• March 15, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/15/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    March 15, 2019

     

    Hello again! It was an action-packed week. Tricky to fit our day into just 4 hours three times this week! But we made it work :). I enjoyed meeting with several of you to talk about progress in third grade. Thank you!

     

    In just two weeks, on March 27th, is our music concert put on by the wonderful Ms. Lelake! This event will take place in the Loma gym beginning at 6:30. There will singing and dancing and instrument performances! To prepare for a recorder performance, third graders will be practicing their song on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the big show. Our class usually has recorder on Wednesdays only but they will now need to remember to bring their recorders on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

     

    In Math this week, we had our last lesson for Module 5! WOW! Where is the time going?? Next week we'll review the entire Module and have an assessment. We'll be skipping Module 6 for now and jumping to Module 7 starting on Wednesday. (We'll be back to Module 6 later!) Beginning with Module 7, students will now have nightly homework coming home and will be due in class the following morning. The homework will only consist of 1-2 problems and will review the material learned in class that day. The top of the homework page will say "Exit Ticket." The reason behind this change is to get into a regular routine of completing and returning homework on time. They're ready for it! If your child is having difficulty with the lesson, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students are beginning to finish their nonfiction books! They look incredible! We learned how to make a Table of Contents, how to format a paragraph, how to use SpellCheck (they love it!), and how to insert pictures into their document. We've talked about how to take information from a book or website and put it into their own words. I can't wait for our Publishing Party so you can all see the hard work they've put into their books! Our Publishing Party will be on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00. I'll send reminders home as well! Hope you can be there!!

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed needs vs. wants and what a budget is. Students learned why it's important to be sure that you buy everything you need before considering wants, even though that's hard! We also talked about the value of saving up for a special wanted item! Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    Have a great weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 25
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, review (Monday), assessment (Tuesday), Module 7, Lesson 1 (Wednesday), Lesson 2 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Solving Word Problems (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #25, National Landmarks
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    3/19 End Module 5 
    3/21 Spelling Unit 25
    3/22 Studies Weekly #25
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS          
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/28 Publishing Party @ 2:00
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    4/8-12 SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL
    4/23 Field trip, History San Jose
    4/26 School Spirit Day: Sports Jerseys
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

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  • March 8, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/8/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    March 8, 2019 

     

    What a night we had last night! Even though the Astronomical Association was not able to join our party due to cloudy skies, we made the best of it! We used a great app on iPads to look at constellations and stars all over the world. It was fascinating! We did many fun activities, watched a great movie about space, and even got a little bit of sleep :). Thank you for the delicious breakfast and for the help! This event truly would not work if we didn't have volunteers. Thank you to Lauren Gallegher for braving the overnight with us as well. I hope your child was able to have a restful day to recover! 

     

    Coming up next week we have optional Parent-Teacher conference days. As a result, school will have adjusted release days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. School will be out at 12:30! Please be sure to make arrangements for your child to be picked up on time.

     

    Mark your calendars! Coming up on March 27th is our music concert put on by the wonderful Ms. Lelake! This event will take place in the Loma gym beginning at 6:30. There will singing and dancing and instrument performances! To prepare for a recorder performance, third graders will be practicing their song on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the big show. Our class usually has recorder on Wednesdays only but they will now need to remember to bring their recorders on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

     

    In Math this week, we practiced how to place fractions on a number line and how to compare fractions on a number line with different denominators. This is tricky! Converting whole numbers to fractions and being sure that intervals match when comparing, takes practice. Even though it is tough to begin with, I know they'll get it. As we say in class, "I can't do it YET." They have shown such improvement and I look forward to seeing it continue.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students are typing their nonfiction books. This is a lot of work! Some have finshed with the typing and are working on the cover now. We also learned how to insert pictures, how to change font, and how to insert a new page. Wow!

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We also continued to talk about the importance of community and responsibiliies. We had some great conversations about responsibilities at school, at home, and out in our world. It's like we're a big team and we have to work together to be successful! Your child an read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. TYou can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    Have a restful weekend!

    REMINDER: Early release 3/12-14 @ 12:30

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 24
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, Lesson 22 (Monday), Lesson 24 (Tuesday), Lesson 28 (Wednesday), Lesson 29 (Thursday)
         Topic E: Equivalent Fractions (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic F: Comparison, Order, and Size of Fractions (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #24, Needs and Wants
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    3/14 Spelling Unit 24
    3/15 Studies Weekly #24
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS          
    3/12-14 Optional Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

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  • March 1, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    March 1, 2019 

     

    Welcome to March! We have some very important events coming up!

     

    Coming up NEXT THURSDAY, March 7th, is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. Kids should be to school Thursday, night at 6:30. Star gazing begins at 7:00 with the San Jose Astronomical Association, followed by some star activities, snack, a space documentary/movie, and then we spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones and we need more! To stay the night, we need current TB test and fingerprints on file. Fingerprints can take a while (maybe they can be rushed) so be sure to make an appointment now! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!! Click here for guidelines from the San Jose Astronomical Association!

     

    In mid-March, we'll have trimester two OPTIONAL parent-teacher conferences and report cards will be handed out. If I am requesting a conference with you, I've sent you an email to schedule. If you would like to request a conference with me, please let me know! Conferences will be March 12-15, 12:45-3:00 each day. 

     

    Mark your calendars! Coming up on March 27th is our music concert put on by the wonderful Ms. Lelake! This event will take place in the Loma gym beginning at 6:30. There will singing and dancing and instrument performances! To prepare for a recorder performance, third graders will be practicing their song on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the big show. Our class usually has recorder on Wednesdays only but they will now need to remember to bring their recorders on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

     

    In Math, we have passed the halfway point of Module 5. Hopefully your child showed you the MidModule 5 test, it was sent home on Wednesday. They looked great! There was one particularly tricky problem on the back involving different ways to look at fractions in relation to the size of the whole. It required deeper-level thinking and it was insightful to see them work through pushing their limits! We also worked with how to place fractions on a number line with endpoints of 0 and 1. Continued work on Khan Academy will provide great practice with fractions. Also, the more they practice the multiplication facts, the better.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students began typing their nonfiction books. This is a lot of work! They are showing great grit and making progress every day. I am so proud of their efforts!

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed citizenship. This was a very appropriate week for this topic because the kids have needed reminders on how to be a responsible member of our classroom and our community. Over the last several weeks, there have been numerous times when a chat about respect and trustworthiness were necessary. These are incredible little people and I know how awesome they can be! I want them to always put their best behavior out there for others! Please take the time to look over what we discussed in class this week so you can help to reinforce it at home! Thank you for your support!! Your can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. The title of the article is 'Citizenship in the Classroom." You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 23
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, Lesson 16 (Monday), Lesson 17 (Tuesday), Lesson 18 (Wednesday), Lesson 19 (Thursday)
         Topic D: Fractions on the Number Line (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #23, Rights and Responsibilities
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    3/7 Spelling Unit 23
    3/19  End Module 5
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS          
    3/7-8 Star Party!! (arrive at 6:30om, pickup at 8:00am)
    3/8 NO SCHOOL FOR THIRD GRADE
    3/12-14 Optional Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

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  • February 15, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/15/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    February 15, 2019 

     

    Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday. Your kids had LOTS of loving things planned for you so I hope at least some of them actually happened :). 

     

    The talent show today was amazing! This school has so much talent! Seeing kids get up in front of a big audience and let their light shine was inspiring and I was so very proud of them!

     

    Coming up soon is the STAR PARTY!! Permission slips went home on Wednesday of this week. I've had a few returned. I need them back at the latest, the Friday after break (3/1). This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones - need current TB test and fingerprints on file. Fingerprints can take a few weeks so be sure to make an appointment soon! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In mid-March, we'll have trimester two OPTIONAL parent-teacher conferences and report cards will be handed out. I'll send more information later about when your conference will be held, if I am requesting one - just want to give you a heads up! If you would like to request one, please let me know! Conferences will be March 12-15, 12:45-3:00 each day. If there's a particular date/time you cannot attend or a small window in which you can attend, please email me and I'll do my very best to accomodate!

     

    In Math, Module 5 has been going great. Students are understanding fractions and enjoing the process. This week we worked with unit fractions and learned how to compare using greater than, less than, or equal too. The more they practice the multiplication facts, the better.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students are continuing their research and writing of their nonfiction books. This week students continued writing their chapters.  Some even began typing! We'll keep working every day and should be done a couple of weeks after break. Infomation to come later about our Publishing Party.

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed the three branches of the government and how they all work together to make laws that are fair. We also discussed the system of checks and balances. Our highlighted historical person this week was Abraham Lincoln. Kids were very interested to talk about Abraham Lincoln and we even listened to a recording from the Ford Theater. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK!!

    ENJOY THE TIME OFF! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 22
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, MidModule Review (Monday), MidModule Assessment (Tuesday), Lesson 14 (Wednesday), Lesson 15 (Thursday)
         Topic D: Fractions on the Number Line (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #22, Citizenship
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    2/28 Spelling Unit 22
    3/1 Studies Weekly #22
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS         
     
    2/18-22 NO SCHOOL
    3/1 Citizen of the Month assembly @ 8:30
    3/7 Star Party!! (evening)
    3/8 NO SCHOOL FOR THIRD GRADE
    3/12-14 Optional Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

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  • February 8, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/8/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    February 8, 2019 

     

    What a week!! The snow was unbelievable and will go down in our memories as one of the best days ever. I've included a couple of photos below! Cold but amazing!!

      

    Valentine's Day is next Thursday! In class, kids will have the opportunity to exchange cards and treasures/treats during a class party/activity. Here's the list of every student in our class if your child would like to make cards. Let me know if you have any questions!

     

    Next Friday, 2/15, is the Loma talent show!! There are several kids in our class who will be part of it and we can hardly wait to be their biggest fans! If you're able to come watch, the talent show will be at 12:30 in the forum.

     

    Coming up in just one month is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones - need current TB test and fingerprints on file. Fingerprints can take a few weeks so be sure to make an appointment soon! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In mid-March, we'll have trimester two OPTIONAL parent-teacher conferences and report cards will be handed out. I'll send more information later about when your conference will be held, if I am requesting one - just want to give you a heads up! If you would like to request one, please let me know! Conferences will be March 12-15, 12:45-3:00 each day. If there's a particular date/time you cannot attend or a small window in which you can attend, please email me and I'll do my very best to accomodate!

     

    In Math we began Module 5. This module introduces fractions. For their first week, they've done great!! The students show grit and participate actively. I am happy they're enjoying the idea so far. We had the chance to do snowflake fractions and a creative fraction project as well!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students are continuing their research and writing of their nonfiction books. This week students continue writing their chapters. Next week, we'll do more writing. When back from the break, editing will begin and, eventually, typing! They'll do some illustrating and gorgeous books will be born :). More info as we continue!

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about anarchy vs. civiliation. In it's beginning, California was wild and lawless. Discussing what a society is like without rules and laws, led to an understanding of the need for order. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

      

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 21
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, Lesson 7 (Monday), Lesson 8 (Tuesday), Lesson 9 (Wednesday), Lesson 10 (Thursday)
         Topic B: Unit Fractions and their Relation to the Whole (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic C: Comparing Unit Fractions and Specifying the Whole (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #21, Government
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    2/14 Spelling Unit 21
    2/15 Studies Weekly #21
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS         
    2/14 Valentine's Day
    2/15 Loma Talent Show (@ 12:30)
    2/18-22 NO SCHOOL
    3/1 Citizen of the Month assembly @ 8:30
    3/7 Star Party!! (evening)
    3/8 NO SCHOOL FOR THIRD GRADE
    3/12-14 Optional Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

     

    Snow fun!!

    Snow fun!!

     

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  • February 1, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    February 1, 2019 

     

    Happy February! We started the month off strong and had a great day! It was a bit of a chatty week but we ended on a high :)

      

    Valentine's Day is just two weeks away! In class on February 14th, kids will have the opportunity to exchange cards and treasures/treats during a class party/activity. I know weekdays and weekends can get busy so I've included the class list just in case your child wants to get an early start! Here's the list (I also sent home a hard copy with your child on Monday). Let me know if you have any questions!

     

    Another super fun thing to begin thinking about is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones - need current TB test and fingerprints on file. Fingerprints can take a few weeks so be sure to make an appointment soon! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In mid-March, we'll have trimester 2 conferences and report cards will be handed out. I'll send more information later about when your conference will be held - just want to gie you a heads up! Conferences will be March 12-15, 12:45-3:00 each day. If there's a particular date/time you cannot attend or a small window in which you can attend, please email me and I'll do my very best to accomodate!

     

    In Math we finished Module 4! It was a great module where the kids were engaged and interested. Their assessments showed great understanding of the concepts. It was wonderful to see these skills used as they modeled their dream bedrooms. I love them! Really, really creative :). They're on display in the class and kids aer enjoying seeing what others dreamed up!

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers and Readers Workshops students are continuing their research and writing of their nonfiction books. Ask them what they've chosen to write about! They've had the chance to get books at our school library and time to research websites in class. We were going to print researched material on Thursday but there was no internet :(. If your child is able to research and print at home, it would be very helpful! I'll find time next week to give it another shot as well.

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about communities, Martin Luther King, Jr., and some important California cities. We worked hard to answer short answer problems in complete sentences. I pulled each child individually after today's test to review what a complete sentence is and we practiced how the answer given could be turned into a complete sentence. I'll be on lookout for that change in next week's assessment! Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 20
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 5, Lesson 1 (Monday), Lesson 2 (Tuesday), Lesson 5 (Wednesday), Lesson 6 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Partition a Whole into Equal Parts (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic B: Unit Fractions and their Relation to the Whole (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #20, Laws and Rules
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    2/7 Spelling Unit 20
    2/8 Studies Weekly #20
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS         
    2/4 Art in Action
    2/5 Project Cornerstone
    2/14 Valentine's Day
    2/15 Loma Talent Show (@ 12:30)
    2/18-22 NO SCHOOL
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    gallon bags 

    inch grid paper

    Comments (-1)
  • January 25, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/25/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    January 25, 2019

     

    Hello again, families! It was a busy week but the class did very well! I think we're all grateful for a whole week of being able to run around outside!!

      

    Although Valentine's Day is still almost three weeks away, I wanted to let you know that we will have the opportunity to exchange cards and treasures/treats during a class party/activity. I know weekends can get busy so I've included the class list just in case your child wants to get an early start! Here's the list (I also sent home a hard copy with your child today). Let me know if you have any questions!

     

    Another super fun thing to begin thinking about is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones - need current TB test and fingerprints on file. Fingerprints can take a few weeks so be sure to make an appointment soon! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In Math we are plugging away with Module 4! Kids have a great grasp on area and are showing a lot of grit when working with word problems. They have made such improvements wit being able to use words to tell what they are doing in math. Awesome! Next Monday, 1/28, the math project is due! Hopefully your child has enjoyed designing his/her dream bedroom :). I can't wait to check them out! The project can be found on our assignments page (or here). 

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers Workshop students continued researching for the nonfiction book they're going to be writing. They added links to helpful websites to a Google Doc in their own Google Drive. They can print any necessary material at home and bring it in! Students began the Introduction of their book and we'll begin the chapters next week!

     

    In Readers Workshop students have been working with the books they are to be using for their nonfiction books. They have been taking notes in the Readers notebooks and on sticky notes to be used. We're getting organized!

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about the cultures of immigrants and the impacts they've had on California. From religion to food, we are enriched when we learn from other cultures. This led to some fun conversations about the foods they like and don't like :). Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 19
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 4, Lesson 14 (Monday), Lesson 15/16 (Tuesday), Module 4 Review (Wednesday), Module 4 Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic D: Applications of Area Using Side Lengths of Figures (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #19, A Change Begins
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    1/31 End Module 4
    1/31 Spelling Unit 19
    2/1 Studies Weekly #19
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS         
    2/4 Art in Action
    2/5 Project Cornerstone
    2/14 Valentine's Day
    2/15 Loma Talent Show (@ 12:30)
    2/18-22 NO SCHOOL
    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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  • January 18, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/18/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    January 18, 2019

     

    Hello families! What a craaazy weather week we've had! I hope that everyone is safe and secure... and that you didn't lose refrigerator items with the power out :)

     

    Next Friday, 1/25, our school will begin a new lunch program called Choice Lunch. So many great options! Check it out to create an account and place orders here: https://www.choicelunch.com

     

    Loma Talent show sign-ups begin TODAY, January 18. This wonderful event is organized by Mrs. Riccomini and is sure to be entertaining. Mrs. Riccomini has visited our class and told the students all about what it is and how to be a part of it. All the information you need, including the on-line applications, can be found here: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Page/742. Can't wait!

     

    Another super fun thing to begin thinking about is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones - need current TB test and fingerprints on file. FIngerprints can take a few weeks so be sure to make an appointment soon! Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In Math we are now half-way through Module 4. Students really ahve a good handle on how to find the area of a rectangle and what that means. Students should be working on the take home math project! Students get to design their dream bedroom and find the area. A great chance to use these new skills and have fun! The project can also be found on our assignments page (or here). It is due Monday, January 28th.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers Workshop this week students began researching the topic they've chosen to do their non-fiction book on. They had time in the library to check out a book. They've also been told they can get books from home and/or print information from the internet. Next week they'll do research in class as well.

     

    In Readers Workshop students continued to read their chosen nonfiction books related to the topic they will write about. It's different to read nonfiction and we've practiced how to take notes on materials read.

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about immigrants to the state of California. They enjoyed learning about the Warner Brothers rise to fame as movie makers and what a "talkie" was. They also learned about Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger and his contributions to California (and the movie industry!).Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY!

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 18
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 4, Lesson 10 (Tuesday), Lesson 12 (Wednesday), Lesson 13 (Thursday)
         Topic C: Arithmetic Properties Using Area Models (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic D: Applications of Area Using Side Lengths of Figures (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #18, Cultural Traditions
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    1/24 Spelling Unit 18
    1/25 Studies Weekly #18
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS         
    1/21 NO SCHOOL
    1/25 Spirit Day: Beach Day
    2/4 Art in Action
    2/5 Project Cornerstone
    2/14 Valentine's Day
    2/15 Loma Talent Show (@ 12:30)
    2/18-22 NO SCHOOL
    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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  • January 11, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/11/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    January 11, 2019

     

    Holy cow! It's 2019! I hope you all had a wonderful time with family over the break and that you rang in the New Year with excitement! I truly enjoyed the opportunity to be in the moment and soak up some memories.

     

    Beginning next Friday, 1/18, your child can sign-up for the Loma Talent Show! This wonderful event is organized by Mrs. Ricoomini and is sure to be entertaining. Mrs. Riccomini has visited our class and told the students all about what it is and how to be a part of it. All the information you need, including the on-line applications, can be found here: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Page/742. Can't wait!

     

    Another super fun thing to begin thinking about is the STAR PARTY!! This is an event that will surely stick with your kiddos for a lifetime. It takes place at night on Thursday, March 7th. We do some star gazing, some star activities, and then spend the night in the forum!! Parents are welcome to join us as chaperones (need current TB test and fingerprints on file). Please see the information on our website in the "Star Party" link (or here). Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, March 8th. They'll be tired and ready to rest!!

     

    In Math we began Module 4 this week. We have been working with how to find the area of a shape or how to find a missing side length when given the area and one side length. We've discussed square units and drawn in missing parts of rectangles. They are doing great so far! They are enjoying the spacial work we've done to explore area and are continuing to work on the multiplcation facts (super helpful when finding area!). In class each day, I give students the opportunity to take home extra practice by doing the lesson's "Practice Set." Some take it, most don't. Not required and it doesn't need to be turned in. If you'd like your child to have the extra practice at home, encourage him/her to take the Practice Set page! Also in math, on Thursday I assigned a take home project. Students get to design their dream bedroom and find the area. A great change to use these new skills and have fun! The project can also be found on our assignments page (or here). It is due Monday, January 28th.

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Writers Workshop we began unit 2 this week. In this unit, students choose a topic they know a bit about and would like to learn more about (ex: soccer, gorillas, making movies). Students have had the opportunity to talk about their topic with their reading/writing partner and to freewrite everything they know. In the library on Thursday, they had the opportunity to choose a book about their topic so that they could begin doing research to learn even more. Eventually they'll make their own book!

     

    In Readers Workshop next week we'll continue with Informational Reading and tie it into our new Writing unit. This week students wrote to their pen pals!

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about what life was like for the Native Americans during the Gold Rush. We also talked about how gold was discovered and what businesses were successful due to the Gold Rush. They were so fascinated that most people who made a fortune at that time were the business owners who were selling goods to the miners! Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. You can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    One final thought... this past summer I read a book that changed the way I view and interact with not only my students, but my own children. Life-changing. I would highly recommend the book The Gift of Failure. If you're the podcast type, a podcaster recently did an interview with the author of The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey, in which they discussed the book and some other super interesting perspectives. CHECK THEM OUT! I hope you find them as incredible as I did! Here's a link to the podcast: https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/gift-of-failure/

     

    Stay dry!! Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLING: Unit 17
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 4, Lesson 7 (Monday), Lesson 8 (Tuesday), Mid Module Review (Wednesday), Mid Module Assess (Thursday)
         Topic B: Concepts of Area Management (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #17, Immigration
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    1/17 Mid Module 4 Math 
    1/17 Spelling Unit 17
    1/18 Studies Weekly #17
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS        
    1/14 Art in Action
    1/16 Spelling Bee Finals 
    1/21 NO SCHOOL
    1/25 Spirit Day: Beach Day
    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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  • December 21, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/21/2018 12:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    December 21, 2018

     

    I hope that you all have enjoyed this crazy week! It's been full of energy and excitement :).

     

    The party today was wonderful! Kids enjoyed the time to celebrate together and I loved seeing them have fun together. What a day! 

      

    In Math we are done with Module 3. After the break we'll begin Module 4 and learn about the area of objects. This is a unit that allows for exploration and using many manipulatives. It still requires the use of multiplication so the better they know the facts, the easier the new material will be. 

    ***Multiplication facts to practice: 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's***

     

    In Readers Workshop the week after break, we will continue working with nonfiction texts. Students will learn more about the necessity of being able to pull meaningful information from chosen texts. They'll take notes and After the break, they'll use these skills to begin writing a non-fiction book!

     

    In Writers Workshop the week after break we'll begin a new unit in which students will write their very own nonfiction story. They'll have the freedom to choose their own topic and learn what they are interested in knowing more about. We've prepared for this unit in our reading unit about nonficiton text. We'll also be writing to our penpals!!

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about what mission life was like and how the Native Americans were encouraged to be a part of the missions. If you havea  chance, check out a mission near here or on any trips you may be taking!

     

    Thank you to everyone who was here for our holiday sing-a-long and/or the party! I appreciate your energy and excitement!

     

    I hope you enjoy a wonderfully memorable holiday!

    REMINDER: Holiday Break begins today! See you on January 7, 2019!!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 2: Informational Writing
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 16
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 4, Lesson 3 (Monday), Lesson 4 (Tuesday), Lesson 5 (Wednesday), Lesson 6 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Foundations for Understanding Area (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic B: Concepts of Area Management (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #16, Trade Begins
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    1/10 Spelling Unit 16
    1/11 Studies Weekly #16
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS        
    12/24-1/4 NO SCHOOL, HOLIDAY BREAK
    1/8 Project Cornerstone
    1/14 Art in Action
    1/16 Spelling Bee Finals 
    1/21 NO SCHOOL
    1/25 Spirit Day: Beach Day
    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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