• January 17, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/17/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    January 17,2020

     

    REMINDER: NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, 1/20/2020

     

    Hello families! What a week! It has been super cold! We all hoped for some snow here at school but no luck... I hope the week went well for you all! 

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was, again, homophones. To find partners for spelling centers each day, students were each given a card with a word on it. They had to then wander and try to find their homophone partner (ex: eight, ate). They did this every day and were lightning fast by Wednesday! It was also a great way to mix up the partners each day and have kids work with someone new. One of the spelling centers this week was Spelling Sentences. Students have to create 18 different sentences, one spelling word in each sentence. The tricky part was that no sentence could start with the same word as another! Their brains were working hard!

     

    In math we reached the half way point of Module 4. This is a short module and the kids are really showing true, deep understanding. We have lots of hands-on, practical ways to show how to find the area of a flat shape. Doing well! Keep practicing the multiplication facts!!

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

     

    In Readers Workshop we are continuing work with how to pull information from nonfiction books. We have talked about text features (bold words, headings, pictures, etc) and how the organization of a book can help us read it more easily. Students have taken notes on the nonfiction book they chose using a boxes and bullets style of notetaking. They then use the notes when doing their writing.

     

    In Writers Workshop students are writing their very own nonfiction book. The topic each student chose is one that they consider themselves an "expert" on. They are writing chapters full of their own information and also using facts from the notes they took (in Readers Workshop). We've begun work on 3 chapters already!

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we talked about Father Junipero Serra and the Spanish missions in California. We focused on the layout of most missions and how the Native Americans were treated. Kids were very interested in this topic so the conversation would be good to continue at home! 

     

    This year's talent show, Loma-Palooza 2020, is Friday, February 28th. The window for applications opens TODAY, Friday, January 17th. All applications must be submitted on-line and are due no later than 3pm on Friday January 24th. All the information you need, including the on-line applications, can be found at: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Page/742. Please contact Janis Riccomini directly with any questions you may have at  j.riccomini@loma.k12.ca.us

     

    Thank you to Mr. Mortenson for a wonderful Project Cornerstone lesson about the importance of sharing feelings and being honest!

     

    Have a wonderful 3-day weekend! 

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 20
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 4, Topic C Lesson 10 (Tuesday), and Topic D Lesson 12 (Wednesday), and Lesson 13 (Thursday)
         Topic C Parent Newsletter: Arithmetic Properties Using Area Models
         Topic D Parent Newsletter: Applications of Area UsingSide Lengths of Figures
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #16, Trade Begins
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    1/24 Spelling #20
    1/24 Studies Weekly #16
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS              
    1/20 NO SCHOOL
    1/31 Art in Action
    2/7 Project Cornerstonne
    2/7 Spirit Day: Star Wars
    2/17-20 NO SCHOOL
    2/28 Art in Action
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

    * plastic forks

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  • January 10, 2020

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 1/10/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    January 10,2020

     

    Welcome to 2020! I hope your year is off to an uplifting start! We've started things out really well here in third grade! Although there were some sleepy eyes and some wishes to have still be in jammies at home (ha!), it has mostly been a smooth transition back. 

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was homophones. Students had to find homophones hidden in sentences - a tricky job! They also had to find errors in spelling and capitalization. Students should also continue to practice the spelling words at home each week. The spelling words are taken from third grade high frequency words and I'm looking for these words to be spelled correctly in everyday writing as well. It is often hard to transfer that word knowledge from direct spelling practice to writing. However, with continued practice, they're more often finding the errors while editing and can fix them appropriately.

     

    In math we began Module 4. This is a fun module. Kids are learning about how to find the area of a flat space. We are using tiles and making rectangles to find the area. Students have also discovered that a shape can have the same area as another but can look different. They can then see that if a shape is, for example, 24 square inches the rectangle can be 6 inches by 4 inches, 8 inches by 3 inches, or 1 inch by 24 inches. Practicing our multiplication facts!!

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

     

    In Readers Workshop we are now working on how to pull information from nonfiction books. We have talked about text features (bold words, headings, pictures, etc) and how the organization of a book can help us read it more easily. Nonfiction books can be harder to process but understanding the way it is put together helps to comprehend. 

     

    In Writers Workshop we are also working with nonfiction. Students have chosen a topic that they consider themselves an expert on. We have quite a variety!! Students will use their own knowledge and at least one book to pu;l new nformation from. With the topic chosen, students decided on the subtopics and turned those into chapters. Next week we'll start writing the chapters!  

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we learned about some differences between when Spain ruled California, and then Mexico, and then the US. We also learned about vaqueros and what a diputacion is. Quite interesting history! Students seem to really like the online version of the test that we are now taking each Friday. This online assessment has great practice with how to move objects around on the screen and how to type and include complete sentences. This is especially helpful as we move closer to state testing (not until May!!). In addition, because the Studies Weekly testing is done entirely online, students and parents can view the test results online anytime. Please check it out!

     

    This year's talent show, Loma-Palooza 2020, is Friday, February 28th. The window for applications opens Friday, January 17th. All applications must be submitted on-line and are due no later than 3pm on Friday January 24th. All the information you need, including the on-line applications, can be found at: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Page/742. Please contact Janis Riccomini directly with any questions you may have at  j.riccomini@loma.k12.ca.us

     

    Thank you to our Art in Action crew and our gardening moms for fabulous lessons today! We are soooo very grateful for your time and energy!! 

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 19
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 4, Topic B Lesson 7 (Monday), Lesson 8 (Tuesday), Mid Module 4 Review (Wednesday), and Mid Module 4 Assessment (Thursday)
         Topic B Parent NewsletterConcepts of Area Measurement
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #15, Relationships
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    1/16 Mid Module 4
    1/16 Spelling #19
    1/17 Studies Weekly #15
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS              
    1/17 Project Cornerstone
    1/20 NO SCHOOL
    1/31 Art in Action
    2/7 Project Cornerstonne
    2/7 Spirit Day: Star Wars
    2/17-20 NO SCHOOL
    2/28 Art in Action
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * plastic spoons

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  • December 20, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/20/2019 12:15:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    December 20, 2019

     

    We had such a wonderful day and a great week overall!! Everyone is so excited for the break and our energy has been high!

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was contractions. This is not the first time time they've heard of contractions. However, it needs practice! Kids worked hard to work on how to use a dictionary this week as well. With technology so easily at our fingertips, using a dictionary is a skill that they haven't really needed! But knowing how to use the dictionary was actually kind of fun for them :). Joshua and Ethan participated in the Spelling Bee semi-finals and were incredible! They are awesome spellers and both made it within the top 10. Super duper proud of their effort and bravery!!

     

    In math we finished Module 3. Our test was on Wednesday and on Thursday students fixed their mistakes. When back from break, we'll start with Module 4.

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

     

    We will begin a new unit in Readers Workshop and also in Writers Workshop when we come back in January. The two units work together to teach kids how to use nonfiction books to gather information. Once they have learned how these types of books are organized, they'll write their own nonfiction book!

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we took a break. Lots of other necessary things going on this week. We'll start it up again after winter break. 

     

    I hope you all have a wonderful break and enjoy time celebrating in whatever manner best suits your own family. I am looking forward to quality, unrushed time :). See you in 2020!

     

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 18
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 4, Topic A Lesson 3 (Monday), Lesson 4 (Tuesday), Topic B Lesson 5 (Wednesday), and Lesson 6 (Thursday)
         Topic A Parent Newsletter: Foundations for Understanding Area
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Concepts of Area Measurement
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #14, Economy and Government
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    1/9 Spelling #18
    1/10 Studies Weekly #14
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
    1/10 Art in Action
    1/10 Spirit Day: Super Villian Day
    1/17 Project Cornerstone
    1/31 Art in Action
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

    * plastic spoons

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  • December 13, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    December 13, 2019

     

    Hello! We had a wonderful field trip on Tuesday! We were sooo grateful for sunny skies! Kids learned a lot and got to do many hands-on activity that the Ohlone Indians of the area did during the time they were settled there. Hopefully your kids had lots of great stories to tell!

     

    Just one more week of school until Winter Break! Next week will be time to finish things up and time to have fun and celebrate together :). Next Friday, 12/20, is our annual school holiday sing-a-long!! This festive event will take place in the forum during our normal Friday assembly ti\me, 8:30. COme join us as our school sings some holiday favorites!  We'll also have a class celebration the last hour of the day on Friday (11:30-12:30). Our wonderful room parent, Mrs. Wimboeck, will be sending out sign-ups for a class luncheon as well!! Oh boy!

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was words with the ou and ow sounds, both regular and irregular. We also took our in-class spelling bee this week! Our top two class spellers will then move on to the semi-finals with the entire school which will take place during the week of December 16th. Our top two spellers are: Ethan Mortensen and Joshua Lewis! So happy for them! We had a lot of great spellers compete and I am so proud of them! The finals will be in January. Click here for more information.

     

    In math we are almost done with Module 3. We practice the multiplication facts every day here at school and I hope that kids are practicing every day at hoem as well. The third grade standard is to have all (0-10) memorized or to have the place value under control in a manner that allows them to quickly recall the facts. We will finish the Module next Wednesday!

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

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we discussed early settlers in California and began talk of the Gold Rush! It was super interesting for them to learn that most people who came in search of gold did NOT make a fortune in the fields. The riches were made my entrepreneurs who provided goods and services the miners needed. The most famous of these was Levi Strauss. This week the class took the online version of the test for the first time! They did really well. There are lots of features to figure out (dragging and dropping, typing) and this was the first time they have taken a test online. Another advantage of the online test is that the results are available online right away! Your child has his/her log-in information so that you can view the results together. Especially for this first week, please take the time to log-in with your child and go over the test with him/her. I appreciate it!

     

    Thank you so very much to our Art in Action team!! Another beautiful project was created today :)

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 17 
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic F Lesson 21 (Monday), End Module Review (Tuesday), End Module Test (Wednesday), Let's Fix It! (Thursday)
         Topic F Parent Newsletter: Multiplication of Single-Digit Factors and Multiples of 10
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #14, Economy and Government
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/18 End Module 3
    12/19 Spelling #17
    1/10 Studies Weekly #14
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day, Holiday sing-a-long (@8:30), and class celebration (@11:30)
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
    1/10 Art in Action
    1/10 Spirit Day: Super Villian Day
    1/17 Project Cornerstone
    1/31 Art in Action
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

    * plastic spoons

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  • December 6, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 12/6/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    December 6, 2019

     

    Hello, famiies! I hope you all had a lovely time with family during the break and that you enjoyed any celebrations you had. I enjoyed making memories with family :). And this week we've had so much rain!! Next week should be a bit dryer, just in time for our upcoming field trip! We'll be heading to Chitactic Adams in Morgan Hill on Tuesday. This field trip is really engaging and allows kids to learn through hands-on activities.

      

    In spelling this week, the skill was -ed and -ing suffixes. The assessments are imporving every week! Kids are really getting the hang of the dictation and I love the effort they show.Next week we will begin the process of our annual school Spelling Bee! We'll practice in class and have our classroom Bee during on Thursday, December 12. Our top two class spellers will then move on to the semi-finals with the entire school which will take place during the week of December 16th. The finals will be in January. Click here for more information.

     

    In math we are reached the half way point of Module 3. We're on target to finish Module 3 before winter break! The part of the module proving to need the most practice is word problems, in particular multi-step word problems. We practice how to read carefully, to pull out relevant information, and to find words that tell what type of operation is needed and what question the problem is asking. We're getting there! 

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

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we discussed early explorers and the intentions of the countries they each explored for. We talked about the differences between what Spain sought to find (gold, riches) and what England hope for (gaining more, fertile land). This week the class again reviewed through Quizlet. This is such a fun, interactive way to review!  

     

    Thank you to our reliable gardening moms, Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Ollmann, who come in every Friday to take the class out to plant, nourish, and harvest things from our beautiful new garden area. The kids completely look forward to your time every week! And a big thank you to Mr. Mortensen for so much fun with Project Cornerstone. Under his guidance, the kids have decided to perform an act of kindness for the other third graders... a hot chocolate party!! We'll enjoy the time with them in a couple of weeks!

     

    Have a lovely weekend! Stay dry...

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 16 
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic D: Lesson 14 (Monday), Lesson 15 (Wednesday), and Topic E: Lesson 16 (Thursday)
         Topic D Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units up to 9
         Topic E Parent Newslette: Analysis of Patterns and Problem Solving Including Units of 0 and 1
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #13, Settlers
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/12 Spelling #16
    12/13 Studies Weekly #13
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    12/10 Field trip: Chitactac Adams
    12/12 In Class Spelling Bee
    12/13 Art in Action
    12/20 Spirit Day: Pajama Day and class celebration
    12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL
     
     

    CLASS WISH LIST (please and thank you!!)

    * highlighters

    * plastic spoons

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  • November 22, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/22/2019 12:00:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 22, 2019

     

    It's break time! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing, and memorable break! I know we're all ready for some rest after a busy conference week. Thank you so much for making the time to meet with me these past few days. It was lovely to chat with you all about your child and to hear about how things are going. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to email me. Also, we made cornbread and butter in class this week!! It was delicious and so very fun :). Pictures below! Kids wanted the recipe to make it with family over the break so here you go! Have fun! http://bit.ly/VZCornbreadRecipe

      

    In spelling this week, the skill was comparative and superlatives. The comparative form of a word compares two things; the superlative compares more than two. An example is: base word - smart, comparative - smarter, superlative - smartest. Students worked together to come up with regular and irregular word changes. Also, in just a few weeks we will begin the process of our annual school Spelling Bee! We'll practice in class and have our classroom Bee during the week of December 9th. Our top two class spellers will then move on to the semi-finals with the entire school will take place during the week of December 16th and the finals will be in January. Click here for more information.

     

    In math we are making our way through Module 3! This week we introduced multiplying by units of 6, 7, and 8. So these should now be added to nightly practice! Here are a couple of fun game ideas: 

    * Multiplication War: Played just like War with a deck of cards. All cards are worth the value on the card, face cards are worth 10. Each player puts a card down, then both players multply the two numbers together. Whoever says the product first, takes the cards! 

    *Dice Multiplication: Two players, each player rolls a die. Player who says the product of the two numbers first wins a point! Play to predetermined number. 

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

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we discussed Primary and Secondary Sources of information. Hearing from or reading from a primary source means you are learning from the actual person who experienced the event. A secondary source is someone retelling who wasn't actually there. This is a great life lesson!. This week the class reviewed through Quizlet. It was so much fun! It was exciting to see the energy each group had to get the answers first! Your child can tell you all about it :). 

      

    Have a great week off!! See you December 2nd!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Creative Narrative
    READING: Unit 2: Read to Learn
    SPELLINGUnit 15 
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic C: Lesson 11 (Monday), MidModule 3 Review (Tuesday), MidModule 3 Assessment (Wednesday), and Topic D:  Lesson 11 (Thursday)
         Topic C Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units up to 8
         Topic D Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units up to 9
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #12, Explorers
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    12/5 Spelling #15
    12/6 Studies Weekly #12
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    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!!)

    * highlighters

     

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  • November 15, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/15/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 15, 2019

     

    Hello parents! I hope you've had a great week! We had SUCH a fun jammie and movie day today!! We played and relaxed and enjoyed a chill day. We watched two awesome movies from Netflix, both rated G. I wanted to choose something that kids may not have seen before. The movies were Dream Big and National Parks Adventure. Seriously worth checking out! Only about 40 mns each. It was fun :)

     

    Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up next week. I look forward to talking about your incredible kids with you! See you next week! As a reminder, school is out at 12:30 every day November 18-22

      

    In spelling this week, the skill was plural nouns. Students practiced how to take the base word and make it plural, even when the base word may be a bit tricky. An example is wolf becomes wolves or baby becomes babies. There are so many strange rules in our language! We're manuevering our way through them as best we can. Also, sight words that we see popping up week after week on the spelling list and are continuing to cause confusion are they're/there/their. I'm noticing it in written work, in addition to the spelling practice. It will continue to be a focus! Also, in about a month we will begin the process of our annual school Spelling Bee! We'll practice in class and have our classroom Bee during the week of December 9th. Our top two class spellers will then move on to the semi-finals with the entire school will take place during the week of December 16th and the finals will be in January. Click here for more information.

     

    In math we began Module 3! In this Module, we are starting off with tricks to help with skip-counting by 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Practice every will help! Even if it's just in the car on your way to an activity. A very helpful resource is https://www.multiplication.com/. This website has online practice though all sorts of games and flashcards. There are many things to print and have as practice for on the go as well! If you'd like me to print something, just send me the link and I am happy to!!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 5, 10, 2, 3, 4, 6

     

    In Studies Weekly this week we discussed Native American culture and traditions. It was fun to learn about legends and the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation to explain natural occurances. For example, have your child tell you about how the coyote and the eagle are connected to the seasons! We started an online activity this week through a website called Quizlet. Together as a class, we found answers to trivia related to the week's newspaper. Next week we'll try out Quizlet Liveand they'll work as teams to answer the trivia! It'll no doubt be a fun way to review! Check out the one we tried this week: https://quizlet.com/_5dnrpk?x=1jqt&i=wq0fl

     

    The book fair is coming!! During parent-teacher conference week (NEXT WEEK! Nov 18-22), the library will be hosting our annual book fair! It will be open after school every day, 12:30-4:00. Help is needed! If you're able to help, it would be very much appreciated. Sign-up here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/ - /signup/oqONmyIW8

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 14 
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic B: Lesson 5 (Monday), Lesson 7 (Tuesday), Topic C: Lesson 8 (Wednesday), and Lesson 9 (Thursday)
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units of 6 and 7
         Topic C Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units up to 8
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #11, Types of Sources
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/21 Spelling #14
    11/22 Studies Weekly #11
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    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!!)

    * highlighters

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  • November 8, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/8/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 8, 2019

     

    Hello parents! I hope you've had a great week! Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up in just one more week. I look forward to talking about your incredible kids with you! Please look for your child's assigned conference time to come home on a blue piece of paper today. Confirm that the given time is doable, sign it, and have your child bring it back on Tuesday. Thanks! Also, below I've included pictures from Halloween because I was having technical difficulties last week. 

     

    In Writers Workshop we had our Publishing Party! It was a success :). I was so very proud of the energy each student had to share his/her story. They were proud of themselves which is the best motivation there is! Your child came home with his/her story full of compliments! Pictures below!!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! During SSR time, I am reading with each child individually to check in on fluency and comprehension. I'll be sharing this information with you during our scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference. First trimester word count ends Friday, November 8 - that's the last day to enter books for AR in order for it to count towards this trimester's goal of reading 133,000 words.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was compound words. They built compound words and found compound words in text. The assessment showed mastery! Yay! The spelling words are continuing to be seen week after week. Overall, I am happy with the growth. However, some tricky words are there, their, they're and words with silent letters. Be sure when your child is practicing the spelling words at home that they practice them in context as well!

     

    In math we finished Module 2! This was a long one! I was very happy with the growth students have made between the MidModule assessment and the EndModule assessment. But, more importantly, I see them using the skills outside of math time as well! For example, they enjoy practicing telling time and trying to use our class schedule to see how much longer until a given subject (or recess!). They also report regularly about how many grams or milliliters things at home weigh. Glad to see the application to real life! Below are the multiplication facts that I'm expecting third graders to have memorized at this point. We do daily practice and there is mixed (multiplication and division) practice on each Module test. 

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

     

    In Studies Weekly next week we'll continue learning about Native Americans. They'll learn more about the culture of California Native Americans. Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    The book fair is coming!! During parent-teacher conference week (Nov 18-22), the library will be hosting our annual book fair! Check it out! It will be open after school every day, 12:30-4:00. Help is needed! If you're able to help, it would be very much appreciated. Sign-up here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/ - /signup/oqONmyIW8

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 13 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 3, Topic A: Lesson 1 (Tuesday), Lesson 3 (Wednesday), and Topic B: Lesson 4 (Thursday)
         Topic A Parent Newsletter: The Properties of Multiplication and Division
         Topic B Parent Newsletter: Multiplication and Division Using Units of 6 and 7
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #10, California Indians - Culture
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/15 Spelling #13
    11/15 Studies Weekly #10
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    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!!)

    * highlighters

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

     

    Publishing Party

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

     

    Halloween

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  • November 1, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 11/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    November 1, 2019

     

    What a wonderful Halloween we had!! I loved the costumes and the activities and the FUN! The energy the kids had was infectious and adorable. I hope they enjoyed the day off to relax after all the excitement!

     

    In Writers Workshop kids are DONE with their narrative stories!! Such an incredible accomplishment. I am so very proud of their efforts. These took a lot of time, energy, revision, and analysis. They can't wait to show them off! The Publishing Party for our narrative stories will be on Monday, November 4 at 2:00 in our classroom. Plese join us! It's a great chance for your child to really shine and be proud of all of the hard work they've done! Hope to see you there!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! During SSR time, I have the pleasure of reading with each child individually. I love the one-on-one time and it truly does not happen as often as I'd like! So I soak it up when we have the opportunity. The purpose of each child reading with me is for me to check in on his/her reading level. I am checking for growth and progress. After they read a given short book, I ask a series of comprehension questions to look for basic retell skills and also deeper level thoughts/ideas. I tell them to be sure Wto read independently at least 20 minutes every day! When done with a book, remind your child to take an AR quiz. Although some students may not need the reminder :). They're working hard on their word count goals! First trimester word count ends Friday, November 8 - that's the last day to enter books for AR in order for it to count towards this trimester's goal of reading 133,000 words.

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was silent letters. There are so many sneaky words that include letters that you just don't hear when sounding it out! Makes it quite tricky when learning to spell... So, we practice knowing how to recognize those words in text and then, how to spell them. Kids also worked with double consonant words and got to make a word search of all their spelling words.

     

    In math we are nearly done with Module 2. Kids have been doing really well with rounding numbers to the nearest ten and the nearest 100. They can also add and subtract numbers that require regrouping. We practiced this skill on a place value chart so kids could visually see how to take 1 group of a hundred and give it to the tens column as 10 groups of ten. On next week's Module test, students will show their understanding of these concepts and we'll even travel back to the beginning of Module 2 when they had to tell time to the nearest minute. This is a great skill for them to practice any time! The more they pratice on analog clocks, the easier it will be :).

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

     

    In Studies Weekly next week we'll continue learning about Native Americans. They'll learn more about the tribes from California and how they lived.TStudents can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    Volunteers needed for Noontime jogging program. Students have the opportunity to run or walk the track during their lunch recess 11:50-12:20. Volunteers are needed to mark off the Noontime jogging card, and encourage these awesome little athletes. This is a wonderful, rewarding program that many kids look forward to! At the Jog-a-thon assembly top 10 students with the most laps are announced and receive a certificate. If you are available to volunteer during your child’s recess please contact Dru Toeniskoetter at Druannep@gmail.com

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 12 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic E: Lesson 19 (Monday), End Module 2 Review (Tuesday), End Module 2 Test (Wednesday)
         Topic E Parent Newsletter: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm 
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Studies Weekly #9, California Indians - How They Lived
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    11/6 End Module 2
    11/7 Spelling #12
    11/8 Studies Weekly #9
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS             
    11/4 Publishing 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!!)

    * highlighters

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  • October 25, 2019

    Posted by Annie Van Zante on 10/25/2019 2:30:00 PM
    Van Zante Gazette
    3rd Grade
       
     

    October 25, 2019

     

    Hello again! We had a great week here in third grade! Lots coming up next week too... Halloween! The parade will begin around 8:45. Right after the parade, we'll have some fun in class together! There are some fun activities being planned as well as a potluck of snacks! There's no official lunch time that day because school is out at 12:30. But we'll have snacks together! If you haven't yet checked out the sign-up for the party/snacks, please do so at your earliest convenience! I appreciate it!  Here's the link to the SignUp Genius: http://bit.ly/VZHalloweenParty

     

    In Writers Workshop we began typing! Students are typing in their own Google Drive account. The essay, when completed, will be submitted to Google Classroom. They are enjoying the typing! I introduced them to some cool features such as changing the font and SpellCheck. It's awesome to see them excited to type! The Publishing Party for our narrative stories will be on Monday, November 4 at 2:00 in our classroom. Plese join us! It's a great chance for your child to really shine and be proud of all of the hard work they've done! I'll send a flyer home on Monday with the information as well. Hope to see you there!

     

    We are taking a break from our official Readers Workshop! We're working hard to finish our narrative stories. However, we still read independently at least 20 minutes every day and students should be doing the same at home! When done with a book, remind your child to take an AR quiz. Although some students may not need the reminder :). They're working hard on their word count goals!

     

    In spelling this week, the skill was letters and letter combinations that make the j sound. They used word cards to sort based on the spelling of this sound and recorded their work on a picture page. Every week there's also a page called "Proof It." This page is great practice to find errors in writing. The errors can be in spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization. It's always great to see the lightbulbs go on in their minds when they find a difficult error!

     

    In math we talk a lot about grit and how to grow your brain. Mistakes and frustration are necesary! That certainly doesn't mean no answers; it means that when kids work hard to find answers, they learn it in a more meaningful way. Each week we watch one episode from a cartoon called Class Dojo. These characters learn how to grow grit and discover why it is important to success. You can check out the videos on your own or watch them with your child to see what our discussions involve! Here's the link to the first episode: https://vimeo.com/153962759. We're also about 2/3 of the way done with Module 2. Time is flying!

    *****Multiplication facts to practice: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

     

    In Studies Weekly we began talking about Native Americans. This is a major part of the third grade Social Studies standards and really interesting to learn about. This week they learned about the Native Americans that inhabited the four regions of California and what life was like in each. They also learned about Capt. John Smith and how his agility of mind helped the colonists survive. Students can always read the articles any time they'd like at home by visiting studiesweekly.com. They have their log-in information in their binders!

     

    Coming up in just three weeks is parent-teacher conferences. They will take place Monday-Friday, November 18-22. This also means that these are minimum release days; school is out at 12:30. I'll be sending your scheduled conference time as we get closer to the dates. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

     

      

    Have a great weekend!

     

    NEXT WEEK'S LESSONS
    WRITING: Unit 1: Crafting True Stories (Narrative)
    READING: Unit 1: Building a Reading Life
    SPELLINGUnit 11 (Click to access list)
    MATH:  Engage New York Module 2, Topic D: Lesson 17 (Monday) and Topic E: Lesson 18 (Tuesday)
         Topic D Parent NewsletterTwo- and Three-Digit Measurement Addition Using the Standard Algorithm
         Topic E Parent Newsletter: Two- and Three-Digit Measurement Subtraction Using the Standard Algorithm 
         Curriculum
    SOCIAL STUDIES: None
     
     
    UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
    10/30 Spelling #11
    11/6 End Module 2
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS            
    10/31 Halloween parade/party
    11/1 NO SCHOOL
    11/4 Publishing 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!!)

    * highlighters

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