Important Dates:

Dec. 2 – School-wide Spelling Bee
Dec. 5 – PTA Board Mtg., 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 – Mid-quarter progress reports distributed
Dec. 15 – PTA School Mtg., Winter Concert, 6 – 8 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Winter Celebrations – K-2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; 3 – 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Required Teacher Workday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Required Teacher Workday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 – Winter Break
Dec. 22 – Winter Begins
Jan. 2 – Students and staff return!



December 2011
LiteracyThroughout December we will be integrating our Science concepts on the human body while concentrating on the literacy skill of drawing conclusions. Our new theme is ’Rock Your Body.’ Encourage your child to draw conclusions while doing their nightly reading and reading response journals.

Math Our multiplication unit is finally here. This month students will focus on using strategies to solve multiplication problems. Students will be quizzed on their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 frequently. Please help your child with their multiplication facts at home each night. Multiplication is our largest unit in 3rd grade. The hardback Student Math Handbook is a great resource to use if you have any questions while working with your child on their homework.
Important Notes: The third grade schedule as changed. Not all students will be flexing to other classrooms for small group work. Please review the new schedule below. Day 1 7:45- 10:15 Four Blocks (Student Selected Reading, Word Work, Writing, Guided Reading)10:15- 11:45 Specials11:45-1:00 Lunch and Recess1:00-2:00 Math/MSG2:00-2:45 Connect Block Days 2-5 7:45- 10:00 Four Blocks 10:00- 11:00 Math/MSG11:00-11:45 Specials11:45-1:00 Lunch and Recess1:00-2:00 Reading Explorations2:00-2:45 Connect Block
WritingStudents will begin their poetry unit this month. We will be focusing on the elements of poetry while looking at different forms of poems. Students will learn about using imagery and descriptive words to create a visual picture for the reader. In class, students will write a variety of poems including a color poem, animal poem , and haiku. We will continue to work on grammar, capitalization, punctuation, revising and editing.ScienceIn the upcoming weeks, students will be learning about the Human Body through our integrated unit ‘Rock Your Body.’ In this unit, students will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems. In December, students will focus on the different bones in the body, their importance, along with their functions. Ms. Key will continue to reinforce these concepts through experiments in Science Lab.
Other News:
  • Spelling & Vocabulary tests will continue this month. Please check your child’s planner for their spelling list each week.
  • Students are required to do two reading responses per week during the second quarter
  • Please reference your science fair packet to see the timeline of when items are due. In December students should be designing their experiment and beginning to write their report.

Third Grade NewsletterNovember 2011
Throughout November we will concentrate on the following literacy skills: fact and opinion and author’s purpose. We will continue to review cause and effect, sequencing and summarizing. Please talk with your child about these literacy strategies! Our reading selections all align with our overall theme of Economic Explosion.


This month we will continue to work on Place Value to the thousands place. Students will use the skills and strategies we have been working on in class to solve both addition and subtraction problems. We will also be reviewing rounding and estimation. Towards the end of November we will begin our multiplication unit. Students will need to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12. It would be beneficial to start practicing their facts.

Students will begin a letter writing unit this month. We will be focusing on the parts of a letter, as well as the style and tone of a letter. We will continue to work on grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and editing. Students will write personal letters to a person of their choice, as well as writing persuasive letters. We will be integrating the literacy skill of author’s purpose into our writing.

Social Studies

In the upcoming weeks, students will learn about the economy through our integrated unit titled Economic Explosion! Students will learn about working with a fixed budget, wants versus needs, bartering, as well as supply and demand.Some of the vocabulary students will encounter in this unit include:
trade, barter, international trade, import, export, interdependence, income, savings, economy, deposit, interest, investment, wage, profit, marketing, demand, balance, supply, product, competition

We encourage parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge and abilities with our students. Community volunteers in our schools enrich the educational programs and strengthen our schools’ relationships with families, businesses, public agencies and private institutions.

After sharing your time, the second most important thing you can do is log your hours on-line in the CMS Volunteer Management System. Go to and log in using the username and password you selected when you registered. Click the link at the top of the page and submit your volunteer hours. You can do this weekly, monthly, or as frequently as you like. Again, thank you for making a difference in the lives of students at Barnette Elementary.