Enrichment Day: Tuesday, May 29: ALL students must bring a sack lunch from home!
Students will spend the day exploring a subject they selected. Students will be informed if their group is staying at Edison or leaving the building. All students must bring sack lunch from home on this day.
Students will attend the Edison talent show on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 30, starting at 1:15 p.m. There is no specials class that day.
End of Year Party: Nim's Island Party: Thursday, May 31:
On the last day of school, my class will celebrate their accomplishments with a Nim's Island themed party (celebrating the latest novel we read together as a class). We will watch two films: "Nim's Island" and "Return to Nim's Island." We will have pizza at 2 p.m. (students will still have lunch as usual on this day).
Parents/guardians: Please contribute $3 cash per student to cover the cost of this end of year party. This party takes the place of a class picnic. It is much safer and more academically focused--we will discuss the movies in relation to the novel.
Students have earned the right to bring a small or medium sized stuffed animal to the party. Students will attend music for specials this day.
Start Planning for Fall Enrichment Classes! Notice Ms. Mathews's Thursday Reading Class:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Deep Reading Class with Ms. Mathews
Enjoy diving deeply into various types of texts with your peers and Ms. Mathews. We will study poems, songs, plays, short stories, and novels - we will read together, discuss texts, write in response to texts, and respond to texts with art and drama. Students will learn strategies to use when reading while having fun experiencing literature with a group of peers. Some reading will be required between sessions. Students who will enjoy this class enjoy reading and discussing what they read and have stamina for a longer school day.
Instructor: Elizabeth Mathews
Fee: $ 300, cash only please, includes the books we will study, a response journal, and snacks at each session
Thursdays: September 6 - December 20 dismisses at 4:45 no class Oct. 18 (parent conferences)
Min: 3 Max: 12
Please continue to send in Box Tops all year.
General Homework Suggestions: Please read AT LEAST 20 minutes every day! This is the class and school read-a-thon goal. Talk or write about what you read. MEMORIZE your math facts: Addition and subtraction up to 20 (up to 14 +6, 20-6) and multiplication and division up to 12 x 12. If a math fact is memorized, you can answer the problem in 1 or 2 seconds. Keep a journal or diary.
Parents/Guardians: Please note that all volunteer slots for all field trips have been filled. If you have been selected to join us on the mountain hike field trip, you will be contacted by Ms. Mathews by e-mail once the trip has been scheduled by the school district. Thank you for your interest in helping out with field trips.
All parents who wish to volunteer at the school in any capacity (field trips, in the classroom, on the playground, Thursday folders, etc) will need to complete a Volunteer Application. New this year, parents can complete the Volunteer Application on line. Please use the link below to complete the application. Please note that you will need to upload your government issued ID before submitting your application.
A link to the practice PARCC tests has been added to our Tizmos page. A student expressed interest in knowing how to access this practice test at home. Once you click on the link on the Tizmos site, click VIEW ENGLISH PRACTICE TESTS or click VIEW MATHEMATICS PRACTICE TESTS. Then, choose grade 3, then choose computer based unit (English has 3 units, math has 4 units), enter GUEST in the name box, and click START TEST NOW. Then click START SECTION. Exploring these practice tests allows students practice with the online tools such as "drag and drop" and highlighting.
The link to our Tizmos page is in dark blue below.
Click on the icon at the top of the page to view my Back to School Night Powerpoint Presentation.
Please see the SPECIALS SCHEDULE TAB to see when LIBRARY (LIB.) and Buddy Classroom (BC) are happening for the rest of the year!
We can use more rolls of paper towels. Thanks! If you have unused, not-needed free admission passes to the Denver Zoo (they are included with memberships and often go unused and they do not expire) please donate them to Ms. Mathews (any time during the school year). I use them every year for the Teacher Treasures auction winners. Please also donate any free coupons for the carousel or train ride at the zoo. These are part of membership folders. I also use these for Teacher Treasure winners every year.
Please remember that library is every first and third Thursday, and homework is always due on Friday, regardless of which day it is sent home. Please bring empty Thursday folders back no later than Wednesday each week.
Students, please read, read out loud, talk about and write about what you are reading, and continue using IXL, Spelling City, typing.com, and Math Facts in a Flash. The next goal for Math Facts in a Flash is to finish all multiplication levels by the middle of February.
Please donate reams of copy paper if you can--thank you!
Active links: Just click here to get to our favorite websites. See below.
Details about login information can be found below.
Math Facts in a Flash / AR:
https://hosted252.renlearn.com/245193/ This is where Math Facts in a Flash can be found. PLEASE work on this at home as often as possible. ALL 3rd graders are expected to finish ALL multiplication levels by mid February.
The username is dps followed by your 6 digit lunch number (DPS ID number). No spaces.
The password is your birthdate in month, day, year format: 01042006 is January 4, 2006.
Edison's ixl login page: Edison logins will not work on ixl.com--you must go to this address:
www.ixl.com/signin/edisonelement Spelling City: Student login cards were sent home in September. Students will be able to access this fun practice website all school year and all summer. Students may do spelling homework AND spelling tests on this website. The spelling test is called "Spelling Test Me." Students have been told to take the spelling test last, after completing the other Spelling City activities.
IXL: Edison's PTA has funded a subscription for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to have access to this great website this school year! Login information is in students' supply boxes at school and it is in their Thursday folders.
Parents/Guardians: Khan Academy is a great math resource that is completely free. I encourage parents to sign up for a free parent account and add your child under "add a child."
Typing practice: Students will do the keyboarding practice periodically in class, but they will NOT be allowed to do the typing games in class. It is ok to play them at home. They seem to be less beneficial than the keyboarding practice for learning to type.
http://typing.com Students are welcome to practice at home. Please choose practice that involves ALL fingers on the keyboard beginning in the HOME ROW position! This is FAR more beneficial than the typing games on the website.
Phonics practice websites: Helpful for improving reading and spelling skills:
PLEASE MARK LUNCHBOXES WITH THE STUDENT'S FIRST AND LAST NAME AND ROOM 204 ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE LUNCHBOX. THANK YOU!
Please remember the expectation that we enter the building silently in the morning and remain silent all the way to the classroom, including at lockers, and that every trip in the hallway is silent.
Paper homework is always due the following Friday after it is assigned.
Your student now has his or her Spelling City login and may log in and do the activities for any list throughout the entire summer!
Homework may be assigned in a weekly packet at times, may be daily (in math) at times, and will hopefully be all online at times. Thanks for your flexibility as homework changes this year with curricular changes.
If a packet is assigned, it will be sent on Thursday or Friday, and it will always be due the following Friday. I appreciate having Thursday folders back by Wednesday each week. Forgotten Thursday folders are time consuming to remedy. Please help your student develop a routine to return the folder (to the pink basket by the sink) by Wednesday each week.
Please remember to staple all pages of homework together and put your NAME on the top of the top page, thanks.
Please feel free to check over your student's homework with him or her.
Remember, you can work on Math Facts in a Flash at home! The goal is for all third graders to complete all division levels by the end of the year. Please also work on http://typing.com using ALL OF YOUR FINGERS on the keyboard!
Please help students memorize or increase recall speed on addition and subtraction facts through 20.
Please help your child memorize multiplication facts through 12x12 and please listen to your child read aloud at home daily. Give your student time to sound out words and self correct. Do not interrupt his or her reading to correct every mistake (this is very discouraging) particularly if the mistake does not impact the meaning (i.e. reading mom instead of mother).
Remember that one hour (minimum) of reading at home is also expected each week. Students do not need to keep a reading log, however, it is helpful if they can talk about or write about what they read (to aid in comprehension). This can be as simple as them telling you about what they read. It is also helpful if students can read aloud at home, to aid in developing fluency.
Students: Please bring your Thursday folders and bring them into class in the morning! They need to be placed in the pink Thursday folder basket by the sink, no later than Wednesday each week. Please make sure your homework pages are stapled together, with your name on the TOP PAGE of the packet! Your completed homework goes in the same basket with the Thursday folders. It is helpful if you put your name on every page of your homework. First names are all I need. Thanks. All third graders must memorize ALL multiplication facts from 0x0 to 12x12. Students will have a multiplication patterns booklet to study, as well as triangle flashcards at some point during the year. Please help your student MEMORIZE all these math facts so he or she knows them automatically (very quickly).
Please log in and work on Math Facts in a Flash from home as often as you can. The goal for all third graders is to complete all division levels by the end of the year. The sooner you master all addition and subtraction levels, the better. All third graders are expected to be finished with all multiplication levels by mid-February.
If you get "stuck" at a level, ask someone at home to quiz you. For instance, if you are stuck at subtraction of 4s and 5s, your parents can ask you questions that involve subtracting 4 or 5 from one or two digit numbers. This is a great activity for long car rides, or during household chores!
Reading Practice at Home: Please read aloud whenever possible. Talk or write about what you read. Parents/guardians: It is helpful to have two copies of the text, so the words are always in front of the student's eyes, even if you are reading aloud. You can use your public library to obtain multiple copies.
Turning on the closed captioning for television and movies is also a good way to increase reading speed.
Please continue sending in your Box Tops for Education ALL YEAR! There will be a collection in October and February. Thank you!
Math Memorization Tip: Math Fact of the Day:
When we work on memorizing multiplication facts in class, we will have a Math Fact of the Day posted in the classroom each day. Then, whenever students need to ask a routine question, such as "May I get a drink?" they will be required to begin their request by stating the Math Fact of the Day NUMBER SENTENCE as follows:
"5 times 3 equals 15, May I get a drink?" It is very important the whole number sentence is used, with the words "times" and "equals." I encourage you to try this at home NOW with addition and subtraction facts your child still needs to memorize. We will begin this in class later this year. Some families are already doing this at home, to help students finish memorizing addition and subtraction facts. The purpose is to get your child to repeat the number sentence many times per day in a fun way
. Students enjoyed this in class last year.
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