3rd Grade – Seppala

September Newsletter

Welcome to our new school year!  Third grade will hold many exciting adventures for your daughter or son. I am very privileged to be teaching this wonderful group of young people.  Our first weeks together will be spent learning about each other, as well as the procedures and rules of our classroom.  We will refer often to the Golden Rule to be sure we are golden!!  We also will be following the CHAMPS behavior guidelines as an entire school.  CHAMPS define how each of our activities will look like, for example, what level is our voice, are we moving for this activity, etc.  We will begin by focusing on the “C” of CHAMPS; the “C” stands for conversation which refers to our voice level.  We will be learning CHAMPS little by little and we will update you as we proceed on this journey.  DOJO will also be implemented to encourage good choices being made as we travel through our days.

SCHEDULE:  (Subject to change)

Daily: Individual Reading: 8:20-8:40 Paired Reading?Cursive: 12:45-1:05 Specials: 2:45-3:15
Morning Meeting/Read
Aloud: 8:40-9:00
Math: 1:05 -2:20 Monday: Gym, Health
Breakfast: 9:00-9:15 Science: 2:20-2:45 Tuesday: Art
Social Studies: 9:20-9:40 Specials: 2:45-3:15 (Gym is Mon. morning Wednesday:computer, Music
Reading/Writing: 9:40-11:40 Pack up Dismissal: 3:15-3:30 Thursday:
Recess/Lunch 11:45-12:45 Fri: computers Genius hour, Book Buddies

*Please remember to have gym shoes for physical education on Fridays, Boots and regular street shoes are not allowed in the gym.


Objectives will be sent home each Monday and a progress report will be sent home Friday.  We have many exciting objectives to learn.

~In MATH, we will be working with comparing numbers in the thousands using greater than, less than, and equal to signs, writing numbers with words and in expanded form, identifying missing numbers to 1,000,000, place value, and rounding numbers.

~In READING, we will be discussing the differentiation between fiction and non-fiction, responding to “what if” questions on selected readings.  We will also begin to speak about inference, how we go about it and why it is important.  Our spelling and vocabulary lists will also begin.  In vocabulary, we want to be able to spell the words correctly, however, focusing primarily on each word’s definition.  In our morning meetings, we will be defining CAFÉ:  Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanded Vocabulary in our reading. We will also be implementing Sound Reading Framework in our daily reading instruction.  We will continue to expand on all aspects of our reading as our year progresses.

~In SCIENCE, we will begin with studying organisms and then lead into animals and their characteristics, such as warm-blooded versus cold-blooded.

~In SOCIAL STUDIES, we will be locating the seven continents, four oceans, North America, and Michigan.  We will also begin to study Native American life.

~In WRITING, we will discuss what good writers do and how we can find ideas to write about.  We will emphasize the idea of “seed writing,” meaning we will use small ideas to write about instead of huge ideas that are like great, big watermelons. Keeping ideas small, focuses students’ writing to stay on topic.

Homework, along with a spelling list, will be sent home on Fridays and will be due the next Friday.  For example, this week homework will be sent September 8th, and it will be due back, completed, September 15th.  The homework folders are red.

Each student will receive a Forest Academy navy blue folder.  This folder will be for work completed in class that is sent home and also for correspondences between school and home.  I will also provide a homework folder that will clearly be marked as homework.

Our September Character Count is:  responsibility.  We will be discussing ideas about how we can all enhance our responsibility  skills both at home and at school.

To reinforce some of our math objective, please involve your daughter or son in your shopping.  If you buy something, you can ask them to round the price to the nearest dollar, then proceed to ask them how much it might be if you bought 2 of them… what if we bought 4….etc. This is a great way to strengthen addition and multiplication skills.  A good math website to try is:  www.sumdog.com. Another idea to gain better understanding between fiction and non-fiction is have your daughter or son to make up a story and illustrate it, then ask if it is fiction or non-fiction and why.  Then, she/he could go on:  www.nationalgeographickids.com, and look up a favorite animal, write some facts and illustrate, then discuss why this is non-fiction.  If you do not have access to the internet, you may always borrow an animal book from our room, as I have many.

“Believe you can, and you’re half way there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt