• 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). 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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  • December 14, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/14/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    December 14, 2018

     

    What a week! We've been busy and had fun and stayed engaged. It's a tough time of the year in a classroom because kids are sooo excited about the upcoming break. We've managed to get some great learning done and enjoyed some fun craft projects too :).

     

    Next Friday, 12/21, the class has decided they'd like to have a gift exchange as a party! For the gift exchange, kids need to/can bring in one wrapped gift worth about $5. I encouraged them to use their own money!! We'll pull numbers and they'll pick gifts! So fun! They can bring the gift any time, I'll put them to the side until next Friday. We'll do this exchange and decorate some cookies from about 11:00-12:00 next Friday. At abot 12:00, I'll give them a chance to eat some lunch so feel free to send your child with a lunch/heavy snacks. No worries if they don't have one though... school is out at 12:30! And it'll be pajama day too!! Oh what fun!

      

    In Math we are almost done with Module 3. Next week we'll finish up, review, and then have the assessment on Wednesday. Students have been practicing the multiplication facts daily, with the addition now of the 8's and 9's, 0's and 1's. We've continued to practice interpreting word problems and how to take key information and turn it into a number sentence with a model. This week we took it a bit further and incorporated 2-step word problems. Slow and steady is the key to success. They can be a bit overwhelming but taking them one step at a time helps!

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

     

    In Readers Workshop, students read more nonfiction. After the break, they'll use these skills to begin writing a non-fiction book!

     

    In Writing this week we finished writing about being trapped in a snowglobe. So fun!! Their stories are super creative and their art to go along with it is incredible. Loved seeing them relax as a writer a bit and enjoy the process!

     

    In Social Studies this week we talked about the Native American economy before settlers arrived, while Spain was ruling, then under Mexican rule, and finally as part of the United States. They went from being hunters and gatherers, to raising cattle and learning farming, to selling/trading goods and sevices. Next week we'll get into greater depth about the relationship between the Native Americans and the settlers.

     

    Thank you to our gardening volunteers for your fun with the class on Thursday!! I don't know if I say it enough but, another giant thank you to Rebecca Setziol for your work in math every Friday with these third graders!! 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    REMINDER: minimum day Friday (12/21) and then winter break!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 15
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 3, Lesson 21 (Monday), review (Tuesday), assessment (Wednesday)
         Topic F: Multiplication of Single-Digit Factors and Multiples of 10 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #15, Relationships
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/19 Math Module 3
    12/20 Spelling Lesson 15 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS        
    12/17 Art in Action
    12/21 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/21 Winter Break festivities (gift exchange and cookie decorating)
    12/21 Minimum Day (school out at 12:30)
    12/24-1/4 NO SCHOOL, WINTER 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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  • December 7, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    December 7, 2018

     

    Hello families! Welcome to December! Already! It is incredible to me that we are almost done with 2018… where has the time gone! We had a wonderful field trip on Thursday. Thank you so very much to our fabulous chaperones for your time and energy. Lots of memories made!!

     

    This week we looked for the first time at the In the CAASPP test as a class. The CAASPP is the state test taken by all students 3rd grade and higher. This is the first year these kiddos will be taking the test (in May) and I want to be sure that they see it frequently so there's time to get comfortable. The entire test is taken online. It consists of math and Language Arts and written portions in both. We'll be practicing the tests that are available online to everyone. Check them out to see what these students will be doing: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/. From this spot, select "Student Interface Practice and Training Tests." Sign-in as a guest and then select Grade 3. Choose any test in the "Smarter Balanced Practice Tests" to preview! Students will be taking different versions of each of the four tests during the testing window in early May. More information will come as we get closer to the test; just want you to know we're going to begin looking at it and practicing it!

     

    In Math we reached the halfway point in Module 3. Kids took the mid-module assessment on Wednesday and did great! It is so incredible to see the progress they’ve made with word problems since the year began. Wow! They showed knowledge of how to find the key words and bits of information in a problem and then take that information and put it into a number sentence, a model, and words to answer the question asked. Super impressive!

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

     

    In Readers Workshop, we continued working with non-fiction books. Kids are diving deeper into the non-fiction books they’ve chosen to pull ain ideas and details out. They are working with their reading/writing partners to teach the information learned and are interested in learning what everyone has to teach.

     

    In Writing this week we continued writing a creative narrative project. Students are writing about being trapped in a snowglobe! They have to make this a realistic fiction piece and consider some key elements: how did you get into the snowglobe? What are you doing in the snowglobe? Are you happy in there, sad, scared? How do you get out of the snowglobe? They are super energetic about this and it is really fun to watch the process!

     

    In Social Studies next week we will discuss Native American tribal governments and economies. We'll learn who they were and where they set up their colonies. They can continue to read the newspaper online at home whenever they'd like! There are lots of cool features of the website grow their brains :).

     

    In class this past Monday, 12/3, we had our in-class spelling bee! Congratulations to Lukas Hessing and Lindsay Fredrickson for being our class champions! 

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 14
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 3, Lesson 13 (Monday), Lesson 15 (Tuesday), Lesson 16 (Wednesday), and supplemental lesson (Thursday)
         Topic D: Multiplication and Division Using Units of 9 (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic E: Analysis of Patterns and Problem Solving Including Units of 0 and 1 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #14, Economy and Government
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/13 Spelling Lesson 14 
    12/14 Studies Weekly #14
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS        
     
    12/14 Spirit Day: Winter Wonderland
    12/17 Art in Action
    12/21 Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    12/21 Winter Break festivities! 
    12/24-1/4 NO SCHOOL, WINTER 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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  • November 30, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/30/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 30, 2018

     

    Hello families! I enjoyed meeting with each of you to talk about your third grader! Thank you for making the time to be here. I know life is busy and scheduling time can be tricky. i appreciate it very much! It's great to be able to talk face-to-face and all be on the same page for your child. In order for your child to be the most sccessful he/she can be, it is crucial that we are a team! Thank you :).

     

    In the next couple of weeks, we will begin to look at the CAASPP test as a class. The CAASPP is the state test taken by all students 3rd grade and higher. This is the first year these kiddos will be taking the test (in May) and I want to be sure that they see it frequently so there's tim to get comfortable. The entire test is taken online. It consists of math and Language Arts and written portions in both. We'll be practicing the tests that are available online to everyone. Check them out to see what these students will be doing: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/. From this spot, select "Student Interface Practice and Training Tests." Sign-in as a guest and then select Grade 3. Choose any test in the "Smarter Balanced Practice Tests" to preview! Students will be taking different versions of each of the four tests during the testing window in early May. More information will come as we get closer to the test; just want you to know we're going to begin looking at it and practicing it!

      

    In Math we are working daily with units of 6 and 7. These are tricky ones! We've practiced strategies that can be helpful, such as using known facts to help figure out new, unknown facts. They're comprehending the concepts and showing great modeling. Daily practice at home is wonderful too! Next week we'll have the Mid-Module assessment on Wednesday. 

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

     

    In Readers Workshop, we are working with non-fiction books. It's great to hear the conversations kids are having with their reading partner to be "teachers" of the material they are reading. We're continuing to work on organizing the information read into boxes-and-bullets style notetaking as well as recognizing the importance of jotting and drawing to aid in gathering information. They're eyes are popping with the new information they are choosing to read about!

     

    In Writing this week we began a creative narrative project. Students are writing about being trapped in a snowglobe! They have to make this a realistic fiction piece and consider some key elements: how did you get into the snowglobe? What are you doing in the snowglobe? Are you happy in there, sad, scared? How do you get out of the snowglobe? They are super energetic about this and it is really fun to watch the process!

     

    In Social Studies next week we will discuss America's first settlers. We'll learn who they were and where they set up their colonies. They can continue to read the newspaper online at home whenever they'd like! There are lots of cool features of the website grow their brains :).

     

    In class next Monday, 12/3, we'll have a Spelling Bee! The top two spellers from each class in the school move onto the school-wide semi-finals. From there, the top winners go to the finals! The finals will be an assembly we all get to go and watch! To practice, your child can be going over the third grade (and higher!) word list. For more information and to access each grade level list, visit the Loma Elementary site and click on Programs, then Spelling Bee (or click here). 

     

    And next Thursday, 12/6, is our first field trip! Fingers crossed it doesn't rain...

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! Stay dry!

      

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 13
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 3, Lesson 11 (Monday), Mid Module Review (Tuesday), Mid Module Assess (Wednesday)
         Topic C: Multiplication and Division Using Units Up to 8 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #13, Settlers
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/7 Spelling Lesson 13 
    12/7 Studies Weekly #13
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS        
    12/3 Class Spelling Bee (more information here)
    12/4 Project Cornerstone
    12/6 Chitactac-Adams Field Trip
    12/17 Art in Action
    12/21 Winter Break festivities!
    12/24-1/4 NO SCHOOL, WINTER 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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  • November 16, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/16/2018 12:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 16, 2018

     

    Hello families! I enjoyed meeting with each of you to talk about your third grader! Thank you for making the time to be here. I know life is busy and scheduling time can be tricky. i appreciate it very much! It's great to be able to talk face-to-face and all be on the same page for your child. In order for your child to be the most sccessful he/she can be, it is crucial that we are a team! Thank you :).

     

    This weekend is the play! The 3rd-5th graders here at Loma have been working so very hard to bring you another incredible Theater in the Mountains production. This time: Beauty and the Beast. It will no doubt have us in awe of the incredible talent these kids (and this mountain!) have. Hope you can make it! Tickets available online at https://www.theatreinthemountains.org/2018-2019-box-office

      

    In Math we began Module 3. This Module introduces multiplying by 6, 7, 8, and 9. Daily practice will be helpful! Kids need to be comfortable with working with the numbers and using facts they already know to help them with new facts. Number sense allows for math to be more approachable and will be useful for years to come! We learn lots of strategies in regards to how to get through a multiplication problem. The cool part is that each child can choose their own way the numbers make the most sense! This is the flexible, interesting part of math. We're all different and our brains work differently!

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

     

    In Readers Workshop, we are working with non-fiction books. Students have learned a couple of different note-taking methods for non-fiction. They've learned boxes and bullets as well as sketch note-taking. Both methods involve finding the main idea of a given section and then deciding what the details are of that main idea. Boxes and bullets is more a traditional note-taking. Kids loved the sketching! The main idea can be drawn and then details are added in drawn or written form. They are then teaching their topic to others. Teaching helps towards mastery! 

     

    In Writing next week we will begin a fun, creative narrative unit. Kid will use the skills learned when writing a non-fiction narrative and apply it to a fiction story. It will be fun to let their creative sides shine!

     

    In Social Studies next week students will begin a new era in our history - we'll learn about the first explorers in California. Sir Francis Drake's adventures will be highlighted and we'll discuss why he came here. Students began taking the weekly assessment online last week! They were very excited to do it online but it has a steep learning curve. Lots of new technology skills to be learned! They'll get there :). I'm glad they're excited abou it!

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK! 

     

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope there's time to be with and enjoy the ones who matter most :) 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 2: Reading to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 12
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 3, Lesson 5 (Monday), Lesson 7 (Tuesday), Lesson 8 (Wednesday), Lesson 9 (Thursday)
         Topic B: Multiplicaiton and Division Using Units of 6 and 7 (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic C: Multiplication and Division Using Units Up to 8 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #12, Explorers
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/29 Spelling Lesson 12 
    11/30 Studies Weekly #12
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS       
     
    11/26 Art in Action
    11/30 School Spirit: College Day
    12/4 Project Cornerstone
    12/6 Chitactac-Adams Field Trip
    12/17 Art in Action
    12/21 Winter Break festivities!
    12/24-1/4 NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK
    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 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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