Wednesday, November 27, 2019

October 7-November 22

In Math we finished the Addition and Subtraction chapters. This week we started Multiplication. to help the students learn and memorize their multiplication facts they will be given a multiplication "flip-book," multiplication wheels, a multiplication chart to fill in, and they will complete Multiplication Times Facts, which is a timed test. After completing each quiz with correct answer, students will receive an ice cream scoop to hang up for their achievements.

We have learned many things about animals. We discussed biomes and habitats, vertibrates vs. invertibrates, the different types of animal groups, animal adaptations, behaviors, and food chains. To conclude our animal unit each student had to choose an animal, research it, and create a final project to present to the class. Each student did a great job on their project! All projects are now displayed above their lockers.

Animal Projects
Komodo Dragon
African Penguin
Green Sea Turtle  
Arctic Fox
African Forest Elephant

We are coming to the end of our Maps Unit. In this unit we learned about the 7 continents of the world (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctic, Europe, and Australia) and the 5 oceans of the world (Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, and Southern Oceans), the parts of a map, and the different types of maps we use.

Halloween Monsters

Fall Glitter Leaves & Turkey "wreaths"

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

September 16- October 4

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

We have been learning alot in Math! This year moves fast, so if the students do not understand something we take a couple days to go over it to help them understand. Everything we do throughout the year builds on what they learned last year in second grade and a lot of the information we learn at the beginning of third grade.

Money-we have done a lot of work with money. We have learned the different heads and tails, looks, sizes, and amounts of American money (the U.S. Dollar). We have learned how to add, compare, and round money. We will continue to work with money by adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing it.

Whole Numbers-we have learned how to compare and add whole numbers, starting with two digit numbers and working our way up to numbers in the thousands and sometimes ten or hundred thousands place. We will continue working with larger numbers throughout the year as well by adding with regrouping (carrying/ carry over), subtracting with regrouping (borrowing), rounding, and multiplying and dividing them.

The kids completed their Chapter 1 Test and did very well!

We have been continuing with our learning the 50 states. We have learned them by regions. First the students had to fill out a map of one of the regions, study it, take a pre-test on it, then take an actual test on it. All of this work, as well as the review game we did today will help them with their ALL states test tomorrow (October 3). Students are only required to know the state name and placement on the map. If they identify the correct abbreviation for a state they will receive one extra credit point for each one.

Starting Friday or Monday we will begin our Continents & Oceans Unit as well as our Maps unit, which is where the students will learn about the 7 continents and 4 oceans of the world, and about the different types of Maps that are used to show the states, continents, and oceans.

It has been slow going getting science in, but we have been learning about animal life cycles and what vertebrates and invertebrates are. We will finish our reading on animal life cycles either Thursday or Friday, then discuss animal habitats and adaptations. We will end our Animal Unit with the students doing a research project on an animal of their choice and create a project to share with the class.

The students have been working on a fall leaf project, which they will finish on Friday. They had to color different types of leaves, glue fall colored tissue paper onto a piece of paper, and glue the leaves onto them. After gluing all tissue paper and leaves onto the paper they will put glitter around their leaves and/or on the veins of the leaves on their paper.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

September 3-13

We have been learning about place value, working with larger numbers, and rounding numbers. We will be starting with money this week. The skills we have been learning and practicing will be used when working with money and throughout the year.

We have started an unit on animals. We have started discussing invertebrate and vertebrate animals. After learning about life cycles, habits, habitats, and adaptations of animals the students will be doing an animal report and sharing it with the class. They will be given time to work on it in class, but will also need to outside of class to work on it. When finished they will share their work/projects with the class.

On September 11 we discussed Patriot Day and that it is the observance day for September 11, 2001. We listened to the speech President George W. Bush gave to the people the night of the attacks, read some facts about the day, such as how many people were in the plane crashes and what times the planes hit the Twin Towers. The students were given 15 minutes to look through children's non-fiction books of the event from September 11, 2001 as well as some of the events that happened afterwards, such as candle vigils and other remembrance services. The books also discussed the remembrance pools created at Ground Zero and the headstone for Flight 93.

We have started introducing the 50 states of the United States. We watched two music videos listing the 50 states in song. The kids have filled out a full map of the U.S., and had to fill out the Midwest region this week. In the next few weeks we will be studying the rest of the regions. The kids will have a test on where the states are located and if they list the abbreviation of the state they will receive an extra credit point for each correct one listed. To help the students learn where the states are located they will fill out maps, put US states puzzles together and play games to recognize the shape and place the states are located. 
After finishing with the states we will discuss the continents and oceans of the world, and then discuss the types of maps and how to use them.

The students created bubbles using oil pastels for their first art project; they turned out great! They look amazing in the hall!
The second, very small project they did was create a birthday card for Father Walter.
This week we will start a fall art project to hang in the hall before sending home.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Welcome 3rd Graders!

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

I was glad to see many of you attend Locker Night last night through my 4K door and can't wait to work with you this school year! Enjoy your last day of summer and getting ready for a fun first day of school tomorrow!

Best wishes,
Miss Peters

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

February/March 2019

We are presently learning about folktales.  As part of our studies we are writing a class book on fairy tales and tall tales that we will be sending in to be published.  Each family will be able to purchase a copy and when we receive them back we will celebrate with a author night at school.  The children are working very hard on their stories and I am sure you will enjoy them.

We have also spent some time playing games with sight words.

Enjoy a little competition.


In math we have been working hard on our multiplication facts by doing a Sweet Treats Quiz at the start of math class or playing different math games or activities. We have also been working on division facts by using flashcards, playing math games, or activities.


 One St. Patrick's Day activity we did we used addition, multiplication, and division to figure out how many pieces in all we had, and how many pieces each student would get. When finished with the activity we were able to make to little leprechaun monsters.


We finished our rock and soil unit in Science with a Rock Discovery Day! Students were able to touch, feel, and use magnifying glasses to look at rocks to discover what properties and minerals the rocks were made up of. We will come back to science in Quarter 4.



We have been learning about different communities we belong to, and the rules, and responsibilities people have within those communities. Our next chapter will discuss the types of geography and the communities that live there, such as dessert, river, and mountain communities.


In art we started (and will be finishing) our wineglass snowmen on Wednesday. The students have been having a blast making these!

We made Valentine's for all our parents for Valentine's Day. The kids loved (or squealed) when painting their hands to make the projects! We hope you loved receiving a present they made! We also made Love Bugs to celebrate Valentine's Day at school.

For St. Patrick's Day the students made 3-D Shamrocks that we hung in the room. They will be starting a shamrock drawing on Wednesday, which will be hung in the hallway when finished.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

We have been working on a unit on Greek Mythology, and just completed it. The students chose their favorite myth and wrote a summary of it. 

We have two small reading groups.  One group is reading Horrible Harry's Secret and the other is reading Amber Brown You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox.

We do reading Buddies with the kindergarteners after recess on Wednesday.  Both grades look forward to this special time.

We wrote Bio Poems.  Several are below for you to enjoy.

We have worked with sentences and determining the sub ject and predicate of the sentence.  We are presently working on nouns.  We have worked on common and proper nouns.  We are now working on singular and plural nouns.  The rules for making nouns plural are what we are presently working on.  Next, we will work on possessive nouns.

Looking for nouns

Looking for nouns.

In religion we have worked on the rosary,
Playing a rosary game.

Spelling pretest are on Mondays.  This lets the children know what words they really have to work on.  We have a spelling Bee on Thursdays.  The children like this as they get to sit on the desk until the misspell a work.  They can earn the chance to sit back on their desk if they spell a different work correctly when it is their turn.  The final test is usually on Friday.

We are presently working very hard on our Christmas Play.  It is called Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior.  We are working hard so you can enjoy the real meaning of Christmas.

We just finished our subtraction unit and will be starting our Multiplication Unit this week. We will spend a lot of time working on our multiplication facts in class. To practice our facts we will play different games and activities to help remember them. Before the chapter tests we have one to two review days in which the kids practice different problems from the chapter to earn a point for their team. When they get the answer correct they get a chance to toss a ring to earn up to five extra points.
A reminder for the parents, if your student has not already told you, in their hard cover math book at the end of each chapter there are up to four review pages with problems that work on the math problems we discussed and learned about in the chapter. They are able to bring their math book home to use these pages for extra practice at any time.

We did a Maps Unit for Social Studies during first quarter in which the students learned about parts of a map, different kinds of maps, and how to use maps. We also started learning the 50 States of America; the students have to know the names, capitals, and abbreviations. We will be practicing them during third quarter as well. During second quarter I will give a worksheet here and there to the students for extra practice on the states in which they will be given extra credit points for correct answers.

We are starting with a unit in Earth Science which discusses topics on changes in the earth's surface, materials of the earth, the planets, sun, and moon, and clouds and storms.
The first chapter of the unit is on the changes in the earth's surface. During this chapter we have learned about different landforms that make up the earth and how different natural hazards, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, water, wind, gravity, and living things affect the earth's surface. We did an experiment on weathering and erosion using sand and water to see first hand how they can affect the earth's surface.

For art we have made some fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving projects, and are now starting on Christmas and Winter projects. For Halloween we made windsocks and paper lanterns, a leaf drawing for fall, and a turkey for Thanksgiving. Some of our Christmas and Winter projects are going to be surprises for Mom and Dad and the kids have been working really hard on them!

This December Miss Peters' Christmas Elf, Jingle, will be visiting our classroom to keep a watchful eye on them and give nightly reports on how the day went to Santa. Monday was Jingle's first day in the room and so far the kids are enjoying finding her in the room.
For fun we are also reading the book Christmas Shoes together and will watch the movie once we finish the book; which may be after Christmas Break depending on how often we have a chance to read it.

Monday, February 12, 2018

January 2018

Happy January! 

Third Grade Math:
The third graders are busy learning about multiplication! You have probably seen the bright orange flashcards in the home folders. Please have your third grader use the flashcards a few minutes every day to help with memorizing these facts. We will start having timed tests on multiplication facts 0-5, starting Catholic School's Week. Some math vocabulary we are using is factor, product, and multiply. We are also calling "2 x 5 = 10" a multiplication sentence.

Fourth Grade Math:
The fourth graders are working with multiplication as well. They are reviewing multiplication facts and will have timed multiplication facts several times a week, starting Catholic Schools' Week.  We are also looking for missing factors, learning how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit,and how to multiply 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping.

As you know, we have started our unit on the solar system! Each student will be making a model of a planet. It is due February 9th. A sheet explaining the project went home on Monday, January 22. All of the students are excited about our Space unit. Ask your budding astronomer why we have seasons! We will also be learning about the phases of the moon, each planet, the scope of the solar system, and a myriad of interesting facts, I am sure!

Social Studies:
Authors reading postcard books
about Wisconsin
Wisconsin continues to be our focus for Social Studies. We finished up our post card travel project which took the students imaginatively traveling around the five regions of Wisconsin. Now we will focus on the history of European explorers coming to Wisconsin, such as Jean Nicolet, and Pierre Esprit Radisson. We will also "explore" our Wisconsin Catholic heritage that started when the French explorers came to Wisconsin in the 1600s.

Our class loves art! The Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl posters created by this class were fabulous. A photo of (almost) each postcard is posted in our blog. The students also made a collaborative portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. Next, we will focus on collage as used in a Caldecott Honor book, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.

We are presently working on verbs.  We did a project in which  we learned about vivid verbs.  Each student has a chart with vivid verbs that could be used instead of the old tired ones.  We are also looking forward to writing a book with Studentreasures Publishing.  We will be using our vivid verb list to make our writing more appealing.

Our big project is writing our book that will be published by Studentreasures Publishing.  The students chose under sea animals as the topic for this book.  Presently each student is researching a sea animal and will then write a report that will be included in the book.  More information about the book will follow as we come closer to the publishing date.

In our large reading group we are working on such skills as cause and effect, text to text, text to self, summarizing, discussion questions, imagery, and vocabulary.  All of the skills are being taught using Patricia Polacco books.  She is our author study right now.

All of the students are also in guided reading groups.  Each group is working on reading and comprehension skills as well as reading a chapter book.

We are learning how to form a good conscience.  We are also learning when and how to examine our conscience.  We can and should examine our conscience anytime.