Please note: The schedule under the SPECIALS tab is correct for the fall of 2019, including LIBRARY and reading buddy dates.
Please check the CLASS STORY on Class Dojo for important updates. Information is updated there approximately twice per week. Checking CLASS STORY on Class Dojo regularly will be the best and most efficient way to remain updated about what is going on in Ms. Mathews's class.
You will be invited to join Class Dojo for our class on back to school night. Please do so, this is crucial in staying updated on what is going on in class, and it is the most convenient way to communicate with Ms. Mathews.
School Supplies for room 204:
Fall 2019 families: Please do not purchase or send to class: scissors or folders* of any kind (I have plenty to use from previous years). Your students will need only 2 (not 5) *Mead-style composition notebooks, WIDE RULE only please. Please do not label these with your student's name.
We do not need any Ziploc bags, thanks.
Regarding the Expo markers on the supply list: thin OR thick tipped Expo low odor dry erase markers are fine, and 5 per student is enough. Colors or black are fine. Black is preferred.
Please do contribute 2-3 rolls of paper towels, thanks!
School Supplies for room 204:
We do not need (please keep at home): scissors, 3 ring binders, spiral notebooks, college rule composition books, glue sticks, rulers
Please label with your child's name and place inside his/her desk on back to school night:
crayons colored pencils art markers pencil bag pencil sharpener
Please DO NOT LABEL with your child's name, and categorize within the classroom with like items (follow signs):
folders without prongs* folders with prongs* composition notebooks (wide rule)* Kleenex paper towels cleaning wipes bandages hand sanitizer hand soap bottle of glue
PLEASE make sure students' lunchboxes are labeled with the student's name and room 204. I encourage you to label backpacks, water bottles, and jackets the same way.
Please know that lunch boxes will be labeled with your child's name and room 204 on the morning of the first day of school if they are not already labeled in this manner, so your child's lunchbox can be easily returned to class. Thanks!
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.
Physical exercise: Research is clear about the benefits of physical exercise for health, learning, and mood. Please make sure your student gets adequate, safe physical exercise each day. For students who struggle with focus during school, exercise before school can be very helpful. Students this age should aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Exercise is to the body what reading is to the mind.
Please see the SPECIALS SCHEDULE TAB to see when LIBRARY (LIB.) and Buddy Classroom (BC) are happening for the rest of the year! (Coming soon for 2019-20)
All parents who wish to volunteer at the school in any capacity (field trips, in the classroom, on the playground, photocopying/materials preparation, etc.) will need to complete a Volunteer Application. Parents can complete the Volunteer Application online. 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.
Donation Requests: 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 were part of membership folders before the zoo went paperless, but they do not expire. I also use these for Teacher Treasure winners every year.
Please remember that 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.
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:
Spelling City: 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:
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