I've encouraged kids to play with Google Drive at home too! They can type anything they'd like in a new Doc or other Google Drive feature (specifically I told them about Google Drawing!). As of now, the Narrative typing is to be done entirely at school. If that changes, I'll let you know. 

     

    In Social Studies this week we began discussing California's Native Americans. This is a big part of the third grade standards so we'll be learning about them for a while. We also talked about the real Pocahontus (in comparison to the Disney version) and her relationship with John Smith. In class on Thursday, we played an online review game for the first time called Quizlet Live. They LOVED it! It got loud but was super fun for everyone and a great way for them to review the week's materials! Win-win! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    Kids have had to have quite a few reminders lately about appropriate school behavior and how to treat others (adults and peers) with respect. Other teachers have had to pull me aside to let me know that behavior in other settings wasn't as awesome as they are capable of :(. We've had talks about how to always "put your best foot forward' and I'd appreciate support in reinforcing with your kids that it's good character. Thank you! 

     

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 9 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 10 (Monday), Lesson 11 (Tuesday), Mid-Module 2 Review (Wednesday), Mid-Module 2 Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic B: Measuring Weight and and Liquid Volume in Metric Units (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 9, California Indians - How They Lived
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/18 Mid-Module 2 (math)
    10/18 Spelling Lesson 9 
    10/19 Studies Weekly #9 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    10/15 Gardening 
    10/22 Art in Action   
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party 
    11/1-2 NO SCHOOL (Teacher in-service days) 
    11/6 Project Cornerstone
    11/12 NO SCHOOL
    11/9-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/19-23 NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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  • October 5, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/5/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 5, 2018

     

    Hello! This week third graders were assigned their first book report! The theme is a haunted house. They were sent home with the instructions on Monday and today was the day for them to have a mystery book chosen and approved by me. The directions for the project and the rubric can be found on our website under the "Assignments" tab (click here). Today in class we did the basic frame that the book report will be presented on. They made a haunted house on paper and cut out 4 windows and a door which will hide all book report elements. This will come home with each child today and is to be returned no later than Monday, October 22. If you have any questions, let me know!

     

    In Math we began a new Module! This module begins with telling time to the nearest minute. They've practiced reading a clock and also finding the difference between two times within the same hour. Different tools were introduced such as stacking the two times to find the difference, adding/subtracting the amount of time a task took, and plotting points on a number line to count the passage of time. We are now taking daily math facts checks so practicing will make those easier!! Also, a great resource is the Engage New York lesson videos I upload to our website each week. I encourage your child to watch the video the day before the lesson is to be taught (frontloading the information) or after school, the day the lesson was taught (reviewing the lesson). In class, they practice using a variety of different strategies to solve problems, relying on themselves and their classmates to work through problems!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, kids explored figurative language through exerpts from our previous read aloud, Stone Fox. This book really stuck with them so it's meaningful to come back to it! We talked about idioms and the importance of figurative language in stories. They then found figuartive language in their own books and discussed the literal vs. actual meanings with their reading/writing partners. Continue the discussion at home by bringing up a variety of idioms and exploring the meanings (ex: "It's raining cats and dogs.").

     

    In Writers Workshop students are making serious progress on their narrative stories! They've written, self-edited, and partner-edited their works. The next step is to transfer it to lined paper with revisions made. Once transferred, I will meet with each student to make additions. Then they'll type them up! The typing will probably take some time but we'll do it :). News of a Publishing Party still to come!

     

    The Spelling next week continues to be words from the third grade high frequency word lists. The skill of the week is the 's' sound spelled as an s or c followed by e, i, or y. The more practice with these necessary words the better!

     

    In Social Studies this week students learned about earthquakes! So relevant based on the area we live. We talked a lot about major CA earthquakes of the past and, in particular, spent spme time discussing the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Feel free to tell your child where you were when the big one hit! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

     

    Enjoy the weekend!! Hope to see you at the gala!

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 8 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 6 (Monday), Lesson 7 (Tuesday), Lesson 8 (Wednesday), Lesson 9 (Thursday)
         Topic B: Measuring Weight and and Liquid Volume in Metric Units (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 8, California Indian Groups
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/11 Spelling Lesson 8 
    10/12 Studies Weekly #8 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    10/15 Gardening 
    10/22 Art in Action   
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party  
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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  • September 28, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/28/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 28, 2018

     

    Hello! Happy Friday! I hope it's been a wonderful, although HOT, week for you all!

     

    In Math we have continued to talk about what it means to have a growth mindset in order to allow your self to grow in math. One part of that is struggle. This is not an easy idea for kids but it is so important to their success. We watched this Growth Mindset video on Struggle and it will give you some insight as well :). We also finished Module 1 and took our End of Module assessment yesterday. Next week we'll start Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Units of Measure. Also, please remind your child to be practicing Khan Academy at least twice a week at home!! Students who are doing this are able to log-in during class much easier because they've had practice!!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, we learned how to search for clues to figure out what a word means. This does not mean that the student can't read the word; he/she can use decoding tools to read the word. However, they don't know the meaning of it. They learned how to then use clues from the author to solve the tricky word. They can search for the GIST of the word (what's happening in this part?), see if there's a SYNONYM (a word that means the same thing), see if there's an ANTONYM (a word that means the opposite of the word), or if the author actually gave an EXPLANATION (tells what the word means). They found examples of each in their own chosen chapter book and then discussed the process with their reading/writing partner.

     

    In Writers Workshop we are continuing with the rough drafts. Students have begun the preliminary stages of editing their own work. In the next couple of weeks, they'll also have their reading/writing partner edit their work and I will also offer suggestions. When they are all done, we'll be sure to have a Publishing Party and you'll be invited! Always fun for these kids to show off their hard work - they will be so proud!!

     

    The Spelling assessments are improving each week! Just to let you know how the test takes place in class, here's the process. I read the paragraph once through at normal speed with all blank spaces filled in (in order for students to hear what the paragraph says so that it is no the student's focus). The second time through, I read it slowly and pause to reread each spelling word when we come across one. The third time through is a bit quicker, but still a slow pace. I then ask if anyone missed one and I reread necessary sentences. Once everyone has filled everything in, I explain the skill portion of the test and each student works on his/her own. The spelling words and skills are practiced each day in centers and the work is compiled into a packet. The packets are to be completed by Wednesday of each week. If not done, the packet of pages will come home to be completed as homework and returned on Thursay. Spelling assessments take place every Thursday. Practice at home is important too! Students make flashcards every Friday of the following week's words. These can be practiced anytime, anywhere. Thanks!

     

    In Social Studies this week students learned about the water conservation and how our world is adapting to rising temperatures, too little snow, and varied rainfall. We also talked about the ozone and our beautiful state flower, the Poppy. I love their questioning! They are getting more comfortable with the weekly quiz each Friday. We'll continue to test in the same manner for a few months. When I feel they are ready, we'll try the test on the website! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

     

    Enjoy the weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 7 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 2, Lesson 2 (Monday), Lesson 3 (Tuesday), Lesson 4 (Wednesday), Lesson 5 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Time Measurement and Problem Solving (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 7, A Changing Landscape
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/4 Spelling Lesson 7 
    10/5 Studies Weekly #7 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    10/1 Art in Action
    10/2 Project Cornerstone 
    10/22 Art in Action   
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party  
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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  • September 21, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/21/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 21, 2018

     

    Hello again families! I hope you've had a wonderful week. These third graders are so fun to be around every day! Their "lightbulb moments" and the genuine excitement they have when that moment happens is remarkable every time :).

     

    In Math we are working quite well on our journey through multiplicaiton and division. Students should be moving from skip counting to figure out the multiplication facts to memorizing them. Many students count from one fact to the next (ex: 3+3=6, +3 more=9) which is what we've been working on thus far! However, they should transition to daily practice in order to be able to know the facts (3x3=9). They'll get there! And practicing every day is an effective way to acheive the goal. We've spent a lot of time talking about a person's mindset while doing math. It's important to try (and fail sometimes!) in order to grow your brain and improve in math. Have a Growth Mindset is crucial to success! We've watched a series of five quick videos called Class Dojo to help illustrate the idea (thanks for the idea, Rebecca Setziol!). Check them out! Also, please remind your child to be practicing Khan Academy at least twice a week at home!! Students who are doing this are able to log-in during class much easier because they've had practice!!

    ***NEW THIS WEEK: We began a new process in regards to homework. In class, we complete the homework together (some on own, some with partner, then altogether as class). To work on responsibility, students then bring the page home to show parents what they're doing in class and/or to finish it if they didn't in class. The page will then be turned in the following day! 

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's***

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, students worked on how to climb the hurdle of hard words. They marked tricky or double meaning words in their silent readig books and then used skills discussed in class to figure those words out with their reading/writing partners. So far, the strategies they have practiced are: 1) Chunk the word, 2) Think about the story, 3) Ask yourself, "Does it sound like a word I know?", 4) Ask yourself, "Does is look like a word I know?", 5) Try out the different sounds. Reminder: students need to read at least 20 minutes every, single day!). The more they read, the better they'll be!

     

    In Writers Workshop we are now onto rough drafts! The narrative stories they've chosen to write about will go through several drafts and editing processes in order to become "published" pieces. We are almost done with the first rough draft, as of this week. More work to be done! When they are all done, we'll be sure to have a Publishing Party and you'll be invited! Always fun for these kids to show off their hard work - they will be so proud!!

     

    One way we practice the Spelling words each week is through spelling centers. Each week there are three centers for them to work on at their own pace. They work daily (Mon-Wed) for about 20ish minutes with a partner to make their way through all three centers. This week students practiced writing each word three times each (consonants in blue, vowels in red), completed money spelling (each letter is work a coin or dollar amount and they add them up), and a skill page (this week's skill: or/ore words). Other center activities (they vary each week) include spelling sentences and crossword puzzles with spelling words. These packets are to be completed by Wednesday of each week. If not done, the packet of pages will come home to be completed as homework and returned on Thursay. Spelling assessments take place every Thursday. Practice at home is important too! Students make flashcards every Friday of the following week's words. These can be practiced anytime, anywhere. Thanks!

     

    In Social Studies this week students learned about the deserts and valleys of California. We talked about the extreme climate of Death Valley and the fertile soil of the valley. Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 6 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 1, Lesson 17 (Monday), Lesson 20 (Tuesday), End of Module Review (Wednesday), End of Module Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic E: Multiplication and Division Using Parts of 4 (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic F: Distributive Property and Problem Solving Using Units of 2-5 and 10 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 6, Adapting the Environment
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/27 Spelling Lesson 6 
    9/27 End Module 1
    9/28 Studies Weekly #6 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    9/28 Crazy Hair Day
    10/1 Art in Action
    10/2 Project Cornerstone 
    10/22 Art in Action   
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party  
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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  • September 14, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/14/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 14, 2018

     

    Hello families! What a week! Our first Art in Action, school picture day, and our first math test...just to name a few! We've had fun and learned lots this week and I know these kids have earned the weekend off :)

     

    In Math we have navigated our way halfway through Module 1. It is so cool to see them knowing the math vocabulary, using it in context, and applying it to learned material. They are working super hard to grow their brains every, single math session and I am so proud of them! Their first mid-module test was awesome! They did really well and they should most definitely be happy with their efforts :). When Ms. Rebecca comes in on Fridays to work on math as well, she has been teaching the material through math journaling. It's great to see the process come more easily to them now which allows for true depth of knowledge. Awesome! Just as a reminder, in each student's math section in his/her binder, you'll find graph paper with math journaling on them. Check out what they've been up to! I strongly encourage students to clean out all sections of their binders every Friday. However, the math journaling pages should remain in the binders!!

      

    In Readers Workshop this week, we finished Stone Fox. It was definitely an unexpected ending for these third graders, greeted with audible gasps. We talked about what made this story so suspenseful and why the author made the writing choices he did. We talked about how else things could have ended and how things would have changed. The goal is to find the same interest and intrigue in their own books choices! Also, we talk regularly about which boxes they got to check off on their reading log during the previous night's reading. SO fun to see the creative ways they are completing their nightly reading ( at least 20 minutes every, single day!). The more they read, the better they'll be!

     

    In Writers Workshop students chose one favorite topic that they have done a QuickWrite on. They are working on telling the story to their reading/writing partner orally and then they write the story. They have dont this process twice now and have written two quick drafts of their story. We'll do this one more time before moving into wrting the rough draft of their story. It's rewarding for them to see the progress they're making!

     

    Spelling is a great opportunity for these third graders to be practicing the third grade high frequency words. Some of the words will be repeated from week-to-week to help the spelling come more easily. Each Friday, kids make flashcards with the next week's spelling words on them. This makes it easy to study at home or on the go! Hopefully your child has also been showing you the "Dear Parents" page each Friday as well. This page shows the specific speling skill the week will focus on. The spelling words and the week's skill will both be assessed every Thursday.  

     

    In Social Studies this week students learned about water conservation, dams and aquaducts, and the courage of Rosa Parks. Today's Studies Weekly test was taken on their own for the first time! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    Thank you to Stephanie Randazzo, Lauren Gallagher, Wendy Wisher, and JR Young for being here for our very first Art in Action lesson!! Kids totally loved the activity and we all appreciate your energy and dedication! Thank you! 

     

     

    Have a great weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 5 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 1, Lesson 11 (Monday), Lesson 12 (Tuesday), Lesson 13 (Wednesday), Lesson 14/15 (Thursday)
         Topic D: Division Using Units of 2 and 3 (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic E: Multiplication and Division Using Parts of 4 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 5, Deserts and Valleys
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/20 Spelling Lesson 5 
    9/21 Studies Weekly #5 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    9/28 Crazy Hair Day
    10/1 Art in Action
    10/2 Project Cornerstone 
    10/22 Art in Action   
    10/26 Crazy Sock Day     
    10/31 Halloween Parade and Party  
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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  • September 7, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/7/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 7, 2018

     

    Hello families! Happy Friday! Hope you've enjoyed a beautiful weather week! It's a HOT one here today!!

     

    Math has been great this week. Students were introduced to division and have been excited about it. Ms. Rebecca came in today and involved the students in a great division lesson involving math journaling. This technique will be used every week when she comes to share her joy of math with the class. In each student's math section in his/her binder, you'll find graph paper with math journaling on them. Check out what they've been up to! I strongly encourage students to clean out their binders every Friday. However, the math journaling pages should remain in the binders!!

     

    We worked a couple of times this week to get Google passwords changed (now unique for each student) and figured out how to log into Khan Academy and search for our current math module. This was no easy task when we started! However, they did it :). I am proud of their determination! Here's a quick review of what they should do for Khan: www.khanacademy.com --> click "login" (top right corner) --> click red box "continue with Google" --> log-in with google email and password --> (top of screen) click in search bar "ENY grade 3" --> Click on 3rd grade math --> Module 1. They should be working on Khan at least two days each week for about 20 minutes each session. We will work on it class for the same amount of time each week!

     

    In Readers Workshop is week, students practiced predicting what will happen next in a book. We have a class read aloud we read during this Workshop time titled, Stone Fox. As we read this book, we stop often to work on all of the reading skills they've been introdueced to; this week it was predicting. They then practiced this skill on their own with the book they are currently reading. Before they started, they wrote their prediction in their readers workbook and then read to see if their predications came true! They've also had time to make predictions with their reading/writing partners. As a reminder, kids should be reading at least 20 minutes every, single day. The more they read, the better they'll be!

     

    In Writers Workshop students continued to write QuickWrites about small moments they've experienced. They have worked on using emotion and dialogue to bring a mental movie to the paper. Working together with their reading/writing partners, they're able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their writing. They then take what they like and do more of it in their next QuickWrite...while being sure to try not to do what they don't like about their past efforts. Analyzing what they've done helps them to understand themselves as writers!

     

    Spelling is a great opportunity for these third graders to be practicing the third grade high frequency words. Some of the words will be repeated from week-to-week to help the spelling come more easily. Each Friday, kids make flashcards with the next week's spelling words on them. This makes it easy to study at home or on the go! Hopefully your child has also been showing you the "Dear Parents" page each Friday as well. This page shows the specific speling skill the week will focus on. The spelling words and the week's skill will both be assessed every Thursday.  

     

    In Social Studies this week students learned about the layers of the Earth, what desalination is, and about different types of landforms we have her in California (just to name a few!). It has been wonderful to hear students excited about logging into Studies Weekly at home to reread the articles discussed in class, to take short practice quizzes, and to play with Rev the Rat! They were more prepared for the quiz this week than ever before! Reminder: the entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    We have our first Act in Action next Monday!! Thank you to Stephanie Randazzo and Lauren Gallagher for getting us all set up for this!!

     

    Next Wednesday is picture day! Order forms are available online (link below) and must be turned in on picture day. If you need a hard copy (my home printer is always out of ink too!), just let me know and I'd be happy to send one home with your child :).

     

    Have a great weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 4 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 1, Lesson 5 (Monday), Lesson 6 (Tuesday), Review (Wednesday), Mid Module Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic B: Division as an Unknown Factor Problem (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 4, Bodies of Water
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/13 Spelling Lesson 4 
    9/13 Mid Module 1
    9/14 Studies Weekly #4 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    9/8 and 9 Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26427)
    9/10 Art in Action
    9/12 School picture day (order form here)
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!): 

    We're all set! 

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