Happy Easter and Splendid Break!

Dear Third Grade Community;

Another quarter has come and gone, and as we gear up to enjoy a wonderful Easter and spring break, I wanted to keep you informed of a very busy last quarter.

Firstly, unit tests went home today. Please go over the test with your child.

I want students to have time to relax and enjoy their time. However, it is VITAL that students continue to read every single night. It know it’s break, but testing begins right after break. So, please make sure this happens.

Also, students were asked to practice multiplication facts and fluency. If all work comes back completed, they have an opportunity to earn 3 Husky Paws.

Please help your child to be honest.  Some students are turning in logs that are filled out by parents (which students are expected to do). Your only task is to ensure they’re reading, ask questions, and sign the log. 🙂 Also, students are stating they’re reading 60 minutes in one day. Although this is possible, it’s not probable. Surprisingly, some third graders are admitting to just writing down books and admitting they’re not reading. This does nothing but stump their growth.  I would rather a child not turn in homework  than be dishonest.

I am seeing such great improvements in students who are reading on a daily basis. I am also seeing minimal progress with students who are not taking extra time to practice each night.

Thank you for your help in making sure your child is reading and completing all homework.

The following is a schedule of upcoming tests in this last quarter we’re approaching:

April 13-MAP Reading

April 14-MAP Math

April 21-AIR Reading (State Test)

April 22-AIR reading (State Test)

May 3- AIR math (State Test)

May 4-AIR math (State Test)

In the middle of May, we will also be testing for DIBELS. Please make sure your child is at school on time for these days and avoid Dr. appts. if possible.

Please be mindful of the “Third Grade Guarantee” law and that these tests will determine if your child can advance to the next grade. If students have already met the benchmark, they are expected to show tremendous growth. We do not want students to be nervous, and they shouldn’t be, as long as they are working hard in class, reading, and completing homework for extra practice.

Have a wonderful spring break! This year is flying!

Mrs. Best


Happy Monday!

Hello Third Grade Community,

Thank you so much to those who continue to check out the blog. It’s been awhile since I’ve made an up to date post on here, so we’re past due for a proper update! 🙂

This week in Reading:

We’re on week 5 in Reading Street, which means students will take their unit test next week. As you should have seen on the Family Times, we have been working on a lot of reading strategies:

Author’s purpose, text features, generalizations (a new one!), inferring, and so on. This week, we are working on cause and effect.  I gave students a silly example that they no longer can state “dunno” when I asked them questions such as, “Why didn’t you do your homework? ” The not completing homework is the effect of a situation.  A lot of times a student will answer, “dunno.” Being a great reader and a smart third grader means understanding the world around you. We should be able to find the cause of a result.

  • I didn’t do my homework (effect) because I misplaced it (cause).
  • Suzy went to bed late (cause) so she was tired the next day (effect).
  • There was lots of litter on the ground (cause). Therefore, Mrs. Best’s class picked it up off the ground (effect).

Please make sure students are reading nightly and completing homework. Also, please check your child’s folder for graded material. I find students recycling their work and they have been told all work goes home once checked. This way, you are aware of the progress your child is making and can see mistakes, comments, and corrections that are being made in class.


We are continuing to work on division. Today we took a quiz. From these results, I will be able to determine what skills need to be retaught. Students have been learning numerous methods on how to solve a division problem.  Feel free to break out the coin jar, get some marbles, or other tangible items that students can divide up into groups.

Science/Social Studies:

In Science, we will begin talking about the three types of matter and exploring the changes in matter.

Social Studies:

We will continue learning about communities and how communities change over time, especially the changes we see and have seen in Cincinnati. I also want to tie in how the industrial revolution played a key role in making changes over time. This will help prepare us for our upcoming field trip on March 23rd.

Bonnie’s Plants Challenge:

Our third graders are so fortunate to have the opportunity to care for a living cabbage plant! Today, students received their very own cabbage plant with a flyer on how to carefully care for the plant. Students were told how important it is to take care of a living thing. In addition to raising some yummy cabbage (great for slaw or sauerkraut), Bonnie’s Cabbage Plants will give a student a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship! It’s not too early to start planning for college! It’s simple! Just take care of the plant, and at harvest time, weigh your plant with the picture and send me a copy of the picture, along with your child holding the plant (Yes, your kiddo will be in 4th grade when it’s time to harvest:). All of the directions are on the flyer that went home. I recommend hanging this on the fridge or in an area that can be easily referenced.

That’s it for now! Make it a great night!

~Mrs. Best



And They’re Off!

Today is the opening day of the Iditarod race! Here’s hoping an enjoyable and safe race to all of the mushers and Huskies! 

Happy 100th day of school!



Students celebrate another spelling achievement:)


Happy New Year!

Dear Third Grade Community,

Happy 2016! Time goes by so quickly. I sure hope you had a restful fun-filled vacation (while reading some great books).

This week, we are back to our “normal” routine. We will begin week 5 in unit 2 in Reading Street. Students will be expected identify the main idea of a text while reading a nonfiction passage entitled, “Amazing Bird Nests.” Students will receive spelling words as well.

In math, we will continue to work on multiplication and will also be working on geometry.

In Social Studies, we will continue investigating maps and Science, energy is the topic.

On Wednesday, specials will resume for 8 days.

Please, kiddos, make sure you go to bed at a time that gives you the most rest. I know it may be challenging waking up so very early since we have been off, but we’re back at it full swing this week and I want to make sure you are ready to learn new things! 🙂

See you soon!

Mrs. Best


Our Work Being Published!

Dear Third Grade Community,

I am excited to share with you that your child has been working hard creating a personal narrative around the topic of Thanksgiving. Students have reflected on the things in their life they’re thankful for.

I am going to have our work PUBLISHED in a book. You have the opportunity to purchase a hard back cover of this book and cherish for years to come. Not only will the book feature your child’s writing and illustration, but their classmates as well. What a great way to remember their third grade year!

If I receive ALL order forms back (you do not have to purchase one, but please sign it and return even if you do not want to purchase a book) then the company will send our class a free book.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Mrs. Best