Full Agenda

Looking ahead, the school year continues to offer a wealth of activities; academic projects, an enrichment performance, and vacation time! First, a favorite culmination of the Tucson History unit begins this week.  Practice has already started on a baseball themed musical for Fine Arts Night, and a ten day Spring Break is on the horizon.

Tucson Presidio 1848

Wednesday, instructions will come home regarding a social studies project focused on Tucson History.  There are three parts, each with a different due date. Please, read over the instructions with your child and help them schedule their time management into their assignment notebooks.  I will share example projects with the children explaining the projects’ strengths and weaknesses. Encourage your kiddos to ask questions if any of the instructions are unclear.

Chewing gum and Standardized Testing; a good team

Standardized Testing will take place in the morning, beginning April 3rd through April 6th.  I am purchasing chewing gum for the students to chew while we are testing.  When testing ends for the day, the gum is tossed into the trash.  There is actually science behind the benefits of gum chewing while high attention and focus are necessary.  If there is a specific chewing gum brand, type, etc. that I should consider to accommodate everyone, please, let me know at your earliest convenience.  For the best testing stamina, arrive at school on time, well rested, and well fed.

Warmer weather is an excellent reminder that refillable water bottles, hats, and sunscreen are valuable tools for our daily comfort while in school.  Additionally, children with allergies may want their own small supply of throat lozenges when increased coughing causes throat irritation.


  • March 29th; Tucson History Timeline instructions posted
  • March 30th; Tucson History assessment pages 33-36
  • April 3rd – 6th; Standardized Testing
  • April 7th; Fine Arts Night K-3 @ 7pm
  • April 13th; Noon Dismissal
  • April 14th – 23rd; Spring Break
  • May 1st; Tucson History Timeline Project due
  • May 17th; Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands


There will be a quiz on motion and matter this Wednesday, March 29.

Students will have a study guide and review on Monday, March 27 and will be encouraged to take their journals home.




Last week, we begin a new Language Arts unit.  The unit theme is Storytellers and the unit’s big question is: What makes a good story?  We’ve learned about different types of stories, why telling tales is important, and how stories connect people across time.  Storytelling has always been popular.  The oldest stories, such as myths, legends, and folktales were usually passed on from person to person.  People can share stories through writing, drawing, or acting.  By sharing our stories, we share our history, our dreams, and our ideas.  Hearing other people’s stories helps us learn about the world around us.  Writers, artists and storytellers are important to the cultural heritage of our communities.  Some stories, called folktales, have been passed down from parents to children for many generations.  These stories entertain and teach important values.  They also preserve cultural information and values.

Sun safety in Arizona is important.  As the spring weather begins to warm up, and the sun is higher in the sky each day, I recommend all students have a refillable water bottle, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat every day.



  • March 21st; Tucson History assessment pages 29-32
  • March 22nd; Math chapter 6 test and vocabulary quiz
  • March 30th; Tucson History assessment pages 33-36
  • May 17th; Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands




The students have been exploring motion of objects.  Students rolled paper cups down ramps and grappled with the different behaviors of rolling systems with two different-sized wheels. They observed the way cups roll and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges. They put cups together to make them roll straight and weight them in various ways to see how weight affects rolling.

 They will design roller coasters on their ipads using the FOSS link (see our Science Class blog for the link), and on Friday, Students will make twirly birds (flying spinners) that create motion from the interaction of the forces of gravity and air friction (air resistance).
First they create a standard twirly bird; then the class focuses on science practices as they investigate variables. Students take their twirly birds outdoors to find out if they fly the same.


This week students use variety of systems to explore patterns of motion.

Monday:    They design wheel-and-axle systems and roll the systems down ramps to observe the pattern of motion. They extend their rolling investigations to systems with big and little wheels and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges.

Wednesday:  Quiz (magnets/force)  Study guide handed out last week and reviewed

Friday:  Students roll paper cups down ramps, and grapple with the different behaviors of rolling systems with two different-sized wheels.  They will observe the way cups roll and use the predictable curved rolling path to meet challenges.


This week is Love of Reading and there are donation boxes all over school for gently used books for Angel Heart Pajama Project.  Please, check your home library for children’s books that you would like to donate.  Angel Heart Pajama Project is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need.   Learn more on their website.  http://angelheartpajamaproject.org.

On Friday, students may wear their pj’s to school.  Please, children may only wear pajama’s, or school uniform.  If children sleep in clothing that isn’t pj’s, they may not wear  them to school.  Slippers, robes, etc. may only be worn in the classroom.  Uniform shoes are necessary for the playground, P.E. and other outside activities.

During Love of Reading Week, or any time during the school year, parents or family members who would like to share a favorite story may contact me to arrange a time for you to read to the class.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays are best for end of the day reading and every day right after lunch, 12:35pm, is also a good time.

Third graders are immersed in Women’s History month.  Not only are students reading biographies and creating their own project, they are also preparing readers theaters focused on famous women.  This week we’ll learn about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.  During the following two weeks, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, and Sacajawea are some of the women that will be studied.


  1. March 9-10th; Language Arts Unit 4 Assessment
  2. March 10th; Pajama Day
  3. March 14th; Tucson History Assessment pages 29-32

Report Cards

Welcome back to school and the beginning of the third trimester.  I hope your rodeo break was full of fun activities.  I spent time with family and friends, enjoyed the outdoors and read a few good books. I’m refreshed and ready for a strong third trimester in third grade. I hope you are too!  Second trimester report cards come home Friday.  Please, review the report card with your child and guide them to set a goal for the trimester.  In class, students will also set an academic goal using the acronym SMART.

We will start the third trimester by continuing to explore long division.  Our studies will develop stronger understanding of the algorithm and interpretation of the quotient and remainder in real-world problems.

This week in language arts, students will read about Helen Ochoa, the astronaut.  Additionally, they will focus on comprehension strategies of sequence and imagery. Reading fluency focuses on phrasing and our grammar lessons continue to teach the forms of irregular verbs.


  1. February 28th; Mardi Gras Pancake/sausage luncheon and Tucson High School’s steel drum band
  2. March 1st; Reading Log and Project due
  3. March 6-10; Love of Reading Week
  4. March 7th; Tucson History Assessment pages 29-32
  5. March 9-10th; Language Arts Unit 4 Assessment


A Sweet Week

Science Week started on Monday with the Incredible Edible Car Races!  Third graders may have had the highest participation of students entering with siblings or classmates. We cheered for everyone enjoying the variety of edibles used to build unique vehicles.  Some of our friends and classmates were awarded ribbons for the greatest distance traveled or fastest time down the ramp.

Tuesday, students were dressed in reds and pinks and a variety of decorative hearts as part of the school wide celebration of Valentine’s Day.  Middle schoolers delivered fund raiser carnations and third graders delivered valentines to classmates, teachers, and friends.  There was an abundance of sweets for a very sweet day and a round of cheers for pink slips, aka, homework passes.  Another homework pass is available if you bring in your completed STEM Festival passport on Friday, February 17th.


  • February 15th, rescheduled Tucson History Assessment pages 25-28
  • February 15th, Re-enrollment contracts due
  • February 16th, STEM Festival 5:30-7:30pm
  • February 17th, LAST TURN IN DAY FOR BOX TOPS!
  • February 20th-24th, Rodeo Break


We recently played board games with our kindergarten buddies from Mrs. Sanders class.  The games were cooperative and required the players to work together to accomplish something.  On future game days, we plan to practice sportsmanship when we play games that have “winner and losers”.

Playing board games has many benefits.  One side effect of playing board games is laughing. Laughing has been shown to increase endorphins, those are chemicals that bring up the feeling of happiness. Sharing laughter and fun can promote empathy, compassion and trust with others.  Positive feelings and thoughts, like the laughter and enjoyment that always comes with board games releases some chemicals that fight stress and boost your immune system. Other benefits of playing board games are developing logic and reasoning skills, improving critical thinking and boosting spatial reasoning.   Encouraging children to play different types of board games can also increase verbal and communication skills, while helping develop attention skills and the ability to concentrate and focus for longer periods of time.


  • February 14th, Tucson History Assessment pages 25-28
  • February 14th, Valentines exchange with 3A and 3B
  • February 14th, Valentine’s Day theme relaxed dress
  • February 17th, LAST TURN IN DAY FOR BOX TOPS!
  • February 20th-24th, Rodeo Break