Jefferson Elementary School

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Susan Grote

Classroom Update

Reading - This week we discussed the importance of understanding the basic parts of a nonfiction reading selection so that we are then able to look deeper into the topic.  We practiced answering who, what, how, where, when and some why questions about various reading selections.  Once we understand the basic parts of a story, we discover that the author has put far more information to enjoy and learn about while we read.  We also started to look specifically at biographies.  The students are learning to find facts (not opinions) in biographies. 


Word Work - We are on week one of our words.  


Math - We are on unit 4 in math.  This unit covers the concept of area.  This week, we concentrated on finding the area of shapes that were made with square centimeters and inches.  They learned that using centimeter and inch units is a strategy to measure area.  As always, we continue to learn to answer challenging real life problems using our math skills.  Keep practicing multiplication facts at home.


Science - We've started the unit on astronomy.  We learned a little about galaxies and then each group came up with a galaxy name.  We have the Cedla Galaxy, the Pizza Galaxy, the Star Galaxy, the Starhurst Galaxy, and the Future Galaxy.  Each of these galaxy groups will work together on various projects during this unit.  We also learned a little about the history of astronomy this week.  


Writing - Very big week in writing as we are working on two different learning experiences.  First, we reviewed the lowercase cursive letters.  We finished all the letters this week and will begin capitals on Tuesday.  Second, we started our informational research papers.  Each student chose a topic for their paper.  The students then narrowed down their ideas to 3 specific areas that they wanted to learn about their topic.  For example, if they chose cats, they could focus on types of cats, caring for cats and playing with cats.  They then used two online sources and started finding facts.  Next, I gave them each an article about their topics.  We are currently finding facts from the articles.  Finding facts from books will come next.

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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