Jefferson Elementary School

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Birthdays are very important and exciting days for children.  We will have a short celebration of every child's birthday or half birthday during the school year.  



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Susan Grote

Classroom Update

Reading -  We've started a new reading unit, Communities Past and Present.  The class is focusing on asking and answering questions while they read.  It's a technique good readers use for better understanding.


Word Work - After spring break, we'll start week one of our new words.  The final test will be April 12.


Math - The students have been learning to use a number line to determine which of 2 fractions is larger.  They are learning to put 2 fractions with different denominators on the same number line.  After spring break, we'll start equivalent fractions.  Keep practicing the multiplication facts!


Writing - We've had many lessons about how to write in the persuasive style.  We've learned about writing a strong thesis statement which is similar to a topic sentence in informational writing.  We came up with a long list of ideas to write about.  We wrote a class story about our custodian, Mr. Dave, and how very important he is to our school.  Using that writing we added certain types of persuasive language to make the writing more interesting to our audience.  After each lesson, the students have been writing persuasive paragraphs in their composition books.


Social Studies - We had a busy 2 weeks in social studies!  The students were split into 5 companies and I became the mayor of Chicago.  I presented the companies with 2 problems with the city, the parks and transportation.  The companies each made a slide show telling how they would suggest fixing these problems.  They also added some extra slides about other problems in the city that they would fix.  The companies then presented their slideshows and I chose 2 companies to begin the work making Chicago a better place to live.  When finished with the slideshows, we began learning about Jane Addams and her famous Hull House.

Simple Machine Day!


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These are the multiplication facts the students should be practicing at home.


2x0, 2x1, 2x2, 2x3, 2x4, 2x5, 2x6, 2x7, 2x8, 2x9 and their turn arounds

3x0, 3x1, 3x3, 3x4, 3x5, 3x6, 3x7, 3x8, 3x9 and their turn arounds

4x0, 4x1, 4x4, 4x5, 4x6, 4x7, 4x8, 4x9 and their turn arounds

5x0, 5x1, 5x5, 5x6, 5x7, 5x8, 5x9 and their turn arounds

6x0, 6x1, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9 and their turn arounds

7x0, 7x1, 7x7, 7x8, 7x9 and their turn arounds

8x0, 8x1, 8x8, 8x9 and their turn arounds

9x0, 9x1, 9x9 and their turn arounds



Paper Folding Companies

Simple Machine Groups

Immigration Families


Happy Halloween!


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Day in Life of a Third Grader Videos

Book Series

A to Z Mysteries

Little House on the Prairie

Magic Treehouse




American Girl

Harry Potter

Henry and Mudge

Dr. Suess

13 Story Treehouse

Horrid Henry

Arnie the Doughnut

Puppy Place

Ook and Gulk


Wayside School

Mermaid Tales

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Captain Underpants

Chocolate Lab

The Lemonade War

Just Grace

Franny K. Stein

Pigeon Books

Zapato Power


Paw Patrol

Fairy Friends

Shelter Pet Squad


Scooby Doo

Puppy Patrol

Minion Books

What Was? Who Was? Where is? Books

Emily Windsnap

Weird but True

The Bad Guys

Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe

Rainbow Fairy


Super Marvel

Geronimo Stilton

Nancy Drew

Dork Diaries

Whatever After

The Never Girls

Dog Man


Seymour Simon

Babysitter Club


Freddie Ramos

National Geographics for Kids

The Kids of Polk Street School

The New Kids of Polk Street School

The Polka Dot Private Eye

Zigzag Kids

Big Nate

Ronald Morgan

Groovy Joe

Judy Moody

Hank Zipzer

Cupcake Diaries

19 Clues

Knuffle Bunny

The Magic School Bus

Hank the Cowdog

Guinness Book of World Records

I Survived

The Terrible Two

My Weird School

Ivy andBean

Who Would Win?

Mercy Watson


Justin Case

Down Girl and Sit


Boxcar Children

Boys vs. Girls

Fly Guy

Magic Puppy

Star Wars

Encyclopedia Brown

Elephant and Piggie

Bad Kitty

Lunch Lady

Person Jackson

Lego Books

Wings of Fire

Adventures in Cartooning

Stick Dog

Stick Cat

Cam Jansen

Capital Mysteries

Flat Stanley

Bailey School Kids

Amber Brown

Jake Drake, Bully Buster



Current Assignments


Read 20 minutes each evening

Study math facts - mostly multiplication facts

One sheet of homework, usually math, Monday-Thursday

   No paper homework over the weekends

Study spelling works for Friday's test



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