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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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sheepshank Sam!

Thank you to all who chaperoned and enjoyed the beautiful day with us!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Home Stretch!

JUNE is Around the Corner!
We are in the final weeks of the school year! Hopefully, you noticed your child brought home their yearbook on Friday.

We are finished with NWEA and MStep testing for the year. The students did a nice job of showing respect to each other during our testing sessions and worked quietly.

We will be leaving shortly after the start of school on Wednesday to visit the Lansing Symphony. Please have your child to school on time every day, but especially Wednesday!

Sheepshank notes came home a little over a week ago. I received several back from parents interested in helping. I will send a confirmation note this week with instructions! Thanks to those who were able to volunteer or donate snacks!

One of the projects we completed at the end of our poetry unit and to add a little fun during the testing season was our If I Were...poems. Take a look and have a great week!

Class Collaborative Poem

A few featured poets!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ending a Great Week!

Give your child a pat on the back. I saw a lot of mature and serious students this week who worked hard and were very respectful to their peers. Students were quiet and really seemed to do their best work. It's difficult to know how the students did but if I could give them a grade on behavior this week it would be A+++!

You will be receiving an email from the school on Monday to view your child's mid-trimester progress report. Keep an eye out for this information. Here is the link for Skyward access(click here) once Monday rolls around.

Kidblog Update:

I realized this week that I did not have "commenting" open to the public. I recently adjusted the settings. All comments still await my approval but if you would like to comment on your child's blog you are now able to do so. Please let me know if you have any questions.   hubbarb@olivetschools.org

Click below to visit your child's blog:


Pencil Sale

The third graders will be holding a small fundraiser the week of May 15th. I could use a parent helper on May 15th and May 19th from around 8:10-8:40 to help a small group of students sell pencils/erasers.


On June 1st the class will be heading out to Old Indian Creek Farm for a demonstration and activity day with Sheepshank Sam! This has been a ten year tradition in third grade and students always look forward to lumberjack day! If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone please let me know. More information, including departure/return times, will be coming soon.

On May 24th the class is going to the symphony in Lansing to listen and participate with the musicians. This will only be a half day trip. Students will return in time for lunch back at FPE. We do not need chaperones for this trip.

Other News...

The students worked on a small poetry project this week when we had some downtime between testing sessions. They did a great job! Come check out our display near our classroom.

Last week we talked about setting up and designing a special writing spot for the summer. I encouraged students to try and create a special space. If your child does this over the weekend, take his/her picture in the spot and send it to me!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chalkabration: April 2017

It was windy but we didn't let that get us down! The kids wrote some amazing poems. 

Check out the kids, the chalk, and the words! There are all different forms, styles, topics, and original ideas within each poem. Enjoy!


is fun
all the time
wait until you're done
it all will be so fun

Chalk is Wonderful

Chalk is wonderful
the way it is.
Chalk is made with so many colors.
Red, yellow green, cerulean, scarlet, indigo,
green, white, red orange,
violet red, orange, dandelion,
blue green, yellow orange.
Chalk is wonderful. 

Rippling through the water
fish jump
up and down
frog saying ribbit, ribbit,
bubbles, pop!


The sun is setting
really pretty
pink, orange, and yellow
in the sky.
I love to see all the color in the sky.
When I see all the color I feel bright inside. 

                 careful for people
           hard as a rock
                        Anthony is my friend

When I look in you,
I see Happiness
I see Joy
I see Smartness
I see Bravery.

When I look in you,
I see Speed
I see Wildness
 I see a Story
I see Love

I see Poetry!

The sky is
blue and so
are you.


One icecream cone
an hour later
2 cupcakes
2 hours later
candy and when it is dinner time
I'm all sugared up!!

Woo Hoo!!!! 

           Rum a rum yum
     Apple flavor


When I
was walking
some stairs I
saw a 
staring at me
her finger nails
were long
she was tall
and had 
some curly hair.

What Do You See?

What do you see?
Please tell me
Could you see:

A person
with a
halo above,
A nerd,
A verb,

Please tell me
What do you see?

"I see

Tell Me

Tell me I'm funny.
Tell me I'm cute.
Tell me I'm awesome.
Tell me I'm sweet.
Tell me I'm strong.
Tell me I'm talented.
Tell me I'm beautiful.
Tell me I'm perfect
but tell me I'm the best. 


are camouflage
they can change 
into any color. 

Clearwater, shining sun
waterfall, cool, cold water
chill, bubble, pop, splashing

Hot as a fireball
on a summer day.
Cool as an ice breaker
on a winter morning.
Happy as laffy taffy
on a spring morning. 

               having a fun time
         life drawn out
                        kids drawing a new life

Tell Me

Tell me I'm strong.
Tell me I'm brave.
Tell me I'm smart.
Tell me I'm cute.
Tell me I'm talented, 
helpful and beautiful.
Tell me I'm loveable
but tell me the truth. 


A ford
is very
nice it has 
sweet wheels
driving nice 
down the road
seeing cars 
flying by
it has a 
V8 motor.

Tell Me

Tell me I'm kind.
Tell me I'm grand.
Tell me I'm fun
but tell me what you think of me. 


Gold, glitter,
Treasure hunt, rich
Jackpot and money!

                       Having fun drawing
                    Looking beautiful
            Kids drawing

            Over the top

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MSTEP Schedule

Image result for child taking a test clipart

Hi Families,

Next week we will begin the MStep, our state standardized test. Our main testing days are Tuesday-Thursday. The make-up days will fall within the following dates: May 5-May 12.

The test, though time-consuming, will be broken up into parts and we will give breaks when needed. This should not be a stressful situation for your child but it can be upsetting to children when they feel a lot of pressure. I will not be putting a lot of pressure on the students. I will encourage them to do their best, take their time, and answer questions with as much accuracy as they are able.
I would appreciate you doing the same. Give them a good breakfast and an extra hug next week. I will try giving them some extra recess and free time as needed to give their brains and eyes a break.

Please let me know if you have questions.
If your child is going to be absent, knowing in advance will help in the planning process. Please let me know as soon as you can. Also, keep in mind, if your child is ill, as much as I want them here for the main testing days, we have make-up days for this reason.

Thank you!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Updates and News from the Week


New snack calendars were sent home today (Thursday) through the end of the year. You can also visit the snack calendars anytime here.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: I sent home a book order today so you and your child can start making decisions for summer reading! I will try and send at least one more book order before the end of the year in addition to this one. You can order online, using our classroom code: H4G6X
You can send in a check for the total amount due and the paper order form.
All forms of ordering, online or paper, are due by noon on April 25th!

I added a new tab on the main page of our classroom blog this week called, Technology Links. It is located right next to the snack calendar link near the top of the main page here at Hubbard's Headlines. Be sure to check these out! 


The class is moving along with fractions! This week we worked to create fractions on a number line and fractions on a grid. Hopefully some light bulbs and connections are being made. Very often students are making guesses or are unsure. I think they are getting closer to understanding the concept of what a fraction is and how they function in their lives. It's a tough subject to tackle at this age. Support students at home as much as you can.
A couple weeks ago I sent some ideas to try along with a parent note. Hopefully you received these ideas. Also, you can give this a try! A website with lots of links to games and activities all related to fractions.


Earlier this week I posted all of our activities related to poetry! We have lots we are working on, take a peek here in case you missed it.


We have been working on reading and identifying figurative language in writing, mostly poetry. Ask your child what an idiom, hyperbole, personification, or metaphor/simile is this week and see if they can give you an example.


We began our economics unit this week! We talked about some of the basics, which was a review from previous grade levels, as well as natural, human, and capital resources.

Have a great weekend and holiday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Lots of Fun and New Adventures Are Coming!

April is poetry month! 

We will be doing a lot of poetry reading, writing, and celebrating. Here is a rundown of what we are up to:

Check out your child's blog here.

They should be able to login from home. If they have forgotten their password, send me an email and I will respond with the information. All the posts are public but only visible once I have approved the post. You may notice some errors. Not every child is working on the same skill and we are all at different places within our writing journeys. Please be kind and encouraging to your child.

You may remember us using a Padlet to record favorite lines of poetry. Students will be visiting this with more frequency this month as they read poems that inspire. You can visit our Padlet here.

For students who were part of the Rising Writers Club, Amy LudwigVanderwater from The Poem Farm visiting virtually on our last day of club. This month the whole class will be enjoying her poems at her website. We will be visited often as she celebrates poetry using crayons for inspiration.

Check out her website here.  http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/

You can also see her Padlet with the crayon project here.

And...a really neat video on how crayons are made here.

As an end of the month celebration, the class and I will be doing Chalkabration! This is poetry written in chalk and shared with other poets, authors, and classrooms around the globe. Take a look at what Chalkabration is all about here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Epic Challenge!

I have challenged the kids to a reading challenge over break. Some students are going to work really hard to finish the book they are currently reading. This would be GREAT!
I also challenged them to visit Get Epic. This is a website we've been using to explore topics and research for some of our nonfiction writing. The great thing is, there are all kinds of books to explore!

Steps to visit the site:

Visit getepic.com 
Click on the sign-in
Scroll down to the classroom code login section
Our code is: MBX-6475

When students enter the code it will take them to their own personal icon to click.

Also, students can visit TenMarks. There are a lot of new tasks loaded for them to practice.

The past two weeks we've been working on conflict resolution.

Students have also been challenged to think about others instead of thinking of themselves.

In reading this week we talked about what questions we can ask ourselves as we read a book. We talked about what is in the book, in our head, and in our heart.

In math this week we began our fraction unit! I hope you received the letter last week explaining the unit. Each students made a fraction set to use during class. These will come home sometime next week. 

Due to some data entering issues, I have not been able to enter your child's math unit three test scores. As soon as I am able to enter the scores I will send the tests home for your view. As I said before, I will be assessing these skills again before the end of the year. 

In writing, we talked through our nonfiction pieces and discussed many different types of text features we could include to enhance the information!

Several students have started to crochet in our class! We are up to about six-seven different kiddos who have been working on projects during our Makerspaces time.