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Friday, September 22, 2017

What's Your Child Buzzing About?

We are almost a full month into the school year, and our classroom is really starting to hum. I hope your child is enjoying third-grade and buzzing with ideas and excitement for school this year.
Here is a glimpse at what we've been up to the past two weeks, some reminders, requests, and a few things to look forward to!


We continue to build our stamina as readers and think about what environment is best for our independent reading time. We talked a lot this week about what to do when we feel ourselves getting distracted, tired, or uncomfortable. Our reading environment is an important factor in our reading stamina. Students worked to make good decisions and problem solve when they found themselves drifting from their book.
We started reading Because of Winn Dixie this week as our chapter book read aloud. This is one of my favorites to read to third graders (but I'm pretty sure I've said that about all our read alouds so far).


We clarified our understanding of some of our writing tools and continue to work on our personal narrative unit of study. Students have many tools to utilize throughout the writing workshop. I've seen some great storytellers emerge in our classroom and lots of smiles during our writing block.


We continue to work on representing multiplication problems in many ways. Even students who mentally solve math problems often benefit from multiple representations of mathematical thinking. Students have page 29 and 30 as homework this weekend if they did not already finish it at school.
Here students are sharing their independent practice examples with the class.

Students sharing examples. 

Social Studies

This week we reviewed landforms found in Michigan as well as discussed the many bodies of water, their characteristics and how they were formed. We also touched on vegetation and climate, discussing the impacts of temperature and the great lakes on precipitation.  A favorite legend to share with students is the story of sleeping bear dunes. Here is a short video we watched explaining the famous story.


Last Friday we celebrated #DotDay2017! This celebratory day is inspired by the story by Peter H. Reynolds call The Dot. Take a look!

We had to make a green and white dot on green and white day!


Sharing (show and tell) is an opportunity for your child to talk about something important! Each child's snack day is also sharing day.
Annabelle is sharing pictures from a trip!

Library books are due on Tuesday's.

Miss Miller (music teacher) sent home a yellow note regarding recorder purchases. Please be sure to fill out and return the form as soon as you can! If you need another form, please let me know.

October 10th is the official start of conference week. I will be sending home information early next week to begin setting up dates and times to meet with you.

October 12th is a half day, and there is no school on October 13th.

October 31st is a 1/2 day of school as well as the Halloween party and school parade! The parade will be at 10:00 a.m. through the halls of FPE. Our party will consist of snacks and hopefully (crossing my fingers we will have finished the book) we will watch the movie Because of Winn Dixie.


Two items we could use in our classroom are--

  • White Notecards (Blank or Lined)
  • Containers of Wet Ones brand hand wipes

Carnival Basket News!

Our basket theme will be fishing. I will send home more detailed information regarding donations for our contribution to the carnival. I am also open to a volunteer helping me organize and pack up the basket. If you are unfamiliar with the classroom carnival basket, stay tuned! For most of you...this is old hat. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Week Two--Check!

Here is a look at what we've been up to this week!

If you have missed a post from last week, feel free to go back to the main screen, scroll, and read. Typically I will update with a post (newsletter) every two weeks at a minimum.

Have you seen our #classroombookaday virtual bulletin board? Visit by clicking here

Do you have a Twitter account? I will occasionally post snippets of our day using my personal Twitter account, @Betsy_writes and will include @FPE_Olivet and #EagleNationPride. You can search any of these to see our latest tweets. 

We finished our first chapter book read-aloud, The Hundred Dresses. It is a favorite of mine to share at the beginning of the year. Our new classroom chapter book read-aloud is The Night Crossing


Students continue to choose books that are part of a healthy reading diet. We discussed selecting books that are not only at our reading level but that also are of interest or maybe different from what we typically read. It is always my goal to stretch students' reading lives to explore books that include both a variety of text types but also grow them as readers.
Every morning we do something called, "The Reading Minute." Through next week I will continue to "host" the reading minute portion of our day. This week I read two different page spreads from a favorite nonfiction picture book and two poems. After next week I will be putting a sign-up sheet in the classroom to open up the reading minute for student led selections. Any day that is left available I will fill in myself. Students can share a favorite paragraph from their independent reading, maybe a news article, a poem, or anything that takes about a minute to read and is appropriate for a school audience. This gives students an opportunity to practice reading in front of a group and a chance to share text they enjoy. It is completely optional but I will be encouraging students to give it a try. Consider starting to collect text for the reading minute that your child might like to read for the class. Maybe even practice a few times at home!


Writing exercises have been a focus as we begin to expand our writing workshop routines. This week we did a stamina challenge exercise, people/memory exercise, and a four box exercise to work our writing muscles. 

We continue to work on noticing groups and efficiently multiplying items within groups to find solutions to both word problems and equations. This week we focused on determining what information was shared within a problem and what was unknown. Ask your child to explain our two math vocabulary words of the week: factor, product


This week students reviewed a handful of consonant sounds and we explored the many different spellings that can take the "shape" of these sounds. We will continue to review and discuss all 44 phonemes (sounds) as we launch into our individual spelling plans. Our main focus for a majority of the school year will be on the many different vowel patterns that occur in print. There will be occasional spelling homework with a majority of the tasks completed during the school day. Spelling tests on frequently misspelled sight words that are expected to be mastered this year will occur as needed. I base most of my spelling instruction on student needs and what they are doing within their writing pieces. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding spelling instruction or expectations. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Great Lakes and Marshmallows

Remember, no school tomorrow (Friday) or Monday for the Labor Day weekend!
Also, we will finish decorating and personalizing our writer's notebooks on Tuesday. If your child has any photos, stickers or special items to add we will complete this project early next week. 

Today students learned how the great lakes were formed!

We also watched a short drone video of the Mackinac Bridge! 

We had a team building activity today using spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow. Ask your child what each team had to accomplish. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Personalizing Our Notebooks

We will begin personalizing our Writer's Notebooks tomorrow (Thursday). The students have been generating lots of ideas the past two days to get ready to start some stories. Here is a list of items your child might want to bring in to help in the project.

I did remind them to ASK before swiping pictures from your favorite photo albums. :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Starting Strong!

The students and I are getting to know each other while learning simple routines and procedures. Thank you again for trusting me to prepare, protect, and teach your child this year. I look forward to sharing in your child's milestones as well as discussing what's next! Having an open mind to the process of learning, finding the diamonds within your child's gems, and living up to who we want to be as a person will be important values built upon throughout the year within our classroom.

On day one, we asked ourselves what kind of person we want to be and how we want to be treated. Students responded on sticky notes and we talked about giving/receiving, as well as getting out what you put in and how there is a relationship between the two.

Students have a bookmark to keep in their current book of choice. Students are to keep track of pages read each day. I would love for every child to read every day at home however, I know this can be a challenge. Reading 80-100 (or more) minutes a week at a pace that is convenient for your family is completely acceptable. That might mean 10 minutes tonight, thirty tomorrow, but maybe Thursday is very busy and it isn't going to fit into the schedule. Do what works for you, your family, and your child, but most of all make it a priority and it will be.
You do not need to sign every single line of the "at home" reading (no need to initial the "at school" reading sections either). If you sign most of the "at home" reading sections, it helps me to know you are aware of your child's reading progress through the year. This is simply a tool for discussion as students evaluate their reading lives. My goal is to help students find and foster a love of reading. It is a game changer WAY beyond third grade and your help is greatly appreciated.

We have started to talk about sets and groups to build toward our first mathematics unit! Students brought home a letter today explaining some of the learning we will be doing the first several weeks of school. By the end of third-grade students will have learned tools and strategies to fluently multiply through 10X10.

STAR Binder
Students brought home their STAR Binders on Monday! We will continue to add a few items as the week continues! Feel free to use the paper to write me notes! Your child will need to alert me to the note so I don't miss it.

Keep an eye out for snack calendars in the STAR Binder. Students will begin helping to provide snack next week (we currently have 25 students). Remember, it is extremely important to read labels and be cautious of ingredients that may cause significant problems for students with allergies. If your child does not have an allergy, I would ask you to consider: just as you want me to keep YOUR child safe please respect the policies I have communicated to you so I can keep ALL the children safe. If you ever have any questions please refer to the tab at the top of this page or ask me for clarification.

Students are able to bring a small throw pillow to use during independent work time. As long as it fits in their chair it is acceptable. Usually, 20 inches by 20 inches works pretty well. No full-size pillows or extra large throw pillows will be used at school. The purpose for the pillow is to give students something to sit on or lean on during work time. Sitting in a hard chair for long periods of time is uncomfortable and I have found the pillow offers a little wiggling and comfort when students are sitting. If you have a pillow that will work, feel free to send it in. No other child will use the pillow your child brings to the classroom. If the pillow works for your child it can stay here at school, if it is not helpful or causes a distraction, I will send it home.

Thanks for checking in! Have a great week as we head into Wednesday. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

Welcome to Third Grade at FPE and
Mrs. Hubbard’s Headlines

You should have received your welcome letter and information from the office outlining the upcoming school year! Welcome to third grade and my classroom, soon to be OUR classroom. 

You may wish to mark August 22nd on your calendar. On this date, F.P.E. will have an open house from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Stop by during to ask any questions you have before the year begins and drop off any supplies you have purchased from the supply list. I look forward to seeing you! 
Contact: Phone  749-4611 or Email  hubbarb@olivetschools.org 

A Little Bit about Me
This will be my 17th year teaching and my third year as a third-grade teacher. I have previously taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
I have two children, Elliot and Janie. My family and I love camping and going on mini-adventures during the summer.
I participate in several conferences and blogs as well as network with other teachers on a global scale regularly. Because of this, I often share experiences, students’ work, photos and videos of my classroom. 
You should have received a student release form with your welcome letter information. You can fill out and bring this form to the open house or on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Please take a look at all the links and information provided on this website. Homework expectations, as well as snack information, and special dates have a tab of explanation. Click around and explore to get familiar. Information is updated as needed and newsletter style posts are typically bi-weekly with extra information and notes occasionally. 

Mrs. Hubbard’s Supply List
All children will benefit from the following items labeled with their name when the school year begins.
     1” Binder (Any Style, used for writing)
     1 Three Hole Punched Pencil Pouch (toolkit for the writing binder)
     2  Composition Notebooks (Writer’s Notebook and Reading Response Journal)
     1 Graph Ruled Composition Notebook (Math Notebook)
     1 Plastic or Metal Pencil Box—Regular Size (not a pouch)
(If you are unable to purchase the items above please call the office and we will assist you).
Items below are not required, but if you are able to supply the class with some of the following it is appreciated. Students may also wish to have some personal items to keep in their desk.
I have these options listed in blue. Thank you.
        White Printer Paper (Xerox Paper)
        1 Box of Kleenex
        Packs of Wide Ruled Paper
        Sticky Notes (any color)
        Dry Erase Markers
        Black or Color Pens
        Watercolor Paint Sets
        Box of Crayons (24 Count)
        Markers or Colored Pencils
        Glue Sticks
        1 Pair of school scissors
 (If purchasing personal writing/drawing supplies, label with child’s name.)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Experimenting with Volume!

I challenged students to experiment with measuring volume over the weekend. Here are the directions.

Find a container.
Measure its capacity using the following units: cups, quarts, pints or gallons
Depending on the size of the container, if a different unit of measurement is necessary, please try it out! This will create great conversation on Monday.

When the capacity is determined, the students are to draw/label, take a photo, create a video, or bring in (if small) the container to share their findings. If a student creates a video it can be shared with me using email or the child can bring in a device with the video.

Here is a visual to help your child as they choose a container and a unit of measurement for the experiment.