October 12th already…..you have got to be kidding me!!! Sorry for the late update- time slipped away from me!
We sure are not letting any moss grow under our toes in third grade!
Halloween: We will be having a Halloween party in our classroom from 2:10-3:15. Students may bring their costumes to school and then change into them before the party. I’m asking for kids to not wear make-up or face paint. Parents are welcome to come and please let me know if you are willing to send/bring a healthy treat.
Parent Volunteers: Mrs. Conrad and I are looking for parent volunteers to help out in our classrooms. We have an array of activities for you to do including working with small groups, practicing math facts, reading, spelling, art etc. Let me know if you are interested and we will work on a time for you to come in. Even if you cannot come in weekly we would love to have you!
Family Night: Mrs. Conrad and I would like to invite you to a family night hosted in our classroom on October 25th from 5:30-6:30. During this time we will time we will have your child show you some of our literacy activities including taking an AR test. Feel free to come for the whole hour or even stop by for 10 minutes just to check it out.
Math: This month we are continuing to work on multiplication and division for numbers 0-12. We have also started learning about area and doing multi-step word problems. I suggest working on basic multiplication and division facts at home to help increase your child’s fluency.
Reading: This month we will be reading a narrative nonfiction, informational text, a folktale, and a realistic fiction. We will be looking into verb tenses, three letter clusters, synonyms, suffixes, silent letters, context clues, using commas, abstract nouns, vowel diphthongs, cause and effect, sequencing, drawing conclusions, and main ideas/details.
Writing: Students are working very hard to incorporate precise verbs, and details into their writing. We are also working on using our senses to make our writing more interesting.
Science and Social Studies: We just finished up our unit on energy and are now diving into Social Studies. We will be studying communities and geography.
Email: I’m concerned I do not have all parents on my email list. Would you please shoot me a quick response to let me know that you do indeed receive my emails so I can make sure I’m communicating with all the families.
Snack- We are running low on snacks again. Thank you so much for supporting snack!
This month’s upcoming events:
Thanks for all your continued support. Please do not hesitate to call, email, or text me with any questions!
Phew, we have hit the ground running in third grade! This group of kids is so much fun, and already have been working so hard. Thank you so much for checking your kiddo’s composition notebook every night. Third grade is a HUGE transition, and I’m so impressed with how hard this group is working to be responsible. Here’s what we will be working on in the next few weeks:
Math– Students are focusing on multiplication and division. Students are using multiple strategies (arrays, equal shares drawings, manipulatives, etc.) to solve multiplication and division story problems. Please help your child with their multiplication fact fluency at home.
Reading Group- Students are focusing on reading with fluency and expression. Students are also examining story parts, author’s purpose, using context clues, and making inferences. When reading with your child at home, you could discuss why the author wrote the story, the theme of the story, and discuss difficult vocabulary. *We do have spelling tests every Friday*
Writing- We have started writer’s workshop, which is new this year. Mrs. Conrad and I are team teaching during writing, so we have all 47 third graders writing and sharing ideas together. It’s been a lot of fun. We have started our personal narrative unit. During writing students are learning how to brainstorm ideas, organize their thoughts, and edit.
Science- We are learning about energy. Ask your child about potential energy, kinetic energy, and fossil fuels. At the end of this unit we will be making solar ovens!
AR- Your child’s AR reading level range has been stapled into the front of their composition notebook. These colors are a helpful guide, but if your child is passionate and interested in a book outside of their given range they can definitely read that book! Our goal is for students to love reading by the end of third grade. Students are required to read 3 chapter books and 2 non-fictions books by the end of quarter one. The last day students can take an AR test for quarter 1 is November 2nd.
Snack- We are always in need of snack donations. 😊
Solar Oven- We will need shoeboxes or pizza boxes to make the solar ovens. If you have either we happily re-use them for our AWESOME science project.
Lastly, thank you so very much for your support. This school year is off to a great start, which is a huge testament to all you do as parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, funny stories, etc.
LWilkins@helenaschools.org / 324.2067 (school) / 465.9097 (cell)
P.S. Jefferson’s first Fun Run is Sunday, October 1st @ Centennial Park. All money raised will go towards classroom technology. T-Shirt orders are due at the end of this week. E-mail SConrad@helenaschools.org with any questions.
Mrs. Wilkins’s Classroom Information
We are a Third Grade Team
This is the fourth year Mrs. Conrad and I have taught Third grade together. We view our students as one whole Third grade team, rather than two separate Third grade classrooms. So your child will essentially have two teachers. Students will be grouped periodically in reading and math according to their individual learning needs and skill level. Students could potentially switch classrooms for math and reading daily, which enables us to better serve your child. Please note these groupings change, as we are constantly assessing each student.
Online Math Program
*Please note the same classroom rules apply to both classrooms. Mrs. Conrad and I handle most discipline problems together. We are a Third grade team, and we find this helps us be more consistent with expectations and requirements, as we co-teach all of our students. We expect students to be respectful towards themselves, all adults, their peers, and their learning environment. Students need to be safe in all situations. Students are expected to try their best at all times.
Volunteers- I love parent volunteers! I will send out more information regarding parent volunteers mid- October.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any point throughout the year. I would rather have the lines of communication open and squash problems as they arise rather than letting them fester. I want what is best for your child as much as you do and will work hard to ensure the classroom is the best learning environment possible. Thank you in advance for all your hard work as parents. I am in the process of creating a classroom website. Information regarding how to access the website will be sent home shortly. I look forward to our year together.