May, 2015 - Updates

Dates to note:
May 12 - Class Field Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry
May 21 - MAP NWEA Reading Test
May 22 - MAP NWEA Math Test
May 25 - No School: Memorial Day

Reading/Social Studies: We wrapped up our unit on poetry in which students had so much fun interpreting different types of poems while distinguishing between literal and nonliteral language. They did a wonderful job coming up with their own examples of figurative language while working on their final poetry projects. These are on display outside our classroom, so please stop by! 
Currently, students are reading all about  the history of our city Chicago and practicing their nonfiction reading skills as well. They are learning to find the main idea and supporting details while reading, distinguish between fact and opinion, use text features to locate key information, and figure out the meaning of unknown words using context clues.

Writing: Students have chosen their favorite storyline and planned their realistic fiction story using a story mountain. They are working hard to bring out the internal conflict in their stories and to write their stories in scenes rather than summaries. They will practice using different strategies to develop their main character, as well as work on strong leads and endings for their stories with the help of mentor texts. 

Math: We are currently exploring geometry- focusing on polygons and solid figures. Students are learning to describe their characteristics using correct math vocabulary. They are also working on figuring out the area and perimeter of polygons using different strategies. It is easy for students to get these two mixed up - ask your child to tell you the difference between the two!

Science: We are wrapping up our unit on water. Clouds (formation and types) will be the last part of our unit. Following this, we will explore the solar system- the Earth's place in it as well as the different planets that make up the solar system. For their project, they will create a model of the solar system.

Please remind students to read for 20 minutes daily and have their reading logs signed. They should also go on raz-kids and compass learning as much as they can to strengthen their reading and math skills.

April, 2015 - Updates


Dates to note:
April 3 - No classes, School Improvement Day
April 6-10 - Spring Break
April 16 - Third Quarter Report Card Pick Up Day

Reading: Students enjoyed studying different types of traditional literature including fairy tales, folk tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales. They learned to identify points of view, compare/contrast stories, as well as determine the central message in the text. Our next unit is on poetry in which students will learn to distinguish literal from nonliteral language as they determine the meaning of different poems. They will work independently, in pairs, and groups to identify and interpret figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, personification, and idioms, as well as write their very own!

Writing: Students are excited to begin the next unit on realistic fiction. They are busy collecting story ideas by imagining stories from ordinary moments and issues in their lives, thinking of stories they wish existed in the world, and developing characters. They will create several possible storylines and choose one version to plan in sequential scenes.

Math: Our next unit is on measurement. Students will solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects. We will begin by reviewing how to read and write time to the nearest minute and solving word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals. Please have them practice reading time and figuring out elapsed time as they go through their daily activities at home.

Science: We began our unit on water with the questions "Why is water important to living things?" and  "How does water change form?" They are exploring the water cycle and key vocabulary related to it, such as evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and accumulation. 

Social Studies: We begin a new unit on Chicago in which students will examine the history and geography of Chicago in order to understand how it came to be what it is and connect the city's past to their lives today. They will examine symbols, photographs, images of artifacts, and other documents in this study.

Reminder- Please remind and encourage students to go on compass learning and raz-kids at home as much as they can to strengthen both their reading and math skills.

February, 2015 - Updates

I hope 2015 is off to a great start!

Reading: Currently, we are wrapping up our unit on biographies. Students have read a variety of biographies both as a whole class, in small groups, and independently. They have been thinking about why biographies are written and what they can learn from the lives of certain individuals.
They are learning to read closely to make sense of the text as they cite evidence to support their thinking. They will work on group biography projects as the final assignment of the unit.

Writing: Students have been working hard in our unit on essays, to come up with big ideas as they generate their claim/thesis. They are in the process of organizing their supporting ideas to back up their thesis. Please ask them to tell you about some of the awesome claims/theses they came up with!

Math: A big goal in third grade is to multiply fluently within 100. Students have been working hard to understand the relationship between multiplication and division, as well as solve multistep word problems. They are becoming more confident in communicating their  reasoning in math verbally with their peers. In order to move forward, it is crucial that they master their multiplication facts- please encourage them to do so daily!

Science: Students have been working collaboratively with room 103 on a habitat project over the past few weeks. They have been working in teams and have done a remarkable job independently planning and carrying out their plans. They are finishing up working on their shoebox models which will be on display soon! 

Social Studies: Going along with our biography unit in reading, students have been studying about the lives of important historical figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. With President's Day being in February, our focus is to examine the lives of presidents and their contributions to our country.

Dates to note:

February 10: Quarter 2 report cards sent home
February 16: NO SCHOOL, President's Day

Reminder- Please remind and encourage students to go on compass learning and raz-kids at home as much as they can to strengthen both their reading and math skills.

In addition, please look over the winter MAP report that was sent home with the report cards and discuss students' progress in light of their goals for the spring MAP.

December, 2014

Please encourage students to read daily and practice their multiplication facts over break.
They also have a HW packet to work on at home to review some of what they have been working on. 
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

Dates to remember:
Winter Break: December 22-January 2
January 19: NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 29: End of Quarter 2
January 30: NO SCHOOL- School Improvement Day

November, 2014

November Updates

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Second quarter is off to a great start. Students have set some wonderful goals for the new quarter.

Please ask them to share these with you.

After completing the book Stone Fox in reading, students have been working on a series of book response projects which they will present to the class. Our next focus will be nonfiction- please encourage students to read at least for 20 minutes at home daily. They need encouragement to read more nonfiction- informational books about any topic of their interest, such as different animals, sports, people, places, etc. 

Students have been writing wonderful stories using turning points- first times, last times, and strong feelings to spark a memory. They are growing as narrative writers who know how to use exact details to help readers feel like they are "right there" as they listen to their stories. They should be bringing their writer's notebooks home regularly to write at home. Please talk to them about what their stories.

In math, we have been working hard on word problems, which we will continue to work on. In addition, we will spend some time on money math. If students are struggling in subtraction with regrouping, please encourage them to practice at home daily, even if it is not assigned for HW. In the coming weeks, we will be working on multiplication, so please help students start learning/practicing their multiplication facts at home daily.

In science, students are learning about animals- how they are classified, how they grow and change as they go through life cycles. We are also excited to be working with a second grade class to explore habitats together.

In social studies, students are examining the history behind Thanksgiving- why and how the pilgrims came to America and what life was like for them in the New World.

November 26-28 (School Closed for Thanksgiving)

October, 2014      

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.

Reading- We are reading a novel entitled Stone Fox as a whole class. Please remind students to read the assigned chapters at home daily and encourage them to talk to you about what they read (ex. about the plot, character, setting, problem, etc.) Please make sure students are reading at least 20 minutes at home everyday and getting their logs signed by you.

Writing- Students are excited to be working on publishing their first personal narrative stories!

Math- Please remind students to do their HW daily, and to come to school with questions if they need help/clarification in something. 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- We have been learning all about plants. We recently went on a garden walk and observed different kinds of plants, especially their stems, roots, and leaves. After finishing up our work with bean plants, we will look closely at seeds.

Social Studies- Ask students to tell you what they learned about continents, the Poles, oceans, and cardinal directions.

Reminder- Students have access to both compass learning and raz-kids. They have been instructed how to login to both. Please encourage them to use these valuable resources often.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about these.

Dates to Note:

October 10, Friday- PICTURE DAY
October 13, Monday- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day


September, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!

Dear Parents,


Welcome Back!

My name is Mrs. Lee and I will be your child’s third teacher in room 206 in the 2014-2015 school year.

I look forward to working with you to help your child have a successful 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. 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 plants, with focus on how they grow. In social studies, we will begin 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.

Student participation, homework, projects, and assessments will be used to determine their grades. Students must come to school on time, ready to learn, with all the necessary supplies. It is crucial that they keep up with homework on a daily basis, so that they do not fall behind in any area. Please be sure to look over their agenda and to check the completion of homework 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. everyday from 10:40-11:10, followed by art from 11:10-11:40, so please make sure students come wearing the appropriate clothes and shoes everyday. Various forms have been sent home with students, so please be sure to complete these and return them to school as soon as possible. I am also sending home a survey for you to complete.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send a note to school with your child, email, or call the school and leave a message.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!


School hours: 8:30-3:30


Mrs. Lee