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Mrs. Unger's Third Grade Class


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Events this week--

Week of Sep 25th, Book Fair, more information from library, shopping days Tue, Wed, Thu

Tue, Sep 26, Alice’s Garden Week A

Fri, Sep 29, 7:15am Dads Club Breakfast with Students in Cafeteria

Sat, Sep 30, 7:00pm Armstrong Auction Preview Party

Tues, Oct 3, Parent Conference Day

Fri, Oct 6, Walk to School Day


Week 5 


We had another wonderful week in the classroom!

I am eager to share with you all the progress I am seeing you student make next week, on Tuesday October 3 for parent/teacher conferences. 


We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

Math Workshop- Properties of Addition: Associative, Commutative, Identity--Check out this YouTube video to refresh your memory! Properties of Addition

        Number Talks- Addition: Making 10's and Adding up in Chunks


Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-

~ Readers Decide How to Lift the Level of Their Reading and Recruit Partners to Support Them, Tackling Complex Texts Takes Grit Figuring Out Hard Words, Using Textual Clues to Figure Out the Meaning of Unfamiliar Words, and Making Sense of Figurative Language

Read Aloud- “Stone Fox”


Science- Lab: Isopods-pill bugs/invertebrates/metamorphosis: Life cycle Class: Environment explorations, Comparing Life Cycles, and Inherited Traits


Social Studies- Being a productive citizen


Mentor Sentences- “Stellaluna”- Quoting Dialogue and sensory language specifically  

Words Their Way- New word sort- Test Next Thursday 10-5-17


Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories

Starting a Second Piece, Working with New Independence, Revision happens throughout the writing process, and Drafting: Writing from inside a memory

Here are some things coming in the week ahead:

Tue, Sep 19, Picture Day

Tue, Sep 19, 11:30am Principal’s Brown Bag Lunch, “They Don’t Teach the Way I Learned Anymore: How to Help Your Kids with Schoolwork”

Fri, Sep 22, 1:00pm Student Early Release, Teacher Professional Development


Week 4


Week 3 came and went quickly! We are finishing up our assessments this week and getting into routines, thank you for sending your child to school ready to learn. There has been an eagerness to learn felt in the classroom as your children being to take great risk reading new books, writing with stamina, understanding numbers, using mental math to compute and much more!

This week will be another busy one~ 

We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:

Math Workshop- Place Value Review (Test Friday), Even and Odd Number Using Mental Math to add and subtract

          Number Talks- Breaking Numbers apart, Making Landmark Numbers or           Friendly Numbers

Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-

Predictions, Making higher level predictions, retelling stories, deciding how to lift the level of their reading and recruit partners, Tacking complex text with grit

           Read Aloud- “Stone Fox”

Science- New plant discovery/Photosynthesis Explain the process of photosynthesis and why it's important to plants and animals. Environment Exploration: Animals structures and functions for movement, protection, and food based on habitat

Social Studies- Constitution Day

Mentor Sentences“Come on Rain” - Vivid Verbs

Words Their Way- Class sort this week- Student’s will be in Spelling Groups next week.

Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories

Rehearsing Storytelling and Leads, Writing Discovery Drafts, Revising by studying what other authors have done, storytellers develop the heart of their story, Paragraphing to support Sequencing, Dialogue, and Elaboration

Happy International Dot Day!
We celebrated how we are going to "make our mark" this school year by setting goals to build our growth mindset. 
Week 3
Dear families,
Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night last Thursday, we had a great turn out! If you couldn’t make it, please make sure you check your child’s folder for paperwork that I passed out.
We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:
Math Workshop-  Continuing Place value, Counting money, Rounding on a Number Line, and Problem Solving-writing to explain.
 Number Talks- Making Landmark Numbers or Friendly Numbers. Doubles/Near Doubles.
Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-
~Setting Up Systems to Find and Share Book, Reading in the Company of Partners, Readers Check for Comprehension
Read Aloud- “Stone Fox”
Science- Leaf Collection/Leaf Facts/ Cones and Needles
~Compare and Contrast structures and functions of parts of a conifer and deciduous tree.
Social Studies- Branches and Levels of Government
Mentor Sentences- “Stone Fox”- Focus- Proper Nouns
Words Their Way- No Spelling this week
Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories
Writers Use a Storyteller’s Voice. They Tell Stories, Not Summaries, Taking Stock and Asking, “How am I doing?”, Editing as We Go: Making Sure Others Can Read Our Writing
Here are some things coming in the week ahead:
Mon, Sept 11, 7:15 am Cub Scouts Community Heroes Ceremony at Armstrong Flagpole
Mon, Sept 11, Invention Convention kickoff
Tues, Sept 12, Alice's Garden Week A (this is our class's week)
Upcoming Events:
Tues, Sept 19, Picture Day
Tues, Sept 19 Alice's Garden Week B
Tues, Sept 19, 11:30 am Principal's Brown Bag Lunch, "They Don't Teach the Way I Learned Anymore: How to Help Your Kids with Schoolwork"
Fri, Sept 22, 1:00 pm Student Early Release, Teacher Professional Development
Don’t forget the PTA website launched and is ready for you to sign up for volunteer options: Click Here
Dear families,
I want your child to be a successful reader and for that, I need your help. 
When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life. 
Scholastic Book Clubs flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar. 
Plus you will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share. Thank you for helping your child become a successful reader. 
Please place your online order by Friday, September 29th. 
Two ways to order:
1.Go online to scholastic.com/newparent
Enter our class code: RG8BR
Follow the instructions to place your order online by Friday, Sept 29th. 
2. Check off the books you want to order for your child and return this flyer to me with a check to Scholastic Book Clubs by Friday, Sept 29th.  
Looking at writing samples to see what great 3rd grade writers do and don't do! #futureauthors
Thursday, Sep 7, Curriculum Night
Monday, Sep 11, Invention Convention Kickoff
Tuesday, Sep, 19, Picture Day- More info to come
Tues, Oct 3, Parent Teacher Conference Day (more info to come on Curriculum Night)
Week 2
We are off to a GREAT start in 3rd grade, and we are working diligently to create a community of learners in our classroom! This week will be jam packed with fun and learning!
Please join us for Curriculum Night this Thursday from 5-5:50 or 6-6:50 in our classroom- Room 207!
We will be buzzing into our third grade curriculum and will be focusing on the following topics this week:
Math Workshop- Understanding and Applying Place Value:
Number Talks- Breaking numbers into place Value, using friendly numbers to add/subtract, Fluency with Addition and subtraction facts up to 20.
~Representing numbers, different ways to name numbers, greater numbers, place value relationships, comparing numbers, and ordering numbers
~Describing the relationship found in the base-10 place value system through the hundred thousand place, Composing and decomposing numbers up to 100,000,
Reader's Workshop- "Building a Reading Life"-
~Finding Within-Reach Books, setting goals and tracking progress, setting up systems to find and share books, & Reading in the company of partners
Science- Shady Characters/Herb and Woody Stems- Comparing and contrasting structures and functions
Social Studies- Basic Structure and Functions of City and State Government
Mentor Sentences- “Saturday’s and Tea Cakes” Focus- Proper Nouns
Spelling (Words Their Way)- This week students will be bringing home a class list and testing on First names of their classmates this Friday. We have begun Spelling Assessments and will be passing out “sorts” or list in a few weeks.
Writer's Workshop- Launching the Writing Workshop: Crafting True Stories
~Writing Process, finding ideas and writing up a storm, drawing a repertoire of strategies- writing with independence, using a storytellers voice- telling stories
While learning about internet safety, room 207 discovered their superhero potential by learning how to be a safe digital citizen!
What a great, busy, fun-filled week we had in room 207! Here we are setting up our Science Notebooks in Science lab.

Mon, Sept 4, Student and Staff Holiday

Thu, Sept 7, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Curriculum Night

Tues, Sept 19, Picture Day

Fri, Sept 22, Early Release

Tues, Oct 3, Parent/Teacher conferences- more info soon!

Don't forget to sign up for conferences on Oct 3rd!
Don't forget to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences for Oct 3rd!