• November 8, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/8/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 8, 2019

     

    Hello parents! I hope you've had a great week! Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up in just one more week. I look forward to talking about your incredible kids with you! Please look for your child's assigned conference time to come home on a blue piece of paper today. Confirm that the given time is doable, sign it, and have your child bring it back on Tuesday. Thanks! Also, below I've included pictures from Halloween because I was having technical difficulties last week. 

     

    In Writers Workshop we had our Publishing Party! It was a success :). I was so very proud of the energy each student had to share his/her story. They were proud of themselves which is the best motivation there is! Your child came home with his/her story full of compliments! Pictures below!!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! During SSR time, I am reading with each child individually to check in on fluency and comprehension. I'll be sharing this information with you during our scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference. First trimester word count ends Friday, November 8 - that's the last day to enter books for AR in order for it to count towards this trimester's goal of reading 133,000 words.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was compound words. They built compound words and found compound words in text. The assessment showed mastery! Yay! The spelling words are continuing to be seen week after week. Overall, I am happy with the growth. However, some tricky words are there, their, they're and words with silent letters. Be sure when your child is practicing the spelling words at home that they practice them in context as well!

     

    In math we finished Module 2! This was a long one! I was very happy with the growth students have made between the MidModule assessment and the EndModule assessment. But, more importantly, I see them using the skills outside of math time as well! For example, they enjoy practicing telling time and trying to use our class schedule to see how much longer until a given subject (or recess!). They also report regularly about how many grams or milliliters things at home weigh. Glad to see the application to real life! Below are the multiplication facts that I'm expecting third graders to have memorized at this point. We do daily practice and there is mixed (multiplication and division) practice on each Module test. 

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

     

    In Studies Weekly next week we'll continue learning about Native Americans. They'll learn more about the culture of California Native Americans. Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    The book fair is coming!! During parent-teacher conference week (Nov 18-22), the library will be hosting our annual book fair! Check it out! It will be open after school every day, 12:30-4:00. Help is needed! If you're able to help, it would be very much appreciated. Sign-up here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/ - /signup/oqONmyIW8

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 13 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic A: Lesson 1 (Tuesday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), and Topic B: Lesson 4 (Thursday)
         Topic A Parent Newsletter: The Properties of Multiplication and Division
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units of 6 and 7
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #10, California Indians - Culture
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/15 Spelling #13
    11/15 Studies Weekly #10
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

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  • November 1, 2019

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

    November 1, 2019

     

    What a wonderful Halloween we had!! I loved the costumes and the activities and the FUN! The energy the kids had was infectious and adorable. I hope they enjoyed the day off to relax after all the excitement!

     

    In Writers Workshop kids are DONE with their narrative stories!! Such an incredible accomplishment. I am so very proud of their efforts. These took a lot of time, energy, revision, and analysis. They can't wait to show them off! The Publishing Party for our narrative stories will be on Monday, November 4 at 2:00 in our classroom. Plese join us! It's a great chance for your child to really shine and be proud of all of the hard work they've done! Hope to see you there!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! During SSR time, I have the pleasure of reading with each child individually. I love the one-on-one time and it truly does not happen as often as I'd like! So I soak it up when we have the opportunity. The purpose of each child reading with me is for me to check in on his/her reading level. I am checking for growth and progress. After they read a given short book, I ask a series of comprehension questions to look for basic retell skills and also deeper level thoughts/ideas. I tell them to be sure Wto read independently at least 20 minutes every day! When done with a book, remind your child to take an AR quiz. Although some students may not need the reminder :). They're working hard on their word count goals! First trimester word count ends Friday, November 8 - that's the last day to enter books for AR in order for it to count towards this trimester's goal of reading 133,000 words.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was silent letters. There are so many sneaky words that include letters that you just don't hear when sounding it out! Makes it quite tricky when learning to spell... So, we practice knowing how to recognize those words in text and then, how to spell them. Kids also worked with double consonant words and got to make a word search of all their spelling words.

     

    In math we are nearly done with Module 2. Kids have been doing really well with rounding numbers to the nearest ten and the nearest 100. They can also add and subtract numbers that require regrouping. We practiced this skill on a place value chart so kids could visually see how to take 1 group of a hundred and give it to the tens column as 10 groups of ten. On next week's Module test, students will show their understanding of these concepts and we'll even travel back to the beginning of Module 2 when they had to tell time to the nearest minute. This is a great skill for them to practice any time! The more they pratice on analog clocks, the easier it will be :).

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

     

    In Studies Weekly next week we'll continue learning about Native Americans. They'll learn more about the tribes from California and how they lived.TStudents can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    Volunteers needed for Noontime jogging program. Students have the opportunity to run or walk the track during their lunch recess 11:50-12:20. Volunteers are needed to mark off the Noontime jogging card, and encourage these awesome little athletes. This is a wonderful, rewarding program that many kids look forward to! At the Jog-a-thon assembly top 10 students with the most laps are announced and receive a certificate. If you are available to volunteer during your child’s recess please contact Dru Toeniskoetter at Druannep@gmail.com

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 12 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic E: Lesson 19 (Monday), End Module 2 Review (Tuesday), End Module 2 Test (Wednesday)
         Topic E Parent Newsletter: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm 
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #9, California Indians - How They Lived
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/6 End Module 2
    11/7 Spelling #12
    11/8 Studies Weekly #9
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    11/4 Publishing Party!
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

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  • October 25, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/25/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 25, 2019

     

    Hello again! We had a great week here in third grade! Lots coming up next week too... Halloween! The parade will begin around 8:45. Right after the parade, we'll have some fun in class together! There are some fun activities being planned as well as a potluck of snacks! There's no official lunch time that day because school is out at 12:30. But we'll have snacks together! If you haven't yet checked out the sign-up for the party/snacks, please do so at your earliest convenience! I appreciate it!  Here's the link to the SignUp Genius: http://bit.ly/VZHalloweenParty

     

    In Writers Workshop we began typing! Students are typing in their own Google Drive account. The essay, when completed, will be submitted to Google Classroom. They are enjoying the typing! I introduced them to some cool features such as changing the font and SpellCheck. It's awesome to see them excited to type! The Publishing Party for our narrative stories will be on Monday, November 4 at 2:00 in our classroom. Plese join us! It's a great chance for your child to really shine and be proud of all of the hard work they've done! I'll send a flyer home on Monday with the information as well. Hope to see you there!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! We're working hard to finish our narrative stories. However, we still read independently at least 20 minutes every day and students should be doing the same at home! When done with a book, remind your child to take an AR quiz. Although some students may not need the reminder :). They're working hard on their word count goals!

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was letters and letter combinations that make the j sound. They used word cards to sort based on the spelling of this sound and recorded their work on a picture page. Every week there's also a page called "Proof It." This page is great practice to find errors in writing. The errors can be in spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization. It's always great to see the lightbulbs go on in their minds when they find a difficult error!

     

    In math we talk a lot about grit and how to grow your brain. Mistakes and frustration are necesary! That certainly doesn't mean no answers; it means that when kids work hard to find answers, they learn it in a more meaningful way. Each week we watch one episode from a cartoon called Class Dojo. These characters learn how to grow grit and discover why it is important to success. You can check out the videos on your own or watch them with your child to see what our discussions involve! Here's the link to the first episode: https://vimeo.com/153962759. We're also about 2/3 of the way done with Module 2. Time is flying!

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

     

    In Studies Weekly we began talking about Native Americans. This is a major part of the third grade Social Studies standards and really interesting to learn about. This week they learned about the Native Americans that inhabited the four regions of California and what life was like in each. They also learned about Capt. John Smith and how his agility of mind helped the colonists survive. Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    Coming up in just three weeks is parent-teacher conferences. They will take place Monday-Friday, November 18-22. This also means that these are minimum release days; school is out at 12:30. I'll be sending your scheduled conference time as we get closer to the dates. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 11 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic D: Lesson 17 (Monday) and Topic E: Lesson 18 (Tuesday)
         Topic D Parent NewsletterTwo- and Three-Digit Measurement Addition Using the Standard Algorithm
         Topic E Parent Newsletter: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm 
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: None
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/30 Spelling #11
    11/6 End Module 2
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/1 NO SCHOOL
    11/4 Publishing Party!
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

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  • October 18, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/18/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 18, 2019

     

    What a week! It was a week of progress and effort and we made it!

     

    In Writers Workshop there has been so much going on! This was a big transition week. Kids finished writing their rough draft, edited their story on their own, had someone else edit it, and had the option for me to edit it. They really are great narratives! Next week we will log-in to Google Docs and begin typing them. They'll learn how to create a document and about the cool features of the program (they're always so amazed by SpellCheck!). Look for information regarding out publishing party in the next couple of weeks!

     

    In Readers Workshop, we finished out first unit of reading. We will still be having SSR every day and reading seems to be a consistent part of each child's after school time. The book reports are looking awesome!! Some have finished and turned them in. I love them! The guidelines for the project are in the "Important" section of your child's binder. The final project is due no later than Monday, October 21st.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was homophones. These were fun to play with and discover. We also practiced putting the spelling words into ABC order.

     

    In math we made it to the halfway point of Module 2. Students took the assessment on Wednesday and we went over the results as a class today. I will keep the test and we'll discuss it at out parent-teacher conference (still a month away). Keep practicing the multiplication facts every day!!

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

     

    In Studies Weekly we talked about earthquakes. What an appropriate week! It was super interesting to talk about the Loma Prieta earthquake that reached it's 30-year anniversary Thursday. We also practied an earthquake drill and some students shared their plan for what to do during an earthquake at home. Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    REMINDER: NEXT WEEK! Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 10 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic C: Lesson 12 (Monday), Lesson 13 (Tuesday), Lesson 14 (Wednesday), and Topic D: Lesson 15/16 (Thursday)
         Topic C Parent Newsletter: Rounding to the Nearest Ten and Hundred 
         Topic D Parent NewsletterTwo- and Three- Digit Measurement Addition Using the Standard Algorithm
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #8: California Indian Groups
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/24 Spelling Unit 10
    10/25 Studies Weekly #8

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/25 Project Cornerstone
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/1 NO SCHOOL
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

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  • October 11, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/11/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 11, 2019

     

    Hello! It was great to see so many of you at the gala last weekend! What an incredible event. Everything looked amazing and the auction items were overwhelming! Grateful that so many people came out to suport our schools.

     

    I hope that you were able to attend the parent information session on Monday night. We, school staff, spent our professional development on Monday with Clay Roberts and I so appreciated all that he had to offer. He brings new ideas and also important ways to be more deliberate in our actions. I got sooo much out of his time! As a teacher and as a parent, he was incredible. He goes over the 40 Developmental Assets important to all children. Check this website out for more information: https://www.youtherie.com/the-assets

     

    In Writers Workshop students are in several different stages of the writing process. That's ok! I understand and appreciate that they are all working on their narrative piece in their own time. They are consistenly working to improve or build upon their work and the changes are happening. Some have finished with the rough draft and have begun editing, some are working on transferring the rough draft to editing paper, and some are putting the finishing touches on the first edition. We will begin typing probably next week, late in the week, and will have a publishing party to celebrate when all are done! Details will come as soon as we're there :).

     

    In Readers Workshop, students were given time to work on reading their chosen books for their first book report. Some have finished and others are trucking along. The guidelines for the project are in the "Important" section of your child's binder. The final project is due no later than Monday, October 21st (they can turn it in anytime before that too!). Should be fun!! Check out the "Assignments" tab on our website for more information. Kids have been doing lots of important reading here at school and at home. Love to see that! Students have been told their book level. They'll be reassessed to check for growth the end of October/beginning of November. If you are helping to look for a book's level, here are some quick and easy instructions to help! (and also a chart of where students are expected to be at each stage of the year)

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was letters and letter combinations that make the "s" sound. They also completed a spelling word scramble page which they enjoyed. The spelling packets as well as the week's quiz were handed back to your child Thursay and Friday.

     

    In math kids are doing so well with the metric system! We've introduced grams, kilograms, liters, and milliliters. We have practiced which is bigger and they understand what volume and capacity are. So far, so good! When students are practicing the multiplication facts at home, they should not only be practicing how to skip count. They also need to be practicing multiplication skills, ex: 5x4=20, 3x10=30. Thanks for the help!

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

     

    In Studies Weekly we talked about climate change and how we have had to adapt to meet the needs of our environment. They had some awesome contributions to the conversations! Love to see the knowledge and the passion they have about cleaning up our environment! Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    REMINDER: Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 9 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic B (Measuring Weight and Liquid Volume in Metric Units): Lesson 10 (Monday), MidModule 2 Review (Tuesday), MidModule 2 Assessment (Wednesday), and Lesson 11 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #7: A Changing Landscape
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/17 Spelling Unit 9
    10/18 Studies Weekly #7

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/18 Art in Action
    10/25 Project Cornerstone
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/1 NO SCHOOL
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

     

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  • October 4, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/4/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 4, 2019

     

    Hello! It has been a lovely week here in third grade. Kids have worked hard and it's great to see the progress made each week! As a reminder, there is no school for kids on Monday, 10/7! It is a teacher inservice day. We will be working with Clay Roberts, a phenominal author and speaker with wonderful ideas about deliberate ways to help our children succeed. If you're available I strongly encourage you to attend his parent conversation on Monday night! For more information and to RSVP, please email Eileen Bevans at e.bevans@loma.k12.ca.us

     

    Please be sure to reinforce to your child at home the importance of nightly responsibility practice. A math homework page comes home every night. Students complete the page in class each day.  Anything not completed is to be done at home. To work on responsibility, kids bring the page home in their binder, and then bring it back the following day. The next morning they work with their table partner to go over the homework page and discuss what was done. Lastly, we do the page as a whole class. Also, we do spelling centers Monday-Wednesday. Any spelling work not completed by then goes home to be done. It must be returned the following day. Lately, I have seen a big drop in the amount of homework coming back! Most of it just sits in the binder and should be returned the following day. However, it gets lost in the shuffle somewhere. I know that this is a new procedure for third graders. However the routine has been established and just needs to be followed through with. They were doing wonderfully for a while! But lately there are lots of missing assignments. Kids who haven't turned all late work in by Friday will have to work on it during Free Friday time. No one wants that! Including me. I appreciate your check-ins with your child to be sure they have their homework!

     

    In Writers Workshop this week, students continued to work on their rough drafts. We're almost done! Next week, they'll finish those up and we'll begin the editing process.

     

    In Readers Workshop, we talked about the importance of figurative language in books. We discussed the meaning and came up with literal interpretations for figurative language (also called idioms). A laughable one was "It's raining cats and dogs!" They had a silly time picturing that :). This week I assigned our first book report! Kids chose a mystery book and today in class we began the paper part of the project. The guidelines page is in the "Important" section of your child's binder. The final project is due no later than Monday, October 21st. Should be fun!! Check out the "Assignments" tab on our website for more information. 

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was practicing words with the 'oi' and 'oy' spellings. We learned that 'oi' is usually how the sound is spelled when you hear it in the middle of a word and 'oy' is usually used when you hear the sound at the end of a word. There are those exceptions that make things tricky! But overall, they came up with some great exacmples. Please be sure to ask your child to show you the week's spelling quiz each Friday, if he/she forgets to get it out :). They work hard to show what they know! Any errors are corrected on Fridays and will be stapled to the back of the quiz.

     

    In math we began Module 2. Although multiplication will be practiced and used all year (and beyond!), the instruction will not be as explicit as in Module 1. Please be sure your child is practicing not just skip-counting, but also knowing the facts (ex: 3x4=12, 5x6=30). In Module 2 we'll work on measuring in different ways.

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

     

    In Studies Weekly we took a break! We'll start a new newspaper next week! Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    REMINDER: Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

    I hope to see you all at the Gala this weekend! Should be a wonderful Casino Royale evening! Tickets are still available: https://www.lpef.org/gala. If you've been wondering whether to go or not... you should! It's a great opportunity to support our schools and enjoy our incredible community! The silent online auction opens today!! Check out the awesome items up for bid: https://one.bidpal.net/lpefgala2019/welcome

      

    Have a great 3-day weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 8 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic B (Measuring Weight and Liquid Volume in Metric Units): Lesson 6 (Monday), Lesson 7 (Tuesday), Lesson 8 (Wednesday), and Lesson 9 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #6: Adapting the Environment
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/10 Spelling Unit 8
    10/11 Studies Weekly #6

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    10/7 NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

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

    • headphones
    • highlighters
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  • September 27, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/27/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 27, 2019

     

    Hello parents! Happy Friday!

     

    In Writers Workshop this week, students have almost finished the rough draft of their personal narrative piece! They are working on using dialogue and being sure that their writing shows heart - the reader should really feel the emotion of the story. This is tricky! We'll continue next week to work on the rough draft, followed by editing, and then, in a week or so, typing! 

     

    In Readers Workshop, students met with their reading/writing partner to further discuss the chapter books they are reading. A focus of the reading and then discussions was what we called "GSEA". G=Gist, S=Synonym, A=Antonym, and E=Explanation. These are tools readers can use to overcome the hurdle of hard words when reading.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was long vowels. They did great! Please be sure to ask your child to show you the week's spelling quiz each Friday, if he/she forgets to get it out :). They work hard to show what they know! Any errors are corrected on Fridays and will be stapled to the back of the quiz.

     

    In math we finished Module 1!! Yay! Next week work with time and number lines, just to name a couple, will begin in Module 2. We started Khan Academy from square one this week and it is going really well! Very proud of them for the growth they've already made with being able to log-in to the program and getting going!

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

     

    In Studies Weekly we discussed deserts and valleys of California. It sure gets hot in the deserts! We've had some students who have visited thes focused on locations and it was great to hear about the personal experiences they've had. They can read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    REMINDER: Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

    THANK YOU to our gardening crew and our Art in Action volunteers for more fun! And to Mr. Mortensen for our very first Project Cornerstone!

      

    Have a great weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 7 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic A (Time Measurement and Problem Solving): Lesson 2 (Monday), Lesson 3 (Tuesday), Lesson 4 (Wednesday), and Lesson 5 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #6: Adapting the Environment
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/3 Spelling Unit 7
    10/4 Studies Weekly #6

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/4 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    10/7 NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

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

    • headphones
    • highlighters
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  • September 20, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/20/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 20, 2019

     

    Hello parents! I hope you've all had a great week!

     

    In Writers Workshop this week, students continued their narrative story efforts. They took time with their writing partners to read through their stories together to bounce ideas off of one another. We learned about paragraphing and how it can help make their writing easier to read. Some have begun their rought drafts outside of their writing notebooks as well! 

     

    In Readers Workshop, we finished Stone Fox, with a lot of stunned faces. It is not quite the happy ending they were all looking for! However, it allowed for great conversation about the power the author has. We talked about techniques writers use to bring out different emotions in their readers. They also used sticky notes in their own reading books as they came across parts that allowed them to really envision the story, parts that caused questions to arise, and parts that really drew on certain emotions. They had some great conversations about their books!

     

    In spelling this week students really showed knowledge or "or" and "ore" words. They worked really hard in centers! The money spelling was a new element this week. We have some play money in class for kids to use if they'd like. Students write each spelling work and then use a chart to find the money value associated with each letter. Check out the chart in the spelling section of our website!

     

    In math students have continued practice with multiplications facts through the 4's. I've included the multiplication facts that we're practicing in class so that you can help remind your child to practice them at home as well! They have learned several modeling strategies such as an array, a tape diagram, and a number bond. They have their favorites and it is great when we have discussions about how they used the models to help solve the problems. Please be sure to check out the Engage New York section of our website for awesome videos of every lesson! This is a great resource for your child to help wth understanding of the material. I suggest watching the video of the following day's lesson every night! They'll be super ready. Also, there have been some changes made to how 3rd-5th grades will be doing Khan this year. Please view the attached letter and let me know if you have questions.

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 2, 3, 4, 5

     

    In Studies Weekly we discussed what aqueducts and reservoirs are and the purpose of each. The character focus of the week was courage and Rosa Parks was a perfect example. During each Friday's weekly Studies Weekly quiz, students use their newspapers. Throughout the week we read the articles and highlight important information. This is very helpful for Friday's quiz! They can read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

    HOMEWORK REMINDER: In third grade, the only guaranteed nightly homework for students is reading. They should read at least 20 minutes (hopefully more!) each night. In class, we complete two math homework problems together. They then have the remaining work (usually about 3 problems) to complete on their own. I give them time in class to complete it and they typically do. If a student comes home with math work to be completed, it may have been due to either not using time wisely in class or being stuck on a problem. The work needs to be completed at home and returned the next day! For spelling, we do spelling centers every day for about 30 minutes. There are three activities (total for the week) to be completed in that amount of time. If any work is not completed by the end of centers on Wednesday, it goes home as homework. There should be enough time in class to finish it all! Time management is an area I am continuing to help some with. The spelling is due no later than Thursday because the spelling test is Thursdays.

     

    THANK YOU to Mrs. Wimboeck for organzing our gala needs! The kids enjoyed the activity!

      

    Have a great weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLING: Unit 6 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 1, Topic E (Multiplication Using Units of 4): Lesson 17 (Monday), Topic F (Distributive Property and Problem Solving Using Units of 2-5 and 10) Lesson 20 (Tuesday), End Module 1 Review (Wednesday), and End Module 1 Assessment (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #5: Deserts and Valleys
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/26 Spelling Unit 6
    9/26 End Module 1
    9/27 Studies Weekly #5

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    9/23 Project Cornerstone
    9/27 Art in Action #2
    10/4 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    10/7 NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

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

    • headphones
    • highlighters
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  • September 13, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 13, 2019

     

    Hello! This heat! I hope you're all doing well and staying cool. We've been doing our best to not melt here in third grade :).

     

    In Writers Workshop this week, we began a very rough draft of what will develop over time into a beautiful narrative. This will take time but they're on their way! They have each chosen a small moment and have done a couple of quick-writes on the topic in order to focus their ideas. Input from their writing partners has also helped to add details and/or modify where needed. 

     

    In Readers Workshop, we have been continuing with our unit on building a reading life. We've talked about author's purpose and how the author has the ability to decide the feeling of the story. We're almost done with our class read aloud of Stone Fox. This book leaves them wanting more every time we read it! They've also worked on predicting in their own reading books and follow up with their predictions regularly to see if they were on track.

     

    In spelling this week we began a couple of new elements. The Thursday test included a dictation portion (on the back of the test). I read aloud four sentences and students wrote the sentences on their paper. I'm looking for correct capitals, end marks, punctuation, and spelling. Important items! Then today they got their tests back and rewrote any misspelled words or sentences for additional practice. The corrections are stapled to the week's test (coming home today). 

     

    In math this week we made it to the half way point in Module 1! Yay! So proud of the hard work I see with these kiddos. They make it fun! Next week we'll continue with multiplication and division and modeling. I've included the multiplication facts that we're practicing in class so that you can help remind your child to practice them at home as well! Please be sure to check out the Engage New York section of our website for awesome videos of every lesson! This is a great resource for your child to help wth understanding of the material. I suggest watching the video of the following day's lesson every night! They'll be super ready.

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 2, 3, 4, 5

     

    In Studies Weekly we learned about the layers of the Earth, desalination, and an incredible 16-year old sailor names Abby Sunderland (just to name a few). The weekly quizzes are getting better each time! I'm proud of their grit and determination to do their best!

     

    Dave Pilkey, the author of Dog Man, will be at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on October 24 at 6PM. The event is being put on by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Tickets cost $21 and include one child and one adult. For more information visit:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4321460

     

    BINDER REMINDER: Kids are doing great with binders! There are still quite often papers that get shoved into random spots and nearly lost but we're making progress :). As a reminder, kids should clean out their binder every Friday/weekend! Then they don't have several weeks worth of materials to get lost in the shuffle. Thanks for your support!

     

    THANK YOU, again, so very much to our wonderful team of gardening parents, headed up by Liam's mom Amy Jo! We are soooo very lucky that gardening will be happening every Friday now! Yippee!! And thank you to Chiara and the Art in Action crew for a super fun first Art in Action project today! The kids completely loved it. 

      

    Have a great weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 5 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 1, Topic D (Division Using Units of 2 and 3): Lesson 11 (Monday), Lesson 12 (Tuesday), Lesson 13 (Wednesday), and Topic E (Multiplication Using Units of 4): Lesson 14/15 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #4: Bodies of Water 
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/19 Spelling Unit 5
    9/20 Studies Weekly #4

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    9/20 Project Cornerstone
    9/27 Art in Action #2
    10/4 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    10/7 NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

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

    • headphones
    • highlighters

     

    Comments (-1)
  • September 6, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 9/6/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    September 6, 2019

     

    Hello, families! It's been a whirilwind of a short week. We accomplished a lot! And had fun while we were at it :). 

     

    In Writers Workshop this week, we continued writing narratives. More quickwrites were completed which is great practice. Starting next week, we'll start to focus more on a small moment and decide on a moment to develop further. Kids are working hard on details and adjectives and being sure to use punctuation. It is a process and it will continue to get daily attention.

     

    In Readers Workshop, students were assigned reading buddies. A great way to be sure that students comprehend what they are reading is to talk about it! They share what they are reading, what is happening, and the characters involved. They also have discussions about how different parts of the story tie together and work to develop the story.

     

    In spelling next week we'll add in a couple of new elements. The week's routine will stay the same with practice being in daily enters. However, the Thursday test will now include a dictation portion. I will read aloud three sentences and students will write the sentences as correctly as they can on their paper (back). I'll be sure to remind them about capitals, end marks, punctuation, and spelling. Important items! Then on Friday they'll get their tests back and rewrite any missed words or sentences for additional practice. You'll find the corrections stapled to the week's test when it all comes home on Friday. 

     

    In math this week worked hard to make a lot of progress in multiplication and division! Kids are asking great questions and working through tough situations. Fun to see the lightbulbs go off and to see their excitement to be learning division! Next week we'll finish the first half of the module, followed by a day of review and then a MidModule test on Thursday. Please be sure to check out the Engage New York section of our website for awesome videos of every lesson! This is a great resource for your child to help wth understanding of the material. I suggest watching the video of the following day's lesson every night! They'll be super ready.

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we learned about the four regions of California: The Rocky Coast, the Central Valley, the California Desert, and the Sierra Nevada. We discussed the characteristics of each location. We also learned about the contributions John Muir has made to helping to establish and keep California's Parks beautiful.The Studies Weekly newspaper and corresponding materials are available online to these students any time! They have the login information on the passwords page in their binders. Very cool website!

     

    THANK YOU so very much to our wonderful team of gardening parents, headed up by Liam's mom Amy Jo! The kids are loving getting their hands dirty in our incredible new garden! 

     

    REMINDER: Next Tuesday, 9/10 is picture day! The order form will come home with your child on Monday!

     

    Have a great weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLING: Unit 4 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 1, Topic B (Division as an Unknown Factor Problem): Lesson 5 (Monday), Lesson 6 (Tuesday), Mid Module Review (Wednesday), and Mid Module Assessment (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #3: Landforms 
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/12 Spelling Unit 4
    9/13 Studies Weekly #3

       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    9/10 School Picture Day
    10/4 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    10/7 NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/8 Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day
    11/11 NO SCHOOL
    11/18-22 Parent-Teacher conferences (school out at 12:30)
    11/25-29 NO SCHOOL
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     

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

    • headphones
    • highlighters
    Comments (-1)