Third Grade Horizons HEadlines February 17, 2017


Great Americans Day-NO SCHOOL

Remember: We will not be in school Monday, February 20th! Be sure to mark your calendars.

ISTEP Updates

ISTEP will begin the week of February 27th. We have worked hard to prepare for the test and will continue to do so. Keep the following in mind:

  • Begin your ISTEP routine now.
  • Keep a consistent bedtime each night and get lots of sleep.
  • Create time for your child to relax by doing a preferred activity, reading a book, playing a board game, etc.
  • Nutrition is important! Lots of protein in the morning will stay with them through the test. Avoid sugary cereals and juices.
  • Limit the electronics and video games,especially before bed.

We will continue to prepare next week. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Camp Tecumseh Money

Don't forget: your child's camp money will be due around Spring Break. We will travel down on May 17th and 18th. The cost of the trip is $60 and is due on March 20th. You may pay all at once or in payments.

We are still in need of parent volunteers. Please let me know if you are able to join us! Mandatory parent training on April 22nd at 9:30 A.M. It will last the morning and lunch will be provided. Check out more info here:

IREAD Review

Beginning next week, we will begin review for the iREAD assessment. These are skills that students should be familiar with, but may need a refresher. We will practice these skills on our DLR each week until we take iREAD in March.

Expectations for Work

The vast majority of assignments and projects can be completed in class. Here are a list of items that we do bi-weekly:

  • Stems Tracker
  • POW
  • Cursive
  • Stems Quiz

Each week we do:

  • DMR/DLR and Quiz
  • Reading Comprehension

We had a conversation about QUALITY work this week. These are the expectations:

  1. Name, Student Number, Date
  2. Everything is answered, support given for each answer
  3. Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
  4. Answers make sense and have detail
  5. This is my best work

If you have questions, let me know. Here is the SOAP rubric

Wayne Twitter Chats

The MSD of Wayne Township hosts a weekly Twitter chat on Tuesdays at 8 P.M. Teachers, administrators, and school personnel discuss topics relevant to the Wayne Township community. Search for the hashtag #WeAreWayne and join us in the conversation!


If you have a change in your child’s transportation from school, please inform me via note or email BEFORE 2:00. Alternatively, you may contact the office directly and they will let me know.

Curriculum Updates


  • Where do we find information to support research?
  • Biographies
  • How do biographies show more than just facts?
  • Mini Bio Posters
  • Junior Great Books: The Man Whose Trade Was Tricks
  • Shared Inquiry Discussion
  • Folklore
  • Fables
  • Response to Literature
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Research Writing: Finding topics, organizing topics, questions about topics
  • Narrowing Our Focus: Writing research questions
  • Topic Sentences
  • Thesis Statements


  • Math Journal Work
  • Computation: Multiplication and Division
  • Division Methods and Conceptual Practice
  • Combining Multiplication and Division
  • Division strategies
  • Estimation in division
  • Finding Patterns
  • Developing Efficiency
  • Fact Fluency Assessments
  • Computational Fluency
  • Problem of the Week: Fruit Trees
  • Timed Tests


  • What is Light?
  • Light Absorption
  • Uneven Heating of the Land/Water
  • Sound Waves
  • Amplitude, Pitch


  • What is government?
  • What do we already know?
  • Types of government


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