December 4

Welcome to December!  It’s so hard to believe we are almost at the midpoint of the school year!


Our book fair day is Monday. Please send money in on that day if you wish to have your child purchase books. The other opportunity to purchase books from the book fair will be on Friday, December 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm during PCE Holiday Story Night.



The schedule for the week before our winter break will be as follows:

Wednesday, December 20 AND Thursday, December 21 will be early dismissal days. Our “Grinch” class party will be on Wednesday and Thursday will be a Polar Express / pajama day. More information will be coming home soon! Please let me know if your child will not be here either of those days.



ELA: This week we will continue to work on asking thoughtful questions as we read. We will read the book, Brave Irene. We will work with partners and closely read to annotate how the main character feels and character traits to describe her based on what she thinks, say,s and does. This book has great examples of non-literal language, specifically personification. We will write a paragraph about how the author uses personification to describe the forceful wind Irene has to overcome.

Vocabulary this week:
coax: gently urge
resent: feel something is unfai
ill-tempered: angry or cross
meddle: cause problems
fret: worry
heed: pay attention to

Math: We will take an assessment on basic fractions on Monday. We will then move on to measuring lengths to the nearest quarter inch using a ruler. We will collect several measurements and learn how to organize the data and place it on a line plot.

Example of a line plot:

Social Studies: This week we will learn about the Midwestern states. We will learn about the land and water features, climate, culture, industry and resources, and landmarks. Students will bring home their packet and map to study. We will not have the test until the following week.

Resources this week:
Monday: Book Fair (media)
Tuesday: music
Wednesday: art
Thursday: pe
Friday: computer

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November 6

Our field trip to Marineland is Tuesday, November 7. We will leave school at 9:30. Please send a sack lunch if you chose that option on the form. Please wear the PCE green field trip shirt also. We will complete three rotations: a mock beach rescue, a behind the seas tour, and lunch.

Friday, November 10 at 9:00 am is the first PCE Veteran’s Day flag-raising. Third grade will be singing several patriotic songs. Please join us if you can.Image result for Veterans Day Clip Art

ELA: This week, we will read a great book, The Raft by Jim LaMarche. This is our final book focusing on the comprehension strategy of making inferences. We will also focus on the main character Nicky and how he changes throughout the story. We will also look at the central message or life lesson the author shares through writing this book.

Math: We have started our unit on understanding fractions. We are currently working on partitioning a whole into equal parts by folding or drawing lines. We are working with long, narrow rectangles which will help us to be successful when we need to separate a number line into equal parts next week. Please check the Communication Binder for the math sheets we have been working on in class.

Science: A study guide for our unit on animal classification will be sent home on Monday. The test will be Wednesday. The information on the study guide will be directly related to the test.

Resources this week:
Monday: Music
Tuesday: field trip
Wednesday: pe
Thursday: none
Friday: media

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October 30

Happy Halloween Week! All report cards will be available on Tuesday, October 31st in HAC. Please let me know if you need us to print a paper copy for you.


Our field trip to Marineland is approaching… Tuesday, November 7. I will send home details as the date is closer.

The Vocabulary Parade is at 9:00 am on Friday, November 17. We would love for you to come to see it! Costumes can be worn that day or sent in any day that week. If students want to change afterward, that is fine.

ELA: This week, we will work with close reading strategies as we read The Giving Tree. We will also learn a new group discussion protocol called the Socratic Seminar. The Socratic Seminar helps build critical thinking skills and communication skills. We will read the text several times, learn to annotate the text, and then students will be given open-ended questions to think about. Students will then sit in a circle to respectfully discuss the questions and give reasons and evidence to support their thinking.

Math: We will finish our unit on addition, subtraction, rounding, and perimeter. Here is our class chart about perimeter.  

Our next unit is fractions, which is a major part of the third grade math curriculum.

Science: Look for a study guide for our animal groups unit this week. The date of the test will be in the Communication Binder.

Social Studies: We will learn about the southeast region of the United States. Students will label the 12 states in our region, learn about the physical characteristics, climate, natural resources, culture, and landmarks. Resources this week:
Monday: media
Tuesday: music
Wednesday: art
Thursday: pe
Friday: none

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October 23



Just wanted to share a photo of our class pumpkin we made for Family Game Night last Friday. We love the book Wonder that we are reading, so we decided to copy the cover of the book which represents the main character Auggie Pullman.



ELA: Last week, we worked on writing, revising, and publishing a piece focused on the main character from the story, The Paper Bag Princess. Students introduced the story and main character with two character traits describing her. They then wrote a paragraph about each trait citing evidence from the story. They also tried a first attempt at using elaboration to further explain the evidence. Overall, they did an awesome job! We hung them in our window.

This week, we will read two texts written by the same author, Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace. We will continue to make inferences about the main character based on what she does, says, and thinks about. Students will also complete a feelings graph while putting important story events in order. We will also use the following organizational strategy to summarize the books. This is great to use with chapter books being read at home.

MATH: We continue to work on addition and subtraction. We will work with 3 digit numbers for both operations, with and without regrouping. We will also be reviewing for our unit 3 assessment. The main topics will include addition and subtraction within 1,000, rounding whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100, and the properties of these operations.

SCIENCE: In science, small groups will research an animal group together, create a visual, and teach the class about the animal group. They created the following expectations for a “good” presentation. : ) Resources this week:
Monday: none
Tuesday: media
Wednesday: music
Thursday: art
Friday: pe

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October 16, 2017

This Character Counts Week! Below are the daily themes for specific character traits:
Monday: Trustworthiness is a superpower. Dress as a super hero. Wear a cape, colors or your favorite super hero shirt.
Tuesday: Respect others by putting yourself in their shoes. Wear crazy socks or mix-matched shoes.
Wednesday: Citizenship / Patriotism is shown by wearing red, white, and blue.
Thursday: Show responsibility. Be a team player and wear your favorite team’s colors.
Friday: Caring is being kind and compassionate. Puma cubs care, so wear your Picolata Puma colors!

ELA: This week, we will continue making inferences about the characters in our books based on what they say, what they do, and what they think about. We will also focus on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by rereading the sentence the word is in as well as the sentences before and after.

An example of this would be:
“All afternoon the relatives hovered over Julius. They kissed his wet pink nose. They admired his small black eyes. And they stroked his sweet while fur.”  We can see that the word hovered means to stay close by because the relatives are kissing, admiring, and stroking the new baby because he is a sweet, newborn baby.

Vocabulary this week:
doubtful: uncertain or unsure
nifty: very good, clever, or useful
ghastly: horrible
dazzle: amaze or impress
quiver: tremble or shake
command: order someone to do something

MATH: We are moving on to adding 3-digit numbers. We will learn several strategies to find the answers to these types of problems. One strategy we started working with last Friday was using expanded form which reinforces number sense and place value.


SCIENCE: We are moving on to animals! We will classify animals into two main groups: vertebrates and invertebrates. Within these two main groups, we will go further into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and arthropods (crustaceans, arachnids, and insects). We will classify based on their physical and behavioral characteristics. Students will work in groups to create presentations on one animal group. they will teach the class the important characteristics of that group.



Resources this week:
Monday: pe
Tuesday: computer
Wednesday: media
Thursday: music
Friday: art

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October 9, 2017

Picture retakes have been rescheduled for October 16. This is due to the fact that some families have not received the first pictures and will need time to decide if they want a retake or not.

Image result for children running clipartThe first annual PCE Puma Pacer will be on Thursday, October 12. Our class will be running between 10:30 and 11:00.

Please send your pledge form in by Wednesday, October 11 OR you can go online to

Donations / pledges can be per-lap or a flat dollar amount. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000. Thank you for any support with this fundraiser! Your donations will go to:

  • Swings
  • P.E. Equipment
  • Learning Programs
  • Hot Lunch Assistance
  • Fence around the P.E. field

Also, the field trip permission form came home this week for our trip to Marineland. Check your child’s Communication Binder if you have not seen it. Please let me know if you need another copy!

ELA: We are going back to fiction text this week and applying a new reading strategy: making inferences. This is something we do as we read but may not realize it. Learning about connecting what we know and what the text tells us really aids comprehension.

Vocabulary this week:
unfortunate – unlucky, not lucky
fortunate – lucky
immense – huge or very large
fierce – dangerous or violent
fiercest – most dangerous or most violent
magnificent – having great beauty or size
ungrateful – not thankful or not grateful

Math: We are working on rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred this week. We will use vertical and horizontal number lines to help us visualize rounding and estimation. Below is a vertical number line showing 47 rounding to 50 and 44 rounding to 40. We always identify the benchmark numbers and the halfway point to help us plot each number to be rounded.

Science:  We are currently studying plants and have a few labs going on in our classroom. We are testing a plant’s response to sunlight and are observing pinto and lima beans to see which one germinates first. Our question was: Do seeds need soil in order to germinate? We worked in teams to set up the germination lab using the scientific method. This week we will continue to record our observations.

Resources this week:
Monday: art
Tuesday: pe
Wednesday: none
Thursday: media
Friday: music

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September 25, 2017

Please bring a green leaf to class on Monday for our science lesson.Image result for leaf



I hope to see you this Thursday, September 28 at 6:00! The Curriculum Chat will begin in the cafeteria and then move to our classroom. 

ELA: We begin a new unit this week. We will be learning how to read informational text. Authors place specific text features within informational text to help readers better understand. Informational text is more challenging to read at times because a lot of the information is new to the reader.

As we read several informational books together and during independent reading this week, we will talk about the purpose of each text feature we locate.  It’s very important to locate these text features and think about the information they give BEFORE we even read the article or page.

Vocab this week:
customary: usual or normal
energize: give energy or strength
appetizing: tasty or good to eat
plain: without anything added OR simple and not fancy OR a large area of flat land
differ: is different
refreshing: if something is refreshing, it makes you feel fresh, lively, and strong again

MATH: We took our first timed multiplication test this week. The facts were a mixture of X2 and X5.  There were 30 facts and the time was 2 minutes. This is not graded, but students keep a record of their scores in their math journals. The focus is on growth. Please keep working toward memorization at home.

I have created an account for the math game Prodigy. I will share this with you Thursday night. The link is found to the right on the Math page.

This week, we will continue our study of area. We didn’t quite reach our lesson on the distributive property last week and will learn about this on Monday. Here is what our learning goal is:

Rather than find the area of a space 8cm by 6cm, we can look at adding 5X6 and 3X6. We can use this property to find the area of a shape with larger dimensions. Since we do not know all of our multiplication facts, we can look for smaller factor pairs and add two sections together.

SCIENCE: We will begin our unit on the Organization and Development of Living Organisms. We will review the main parts of a plant and their functions, the process of photosynthesis, and the four types of leaves (flowering plants, plants with cones, ferns, and mosses).

We will observe leaves with a hand lens and talk about the function of a leaf. Knowing about the parts we see will help us understand our lab on Tuesday.Image result for Labeled Parts of a Leaf

Resources this week:
Monday: media
Tuesday: music
Wednesday art
Thursday: pe
Friday: none

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September 18, 2017

I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow! It feels like forever since we left before Hurricane Irma. Our classroom was safe and sound on Friday with no damage. I rearranged everything that we moved on that last day. All is good!

Our Curriculum Chat has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 pm. Many other school related events will be rescheduled also.

ELA: In reading, we continue with the comprehension strategy of visualizing. Strong readers must think about the author’s words and visualize the characters and events in a fiction text to comprehend well. We will work with two texts this week, Cherries and Cherry Pits and Aunt Flossie’s Hats. We will apply what we practice in class with visualizing to our chapter books.

One suggestion for at home reading: Before reading, ask your child to mark one place in their text where they were able to visualize something be cause of the author’s words.
Questions to ask:
What did you picture in your mind?
Read the part of your book aloud where the author described this.
What specific phrases or sentences helped you visualize?

Our vocabulary for this week:
floppy: soft and hanging down loosely
recall: remember
clatter: when things clatter, they bang together or rattle noisily
disaster: an event such as a fire, flood, or storm that causes a lot of damage or suffering
celebration: a happy event held to honor a special occasion
retrieve: bring or get something back

MATH: We begin our math unit on area this week. Area is the measure of square units need to cover a flat surface. There is a clear connection between the area of squares and rectangles and the concept of an array (multiplication).






Below are 2 online links to work with area:

Online Area Game

Khan Academy Area Practice

We will also learn about how to apply the distributive property when finding area. The distributive property is breaking apart a large area into two smaller areas for easier computation.

  • An example of the distributive property:   8 X 4 = (8 X 2) + (8 X 2)

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will finish up our geography unit by exploring different types of maps and their purposes… political maps, physical maps, population maps, and elevation maps. We will also learn to use a map scale to determine distances between cities on a map.

SCIENCE: We will begin our unit on the Organization and Development of Living Organisms. We will review the main parts of a plant and their functions, the process of photosynthesis, and the four types of leaves (flowering plants, plants with cones, ferns, and mosses).

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Resources this week:
Monday: none
Tuesday: media – Please return your books.
Wednesday: music
Thursday: art
Friday: pe

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September 4, 2017

Please join me next Tuesday evening in room 529! If you are unable to come, please let me know and we can schedule a time to go over everything I cover that night.

ELA: First of all, thank you parents for continuing to encourage reading at home! This is our core homework because I feel it is most important for reading success. At school, I talk with students about what they are reading and they also share with the class or a small group, certain aspects of their books.

This week, we will look closely at the text Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams. We are using this text to make ourselves aware of how authors use their descriptive words to help us visualize what is happening in a story or book. This is a very important skill for good readers. If we can’t visualize what is going on in what we are reading, then comprehension is lost. By making note of descriptive clues the author writes, we develop these pictures as we read. After practicing the visualizing strategy during our lessons, we can then apply it to our independent reading books.

Being able to locate and identify sections of text where the author helps us visualize and then being able to communicate what you picture in your mind are two things readers can do at home during their at home reading.

MATH: We are finishing up our introduction to multiplication and division this week. We will finish division Tuesday and Wednesday and have an assessment on Thursday. Look for a few math problems Tuesday and Wednesday for homework.

To build multiplication fluency at home, I suggest focusing on one factor at a time, for instance X3.
—-You can work on skip counting by 3 up to 36          3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24-27-30-33-36
—-Pull out all of the X3 flash cards and practice until the facts are memorized
—-Always have your child say the entire fact aloud
—-Create short quizzes of only the X3 facts
—-Here are also a few links for online practice:

Multiplication Frenzy

Penguin Jump

Space Race

Key understandings for multiplication and division:

  • Both operations involve equal groups.
  • Multiplication is combining equal groups to create a product.
  • Division is partitioning a large group into smaller, equal groups.

Multiplication and division will be revisited throughout the year.

SOCIAL STUDIES: This week, we will have a short quiz where students will have to label all 7 continents and 5 oceans correctly. We have been working on this a lot at school. A study sheet will come home on Tuesday. We will also learn how a map scale works and how the scale is a way to measure mileage on a map. Lastly, we will explore our social studies books and classroom geography books to find all types of thematic maps… political, physical, climate, natural resources, etc.

Upcoming Events:

Resources this week:
Monday: no school
Tuesday: pe
Wednesday: none
Thursday: media
Friday: music

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August 28, 2017

A reminder that Picture Day is tomorrow. This will only be individual photos. Make-ups will be October 9. We have completed our iReady online baseline reading assessment and will complete the math portion next week.

READING:Image result for the spooky tail of prewitt peacock This week, we will use the text, The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet. Our focus will be on characterization and determining the central message. We have been talking about the characters in our books and how we decide what character traits we can use to describe them. We notice what the character says, what the character does, and what the character thinks about. These lead us to a trait. This is something you could discuss at home and apply to the characters in your chapter books.

We will also talk about the central message / life lesson the author is sharing in this text.

Vocabulary:  flutter   clutch   dodge   heartbreaking   fury   bewildered

WRITING: We are starting to write in our Writing Journals! We are creating lists of people, moments, memories, and feelings we can write about. Reading mentor texts and learning about how the authors use their own memories to write stories will help us develop our own.

MATH:  Over the past week, we have created this chart to show the multiplication strategies we have learned. This week, we will explore 3 multiplication properties:

We will take our end of chapter test mid-week. Then, we will begin division and how it relates to multiplication.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue our unit on geography. One goal is to identify and label the seven continents and five oceans. We will also compare maps and globes to develop an understanding of the concept of distortion

Resources this week:
Monday: music
Tuesday: art
Wednesday: pe
Thursday: none
Friday: media

Important Dates:


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