Category Archives: Grade 3 Laura 2016-2017


Dear Third Grade Parents,

Happy Spring!

Throughout this school year, 3rd grade students have been learning choir singing, tonality/meter identification, rhythmic/note recognition, and world music history and appreciation. In the month of March, we focused upon learning two-part choir singing for the upcoming Spring Concert.  Part of the 3rd grade music curriculum is playing the recorder.  All 3rd grade students will resume learning to play the recorder after the Spring Concert this Friday.

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Update to Publishing Party schedule!

Hello, third grade families!

We wanted to give you a heads up that we’ve streamlined the schedule next week by moving our Brazil publishing party to Friday, April 28, from 8:30 to 9:00. This way, you can come see our hard work and then head down to the Spring Sing for third grade at 9:15. If your third grader has a sibling in K or 1, feel free to wait and come up to our classroom after the Spring Sings are finished. We will still have all of our exhibits set up for you to enjoy!

Please note, this will be a snack-free party due to timing. We’ll have snacks at the next one in June!

All best,

Kevin and Laura

A well deserved break after much hard work!

Dear third grade families,

Spring break feels like a pit stop along an exciting and adventurous third grade road trip! We are thrilled to have completed the ELA state test with confidence and hard work, and now we are launching into nonfiction research clubs and informational writing based on research in Reading and Writing Workshops, respectively. The students are excited to be diving into new areas of expertise as they jot notes and collect technical vocabulary instead of writing short and extended responses. See you next year, ELA exam!

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What a week!

Dear 3-205 families,

This has been a full and wonderful week! I really appreciated your taking the time to come in for conferences and catch up on all the progress your students have been making as we practically zoom through the second semester of third grade together.

We had a wonderful time at the book fair today! Thank you to the families of Bella, Dahlia, Bennett, Julian, and Abby for donating so many wonderful and exciting books to our library. We were in need of some fresh reading choices.

Some excellent new fiction and nonfiction for our library! Thank you for your generosity!
Field Trip Reminder! Pack a lunch and bring a snack on Tuesday!

We are going on a field trip to Symphony Space on Tuesday. The most important information to know is that students need to bring a packed lunch as well as a small snack. We will be getting back to PS 77 too late for hot lunch, so all students need to have a packed lunch to eat in the classroom when we return. If you need the cafeteria to pack a lunch for your child for Tuesday, please email Laura ASAP so that I can put in the request. The snack does not need to be big, but it should be enough to tide your child over until our late lunch, as we’ll be eating about 90 minutes later than usual.

Please note: Our field trip will be weather dependent. If the DOE cancels school or field trips for Tuesday due to the weather, we will reschedule for an upcoming month. 

Feel free to email any questions my way! This promises to be an exciting trip!

All my best,


Third Grade’s February Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Happy February! We are moving right along in third grade as we finish some exciting units of study and look ahead to some upcoming challenges. In reading, we are concluding our character study book clubs by discussing the lessons our characters have learned across the series and how our characters have changed. In writing, we are excited to be publishing our literary essays, and we are tackling comparing two texts in a single literary essay. In math, we continue to practice our multiplication fast facts, but we are also launching a new division unit that explores the many strategies for division and reasons for using them. In social studies, we’ve concluded our study of New Orleans and are now excitedly studying Brazil by rotating through centers and making observations and inferences. We’ve been busy!

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All About This Week, by Josh

This week we got a basket of Lower Lab Values. It has a read aloud inside of it and every month the book in the basket changes. Also we did Literary Essay Boot Camp and we made literary essays on a book called “Peter’s Chair” by Ezra Jack Keats. Each essay has a reason in the book, for example a reason could be Peter acts selfish.


3rd Grade November Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

It was great seeing so many of you at parent teacher conferences and/or at our open school day.
In reading, we are wrapping up our mystery unit with a celebration of all that we have learned. On Wednesday, the students will be inviting visitors from the second and fourth grade classes into their rooms to teach them about the skills that make strong mystery readers, such as looking for clues, evaluating suspects, making predictions, and even finding red herrings.  When we come back from Thanksgiving break, we will be moving on to reading informational texts.
In writing, we are also wrapping up our informational writing unit. When writing our pieces, we keep in mind balancing facts and ideas. We also made sure that our pieces have text features such as pictures with captions, graphs, diagrams, timelines, charts, and vocabulary boxes. After we finish this writing, the next unit will be on opinion writing!

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