The Week Ahead 9/30 – 10/4

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for Fall Break! We will work hard this week so that we can enjoy some well-deserved rest. We also start a new month this week, and our value of the month is Love.

Here is what we’ll be doing this week.

In Language Arts, we have completed unit 1 and will spend time reviewing some of the content and taking our unit assessments. Students will also be revising their writing and will finish writing a personal narrative piece. Our spelling work this week will review words from the past four weeks, so there is not a new list.

In math, we are finishing our investigation of multiplication and division. The students are making connections between a multiplication scenario and a division scenario and are writing and solving problems using fact families. In addition, they will continue to practice and build fact fluency as the year progresses. We will be taking our unit 1 assessment on Thursday.

In social studies, we will read about map scales and city maps.

We are also still looking for volunteers to help with the bake sale on Friday. We need help specifically in the morning (7:30-8) to help monitor sales. Bake sale items are priced at $1 each. We are asking that items be pre-packaged for easy handling and reasonable to sell for a dollar (for example, cookies might be grouped together or larger baked good could be cut into smaller portions).

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday 10/2: Progress Reports sent home in Eagle Express
  • Friday 10/4: 3rd grade bake sale to benefit the Community Food Bank
  • 10/5 – 10/13: Fall Break
  • Friday 10/18: Grandparents/Grandfriends Day
  • Sunday 10/20: Episcopal School Sunday
  • Thursday 10/31: Halloween Party and Costume Parade
  • Friday 11/8: Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip

Highlights of the week 9/23 – 9/27

Here are our highlights from the past week:

  • first Scholastic Book orders
  • making bake sale posters
  • spelling tests and pretests
  • watched a play performance of Pinnochio
  • seeing old friends and family
  • Eegee’s two days in a row!
  • making multiplication and division story problems
  • earning enough tickets for a bonus recess next week!
  • timed math facts quiz
  • student volunteers help with dismissal time
  • Mr. Gould vs 3B games
  • rainy weather and indoor recess
  • Mr. Gould read Armadillo Tattletale in chapel
  • Elliot won the Friday raffle

Book Orders and Bake Sale

Here are a couple of things that I missed in the weekend’s blog posts:

  • Our first round of Scholastic Book Order fliers were passed out at Back to School Night and to several students today. If you would like to order, the easiest way is online – directions are with the orders. The September book order is a great way to earn bonus points for the class that we can use to buy new books for the library. September book orders are due by this Friday, 9/27. If you have any questions, Susie Huerta Rojas (mom of Kyle in 3A) is organizing.
  • We are in need of parent volunteers to help supervise the Bake Sale before school (7:30-8:30) on October 4. Please let us know if you can help out!


The Week Ahead: 9/23 – 9/27

As we come to the end of September (already?), here’s what to expect:

Language Arts

This week, we are completing unit 1: Happy to Help. Our word work will focus on spelling words with ch and tch, subject-verb agreement in sentences, and vocabulary work with understanding dictionary entries. Students will be writing a personal narrative (at least three paragraphs), paying attention to word choice, descriptive language, and sequencing. In addition to independent reading, the class will read a biography, “Making a Difference,” about the role education played in the life of explorer Joseph Lekuton.



We will begin our fourth investigation: Understanding Division. Students will examine the information included in a problem in order to determine whether multiplication or division will help them to solve it. We will work to create a class book of related multiplication and division story problems. For homework this week, students will be asked to practice their multiplication fact cards, focusing on the facts that need practice. They will be assessed for fluency with the x1, x2, x5, and x10 facts at the end of the week.


Social Studies

We will continue to study map skills by learning to interpret a highway map. Students will also examine how the map scale give useful information.


Volunteer Opportunities

At Thursday’s Back to School Night, I shared a few opportunities to help volunteer with the class. Please contact me if you are interested or available for any of the following:

  • Bake Sale October 4
  • Field trips: planning, location coordinating, drivers. Field trips to be announced…
  • Language Arts Workshop: Wednesdays 10:30-11. Read with students, help with writing, etc.
  • Choice Time: Fridays 10:30 – 11. Help plan and monitor creative choice activities.
  • Art Expo project in the spring
  • Other ideas (class presentation, etc.), let me know!


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 27: grades K-4 assembly Pinnochio 
  • October 4: Grade 3 Bake Sale to benefit Community Food Bank
  • November 22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip


Spelling and Grammar for 9/23-9/27

Spelling Unit 1, Week 4: Words with digraphs ch, tch

  1. approach
  2. catch
  3. change
  4. charming
  5. chosen
  6. coach
  7. ditch
  8. itching
  9. latch
  10. pitched
  11. pouches
  12. reach
  13. riches
  14. searching
  15. watchful

Watch-Out Words

  • this
  • these
  • that
  • those

Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement; Compound Subjects

The verb is the most important word in the predicate and must agree (singular/plural) with the simple subject. A singular subject needs a singular verb and a plural subject needs a plural verb.

A compound subject is when two subjects share the same predicate. If they are joined by and, the verb must be plural. If they are joined by or the verb matches the last subject.


Vocabulary Strategy: Using a Dictionary

If you don’t know the meaning of a word, you can use a dictionary or glossary to help. 

Dictionary entries are in alphabetical order and typically give the following information:

  • Syllables
  • Pronunciation
  • Word type (part of speech)
  • definition

Back to School Night Notes

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Thursday’s Back to School Night (formerly curriculum night). If you were not able to join us, here’s what you missed!

Below are the handouts I shared, the slide presentation, and the students’ video explaining their class mission and vision. I hope it’s helpful (and that you enjoy the video!).


The handouts I shared include:

  • explanation of ways we’ve built our class community
  • overview of main curricular focus during the year
  • special subjects
  • Classroom management
  • Homework
  • Communication
  • What to expect of a a 3rd grader

Slide Presentation

  • volunteer opportunities
  • math overview
  • language arts overview
  • social studies overview
  • homework
  • communication
  • class community

Room 3B Mission and Vision Video 2019 (Click the link to watch the class’s video presentation – enjoy!)

Highlights of the Week 9/20/19

We had a busy week! Highlights include:

  • picture day
  • finished writing about our artifacts
  • finished our mission and vision video
  • made array cards for facts 0 – 10
  • wrote Friday comment cards
  • choice time recycle challenge – can we get Al from one island to another?
  • created a library check-out system for class library books
  • earned ten class tickets for picking up playground trash
  • started posting on See-saw about our quilt squares
  • had parent night on Thursday
  • made multiplication fact card and sorted into facts I know and facts I’m working on
  • choice time activities
  • read further in Map Trap
  • sang songs with Mr. Gould
  • read The World’s Greatest Underachiever by Henry Winkler
  • Frida night is Welcome Back night
  • Friday raffle winner was Elia!
  • We’ve earned 71 class tickets. Almost to our goal of 75!

The week ahead 9/16 – 9/20

Here are the things we’ll be working on this week and a few schedule items to be aware of.

In Language Arts, we are reading stories about how people have made differences in their communities. We will also read the autobiography The World’s Greatest Underachiever, by Henry Winkler. In this story, Mr. Winkler tells about his experiences growing up with dyslexia and the ways he found success in spite of it. Our writing work will focus on creating a final draft piece of writing about our personal artifacts.

In math, we are continuing to explore representing multiplication as arrays. Students will look for ways to find the area of an array without counting individual squares or skip counting. Instead, they will look for known facts that can help them solve more complicated multiplication problems. Later in the week, we will work on identifying multiplication facts we already know and those we are working on.

In social studies, we are creating a video project to illustrate our class mission and vision. When that’s done, we’ll continue looking at map skills. We’ll learn about intermediate directions and symbols on a highway map.

Back to School Night is Thursday 9/19. I’m looking forward to having time to talk about our curriculum plans for the year and showcase some of the students’ work on Thursday evening. We’ll meet in my room at 6:00 for a presentation and then walk together to the student center for a social gathering and chance to meet the enrichment teachers.

Third grade is hosting a Bake Sale on October 4. Look for a sign-up genius in your email for information on how to help out.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 17: School Pictures (red/khaki uniforms required)
  • September 18: Individual Pictures, grades K-4
  • September 18: School Pictures (red/khaki uniforms required)
  • September 18: Noon Dismissal (no hot lunch provided), faculty meetings
  • September 19: Back to School Night grades K-4
  • September 20: Welcome Back Night
  • October 4: Grade 3 Bake Sale to benefit Community Food Bank
  • November 22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip

Spelling and Grammar 9/16 – 9/20

Spelling: Words with short i and short u

  1. awful
  2. citizen
  3. conduct
  4. decision
  5. disagree
  6. establish
  7. hectic
  8. inquire
  9. interrupt
  10. opinion
  11. results
  12. submit
  13. success
  14. suggestion
  15. witness

Watch-Out Words

  • could have
  • should have
  • would have
  • might have



  • The complete subject  of a sentence includes all of the words that tell about the subject. (My aunt’s heroism inspired many people.)
  • The complete predicate of a sentence includes all of the words that tell about the predicate. (Today I follow her brave example)
  • The simple subject is the most important word in the subject. It can be a noun or pronoun. (My grandpa volunteers every week.)
  • The simple predicate is the most important word in the predicate. It is the verb. (He found volunteering to be rewarding.)
  • phrase is a group of words that does not have a subject and a predicate.
  • dependent clause has a subject and verb, but does not express a complete thought.



improve, individual, neighborhood, offer, volunteer, benefit, clarify, comparison, duty, identify, impact, learn, point of view, narrator

Highlights of the Week 9/13

Happy Friday! Here are some of our highlights from the week. (These can make great conversation starters at home!)

  • Friday class compliment cards are a great way to end the week!
  • We are working on a video project about our mission and vision (hopefully ready by Back to School Night!)
  • We took our reading and math Renaissance tests.
  • We took our first Science quiz.
  • We started to organize some of our work for portfolios and began planning for things to put online.
  • We’re adding more and more class tickets.
  • We helped with Casa Maria lunch bags.
  • At morning meetings, we check in and talk about how people are feeling.
  • We learned about elements of poetry.
  • We hosted Wednesday chapel and Mr. Gould read silly poems about self control (or lack thereof).
  • We learned the basic strokes of cursive writing.
  • We explored making arrays in math and we learned about prime and composite numbers.

Have a great weekend!

A sampling of some of our Friday class compliment cards. Students pick a classmate’s name at random and write them a note about something they’ve done during the week.