Welcome to Third Grade

April Update


Happy Spring!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable spring break!

Reading: We begin a new unit on poetry. Students will learn all about the basic elements about poems, as well as examples of figurative language. They will read different types of poems and write their very own poems as we celebrate the national Poetry month!

Writing: Students have worked hard on writing opinion essays- they have become experts on coming up with a thesis and supporting details. They will wrap up this unit by editing and revising, after which they will write their final drafts. We will celebrate by having them present their writing to their classmates and to other classes as well!

Math:  Our current unit in math is fractions. Students are learning that fractions name parts of a whole or of a group/set and that fractions can be represented using different models, including the number line. Students must continue to study their multiplication facts. Please encourage them to do so!

Science: Students are having a lot fun with our current unit- Water and Climate. They are conducting experiments to explore the properties of water as they ask themselves questions such as, “What happens when hot or cold water is put into room temperature water?” They are exploring key vocabulary words such as “density.”

Social Science: With Earth Day coming up soon, students will spend some time thinking of ways they can help the Earth be “healthy”- they will read many books about the Earth and work on art/poetry projects as well.


Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, April 19th- Report Card Pick Up Day: 12:00-3:00 and 3:45-6:30

Friday, April 21st- Third Quarter Awards Assembly at 2:00 pm


I look forward to meeting with you on the 19th!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns!

March- Reminder!


Third graders will be taking the PARCC tests on the following days:


·       March 13: PARCC Gr. 3 ELA Unit 1

·       March 14: PARCC Gr. 3 ELA Unit 2

·       March 15: PARCC Gr. 3 ELA Unit 3

·       March 16: PARCC Gr. 3 Math Unit 1

·       March 17: PARCC Gr. 3 Math Unit 2

·       March 20: PARCC Gr. 3 Math Unit 3

·       March 21: PARCC Gr. 3 Math Unit 4 

Parents, please remind students to read daily at least for 20 minutes and have their reading logs signed by you. This will be collected at the end of the month and counted as HW grade. Also, please encourage them to practice their math skills on IXL- I have marked (put a star by) the skills that we are currently working on. Practicing these skills will be valuable!

December- Reminder!

Dates to Note:

Dec. 16- Third Grade Science Fair (location: room 206) Parents are welcome!

Dec. 23- Progress Reports Sent Home

Dec. 26- Jan. 8  Winter Vacation

Please encourage students to read daily and practice their multiplication facts over break. They will bring home flash cards they made in class to help practice their math facts! 

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

November Update

Happy Thanksgiving!

It was a pleasure to meet you on Report Card Pick Up Day!

Second quarter is off to a great start and students have set some wonderful goals for the new quarter! Ask them to share these with you.

Reading: We wrapped up our unit on realistic fiction and are beginning a unit on expository nonfiction. Please be sure to sign students’ reading logs daily and encourage them to read aloud to a family member in order to work on their fluency.

Writing: After publishing and sharing their narrative stories, we are working on a unit on informational writing. Students brainstormed, organized, and are currently working on planning their books. Ask them to “teach” you all about their topics!

Math: We began our next unit on multiplication. Students are learning to represent and model multiplication in different ways to develop a concrete understanding of it- please remind them to keep up with daily HW and to practice their math skills on IXL as much as they can.

Social Science: In Second Step, we are learning all about empathy. Students have been thinking about what it means to understand someone else’s feelings, to understand perspectives, and to show compassion to each other in order to build a safe and respectful community.

Science: Our unit is on animals and students are excited to learn about how animals are classified. They are also working on their science fair investigations in groups.


Dates to Note:

11/9   Report Card Pick Up Day

11/11  Veterans Day – No School

11/14  First Quarter Awards Assembly

11/23-11/25  No school- Thanksgiving

12/5 Third Grade Music Performance (5pm)

October 3, 2016

October Updates

Happy Fall!
It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at Open House. 
We are off to a great start and students are adjusting well to the expectations of third grade.

ReadingWe are currently studying realistic fiction, with focus on story elements, problem-solution, and characters. Please encourage students to read at home everyday and remember to sign their new reading logs.

 Writing- Students have been working hard collecting personal narrative stories using a variety of writing strategies during writer’s workshop. Ask them to tell you about some of these!

 Math- We have been working on adding and subtracting up to three digit numbers using a variety of strategies, as well as word problems. If they are struggling with addition and subtraction facts, they need to be practicing at home in order to keep up with multi-digit operations.

 Science- Students have been conducting investigations using seeds. They have been observing different seeds in our mini sprouters, as well as the class sprouter, trying to answer the focus question, “What effect does water have on seeds?”

 Social ScienceAsk students to tell you about their community project. In Second Step, we have been learning about skills for learning- have them sing you the “Be a Learner” song and explain what skills are required for learning!

 Reminder- Students have access to compass learning, raz-kids, and math ixl. Please encourage them to use these valuable resources on a consistently. As part of HW, I have asked that they go on a different website each day.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Dates to Note:

October 7, Friday- Q1 Progress Reports sent home

October 10, Monday- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day


Sep. 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year!

My name is Mrs. Lee and I will be your child’s third teacher in room 206 in the 2016-2017 school year.

Third grade is a challenging year for students in many ways. It is a year of important transitions, and a time when acquisition of new skills is accelerated. Students will take the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) tests which are diagnostic and computerized adaptive assessments in reading and math, as well as the PARRC assessment in the spring. Students will learn a variety of reading strategies so that they are able to make meaning out of different genres of text independently. In math, it is crucial that they practice their basic math facts daily, since a lot of what they will learn in third grade will build on these foundational skills. The first unit in science is on the structures of life, in which we begin by focusing on plants. In social studies, we start by thinking about the idea of “communities” which will be explored in various ways. Students will continue to engage in the writer’s workshop daily. I hope to see them writing both in school and at home throughout the year.

It is very important that students come to school everyday on time, ready to learn.
Please be sure to check their agenda daily. If your child is absent, please make sure he/she brings an excuse note upon return to school. Progress reports (both academic and social/emotional) will be sent home on a regular basis, so please be sure to look over them carefully.

Our class is scheduled to have P.E. daily from 10:40-11:10, followed by music from 11:10-11:40, so please make sure students come to school wearing the appropriate clothes and shoes everyday.
Please return the parent survey and any other forms that were sent home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send a note to school with your child or email me. My email address is mlee3@cps.edu

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

School hours: 8:30-3:30

OPEN HOUSE will be on Tuesday, September 13, 4:30-5:30.