• 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

     

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  • 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
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  • August 30, 2019

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

    August 30, 2019

     

    Hello again! Thank you so much for coming out to Back-to-School Night on Wednesday! It was great to see so many faces I already know and to meet some new ones! If you weren't able to be here, no worries. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet soon. Also, the Back-to-School Night packet of information that I went over is available on our class website in the section titled "Back to School Night." Please let me know if you have any questions!

      

    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 math this week we began Engage New York! The program jumps right into third grade math with multiplication and division. Kids are enjoying the new math and doing really 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.

     

    We began Studies Weekly this week! This is our Social Studies program. Together we read through the first week's newspaper. We read about communities and ways in which we are alike. Each week focuses on a different city in California, teaching important facts and current offerings of the designated city. This week we talked about Palo Alto. There is also always a person recognized for a specific charater trait. This week we learned about the courage Anne Hutchinson had when she stood up for her religious beliefs to the Puritans. 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!

     

    We began recorders this week! Well, they began learning about what a recorder is. And they are very excited to practice with the real thing! We also began music, PE with Coach, science with Mrs. Ignaffo and library with Mrs. Fichthorn. A busy but enriching week!

     

    Enjoy the 3-Day weekend! 

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 3 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 1, Topic B (Division as an Unknown Factor Problem): Lesson 4 (Thursday), Lesson 8 (Tuesday), Lesson 10 (Wednesday), and Topic C (Multiplication Using Units of 2 and 3) Lesson 7 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Week #2: Our Regions
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    9/6 Spelling Unit 3
    9/6 Studies Weekly #2
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    9/6 School Spririt Day: Class colors
    9/10 School Picture Day
    10/4 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
    10/5 LPEF Gala at Maison du Lac
    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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  • August 23, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/23/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 23, 2019

     

    Hello! We made it through our first full week of third grade! Woohoo! It has been a week of getting to know one another, to figure out class routines, and to get back in to the swing of school. They are such a sweet group!!

     

    If you haven't already done so, please fill out a quick form for me so that I have everyone's correct contact information. It's listed in the "Paperwork" section of our website (or click here). 

      

    In Writers Workshop this week, we began writing quick narratives; quickwrites. We brainstormed topics kids could write about, unique to each person. Students put their possible writing topics into a "Heart Map." This heart map can be used to get ideas! Students also worked on a narrative about a small moment from their summer. A small moment is a great way for writers to focus on details on a moment rather than big ideas. They learn to describe a moment, rather than retell. For example, rather than telling about the entire baseball game they went to, they tell about the moment they saw Buster Posey hit a home run. Getting thoughts, feelings, surroundings into the story brings it to life! We'll be working on this skill for a couple of months.

     

    In Readers Workshop, we practiced how to find good, appropriate books to read and how to be sure they are getting hte most they can out of their books. One way students can better comprehend what they are reading is to talk about it. Ask your child what they are reading but ask specific questions. You don't need to have read the book. However, you can ask questions such as, "Who is the main character and what kind of person is he/she?" or "Predict what you think will happen next in your book. What makes you think that will happen?" Guiding the conversation allows kids to think more deeply about what they're reading!

     

    In math this week we had some quality time with mindful math. I love starting the year this way because it shows students good mindsets to be successful.

    The five main ideas we talked about this week are (click each to watch the video I started each lesson with):

    I love all of these!! I know that when we begin Engage New York with multiplication next week, these third graders brains will be ready!

     

    Next week we'll also begin Studies Weekly. This is our Social Studies program. Each week student's will receive a newspaper. We'll read the paper thorughout the week and a quiz will take place each Friday. The newspaper is also available online!! Today in class we used our brand new ChromeBooks for the very first time to practice logging into Studies Weekly. Lots of cool stuff there!

     

    Pull-out classes will begin next week! This includes, science, music, recorder (!), PE, and library.

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night this Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30!!!

     

    Welcome to Third Grade :)

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 2 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 1, Topic A (Multiplication and the Meaning of the Factors): Lesson 1 (Monday), Lesson 2 (Tuesday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), and Topic C (Multiplication Using Units of 2 and 3) Lesson 7 (Thursday)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: -----
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    8/29 Spelling Unit 2
    8/30 Studies Weekly #1
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    8/28 @ 6:30 Back-to-School Night
    9/2 NO SCHOOL
    9/6 School Spririt Day: Class colors
    9/27 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
     

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

     Supply/Wish List

    • 1" binder
    • 5 dividers with pockets
    • headphones
    • pencil box
    • 2 highlighters
    • 3 black/white composition books, wide ruled, 100-page
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  • August 16, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 16, 2019

     

    Hello families!! Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!! I know that this is going to be a wonderful year :). I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you third grader this week and look forward to getting to know them all better!

     

    This week we had fun learning all about each other and learning things we didn't know about old and new friends. These kids are very swet to one another and they work as a team! Great start!

     

    If you haven't already done so, please fill out a quick form for me so that I have everyone's correct contact information. It's listed in the "Paperwork" section of our website (or click here). 

     

    Also, please check out our class supply list! Anything you can help with is greatly appreciated!!

     

    Next week we'll be starting our reading and writing workshop programs. The first unit in Writers Workshop is called Crafting True Stories. In this unit we will spend a lot of time discussing how to take a big moment and pull out a small moment in order to tell it with lots of detail. This makes for interesting reading! In Readers Workshop, students will explore what they loke about reading, how to choose appropriate books, and where good spots to read are. We have already begun silent reading in class and they're doing really well!

     

    In math next week we will be working on mindful math. Mindful math works on getting students to accept that math is a process that everyone can do! There are strategies to make math easier and more approachable and, thus, are super helpful! Most importantly, we'll talk about how important mistakes are! It is a wonderful curriculum created by a team at Stanford under the direction of Jo Boaler, Stanford professor. 

     

    Pull-out classes will begin on Monday, August 26. This includes, science, music, recorder (!), PE, and library.

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30!!!

     

    Welcome to Third Grade :)

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 1 (Click to access list)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: -----
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    8/22 Spelling Unit 1
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    8/28 @ 6:30 Back-to-School Night
    8/30 Spirit Day: Class colors
    9/2 NO SCHOOL
    9/27 Spirit Day: Favorite animal
     

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

     Supply/Wish List

    • 1" binder
    • 5 dividers with pockets
    • headphones
    • pencil box
    • 2 highlighters
    • 3 black/white composition books, wide ruled, 100-page
    • 1 bottle Elmer's white glue, 4 oz
    • 1 package large square graph paper
    • Hand soap
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  • August 12, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 8/12/2019
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    August 12, 2019

     

    Hello families!! Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!! I know 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 15th. 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.

     

    Also, please check out our class supply list! Anything you can help with is greatly appreciated!!

     

    I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30!!!

     

    Welcome to Third Grade :)

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: -----
    READING: -----
    SPELLING: -----
    MATH:  -----
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: -----
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    None
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    8/13 @4:30 Class lists posted
    8/15 First Day of 2019-20 School Year!
    8/28 @ 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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