The Week Ahead 10/28 – 11/1

Is your foot a foot long? How far can a third grader jump? How wide is the classroom? In math this week, we will continue our study of data by investigating these questions and more. Our first investigation of analyzing categorical data is concluding and we will begin to look at measurement data.  We will discuss equivalent measurements in yards, feet, and inches, and will work to measure accurately to the nearest half-inch. We will learn to represent our data using line plots and will work on making accurate mathematical observations about the data we collect.

In language arts, we will read a science article, When the Wolves Returned, that describes work to restore wolf populations in Yellowstone National Park. In analyzing the information in the article, we will identify cause and effect and the sequence of events. In our writing work, we will discuss what makes a good research source.

Our social studies work continues to focus on map skills. Students will look at maps of regions of the United States and learn about what makes each region unique.

On Halloween this Thursday, we will have a third grade party after specials in the afternoon, followed by the lower school Halloween parade. As a reminder, regarding costumes, here are the school guidelines: “Students may wear their costumes to school, and accessories (masks, wands etc) will be allowed only during the parade. Students are still required to wear comfortable shoes to participate in PE and/or outdoor play as usual. Face paint, gory costumes, and toy weapons will not be permitted.”

In November, St. Michael’s students will be participating in our annual Canned Food Drive. We will be collecting canned goods from November 4 – 25. We will be setting a class goal for the number of cans we will try to gather.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday 10/31: Halloween Party (2:15) and Costume Parade (2:45)
  • Saturday 11/2: Kindergarten Car Wash to benefit Community Food Bank and St. Michael’s Food Pantry
  • Friday 11/8: Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday 11/11: Veterans Day – No School
  • Wednesday 11/20: Noon Dismissal, Faculty Meetings
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac School House Field Trip

Word Work 10/28 – 11/1

Unit 2, Week 3 Word Work

Spelling: Words with digraphs th and ng

  1. although
  2. belong
  3. during
  4. feathers
  5. fitting
  6. nothing
  7. rather
  8. springing
  9. strength
  10. stung
  11. surroundings
  12. therefore
  13. thorny
  14. throughout
  15. together

Watch-Out Words

  • neither
  • nor
  • either
  • or

Grammar: Contractions, Compound Subjects and Predicates

  • Contractions combine two words and use an apostrophe to mark where letters were removed.
  • Simple sentences that have the same subject or predicate can be combined into a compound sentence.


Science Vocabulary: drought, ecosystem, food chain, level, river

Academic Vocabulary: cause, competition, effect, nature, negative, positive, resources


Highlights of the Week for 10/21 – 10/25

  • collecting survey data from other classes about their favorite recess activities and making graphs to analyze it
  • Jacob won the Friday raffle and 82 class tickets
  • finished reading Map Trap by Andrew Clements
  • studied and wrote puns and riddles: (What do mummies listen to on the radio? Wrap music! What do you call a bison who exercises? A BUFFalo!)
  • Friday compliment cards
  • Halloween origami during Friday choice time
  • learned about literal and nonliteral language
  • learned ways that writers can use language to engage the reader
  • fire drill
  • 8th grade bake sale
  • spelling test and language arts assessments
  • sang in chapel and Mr. Gould taught the lower school how to sing Place in the Choir
  • learned a new class song: The Grand Old Duke of York
  • math quiz about graphs

The Week Ahead 10/21 – 10/25

This week in language arts, we will be studying types of sentences and breaking words into syllables. In reading, students will explore puns and wordplay in order to distinguish literal and non-literal meanings of words and phrases. Get ready for some groan-worthy humor! Our small group reading books will introduce different ecosystems around the words and the ways that they can be conserved.

Our math study of data will continue with work on constructing bar graphs and pictographs. Students will refine a survey question to gather data from other classes and will work to analyze the data that they collect. We will introduce a new 10-minute math activity called Today’s Number in which students generate addition and subtraction equations to make a target number.

Thank you for a great turnout for last Friday’s Grandparents’ day. We had a nice time showing our thinking and learning and enjoyed working together to analyze data for the question, “What do we love to do with our grandparents?” It was fun to also teach them the game Guess My Rule and play a few rounds.

Thank you, also, for everyone’s help with our bake sale before break. We raised a total of $385 to donate to the Community Food Bank. What a way to help make a difference!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday 10/31: Halloween Party and Costume Parade
  • Friday 11/8: Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday 11/11: Veterans Day – No School
  • Wednesday 11/20: Noon Dismissal, Faculty Meetings
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac School House Field Trip

Word Work, Unit 2 Week 2, 10/21 – 10/25

Spelling: Words with digraphs ck and sh

  1. attack
  2. buck
  3. clash
  4. flesh
  5. livestock
  6. quickness
  7. shallow
  8. sharpen
  9. shed
  10. shout
  11. sickness
  12. speckled
  13. thrash
  14. tricky
  15. vanish

Watch-Out Words

  • blew
  • blue
  • fir
  • fur



There are four kinds of sentences. Each kind has its own purpose:

  • A statement tells something and ends with a period.
  • A question asks something and ends with a question mark.
  • An exclamation shows feeling and ends with an exclamation mark.
  • A command give direction and ends with a period.


Vocabulary Strategy:

Each syllable in a word contains one vowel sound (there may be more than one vowel).

The dictionary entry for a word shows the number of syllables.

Highlights of the week

Welcome back to school. It’s been a busy week back from break! Here’s what we enjoyed doing:

  • Grandparents’ Day Friday – sharing our math thinking and making graphs about things we love to do with our grandparents
  • learning about data and bar graphs
  • we had a visit from the Tucson Symphony Wind Quintet
  • we have 59 class tickets and Michal was the Friday raffle winner
  • Eiley brought in surprise cupcakes
  • Dempsey’s birthday on Monday
  • both third grade classes joined for science class on Friday
  • organized some of our class library books by genre
  • we got our book orders and added new books to the library
  • Friday spelling test and language arts assessments
  • writing about settings for stories using interesting details
  • Mr. Gould played songs on the ukulele – we learned “Rise and Shine”
  • Friday comment cards
  • brought stuffed animals for Tuesday mass
  • played “Guess My Rule” in math and taught our grandparents

Grandparents Day Friday 10/18

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Grandparents (and friends) Day at St. Michael’s. We are looking forward to welcoming guests into our class for part of our morning. The students will be working on a math project with the grandparents to show some of what we’ve been learning this week.

Here is the schedule for the morning:

7:30 – 8 Check in in front of the church

8:05 – 8:40 Welcome in Student Center (Gym)

8:45 – 9:45 Visit In Classroom

9:45 – 10:30 Pictures and snacks in Foundations Courtyard

Word Work for 10/14 – 10/18

Spelling: Words with short e

  1. central
  2. connect
  3. correction
  4. element
  5. enemy
  6. everywhere
  7. exception
  8. exist
  9. insect
  10. messy
  11. pester
  12. several
  13. stem
  14. upset
  15. whenever

Watch-Out Words

  • ant
  • aunt
  • deer
  • dear

Science Vocabulary: amount, behavior, decrease, increase, supply
Academic Vocabulary: balance, compare, contrast, control, inreact, react, scarce

Grammar: Capitalization in titles, commas in addresses, and punctuation of dialogue

  • capitalize the first, last, and any key words in a title
  • italicize or underline titles of books, movies, plays, magazines, newspapers, tv series, and long poems
  • use quotation marks for songs, poems, short stories, chapter titles, articles, or episode titles
  • use commas to separate the parts of an address: street address, city, state, country
  • when writing dialogue, put quotation marks around the speaker’s exact words. Use commas to offset the dialogue from the sentence.

Welcome back!

I hope that everyone had a happy and restful fall break. Mine was spent with some relaxing, a few chores, and a bit of exploring. I spent some time on Mt. Lemmon, visited the Desert Museum, and got to fly in a plane with a friend of mine (he even let me steer the plane briefly!).

Here’s what’s coming up this week as we get back into the swing of things!

In Language Arts, we are beginning our second unit: Nature’s Balance. In this unit, we will read and write about what happens when nature loses its balance. We will be examining ecosystems and discussing why it’s important to keep them healthy. This week, we will be reading a humorous short story, “When the Pigs Took Over,” which tells about what happens when a member of the community brings too many animals into town and the spiraling effects that result. The students will work on reading comprehension strategies of comparing and contrasting information and asking and answering questions. In writing, we will be working on developing a description of the setting for a story, including interesting and relevant details to assist the reader.

Our spelling words have the short -e syllables. In grammar, we are learning rules for capitalization in titles, commas in addresses, and punctuation when writing dialogue.

In Math, we are beginning unit 2: Graphs and Line Plots. This week, we will be completing class surveys to gather data about ourselves. The students will work to categorize and organize data, and will represent data using bar graphs and pictographs. We also will be learning a new 10-minute math routine called “Guess My Rule” in which students look for patterns to discern a sorting rule.

Social Studies will continue to focus on map skills. We will be looking at different types of maps and learning to interpret a physical map of North America.

This week, we will have a special presentation on Thursday from the Tucson Symphony. We will hear a wind quintet and will be learning about the different types of wind instruments.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 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
  • Monday 11/11: Veterans Day – No School
  • Wednesday 11/20: Noon Dismissal, Faculty Meetings
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac School House Field Trip

Highlights of the Week: 9/30 – 10/4

Here are our class highlights from the past week:

  • buddy time with Ms. O’Meara’s class – paper airplane challenges were a lot of fun!
  • our bake sale raised almost $300 for the community Food Bank ($261 as of lunchtime!)
  • making food chains in science
  • lollipops from Sra. Redhouse
  • posting about our work on SeeSaw
  • helping clean and organize the class library
  • extra recess Friday, we learned a new tag game – blob tag!
  • finished Unit 1 in language arts and in math
  • we had a class spelling bee – congrat’s Baron!
  • wrote personal narratives about helping others
  • “How many toes does a fish have?”
  • Friday raffle (Jacob won!)  and class tickets (31 out of 100)
  • picking just right books with our ZPD scores (check out this app that lets you scan books with your phone to check out the level and point value!)
  • waiting for book orders to arrive after break
  • read an issue of Scholastic News

We are excited for Fall Break! Here are some of our plans:

  • visiting the Grand Canyon
  • staying at home and resting
  • hiking Antelope Canyon
  • having family and friends come visit
  • going to San Diego, California
  • Tate’s dog’s birthday (and his brother)
  • going to Mexico
  • Tucson Racquet Club
  • Dempsey’s birthday
  • play with friends
  • camping at Pine Top
  • going to Great Wolf Lodge

Have a great break! See you in a week!