• Distance Learning Weekly Agendas (AND END OF YEAR VIDEOS)

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/10/2020 7:00:00 PM
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  • April 20, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/19/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    CLICK TO ACCESS OUR DISTANCE LEARNING AGENDA

    WEEK OF APRIL 20-24

     

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  • April 13, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/13/2020 8:00:00 AM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    April 13, 2020  

     

    REMINDER: Daily ZOOM meetings (excluding Fridays) at 10am. You'll find the invite in your child's Google Classroom Stream. The same invite is used each day!

      

    Crazy thought.... ONE MONTH ago was out last day in our regular classroom, room 7. I can't believe it's been that long but it also feels so much longer. I have been soooo impressed with how well everyone is keeping up with the online material and turning things in. This is a time of change and adapting to our new way of communicating. It's strange but I am so grateful the technology is there to support all this! Slowly but steadily, we're figuring this out!!

     

    The only places material will be turned in are Google Classroom and Formative. Please be sure your child is only submitting there! If we need to find a time to meet in order to discuss how to submit things there, I'm happy to do that!

     

    In spelling this week students are working on spelling word sentences. I won't be asking for the written three times each to be submitted anymore. That was the trickiest thing to submit! It's still great practice and I'd recommend you encourage your child to do this if all other work is done. And keep up the cursive practice!! For literacy, students will have practice idenitfying the main ideas and details in text. There's also a page of proofreading! They used to do proofreading practice every week and, although the format is different, the same skills will be practiced. Check Google Classroom for all assignments!

     

    In math we will finish up Module 6. It was a short module! But I am so glad it's how we started our Virtual Classroom! We will wrap up the module on Monday and have a review assignment on Tuesday. Then Wednesday will be the Module 6 Assessment. All math homework will always be completed and submitted on the Formative site (although you'll still find the assignment listed in Google Classroom). I've transitioned to this program because it allows for students to do a wide variety of tasks on the computer. Some questions will be multiple choice while others will ask students to show their work. When students click on the space to show their work, they can use the online tools to do so. I  am pretty sure the kdis will enjoy this new tool! The assessment will also be on the Formative site. Please do your best to only read or restate a question on your child's test, if he/she needs it, and allow him/her to work to show their knowledge. Although the test is pass/fail, I will absolutely look at these as a tool to see where everyone is and how well they've understood the material! We'll start Module 7 with lessons 1 and 2 (they're basically the same material) on Thursday.

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    Kids should be reading every day! As often as they can. They should take AR quizzes when they finish a book. 

     

    In writing we are going to start with opinion writing. You'll find some learning material and a writing prompt on Google Classroom. Students will be writing their opinions of virtual learning. The work will be typed in a Google Form that they'll find attached to the writing assignment.

      

    In Studies Weekly this week, kids are reading about our National Landmarks. Kids can read through the material and watch/look through the bonus material at their own pace. The material can be read aloud to them on the Studies Weekly website. However, it would be great for your child to read one or two articles (at least!) aloud to you or someone else. This way they are working on oral reading skills as well. Most students did really well with the online assessment last week! Yay! The test will be available to take online on Friday morning!

     

    Coach Patino, Ms. Lelake, Mrs. Ignaffo, and Mrs. Fichthorn are all updating their websites regularly! Check them out for activity ideas!!

     

     

    STAY HEALTHY!! NO ASSIGNMENTS OR ZOOM MEETINGS NEXT WEEK! ENJOY SPRING BREAK!!

    THIS WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 3
    READING: Unit 3
    SPELLINGUnit 28
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 6, Lesson 6 (Monday), Module 6 review (Tuesday), Module 6 Assessment (Wednesday), and Module 7 Lessons 1 and 2 (Thursday)
         Module 6 Topic B Parent NewsletterGenerate and Analyze Measurement Data
         Module 7 Topic A Parent Newsletter: Solving Word Problems
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #25, National Landmarks 
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    4/15 Module 6 
    4/17 Studies Weekly #25 
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays @ 10:00am ZOOM meeting (invite is in Google Classroom)           
     
     
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  • April 1, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/1/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    April 1, 2020  

     

    **Upon direction from the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Loma will be closed for the rest of the school year. My heart is breaking... However, school is still required, it's just a different format. Please check Google Classroom every morning to see what's new! That is also where you will find the invite to our daily ZOOM meetings. We meet every day (excluding Fridays) at 10am. LOVE this time to connect with everyone!!

      

    I am going to work to start sending out a new Gazette every Monday, instead of Fridays like I've done thus far. It'll be a quick look at each day. However, Google Classroom is the BEST way for students to see details of all lessons and activities! I know that this is all totally new and technology is wonderful but can be equally frustrating... I get it! Together, we've got this!! I am available to help in any way I can. Please reach out! So much of this is up to the kids but they'll no doubt need support from you. The need for that support will diminish as we all get more used to this... I know many of you have your own jobs and figuring out how to juggle everything is a challenge. I am here, my expectation are (hopefully) clear but I am definitely flexible!!

     

    In spelling this week students are working on printing neatly and still working on cursive. As often as they can use the cursive, they'll enjoy it and it'll be helpful! I will post a cursive chart in Classroom to help if needed. Students also are working on a Spelling list scramble in Google Drive and submitting it in our classroom. WOW! They are looking wonderful! SO PROUD of their efforts!

     

    In math we began Module 6 on Tuesday. Module 6 is a fun one! Kids are working on collecting and displaying data. A lot of this is review from second grade, with some new elements as well. Each day after our ZOOM meeting, I will post the new homework page. Kids need to watch the lesson video before coming to our ZOOM meeting! They are given two options to complete the homework: a printable version and an online version. Hopefully they will get comfortable with the online version so you don't have to print things every day. Slowly but surely... :). They should also work on Khan a couple o times a week!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    Kids should be reading every day! As often as they can. They should take AR quizzes when they finish a book. About twice a week, I will post a writing response related to the book your child is reading. They will type their answer right into Google Classroom! The final Readers Workshop unit gets kids involved in Book Clubs. I want to figure out how to make this happen! More to come later... For now, reading anything they choose (while continuing to push themselves) is best!

      

    In Studies Weekly this week, kids are reading about our rights and responsibilities. They are assigned the crossword puzzle and that also can be completed online and submitted in Google Classroom. On Friday, I will "turn on" the week's online test. Students completed this every Friday at school so they are familiar with the process. It will be turned on my 9:00am and they can complete it any time they would like on Friday!

     

    Coach Patino, Ms. Lelake, Mrs. Ignaffo, and Mrs. Fichthorn are all updating their websites regularly! Check them out for activity ideas!!

     

     

    STAY HEALTHY!! NO ASSIGNMENTS OR ZOOM MEETINGS NEXT WEEK! ENJOY SPRING BREAK!!

    THIS WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 3
    READING: Unit 3
    SPELLINGUnit 27
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 6, Lesson 1 (Tuesday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), and Lesson 4 (Thursday)
         Module 6, Topic A Parent NewsletterGenerate and Analyze Categorical Data
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #23, Rights and Responisibilities 
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    4/3 Spelling #27 (given by parent at home)
    4/3 Studies Weekly #23 (taken online)
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS  
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays @ 10:00am ZOOM meeting (invite is in Google Classroom)           
     
    4/6-10 NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK
     
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  • March 13, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/13/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    March 13, 2020

      

    **Upon direction from the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Loma will be closed until April 3rd. Please check the Continuity of Instruction (Virtual Classroom) section of our website!! In addition, I will send information about how this works very soon. Thank you for your patience!

     

    CLASS HEALTH UPDATE: I wanted to let you all know what I am doing here at school and what our school is doing as a whole to keep our kiddos happy and healthy. As I know you've all heard, hand washng is key. So, we wash our hands a LOT. In between washing, we use sanitizer when needed. We've also been wiping down the desks and frequently touched surfaces each day. Instead of shaking hands as we walk in the door each morning, we knock elbows. And I'm being sure no one is sharing food or water! Doing our best!!

    SCHOOL HEALTH UPDATE: Following new directives from the Santa Clara County Health Department and Santa Clara County Office of Education, we will be making modifications to our weekly assemblies at Loma.  Our Student of the Week assemblies will be open to students in grades K-2 allowing us to comply with the “arm’s-length” recommendation provided by the SCCHD.  We will take a similar approach with the Citizen of the Month assembly at the end of March which will be attended by only grades 3-5. The Spring music concert has also been cancelled. However, Ms. Lelake is looking into the option of recording each class and dispersing the recordings. More to come!

     

    Today our Academic Awards were announced by Mrs. Zook over the loudspeaker as students were recognized within our own classes. So proud of this trimester's winners!! I'd like to congratulate the following students (their photo is below as well!!):

    • Awesome Author: Liam Hart
    • Math Master: Julia Fazzio
    • AR Rockstars: Cayden White, Quinn Mozdean-Paraskevopoulos, Reagan Stanko, Jackson Dorn, Amelie Wimboeck, and Lukas Petersen

     

    In spelling this week kids practiced putting all of the spelling words in alphabetical order. The skill practiced was words with silent letters. They even completed an activity which had them looking up homophones with silent letters! A tricky challenge that they did very well with.  

     

    In math we are continuing to work with fractions. This week we introduced fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions (2/3 = 4/6). Students worked with placing fractions and determining which is smaller based on which is closer to the zero. Eventually, the number line will be pulled away and students will apply known strategies to compare without the aid. We finish Module 5 very soon!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    We'll start Readers and  Writers Workshops next week!

      

    In Studies Weekly this week, we talked all about how to be a good citizen. There are ways to be a good citizen in class, in our community, and all the way as big as our world! Kids had lots of great examples of how they can be a good citizen and also have ideas of how to encourage others to be good as well.

     

    IMPORTANT!! STAR PARTY HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  

    In accordance with guidelines set by the Santa Clara County of Education, we will need to postpone the 3rd grade Star Party that was scheduled for the evening of April 2nd. We have not set a new date, but I will be sure to keep you posted as soon as we receive any new information. 
     

    STAY HEALTHY!! 

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 3
    READING: Unit 3
    SPELLINGUnit 27
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, End Module review (Monday), End Module 5 Assessment (Tuesday), and Module 7, Lesson 1 (Wednesday), and Lesson 2 (Thursday)
         Module 7, Topic A Parents Newsletter: Solving Word Problems
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #23, Rights and Responisibilities 
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    3/17 End Module 5
    3/19 Spelling #27
    3/20 Studies Weekly #23
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS               
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action  
    4/3 School Spirit Day: Team Spirit
    4/3 Art in Action
    4/6-10 NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK
    ONGOING, Every Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Youth Run Club
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

    * glue sticks

    * paper towels

     

     

    Academic Award winners

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  • March 6, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/6/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    March 6, 2020

      

    Hello again, families! What an incredible Publishing Party we had!! It was so great to have the opportunity to see the proud faces of these third graders as they read their books aloud. The books are on display in class and will be for a while. However, if you would like to see your child's book and you weren't able to come to the party, it is in your child's Google Drive and I know they would be happy to share!!

     

    Next week brings optional Parent-Teacher conferences. Conference time is set aside for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. As a result, school will be out at 12:30 those three days. Please be sure to mark it on your calendars!

     

    In spelling this week the focus was on compound words. Just a review of a skill they already know! You may have noticed that the list shifted from 18 words per week to 20 words per week. Students are doing well and living up to the challenge. I am so pleased with the growth I have seen on the dictation portion of the assessment as well. They are getting so good at remembering the sight words and being thoughtful about punctuation.

     

    In math we are continuing to work with fractions. This week we introduced fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions (2/3 = 4/6). Students worked with placing fractions and determining which is smaller based on which is closer to the zero. Eventually, the number line will be pulled away and students will apply known strategies to compare without the aid. We finish Module 5 very soon!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    In Writers Workshop, we will work next week on writing a poem about spring :). A little fun activity before we begin out third unit in writing.

     

    In Readers Workshop we also have about one more week before beginning unit 3.

     

    In Studies Weekly this week, appropriately, we discussed the branches of our government. We talked about the current election process and it was interesting to hear their insight. We also discussed Tribal Governments and how American Indian tribes are effected.

     

    IMPORTANT!! STAR PARTY DATE HAS CHANGED!! April is almost here and with it comes the Star Party!! This is a night of learning and fun, topped off with a school sleepover for third graders only! Kids will come to school the evening of Thursday, April 2. We'll play games, do activities, and gaze at the stars!! Following the fun, kids will have a snack, brush their teeth, and head to their sleeping bags in the forum. We all sleep here!! Oh boy, oh boy! The following morning, fabulous parents will be on-hand to serve up some yummy breakfast to these sleepy kiddos (online sign-up sheet will be available as we get closer to the event). Parents are welcome to attend! However, you are only able to be here to spend the night if you have a current TB test on file AND you have been fingerprinted by our district. The fingerprinting process can take up to a month sometimes... SO if you want to be here to sleep, please make an appointment ASAP. Call the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 408-453-4305 to schedule an appointment. You will need this form when you go to your appointment. Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, April 3... they'll be tired :). Let me know if you have any questions!!

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Spring writing
    READING: free read
    SPELLING: Unit 26
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, Topic E Lesson 22 (Monday), Lesson 24 (Tuesday), Lesson 28 (Wednesday), and Lesson 29 (Thursday)
         Topic E Parent Newsletter: Equivalent Fractions
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #22, Citizenship 
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    3/12 Spelling #26
    3/13 Studies Weekly #22
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS               
    3/10-12 Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out @ 12:30 each day)
    3/13 Academic Awards Assembly
    3/13 Project Cornerstone
    3/19 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    3/20 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action 
    4/1 District music concert @ 6:30pm in the gym
    4/2 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    4/3 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    ONGOING, Every Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Youth Run Club
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

    * glue sticks

    * paper towels

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  • February 28, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/28/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    February 28, 2020

      

    Hello! I hope you're all enjoying this wonderful weather!! Although it makes it lovely to enjoy our incredible outdoors, my fingers are crossed we get a bit more rain this winter!

     

    Today marks the end of trimester two. Hard to believe we're 2/3 of the way through the school year! The week after next will be optional parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday (3/10), Wednesday (3/11), and Thursday (3/12). School will be out at 12:30 each of these days! If I would like to meet with you to discuss your child's growth thus far, I have contacted you via email. If you have not received an email from me and you would like to meet, please email!

     

    In spelling this week the focus has been on how to use apostrophes. They've learned the difference between when it is needed for a contraction (they are = they're) and when it is used to show ownership (Sarah's ball). They are doing really well with identifying these! We will continue to work on how to use apostrophes in actual writing as well. 

     

    In math we took the MidModule 5 test this week. Students did well! A tricky concept is identifying and writing fractions greater than one. We have a lot more fraction work to do and practice will help.  We began working with fractions on a number line and this will continue next week as well. Be sure to point out fractions in real life! For example, "We have 3/4 of thr drive left." or "You have eaten 2/3 of your dinner." Seeing fractions outside of our math session will help!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    In Readers and Writers Workshops student have finished their Nonfiction Books!! SUCH hard work these kidlets put into this project. And the end results are fabulous. We sincerely hope you can join us for our Publishing Party next Tuesday, 3/3, at 2:40. It will be great to recognize these accomplishments!

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we talked about our rights vs. responsibilities. We discussed this concept in familiar spaces, such as a classroom, home, or a park. And we discussed the need for rules and laws in history. This led to the difference between anarchy and civilization. We also learned more about Thomas Jefferson and his contributions to our country.

     

    IMPORTANT!! STAR PARTY DATE HAS CHANGED!! April is almost here and with it comes the Star Party!! This is a night of learning and fun, topped off with a school sleepover for third graders only! Kids will come to school the evening of Thursday, April 2. We'll play games, do activities, and gaze at the stars!! Following the fun, kids will have a snack, brush their teeth, and head to their sleeping bags in the forum. We all sleep here!! Oh boy, oh boy! The following morning, fabulous parents will be on-hand to serve up some yummy breakfast to these sleepy kiddos (online sign-up sheet will be available as we get closer to the event). Parents are welcome to attend! However, you are only able to be here to spend the night if you have a current TB test on file AND you have been fingerprinted by our district. The fingerprinting process can take up to a month sometimes... SO if you want to be here to sleep, please make an appointment ASAP. Call the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 408-453-4305 to schedule an appointment. You will need this form when you go to your appointment. Also, there will be no school for third graders on Friday, April 3... they'll be tired :). Let me know if you have any questions!!

     

    Have a wonderful week off!!!  

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 25
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, Topic D Lesson 16 (Monday), Lesson 17 (Tuesday), Lesson 18 (Wednesday), and Lesson 19 (Thursday)
         Topic D Parent NewsletterFractions on the Number Line
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #21, Government 
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    3/5 Spelling #25
    3/6 Studies Weekly #21
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS               
    3/6 Spirit Day: Crazy Socks
    3/10-12 Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out @ 12:30 each day)
    3/13 Academic Awards Assembly
    3/13 Project Cornerstone
    3/19 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    3/20 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action 
    4/1 District music concert @ 6:30pm in the gym
    4/2 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    4/3 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    ONGOING, Every Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Youth Run Club
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

    * glue sticks

    * paper towels

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  • February 14, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/14/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    February 14, 2020

      

    Happy Valentine's Day! dfa

    We had such a great day celebrating one another and apreciating what wonderful friendships we have here in our classroom community!

     

    In spelling this week and the week after break, the skill we're practicing is their/they're/there, its/it's, and lets/let's. These are common errors and more practice will help recognize the differences more easily.

     

    In math we began are plugging away through Module 5. They are doing so well with fractions! This can be a little overwhelming for some when we first start but they've been open and resilient and are learning a lot! Today we did a fun fractions activity with conversation hearts :).

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    In Readers and Writers Workshops students have all begun typing their books! They each have several chapters, a glossary, and a page of resources. Some chose to include an Introduction as well. Lots of typing ahead! Hopefully we'll get through it the week we are back from break. Publishing Party information will be coming soon!

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we talked about changes that California has seen in the last hundred years. Most interesting to the group was the talk about what schools used to be like back then. They were blown away by all K-8 graders being in one room! And the games were much simpler as well:)

     

    March is almost here and with it comes the Star Party!! This is a night of learning and fun, topped off with a school sleepover for third graders only! Kids will come to school the evening of Thursday, March 19th. We'll play games, do activities, and gaze at the stars with the San Jose Astronomical Association!! Following the fun, kids will have a snack, brush their teeth, and head to their sleeping bags in the forum. We all sleep here!! Oh boy, oh boy! The following morning, fabulous parents will be on-hand to serve up some yummy breakfast to these sleepy kiddos (online sign-up sheet will be available as we get closer to the event). Parents are welcome to attend! However, you are only able to be here to spend the night if you have a current TB test on file AND you have been fingerprinted by our district. The fingerprinting process can take up to a month sometimes... SO if you want to be here to sleep, please make an appointment ASAP. Call the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 408-453-4305 to schedule an appointment. You will need this form when you go to your appointment. Let me know if you have any questions!!

     

    Have a wonderful week off!!!  

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 24
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, Mid Module Review (Monday), Mid Module Assessment (Tuesday), and Topic D Lesson 14 (Wednesday), and Lesson 15 (Thursday)
         Topic D Parent Newsletter: Fractions on the Number Line
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #20, Laws and Rules
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    2/27 Spelling #24
    2/28 Studies Weekly #20
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS              
    2/14-16 TIM presents The Addams Family
    2/17-20 NO SCHOOL
    2/28 Art in Action
    2/28 Talent Show 
    2/28 End of Trimester 2
    3/6 Spirit Day: Crazy Socks
    3/10-12 Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out @ 12:30 each day)
    3/13 Academic Awards Assembly
    3/13 Project Cornerstone
    3/19 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    3/20 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action 
    ONGOING, Every Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Youth Run Club
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

    * glue sticks

    * paper towels

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  • February 7, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 2/7/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    February 7, 2020

      

    Hello! Next Friday is Valentine's Day! On Valentine's Day, we'll do a couple of fun things in class. Kids will also have a chance to exchange Valentine's Day cards/gifts/treats. Only rule: be sure to include everyone! Here's a class list: http://bit.ly/VZclasslist. I also sent a hard copy of this list home with your child today.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was how to add the -ing suffix to words that end in e. Students completed an activity in which they had to cut a variety of words out and organzie them into "Add -ing" or "Drop the e add -ing". They did really well and their skills were shown on Thursday's test. 

     

    In math we began Module 5! We're learning about fractions! Kids learned about unit fractions (1 part/whole) and non-unit fractions (all others) this week. We practiced how to write the unit form (1 fourth) and the fraction form (1/4) or a variety of fractions. All fractions, so far, have been between 0 and 1. They are doing really well so far! Thank you for reviewing and signing the fact fluency reminder page earlier this week. It's good to check in and be sure we're all on the same page :).

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    In Readers and Writers Workshops the nonfiction books are plugging along! Most have finished the writing of their books, completed a glossary, and a resource page. They have edited their own work and a few have even begun to have a classmate edit theirs. Next week we'll start typing!! This will take a few weeks and will be done entirely in class. Once we get started and I can get a better idea of how long the typing will take, I'll have information about a publishing party!

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we talked about why immigrants come to California. The city of focus this week was Vallejo, home of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Benjamin Franklin was also quite interesting to learn about! He was an incredible inventor in addition to one of our founding fathers.

     

    March is almost here and with it comes the Star Party!! This is a night of learning and fun, topped off with a school sleepover for third graders only! Kids will come to school the evening of Thursday, March 19th. We'll play games, do activities, and gaze at the stars with the San Jose Astronomical Association!! Following the fun, kids will have a snack, brush their teeth, and head to their sleeping bags in the forum. We all sleep here!! Oh boy, oh boy! The following morning, fabulous parents will be on-hand to serve up some yummy breakfast to these sleepy kiddos (online sign-up sheet will be available as we get closer to the event). Parents are welcome to attend! However, you are only able to be here to spend the night if you have a current TB test on file AND you have been fingerprinted by our district. The fingerprinting process can take up to a month sometimes... SO if you want to be here to sleep, please make an appointment ASAP. Call the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 408-453-4305 to schedule an appointment. You will need this form when you go to your appointment. Let me know if you have any questions!!

     

    Thank you to our gardening moms and to Mr. Mortensen! You all enrich our class!

      

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 23
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, Topic B Lesson 7 (Monday), Lesson 8 (Tuesday), Lesson 9 (Wednesday), and Topic C Lesson 10 (Thursday)
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Unit Fractions and their Relation to the Whole
         Topic C Parent Newsletter: Comparing Unit Fractions and Specifying thte Whole
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #19, A Change Begins
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    2/13 Spelling #23
    2/14 Studies Weekly #19
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS              
    2/14 Valentine's Day
    2/14-16 TIM presents The Addams Family
    2/17-20 NO SCHOOL
    2/28 Art in Action
    2/28 Talent Show 
    3/6 Spirit Day: Crazy Socks
    3/10-12 Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out @ 12:30 each day)
    3/13 Academic Awards Assembly
    3/13 Project Cornerstone
    3/19 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    3/20 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action 
    ONGOING, Every Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Youth Run Club
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

    * glue sticks

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  • January 31, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/31/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    January 31, 2020

      

    Hello again, families! Hard to believe we've already flown through the first month of 2020! In just two short weeks, we have Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, we'll do a couple of fun things in class. Kids will also have a chance to exchange Valentine's Day cards/gifts/treats. Only rule: be sure to include everyone! Here's a class list in case you want to get a head start: http://bit.ly/VZclasslist

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was plurals. The more practice, the better! There are online options, including Khan, if your child wants to explore more practice. Practicing the spelling words a couple of times a week at home will really go a long way, too. Thanks! 

     

    In math we finished Module 4! It was a quick one. On to Module 5 and fractions next week!! Please check in with your child to see his/her progress on the assigned take-home project in which they design their own bedroom!! The project is due completed in class by Monday, February 3rd. For more information, check out the project description page which came home with your child, or view the "Assignments" tab of our website.

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

     

    In Readers and Writers Workshops students have been very busy this week writing their nonfiction book. Some have finished the first writing of each chapter and are working on the Glossary. Students also worked on the introduction this week. Next week we start the process of editing.

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we talked about immigrants. There are reasons most immigrants come to America and we discussed possibilities. A famous immigrant we spent some time learning about is Arnold Schwarzenegger. What a story he has!

     

    Although March still feels a long way away, I know it will be here before we know it. And we have a VERY FUN event happening for third graders... the Star Party!! This is a night of learning and fun, topped off with a school sleepover! Kids will come to school the evening of Thursday, March 19th. We'll play games, do activities, and gaze at the stars with the San Jose Astronomical Association!! Following the fun, kids will have a snack, brush their teeth, and head to their sleeping bags in the forum. We all sleep here!! Oh boy, oh boy! The following morning, fabulous parents will be on-hand to serve up some yummy breakfast to these sleepy kiddos (online sign-up sheet will be available as we get closer to the event). Parents are welcome to attend! However, you are only able to be here to spend the night if you have a current TB test on file AND you have been fingerprinted by our district. The fingerprinting process can take up to a month sometimes... SO if you want to be here to sleep, please make an appointment ASAP. Call the Santa Clara County Office of Education at 408-453-4305 to schedule an appointment. You will need this form when you go to your appointment. Let me know if you have any questions!!

     

    I continue to be so very grateful to our Art in Action team and to our gardening team for bringing exciting activities to these third graders. We all look forward to it! THANK YOU!!

      

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 22
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 5, Topic A Lesson 1 (Monday), Lesson 2 (Tuesday), and Topic B Lesson 5 (Wednesday), and Lesson 6 (Thursday)
         Topic A Parent Newsletter: Partition a Whole Into Equal Parts
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Unit Fractions and their Relation to the Whole
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #18, Cultural Traditions
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    2/6 Spelling #22
    2/7 Studies Weekly #18
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS              
    2/7 Project Cornerstonne
    2/7 Spirit Day: Ficitional Character Day
    2/17-20 NO SCHOOL
    2/28 Art in Action
    2/28 Talent Show 
    3/6 Spirit Day: Crazy Socks
    3/10-12 Optional Parent-Teacher Conferences (school out @ 12:30 each day)
    3/13 Academic Awards Assembly
    3/13 Project Cornerstone
    3/19 3rd grade Star Party!! (overnight field trip)
    3/20 NO SCHOOL (3rd grade only!)
    3/27 Citizen of the Month Assembly
    3/27 Art in Action 
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

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