• September 14, 2018

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

    September 14, 2018

     

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

     

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

      

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

    Have a great weekend!! 

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

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

    We're all set! 

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  • September 7, 2018

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

    September 7, 2018

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Have a great weekend!! 

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

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

    We're all set! 

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  • August 31, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/31/2018 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 31, 2018

     

    Hello once again :). It was so wonderful to have so many parents at Back to School Night this past Wednesday! Thank you for coming out! I appreciated the chats and the introductions and the questions. It is going to be a great year! If you think of any additional comments or questions, please feel free to email me anytime: a.vanzante@loma.k12.ca.us

     

     

    Math is off to a strong start. Kids are working hard on multiplication. We've practiced skip-counting by 5's and a bit of 3's and 4's. These would be great facts to practice at home! Kids should be practicing these daily! Next week we'll continue multiplication and begin division. We also logged on to Khan Academy in class for the first time this week! Khan Academy is an online math program students work with to help build their skills. There are two routes: 1) Mission in which the computer adapts and puts students on skills necessary to grow towards grade-level achievement; 2) Search Engage third grade and work through each Module. Route #2 is the route we'll be working on in class and it's what I will encourage students to be doing at home as well. They should work their way through Module 1 first! The program is adaptive meaning it will best suit the needs of each individual learner by providing them content that is accessible to their current skill-set while pushing them to grow. Please encourage your child to be working on Khan at least twice a week

     

    Readers Workshop focused this week on transitioning from learning to choose the "right" book to reading and fully comprehending what they are reading. They meet regularly with their reading/writing partner to discuss the books they are each reading. We even have a spot for kids to write book recommendations and it's full of great titles! We are reading aloud the book Stone Fox and having discussions each day about who the characters are and how eeach section ties to previous sections. Getting students to see the book in deeper, more meaningful ways is a class task and we're working to make it part of individual rading times as well. Kids should be ready at least 20 minutes every, single day. The more they read, the better they'll be!

     

    In Writers Workshop students have written several narrative Quick Writes. A Quick Write is done after the day's mini-lesson. Students have a focus and they choose a topic to write about for 15 minutes! This is pencil flowing time. Not worrying about spelling or grammar or anything other than getting the idea out of their head and onto the paper. One focus this week was to choose a small moment and tell it like a movie - moment by moment with emotion and action and using as many of the 5 senses as they could! Each writing session is the start of a new Quick Write to get practice with several different stories. Eventually, students will pick one topic and develop it. For now, we practice :).

     

    In Social Studies next week students will read about and discuss different landforms in California. Together we will read all of the articles and watch some great videos to support the content. The entire Studies Weekly newspaper and all of the wonderful support materials are available online to every student! In your child's binder, they have a paper in a plastic sleeve that has all usernames and passwords your child will need this year. Check it out with your child! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Rebecca for another great week of math enrichment on Friday! We look forward to your enthusiasm each week :).

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 9/3!

    Have a delightful 3-day weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life 
    SPELLING: Lesson 3 (Click here for list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 1, Lessons 8 (Tuesday), 10 (Wednesday), and 4 (Thursday)
         Topic B: Division as an Unknown Factor Problem (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic C: Analyzing Arrays to Multiply Units of 2 and 3 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 3, Landforms
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/6 Spelling Lesson 3 
    9/7 Studies Weekly #3 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    9/3 NO SCHOOL
    9/4 Project Conerstone
    9/8 and 9 Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26427)
    9/12 School picture day (order form here)
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    We're all set! 

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  • August 24, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/24/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 24, 2018

     

    Hello families! Thank you all again so very much for the generous donations made to out classroom! I appreciate it very much and they will be used happily by your kidlets :).

     

    I have received almost all forms sent home in the first week and a half! Thank you! I know the paperwork and online obligations can be overwhelming... If you haven't yet filled out my class survery, please click on the link to the right (or click here). Entering all necessary emails allows me to be able to best contact you. Thank you very much!!

     

    Math was informative and helpful and a great way to start our year! We worked with Mindful Math which taught students five most important things to remember when doing math: 1) Everyone can be a "math person," 2) Visualizing math allows your brain to process it, 3) Being good at math doesn't mean you're fast at it, 4) Math is all about finding patterns, and 5) Mistakes allow your brain to grow! These rules have set us up to be successful mathematicians all year! Another wonderful addition to our math is Ms. Rebecca. Rebecca is trained as a math coach and will be coming in every Friday morning to explore math in meaningful ways (she's also Gus' mom:). I am grateful for her time and energy and the kids got so much out of her lesson today!

     

    Reading is off to a strong start as well. Our Readers Workshop curriculum allows children to experience books and read them like they're gold. Instead of a reading log this year, students have a reading check-off sheet with lots of great ideas to get them excited about reading. The goal is to be reading seven days a week at home and we read every day here in class as well. 

     

    Writing has also started strong. Students are more hesitant to put pencil to paper to tell a story and would rather talk about their narratives but that's a good start! Orally telling the story that they'll then write all about allows the ideas to flow. We've done 3 writing sessions now and I'm impressed :)

     

    In Social Studies this week we read through the first Studies Weekly newspaper. Together we read all of the articles and watched some great videos to support the content. 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. If you have the chance, log-on to Studies Weekly this weekend to see what it's all about! www.studiesweekly.com

     

    I will talk more at Back to School Night about our new homework policy. However, just as a heads up, our main focus each night will be reading and, eventually, multiplication practice. For now, please be sure your child is reading AT LEAST 20 minutes every, single night! AR quizzes can/should also be taken whenever a book is completed. Thank you!

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30!!!

     

    Have a fabulous weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life
    SPELLING: Lesson 2 (Click here for word list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 1, Lessons 1-3, 7
         Topic A: Multiplication and the Meaning of Factors (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic C: Analyzing Arrays to Multiply Units of 2 and 3 (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 2, Our Regions
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    8/30 Spelling Lesson 2 
    8/31 Studies Weekly #2 
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    8/29 @6:30 Back-to-School Night
    9/3 NO SCHOOL
    9/4 Project Conerstone
    9/8 and 9 Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26427)
    9/12 School picture day (order form here)
    Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    We're all set! 

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  • August 17, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/17/2018
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 17, 2018

     

    Hello families!! We made it through our first two days of third grade! These kids are all so great and truly did their best to give me all that they had this week. By the end of Friday, they're ready for some rest :). Things are great! So excited to see where this year takes us...

     

    There are lots of forms to be filled out in the first week of school. Please click on the link to the right to access the necessary paperwork (or click here). There's also a form there to fill out which gives me all of your contact information. If you could please fill it out as soon as possible, I would greatly appreciate it!! I will have different school forms going home next Monday. I have only received their Response Form back from 3 students thus far... please be sure to take the time this weekend to find it, print it, fill it out, and return it to school Monday with your child. Thank you very much!!

     

    Next week we'll jump into our Language Arts curriculum. We use Lucy Calkins for Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop. We'll start slow but we will begin both next week! The first Reading unit is called Building a Reading Life. This unit is  a great way to start our year as strong readers and to ease into which books to choose (and why) and how to get the most out of reading. In Writing, our first unit is all about writing narratives. This is a fun place to start because kids are usually great at telling stories about themselves! 

     

    To start the year off as strong mathematicians, we will be doing a program called You Cubed. This curriculum is put out by a Stanford professor named Jo Boaler and it's titled "A Week of Inspirational Math." It lets the students know how to approach math, what mindset to have to be the most successful, and that mistakes are not only ok but expected!! Check it out here.

     

    I will talk more at Back to School Night about our new homework policy. However, just as a heads up, our main focus each night will be reading and, eventually, multiplication practice. For now, please be sure your child is reading AT LEAST 30 minutes every, single night! AR quizzes can/should also be taken whenever a book is completed. Thank you!

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30!!!

     

    Have a fabulous weekend!! 

     
    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITINGCrafting True Stories
    READINGBuilding a Reading Life
    SPELLING: Lesson 1 (Click here for word list)
    MATH:  Wee of Inspitational Math
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly, Week 1, Welcome to Studies Weekly
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    None
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    8/29 @6:30 Back-to-School Night
    9/3 NO SCHOOL
    9/4 Project Conerstone
    9/8 and 9 Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26427)
     
     

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

    Supply/Wish List

    • 1" binder
    • 5 dividers with pockets
    • headphones
    • pencil box
    • 2 highlighters
    • 2 black sharpies, fine tip
    • 3 black/white composition books, wide ruled, 100-page
    • 1 bottle Elmer's white glue, 4 oz
    • 1 pack Post-its, 3x3, super sticky
    • 1 package large square graph paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hand soap
    • Kleenex
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  • August 14, 2018

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/15/2018
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 14, 2018

     

    Hello families!! Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!! I have a great feeling that this is going to be a wonderful year :). I am thrilled to meet or get to know your third grader better!

     

    We start school on Thursday, August 16th. Note that this first day is a minimum day and school is out at 12:30. There is not formal lunch period. However, I will give kids time to eat so you can send them with a big snack or even a lunch. Just as a reminder, we are a peanut-free school! If your child is allergic to peanuts or is gluten free, please let me know.

     

    There are lots of forms to be filled out in the first week of school. Please click on the link to the right to access the necessary paperwork (or click here). There's also a form there to fill out which gives me all of your contact information. If you could please fill it out as soon as possible, I would greatly appreciate it!! I will have different school forms going home next Monday.

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30!!!

     

    Welcome to Third Grade :)

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: -----
    READING: -----
    SPELLING: -----
    MATH:  -----
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: -----
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    None
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    8/14 @4:30 Class lists posted
    8/16 First Day of 2018-19 School Year!
    8/29 @6:30 Back-to-School Night
     

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

     

    Supply/Wish List

    • 1" binder
    • 5 dividers with pockets
    • headphones
    • pencil box
    • 2 highlighters
    • 1 box crayola markers, broad tip
    • 1 box colored pencils
    • 1 pair scissors, round tip
    • 2 black sharpies, fine tip
    • 1 pack Ticonderoga pencils, 24
    • 2 packs EXPO dry erase markers, chisel tip, 4
    • 2 pack EXPO dry erase markers, fine tip, 4
    • 4 pink erasers
    • 3 black/white composition books, wide ruled, 100-page
    • 1 bottle Elmer's white glue, 4 oz
    • 1 pack Post-its, 3x3, super sticky
    • 1 package large square graph paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hand soap
    • Kleenex

     

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