Highlights of the week

Here are our highlights from the first week back from rodeo break.

  • We picked a design for the “Love of Reading” door decorating contest. The winning design was by Genevieve, Giada, and Baron.
  • We brought in eggs and packed bags for Casa Maria.
  • Friday raffle and class tickets.
  • Finished reading about Tucson history and will be starting timelines soon.
  • Getting excited for book fair and Love of Reading next week.
  • We wrote scripts based on stories we’ve read and presented in class on Friday.
  • Started learning about matter in language arts.
  • Investigating properties of triangles in math.
  • Spelling and writing tests on Friday.
  • In Science, we investigated weather.
  • Read “The Greedy Triangle”
  • Started making shirts for Fine Arts Night
  • Making books in Technology class
  • Studied dialogue in the book “Terrific”
  • Read a play called “Melt the Snow”

An impromptu read-aloud session before school on Friday

Welcome back!

Welcome back from Rodeo Break! I hope everyone had time to relax and refresh themselves. I’m looking forward to hearing about trips, games, family time, and more!

This week, we will be starting unit 5 in our language arts work. The theme of this unit is Mysteries of Mattter and students will be exploring what makes matter change through reading plays, science texts, and interviews. We will work on writing short plays as well as writing reviews of what we’ve read.

In math, we will continue to investigate area and perimeter with an exploration of the question how big is my foot? Students will learn how to describe the dimensions, perimeter, and approximate area of their foot using different measuring tools. Later in the week, we will be studying attributes of triangles and quadrilaterals.

In social studies, we will review what we learned about Tucson’s history and will begin a group project. Students will work in small groups to determine ten important events in Tucson’s history and construct an illustrated timeline and video telling the history of our community.

It’s third grade’s turn to provide eggs for the church’s Casa Maria program. Every month, St. Michael’s prepares 500 lunches for people in need. Each month, a different grade is asked to help provide eggs for egg salad sandwiches. February 28th is third grade’s turn to provide eggs.  Each student may bring one dozen hard boiled, peeled eggs.  The eggs may be brought to school on Thursday or Friday.  In addition to donating eggs, all are welcome to join St. Michael’s parishioners in the sandwich making and brown bag packing Friday evening.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Fine arts night is coming on April 3. Ms. Allen has asked us to share the following request:

This year our Fine Arts Night performance is called Big Beautiful Planet.It is a small musical about our beautiful planet and how important it is that we take care of our home.

I am creating a photo montage of all your fabulous children for the performance. I am requesting that you send me one photo of your child (or children) enjoying or helping our beautiful planet earth.Perhaps you have a photo from a camping or hiking trip.Maybe you have a snapshot of your child taking out recycling or gardening.These are just a few ideas. 

Our performance is April 3rd and I want to create the montage on March 20th.Please send the photos to my email kallen@stmichael.net no later than March 20th.I can not add any more photos after that date so, if you want your child (children) in the montage, I MUST have your photo by March 20th. 

Thank you and see you at Fine Arts Night!

Ms Allen


Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, February 25: Mardi Gras pancake lunch provided
  • Friday, February 28th: Eggs for Casa Maria (third grade’s turn to bring in hard-boiled eggs)
  • March 2-6: Love of Reading Week
  • Wednesday, March 4: Report Cards sent home
  • Tuesday, March 10: field trip to the Tucson Museum of Art
  • Friday, April 3: Fine Arts Night
  • Friday, April 17th: field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

Word Work for 2/24-2/28

Spelling: Words with Long i: ie, igh

  1. dried
  2. flashlight
  3. flight
  4. fried
  5. frightful
  6. higher
  7. lied
  8. lightly
  9. nightmare
  10. pried
  11. sigh
  12. slightly
  13. sunlight
  14. tried
  15. untied

Watch-Out Words

  • die
  • dye
  • cell
  • sell


Grammar: Adjectives and Comparison Adjectives

An adjective describes, or tells about, a noun. It usually comes before the noun it describes.

For most adjectives, add -er followed by than to compare two things. If the adjective has three or more syllables, use more followed by than. When you make a comparison, use -er or more.

  • The morning was warmer than the afternoon.
  • Snow in Tucson is more unusual than sunny weather.

For most adjectives, add -est to compare three or more things. Use the before the adjective. If an adjective has three or more syllables, use the most before the adjective. When you make a comparison of three or more things, use -est or most before the adjective.

  • Is a snowflake the quietest thing to fall?
  • Snow is the most amazing form of water.


Social Studies and Academic Vocabulary:

form, freeze, liquid, melt, solid, temperature, thermometer, alter, occur, state, substance, trap, character, connection, scene


This week students continue to investigate properties of water and observe the phenomenon of how temperature affects water’s state and density. Students use standard metric units to measure temperature and observe the properties of water as it is heated, cooled, and frozen.  We will also construct a thermometer and find that water expands as it is heated. Students compare the density of water at different temperatures and find that warm water is less dense than cool water, and that ice is less dense than liquid water.  We’ll then go outdoors to investigate melting of ice in different conditions.

Quizzes are graded and coming home this week!

February 10-14; Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m looking forward to being back at school with the students on Monday after taking a couple of sick days last week. I’m feeling better and am eager to catch up with them and see what they’ve done!

In language arts this week, we will be wrapping up our work in Unit 4 with reading and writing assessments. In addition, students will be developing a persuasive essay that explains their opinion with clear reasons and a logical flow of ideas. There is no spelling list this week.

On Friday, students will be putting together patchwork quilts for the historical fiction books that were read in January. For homework during the week, students should work on completing the organizer that will be sent home on Monday. They are also free to work on any components of the project that will help them be prepared for Friday.

In math, we are studying strategies for finding the area of rectangular shapes. Students are exploring ways that they can use different shapes to completely cover an area. They will also spend some time investigating rectangles that have the same area, but different perimeters and vice-versa.

In social studies, we will continue reading about Tucson history. Students are developing a timeline of important events and, after rodeo break, will work to select and explain their choices for the ten most important events we’ve studied.

Friday is Valentine’s Day! During the week, students should prepare their own “mailbox” for collecting Valentines. This could be a shoebox, tissue box, paper bag, etc. Students may bring their mailboxes and Valentines in any time during the week. We will distribute Valentines on Friday after lunch. Please bring Valentines for all students in third grade. Ms. Stalkfleet helpfully made a nice graphic to give you all of the names:

We have new field trips coming up in March and April – check the sign up sheets outside class if you’re able to drive. And, speaking of field trips, if you have any Tubac schoolhouse costumes that were borrowed from Ms. Stalkfleet, please send them back (washed) this week. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day; historical fiction book projects; End of second trimester
  • February 17-21: Rodeo Break
  • Friday, February 28th: Eggs for Casa Maria (third grade’s turn to bring in hard-boiled eggs)
  • Wednesday, March 4: Report Cards sent home
  • Tuesday, March 10: field trip to the Tucson Museum of Art
  • Friday, April 17th: field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

Word Work 2/3-2/7

Spelling: Verbs ending in -ing

  1. announcing
  2. attending
  3. beautifying
  4. collecting
  5. considering
  6. doubling
  7. educating
  8. erasing
  9. forgiving
  10. gathering
  11. hiring
  12. mistreating
  13. notifying
  14. realizing
  15. spreading

Watch-Out Words

  • bring
  • take
  • where
  • were


Grammar: Forms of be and have

The verb to be is a linking verb. It links the subject of a sentence to a noun that tells what the subject is. Or it links the subject to a word that describes the subject. The verb to be has special forms: 

  • I am
  • You are
  • She/he/it is
  • We are
  • They are

The verb to have can be a main verb telling what the subject has. The verb to have can also be the helping verb before the main verb. The verb to have has special forms:

  • I have
  • You have
  • She/he/it has
  • We have
  • They have


Vocabulary: Classify Words

You can group, or classify words that tell about the same topic. This gives a deeper understanding of the topic.