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  Central Primary School

Newsletter                                                                                   Volume 6 Issue  8

Central Primary School                       Room 204                     September 29, 2014

3rd Grade Happenings

Our superheroes are getting accustom to the new routines and rules in the classroom and doing a great job.  Please help by reminding them to stay on task in the classroom.

Here is what is happening:

Common Core Math and English Morning work:  I have entered the grades for the CC math and the English review this week.  The kids have been working hard on these skills. We will do both English and Math this week. Please review on Thursday with them.  All the skills on the assessment are the same ones we do each day in class and discuss. 

Reading:  We have finished our Common Core September reading and completed the writing assessment.  I will be reviewing those assessment and entering grades.  We have talked about Facts and Details and are currently working on our reading responses using both a fiction and non-fiction book.  

AR Book Update:  Please remember to check your child's home link to see how many AR books quizzes they have passed.  Remember in 3rd grade passing is 70% not 60%.  AR will tell you 60% is passing, but we are unable to change that in the computer.   The end of month is nearing and all students are required to take 4 AR quizzes to reach goal.  If they are using time wisely in class and reading each night at home, this goal should not be a challenge to complete.  Any book that is more than 3 points is worth 2 books and any book that is 5 or more points is worth 3 books.

Vocabulary:  We have finished unit 2 vocabulary and will be beginning a new unit on Monday.  Please remember the list that comes home also has homework on the back.  This work is to be completed and returned to school on DUE date.  Please do not return sooner or will be a challenge to study. The goal is to use these vocabulary words in conversation.  Help them by using them also.

Spelling:   Week 5 words will come home on Monday.  Please challenge them to come up with other words that fit the pattern we are working on. We complete 2 activities in class along with Sparkle. 

Math:  We have finished our first chapter in math.  We are going to look at Chapter 5 place value before heading back to chapter 2 and look at addition.  I have sent home both home links for you to understand the concepts we are working on.  We are not doing the decimal portion of Ch. 5.

Please continue to practice math facts that come home when goal is not met.  Learning facts is a key to all math skills and vital to being successful in third grade.  

Science: Chapter 2 is underway and students are learning about the needs of animals.  We will be finishing up this week with a test scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6th. 

Social Studies: We have finished up our discussion on types of communities with a project that we shared with Grandparents last week. 

   Dates to Remember 

  • September 29:  Spelling Pre-test
  • September 29:  Introduce Unit 3 Vocabulary
  • Oct. 6:  Ch. 2 Science Test




Study Spelling words


Home Links -- These will be due the following day

If NO Home Link ---Study math facts and go over daily Rocket Math sheets.

IXL and Xtramath.org are 2 online sites that students may use to practice. 


Study Vocabulary words - use in context not memorize definitions

20 minutes of free reading EVERY night. Four AR quizzes are due at the end of every month until January, then Six are due.  If they are reading a book at home that does not have an AR quiz, they can complete a quick book report form and get credit. 


You will see a study guide 2 days prior to a having a test please go over with your child and sign & return

Social Studies

Projects throughout the year


Website: http://www.mertenscentral.webs.com/ 

Phone:  309-444-3580  Ext. 204

Central Web Site:  http://www.central51.net/

Third Grade Site:  http://www.centralthirdgrade.webs.com/