• May 31, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/31/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    May 31, 2019

       

    Camp Learned-A-Lot has been sooooo much fun!!! We adventured, did crafts, sang songs, told stories, wrote in camp journals, created camp names, and made lots of memories. Loved spending this time with these almost fourth graders!!

    A couple of memories to share from camp: Getting letters from home, being called Fiery Fox, paperweaving placemats, making trail mix and hiking, telling scary stories, flashlight reading... just to name a few :). I've included a couple more pictures below. If you didn't see the cabin group photos from last Friday's Gazette, be sure to check those out too! 

     

    I'm not ready to give my fond farewell speech quite yet... I still get next week with these kids and I'm going to soak up every moment I can! 

     

    Next week has all kids of incredible fun planned. 

    MONDAY: 

    ** Harry Potter Day for our class! They worked so hard to earn this activity of their choice!

    **Walk to the amphitheater to have lunch with Mrs. Flynn's class.

    TUESDAY: 

    **School Spirit Day - animal day! 

    **Loma Day of Play! This is a change from Fun Day which we usually have every year. This is designed after the Global Day of Play. There will be options for all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities. Kids get to pick what they want to do!! Unstructured play :). 

    WEDNESDAY: 

    **10:30 Staff vs. 5th Grade Kickball game (bring it on, 5th graders!!)

    **11:45 - 1:30 Class Picnic and Party!! Our room mom, Anne, sent out a link to the Sign-Up Genius for food items. Anything you can send to school with your child would be appreciated! Parents are welcome to join us if able!! We'll eat together and play some games. This will also be the time I say my good-bye to our class...

    THURSDAY:

    **I'll be at the 5th grade promotion ceremony and party for my son! A substitute will be here to have lots of last day fun with the class. Report cards will come home with your child this day!!

    **School out at 12:30!!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: DONE!
    READING: DONE!
    SPELLING: DONE!
    MATH:  DONE!
    SOCIAL STUDIES: DONE!
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    NO MORE!
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    6/3 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    6/3 Harry Potter Day for our class!
    6/4 Loma Day of Fun
    6/4 School Spirit Day: Animal Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/5 End of year class party!!
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

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

    We're all set! Thank you!

     

    Champs!

    3RD GRADE JOG-A-THON CHAMPIONS!!!!

     

    Camp Learned-A-Lot hike!

    Camp Learned-A-Lot Hike!!

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    Flames cabin making Dream Catchers

     

     

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  • May 24, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/24/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    May 24, 2019

       

    What a great Open House we had last night! Thank you all for being here so your child could show off all that they've been up to. Hope the oppotunity to check out fourth grade was informative as well!

     

    What a big week! We officially finished out assessments for third grade!! Big moment for us all :). And to celebrate our year, we began Camp Learned-A-Lot today! SO FUN!! The kids were amazing! They got to pick cabin groups and arrange their cabin (table) anywhere in the room they want. They made a cabin name and each student made a camp name. I am Fiery Fox and they refer to me only using this name during camp... and I only call them by their camp names! The letters from home were awesome. Thank you so much for doing that! It really did mean a lot to the kids! We began a camp journal and ended the camp time with a scary camp story. I can't wait until we go back to camp next week!

     

    In Math this week, we finished! Kids took the end of module 7 assessment on Thursday and showed true understanding of the material. They came so very far this year! They learned to be deep thinkers and that mistakes are ok. They help your brain grow! They have worked so hard on memorizing the multiplication facts. and on being able to explain various processes. When current second graders came into my room during Open House last night to check out third grade, a few read the math goal (we write the day's goal before each lesson) listed on the board. One student dropped his jaw and said, "Holy moly! How in the world do you do that?!" I know these almost fourth graders probably thought the same thing but here they are, showing mastery So very proud of them.

    ***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 students finished their opinion essays! Some very convincing arguments were explored. Most of you were able to check out the finished products during Open House. If you weren't able to be there, your child can show the essay to you in his/her Google Drive account. It will also be sent home before the end of the year. 

     

    In Readers Workshop, groups are working on finishing up their last group novel. Next week they'll be working on group projects. Another great opportunity for them to work together to show what they know!

     

    In Social Studies we took the last Studies Weekly quiz of the year today. The kids have done so much better with complete sentences and using evidence from the text to support their answers. They finished strong! There are still a few newspapers that we didn't make it to this year. I'll send them home for some summer reading :). 

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 5/27

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Done!
    READING: Book Clubs
    SPELLING: DONE!
    MATH:  DONE!
    SOCIAL STUDIES: DONE!
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    NO MORE!
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/29 Jog-a-Thon Awards Assembly
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/3 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    6/3 Harry Potter Day for our class!
    6/4 Loma Day of Fun
    6/4 School Spirit Day: Animal Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/5 End of year class party!!
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

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

    We're all set! Thank you!

     

    Camp Group

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    Camp Group

     

    Camp Group

     

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  • May 17, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/17/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    May 17, 2019

      

    Hard to believe there are only three weeks of school left! Exciting but also sad to say goodbye to these kiddos. This truly has been a special year that I'll remember always! But no goodbyes yet :). I'm not ready for it!!

     

    Jog-a-thon forms were returned to students today so that they can collect the money they worked so hard to earn for our school! Thank you for helping your child make a differnce!

     

    If you'd like to place a Scholastic order to have books for the summer, do so as soon this weekend! The books take a week or two to be delivered. I'll put the last order of the year in on Monday, 5/20.

    Website: scholastic.com/bookclubs

    Class code: L8DWX

     

    Next Friday, I'll start a program with the class called Camp Learned-A-Lot. Try not to tell them about it so that when I bring it up they're all hearing it for the first time :). I have several fun, end-of-school year activities that I'm super excited about! To kick the camp off, kids will get a note from home. If  you could please write your child a note about their growth, progress, changes, etc for third grade, I would appreciate it so very much!! You can hand write it and send it in a sealed envelope with your child back to me or email it and I can print it out. Either way, please be sure I receive a letter from you no later than next Thursday, 5/23!! I will present the letter to your child when camp starts next Friday!

     

    In Math this week, we worked with area and perimeter of rectangles. Kids practiced how to find different lengths and widths, given a perimeter and vice versa. It was veryhands on and they learned by practicing. Next week we'll wrap up Module 7 and finish math!! If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework or needs a review of the day's material, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 students continued work on their persuasive essays. This week kids have been working to finish their rough drafts. That means putting all of the paragraphs together, editing, and having a partner edit. Next week we'll type! 

     

    In Readers Workshop, book clubs are chugging along! They are in the swing of things and running them well. It's great to hear the literary conversations flowing!

     

    In Social Studies we learned all about things that are produced in California. Our biggest production items are wine and milk products. Lucky California :). We also learned about Luther Burbank who created over 800 new types of plants!! Next week is our last Studies Weekly newspaper for class as well!

     

    REMINDER: NEXT THURSDAY, 5/23, IS OPEN HOUSE!! I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 33 (Last one!)
    MATH:  Module 7 Lesson 23 (Monday), Lesson 28 (Tuesday), End Module 7 Review (Wednesday), End Module 7 Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic D: Recording Perimeter and Area Data on Line Plots (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #32, Benefits and Costs
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    5/23 Spelling Unit 33
    5/23 End Module 7
    5/24 Studies Weekly #32
    5/27 Last day to enter AR books
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/29 Jog-a-Thon Awards Assembly
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/3 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    6/4 Loma Day of Fun
    6/4 School Spirit Day: Animal Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

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

    hand soap

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  • May 10, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/10/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    May 10, 2019

      

    In Math this week, we enjoyed a break! Kids took the first part of the math CAASPP test. There were some tricky spots but they powered through :). I'm so impressed with their determination and their eforts! Next week, we'll jump back to Module 7. We'll also be back to homework Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework or needs a review of the day's material, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 students continued work on their persuasive essays. We began taking the five paragraphs written over five pages to put them into one essay. The last paragraph of the essay ties all of the ideas together and includes a rebuttal of the argument being made. To practice this idea, we had a mini class debate. I broke the class in half and told one half to argue in favor of school uniforms and the other side to argue against. They had to come up with their argument even if they were assigned to a side they didn't agree with. After some grumbles, they worked as a team to come up with their arguments and then they debated. Pretty good for their first official debate! We talked about the difference between an argument and a debate which was a bit tricky, until they practiced in the debate. They then could use this new skill to form the rebuttal portion of their essay. We will continue the rough drafts and begin editing next week.

     

    In Readers Workshop, book clubs are looking good! There were some tough patches with a few kids forgetting to read and/or bring their materals. When this happens, the group has a tough time having a discussion when someone hasn't prepared properly. We talked today about how important it is to be responsible. However, accidents happen! If it's a one time occurance, no biggie. Repeated offenses may cause a student to not be able to participate in book clubs. We want to avoid that! Overall, the book clubs are chugging along successfully :).

     

    In Social Studies we learned all about producers and consumers. We learned that producers provide goods and/or services and consumers purchase the goods or services. Both need each other! We also talked about how goods are shipped throughout our country and the difference between an import and an export. Our focus person this week was Eliza Tibbets; she brought us the navel orange! We had a review quiz today, as normal, this week.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Happy Mother's Day to all of those mamas out there!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 32
    MATH:  Module 7 Lesson 18 (Monday), Lesson 19 (Tuesday), Lesson 20 (Wednesday), Lesson 21 (Thursday)
         Topic D: Recording Perimeter and Area Data on Line Plots (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #31, Resources
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    5/16 Spelling Unit 32
    5/17 Studies Weekly #31
    5/13, 5/14 CAASPP testing
    5/27 Last day to enter AR books
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/16 Last library check out day
    5/17 Bob Reid concert assembly
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/29 Jog-a-Thon Awards Assembly
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/3 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     

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

    hand soap

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  • May 3, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 5/3/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    May 3, 2019

     

    Hello once again! WHAT A DAY!! The Jog-a-Thon is always one of the most fun days of the year and this year lived up to our high expectations! We enjoyed cheering on our buddies, being with our whole school as a giant team, and RUNNING! WOW! Thank you all so very much for your support of our school and your runners! 

     

    This week we finished the Language Arts portion of the CAASPP test!! What a relief :). The Performance Task required a lot of reading and a lot of writing. It was tough but they got through it! I'm so very proud of their determination to make it work and to give their all. Next week we have the Math portion. They'll do great, no doubt.

     

    In Math this week, we finished Module 6! It's a quick module :). Students learned about picture graphs and line plots this week. On Wednesday they took the End of Module Assessment. Next week we are going to take a week off of math! It's our Math test for CAASPP and the kids are ding great! So, there will be NO math homework next week! Normally, if your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 students continued work on their persuasive essays. We talked about forming paragraphs to groups ideas and about how to use transitional phrases to help their writing flow together. To group ideas into paragraphs, they looked back over their rough essays and used different colors to underline different ideas that tied together. They then titled 5 separate pages in their Writers Notebooks and put all of the same colored items onto the same pages. This allows them to see what they have so far and to deepen their arguments for any particular area of their topic. We also dicussed how to make words more powerful. We watch a quick video called "Change Your Words, Change Your World" to emphasize for very powerful words are. Coming together! 

     

    In Readers Workshop, Book Clubs are going great! They have moments where coming up with the next topic of conversation about their book can be tough. To help, I showed them this video, an example of other students having a book talk. What a difference! They are so focused and building ideas off of each other's comments. SO cool they are grasping this idea and enjoying the process! 

     

    In Social Studies we took a week off! With testing, and the Jpg-a-Thon and other curriculum, we took a break :). Back at it next week!

     

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 31
    MATH:  Break week!
         Topic B: Generate and Analyze Measurement Data (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #30, Producers and Consumers
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    5/9 Spelling Unit 31
    5/10 Studies Weekly #30
    5/6, 5/7, 5/13, 5/14 CAASPP testing
    5/27 Last day to enter AR books
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/16 Last library check out day
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/29 Jog-a-Thon Awards Assembly
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/3 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

    hand soap

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  • April 26, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/26/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    April 26, 2019

     

    Hello families! What a week it has been! We started State Testing which went very well. Kids seemed relaxed and confident. There were some very nervous faces before we began on day one but I worked to reassure them that it was only a test, I know them better than any test ever will. It's important but not worthy of unnecessary stress. I reminded them that they have practiced a lot and to just show what they know! Once they got started, nerves eased. They got into the swing of it! We took day #1 of the English/Language Arts test on Monday and day #2 of the same test on Wednesday. Next week we will take the English/Language Arts Performance Task on Monday and Tuesday at 10:20. I have complete confidence in their abilities to do their very best!

     

    We also had a wonderful field trip this week! We traveled down to San Jose to History Park. At History Park through the History San Jose Program, kids had the opportunity to participate in jobs in three early 1900's-style occupations: dentist, printmaker, and banker. The kids were engaged and did a wonderful job! After this experience, kids completed a scavenger hunt throughout the park. They were wonderful guests of the property and I was so very happy they enjoyed the day! Check out the pictures at the bottom of this week's Gazette :). Also, this weekend on Saturday, History Park is having having a printer's fair! This event looks like so much fun! It's a chance to see a bit more of History Park! Here's a link to more information http://historysanjose.org/wp/event/printers-fair-and-wayzgoose/

     

    In Math this week, we worked in Module 6. This is a very short but really fun module! Students are learning about bar graphs and line plots. They're practicing using an information table to create a bar graph and vice versa. They have enjoyed hte drawing involved and have a great grasp on the concept. We will finish the module up next week and have the end of module test next week as well. FYI, for the next few weeks I will NOT give math homework on Monday nights so that they'll be fresh for testing Tuesday! Homework will still be given Tuesday-Thursday nights though. If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 students began to give more details about the topic they've chosen to work to persuade someone on. They jotted ideas and then developed them. We talked about how to group ideas into paragraphs, although this will not be the main focus of the unit. Next week we'll keep working hard on the essays!

     

    In Readers Workshop students began Book Clubs! I completely love book clubs because of the freedom they allow. It is so cool to watch kids pick a book together, decide what to read each night, and then come back together the following day to discuss what has happened. They are paying particular attention to the main character's traits and contributing factors to his/her behaviors. The analyses they come upon are eye opening and entertaining. I love that they can do this!! Super proud of them :)

     

    In Social Studies this week we read about American Indian governments. We didn't take the quiz this week due to state testing and our field trip. Hard to get to it all! As a reminder, your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    Next Friday is the Jog-a-thon!!!! This is an event that we look forward to all year!!! Please be sure that your child's pledge sheet/permission slip is at school no later than Wednesday, May 1st! Hope to see you for the big day next Friday!!

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 30
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 6, Lesson 6 (Monday), End Module Review (Tuesday), End Module Assessment (Wednesday)
         Topic B: Generate and Analyze Measurement Data (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #30, Producers and Consumers
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    5/2 Spelling Unit 30
    5/2 Studies Weekly #30
    5/1 End Module 6
    4/22, 4/24, 4/29, 4/30, 5/6, 5/7, 5/13, 5/14 CAASPP testing
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    4/30 Spring Picture Day
    5/3 Jog-a-thon!
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/24 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

    hand soap

     

    trip

     

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  • April 19, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/19/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    April 19, 2019

     

    Hello families! We had a nice transition back after Spring Break this week. Sounds like everyone enjoyed the time off! We refreshed and recharged and ready for state testing to start next week! We will begin the testing with Language Arts on Monday. Day two will be on Wednesday. After this week, the next three weeks will have testing every Monday and Tuesday. Please be sure that your child arrives to school on time well rested and well fed! Thank you! If your child will be absent any of the testing days, not to worry. There are make-up days for these students! 

     

    In Math this week, we made our way to the middle of Module 7. Kids took the MidModule assessment on Thursday and definitely did well showing an understanding of word problems, perimter, and geometry. Next week we'll jump back to Module 6. FYI, for the next few weeks I will NOT give math homework on Monday nights so that they'll be fresh for testing Tuesday! Homework will still be given Tuesday-Thursday nights though. If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 continued discussing what a persuasuve speech is. Students jotted lists of things they want changed and how they can change it. They also wrote a list of people whom they think need to be appreciated/recognized more often. As a class, we wrote about a change we want to see in the school: more magazines in the library. We came up with reasons and developed ideas for how we could make this happen. We also had to consider who our audience would be because that effects the reasons. Our audience was Ms. Zook so new directed our argument with her perspective in mind. Next week they'll continue to write about a person they would like to recognize and they'll work to convince others why and how we can make it happen.

     

    In Readers Workshops we continued to discuss character traits of main characters in chosen books. Students are currently reading their own book and analyzing the main character. They analyze on their own and then discuss with their reading/writing partners. I can hardly wait for next week's development in Readers Workshop! One of my favorite activities of the year: book clubs! Students will be with a small group and together they will choose a book, read it together, and use the skills they've learned all year to understand the way a character thinks and acts. It is always so fun for the kids to do this together and super awesome as the teacher to hear what they come up with!!

     

    In Social Studies this week we read all about community governments and how they operate. We talked about the importance of learnign about what your community needs and seeing how you can be involved in making a change! Not an easy step to take but I can tell we have some students in here who will one day be our community leaders. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

    Have a lovely weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 29
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 6, Lesson 1 (Monday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), Lesson 4 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Generate and Analyze Categorical Data (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #29, American Indian Government
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    4/25 Spelling Unit 29
    4/26 Studies Weekly #29
    5/1 End Module 6
    4/22, 4/24, 4/29, 4/30, 5/6, 5/7, 5/13, 5/14 CAASPP testing
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS
    4/22 Art in Action
    4/23 Field trip, History San Jose
    4/26 School Spirit Day: Sports Jerseys
    5/3 Jog-a-thon!
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/15 Volunteer Tea
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/24 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

    hand soap

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  • April 5, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 4/5/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    April 5, 2019

     

    I like to consider myself an optimist -  I try to see the glass as half-full. I try to find the positive in situations in order to remind myself of the good in things and people. This week I had a renewed duty to do this with our class. I am grateful for their smiley faces and their ability to be joyful. The friendships they have with one another are precious and necessary and powerful. We have the ability to bring each other up when we need it the most. I am proud of the kind hearts they have and the open arms they extend. We need each other and they've shown that we are here for each other. Always, no matter what. So this week, I'm grateful for youthful innocence and knowing that there will always be a helpful friend ready for us all. 

      

    In Math this week, we continued with Module 7. We're almost half way done. We'll take a mid-module assessment after Spring Break and then we'll jump to Module 6 for a bit. We will come back to Module 7 though! We're working to be sure that kids have a bit of experience with everything they will see on the CAASPP test. If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. 

    ***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 our new unit on writing persuasive speeches. For practice, we worked as a class to come up with reasons that our school library needs more magazines. Kids had some great ideas! We came up with two reasons and material to support these reasons. The person they are writing to is the principal so they have to keep that in mind as they take our ideas and put them into a speech. This is all just for practice and it's still very rough but, they are enjoying being able to express their thoughts and feelings and work for change. As we continue in this unit, students will choose their own ideas they are hoping to persuade people on. They'll come up with a thesis, ideas/evidence to support their thesis, and put it into a convincing argument for whomever their audience is decided to be. More to come!

     

    In Readers Workshops we began a class read aloud: Because of Winn-Dixie. In this book, as a class we are analying the character traits of the main character named Opal. We are figuring out what she is like and finding reasons why she is that way. They have also chosen their own chapter books to read and to discover traits about the main character. With their reading/writing partners, they discuss their books looking for evidence that leads to character trait explanations. 

     

    In Social Studies this week we read all about different California Symbols. We talked about our state flag, flower, and even our state insect! The town we focused on this week was San Luis Obispo. Being that this is where I was born and raised, it was definitely fun to share some of what SLO has to offer! We also read about the Wright Brothers and their important contributions to transportation. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    REMINDER: SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK!! NO SCHOOL

    Have a wonderful week off!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 28
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 7, Lesson 17 (Monday), Review (Tuesday), Review (Wednesday), MidModule Assess (Thursday)
         Topic C: Problem Solving with Perimeter (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #28, Local Government
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    4/18 Spelling Unit 28
    4/19 Studies Weekly #28
    4/22, 4/24, 4/29, 4/30, 5/6, 5/7, 5/13, 5/14 CAASPP testing
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS           
    4/8-12 SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL
    4/23 Field trip, History San Jose
    4/26 School Spirit Day: Sports Jerseys
    5/3 Jog-a-thon!
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/15 Volunteer Tea
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/24 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

    hand soap

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  • March 29, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/29/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    March 29, 2019

     

    What a week! The music performance on Wednesday was incredible and adorable and I was so very proud of our third graders! They worked hard and it was super memorable. Thank you all that were able to make it to our Publishing Party yesterday! Always a definite delight to see these kids shine and to be so very excited about their work. The books are amazing! If you weren't able to be here, they're on display in our class! The typed book is in your child's Google Drive so you can probably convince your child to share it with you that way!

      

    In Math this week, we continued with Module 7. This week was all about Geometry! It was a lovely, needed break from word problems :). We talked about different types of polygons and the attributes that they have. Lots of vocabulary was learned abnd the kids have been eager to use it. Ask your child about polygons and see where they go with it! Just a reminder, beginning with Module 7, students now have nightly homework due in class the following morning. The homework usually consists of 1-2 problems and reviews the material learned in class that day. The top of the homework page will say "Exit Ticket." If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website. Next week is more geometry!

    ***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 next week we'll begin Unit 3: Opinion Writing. Students will practice writing a speech about a topic they feel strongly needs a change of some sort. We'll do this as a class and they'll work on their own as well. These persuasive speeches will be fun!

     

    In Readers Workshops next week, we'll begin Unit 3: Character Studies. This unit allows for in-depth analysis of charcter actions while analyzing thoughts and feelings. We'll begin a read aloud on the book Because of Winn-Dixie to study character traits as a group. In a couple of week's this unit will include book clubs, one of my favorite parts of third grade!

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed California Heroes. The most important message was that heroes don't always wear capes. We discussed famous people such as Sally Ride (first female in space) and Dr. Jonas Sald (creator of the polio vaccine). So many important Californians contributed to the way California (and our country) have developed. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    Have a fabulous weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Writers Workshop Unit 3: Opinion
    READING: Readers Workshop Unit 3: Character Studies
    SPELLING: Unit 27
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 7, Lesson 12 (Monday), Lesson 13 (Tuesday), Lesson 14 (Wednesday), Lesson 15 (Thursday)
         Topic C: Problem Solving with Perimeter (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #27, California Symbols
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    4/4 Spelling Unit 27
    4/5 Studies Weekly #27
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS           
    4/5 Jog-a-thon Kick-off Assembly @ 8:30
    4/8-12 SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL
    4/23 Field trip, History San Jose
    4/26 School Spirit Day: Sports Jerseys
    5/3 Jog-a-thon!
    5/6 Art in Action
    5/15 Volunteer Tea
    5/20 Art in Action
    5/23 Open House @ 6:30
    5/24 Trimester 3 Academic Awards Assembly
    5/27 NO SCHOOL
    5/31 School Spirit Day: Super Heroes
    6/4 Fun Day
    6/5 Staff vs. 5th grade kickball game
    6/6 LAST DAY (School out at 12:30)
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

    hand soap

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  • March 22, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 3/22/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade

     

    March 22, 2019

     

    Hello families! We've had a great week here in third grade! We've worked hard and had fun together as well! We're grateful for the opportunity to be outside! Next week brings more rain so we're appreciating it while we have it (had it).

     

    Next Wednesday, March 27th, is our music concert put on by the wonderful Ms. Lelake! This event will take place in the Loma gym beginning at 6:30. There will singing and dancing and instrument performances! To prepare for a recorder performance, third graders have been practicing their song on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the big show. For the performance, please try to have your child to the gym at 6:15 next Wednesday. Parking may be a bit of an issue so plan accordingly! Third graders need to wear black pants/skirt and a solid color top.

     

    In Math this week, we took the End of Module 5 assessment and began Module 7. So far we've worked with the RDW process to help solve word problems. RDW stands for Read, Draw, Write. Students read the problem and pull out relevant information as well as highlight the question being asked. They then draw some sort of visual to help understand the problem - fraction strip, number bond, etc. After this, they write the problem with numbers, solve and show work, and then use words to answer the question. We've worked on this process throughout the year. The problems they've seen this week are mostly multi-step which adds a new level of complexity! They are working hard to show grit and practice will bring them right along.  Beginning with Module 7, students now have nightly homework  due in class the following morning. The homework usually consists of 1-2 problems and will review the material learned in class that day. The top of the homework page will say "Exit Ticket." The reason behind this change is to get into a regular routine of completing and returning homework on time. This week was an adjustment period and I was pleasantly surprised by the responsibility shown the first day homework was due! They certainly stepped up to the challenge! If your child is having difficulty with the lesson's homework, the video of the lesson is a great thing for your child to watch! Each lesson's video can be found in the "Engage New York" section of our website.

    ***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 and Readers Workshops the Nonfiction books these kids are creating are genuinely blowing me away! They have found great information and chunked it into chapters. They've even learned how to insert pictures! The covers are hand illustrated and add such a fun, personal touch. So very proud of what I've seen!! We can't wait for our Publishing Party so you can all see the hard work they've put into their books! Our Publishing Party will be on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00. I sent flyers with this information home this week and an email as well. If you need the digital info again, I'm happy to send! Hope you can be there!!

     

    In Social Studies this week we discussed some our our National Monuments. They knew most of them! They were quite interested in knowing the history behind them as well. This can lead to great discussions if you've visited any of the National Monuments yourself! We did not take the assessment today, due to scheduling conflicts. Your child can read the week's newspaper anytime at home, online at www.studiesweekly.com. They can also access the results of each week's assessment there.

     

    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 26
    MATH:  Engage New York Math: Module 7, Lesson 3 (Monday), Lesson 4 (Tuesday), Lesson 5 (Wednesday), Lesson 9 (Thursday)
         Topic A: Solving Word Problems (Parent Newsletter)
         Topic B: Attributes of Two-Dimensinal Figures (Parent Newsletter)
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #26, California Heroes
      
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS 
    3/28 Spelling Unit 26
    3/29 Studies Weekly #26
       
    UPCOMING EVENTS          
    3/25 Art in Action
    3/27 Music Concert @ 6:30, Loma gym
    3/28 Publishing Party @ 2:00
    3/29 School Spirit Day: Star Wars
    4/8-12 SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL
    4/23 Field trip, History San Jose
    4/26 School Spirit Day: Sports Jerseys
    Every Monday and Wednesday @ 4:00-5:00 Quicksilver Summit Run Club (flyer with info here)
     
     

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

    inch grid paper

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