• Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

    May 18, 2018


    We had such a great field trip today!! Students were wonderful and really enjoyed the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We had two entertaining docents who emerged the kids into the Ohlone culture so that they could understand their way of life, right here in Santa Cruz so many years ago. We also crossed the street and spent about an hour at Twin Lakes beach cleaning up garbage! Such excited cleaners these third graders were :). Thank you to Mrs. Weiss, Mrs. Crawley, Mrs. Murray, and Mrs. Walraven for being our super helpful chaperones. We appreciate you! In the email I sent notifying you of this newsletter, I included some nice pictures from the day. Let me know if you didn't receive them!!


    In writing, the final products have begun! Students have written, revised, rewritten edited, and then rewritten again their persuasive essays. They are now in the final stage...Typing! We are hoping to have our publishing party on Tuesday, May 29 at the start of the day. More information to follow!


    In reading students are continuing to read and discuss based on what they decide, as a group. They're completely running their clubs on their own which is so awesome to see! Super proud of their grit and determination to get the most they can out of their time as a group. They started a project last week that will be on display during Open House called "Text Tasting." It's a chance for them each to review what they've read this year in a menu of sorts :).


    In math we are soooo close to finishing Module 7. We will have the last math test of the year (WOAH!) next Friday, 5/25. Then we get to play a bit with the math they've worked so hard to know! We continue to talk daily about the importance of practicing the multiplication facts!! Third graders should have the facts memorized through the 10s by the end of May. Keep practicing!!


    In Social Studies next week, we'll learn about California's resources and products. As a reminder, in addition to the hard copy of the material that your child receives every week, the entire Studies Weekly is also available online! Check out www.studiesweekly.com to reread the articles, to watch interesting videos, or to play educational games based on the material. You can see your child's test scores the same day they take the test, too!



    OPEN HOUSE IS THURSDAY, MAY 24!! Come and see all of the projects your child has worked so hard on lately and check out some of what they will be learning in fourth grade! This is the perfect opportunity to meet the fourth grade teachers and browse what this year's fourth graders worked hard to show off their knowledge!


    Have a great weekend! 


    WRITING: Unit 3 - Opinion
    READING: Literature Clubs
    SPELLINGList #30
    MATH:  Module 7, Topic E (Problem Solving with Perimeter and Area)
                Topic E Parent Newsletter
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #31, Resources
    5/24 Spelling List #30 
    5/25 Studies Weekly #31
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    5/24 Open House @ 6:30pm
    5/25 Project Cornerstone
    5/25 School Spirit: Sports Jersey Day
    5/28 NO SCHOOL
    5/31 Academic Awards Assembly @ 8:30

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