Welcome to Our Third Grade Thrilling Times the Newsletter for Mrs. Ladd's Classroom Week of June 7, 2010

This is the last Newsletter of the year- How sad. Please remember that there is still a lot of learning going on even with so little time left. It is important that your child is in school for these scheduled days.

End of the Year Party is Tuesday, June 15. Plan to be here and have a great time! Wear your bathing suits under your clothes, bring a towel, sunscreen, and your baseball mitt as we play America's Pastime, have hotdog lunch, celebration for learning our multiplication facts and partake in games of all kinds.

The monthly reading log is available on line. Please help us reduce our paper consumption by filling out these sheets on line.

Please make sure your child is reading 100 minutes each week and that the reading log is filled in after each reading session on the wiki. As long as the reading requirement is fulfilled, it does not matter if the 100 minutes is read in a couple of days or nightly. Remember, it needs to be able to fit into your family's weekly routine. At this point, your child should be filling out the date, book title, pages, and minutes read. AR points and reading rates now need to be entered. Please remind your child to put this information on his reading log page.

MATH: We are in the final chapter- Chapter 11. Unit 10 study guide will come home tomorrow. We will be checking it in class on Friday & the test is Monday, June 14.

SCIENCE: We're completing a miny inquiry on muscles & bones. The students are formulating their questions and using the wiki, Youtube and games to find the answers to these questions.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In our final unit, we have studied about the state & federal govenment. As part of this study students created a short PSA style video or an audacity file highlighting the important aspects of our study. This week we will feature our state government and Core Democratic Values.

READING: Themes: Fairy Tales & Smart Solutions

Book Clubs: Next Spring an Oriole
Mark of the Bear Claw
Once on this Island
Willow Run

Students will be reading the final selection in our anthology- Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and comparing different types of Fairy Tale traits. We may even be able to write some fractured fairy tales.

LANGUAGE ARTS/ WRITING: We are working on sentence fluency now and will Present for the class their Animal Habitat Project & Reading Project for their last book club.

GRAMMAR: Final lessons on pronouns, Begin adjectives

SPELLING: Last Spelling Unit this week- ā€œcā€ sound as /s/, 2 Activities from Spelling City, Words written in cursive 3 times each, and another activity from the list at the bottom.

Important Dates:
6/9 Field Day- Please wear white & bring water bottle
6/11 Rain Date for Field Day
6/14 Moving Up Day
6/15 End of Year party
6/16 Communicable Disease Prevention Presentation
6/18 Last 1/2 day of school