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And We’re Off!

Dear Third Grade Community,

Days 1 and 2 are now in the history books! I couldn’t be more proud of your kiddo! I can see why I have the BEST class;)

Students have been learning classroom routines and expectations. Today, we continued practicing our routines and meeting expectations. Students are modeling respect to, not only me, but their peers; You should be proud.

Today, we enriched our learning by discussing what real readers do and how real readers read. Did you know that there are three ways to read?? Ask your third grader the three ways they can read! 🙂

We also talked about “I-PICK” books. I-PICK stands for:

I-I choose the books I want to read

P-Purpose. I understand the reason to read a certain book (i.e, to be entertained, to learn, to practice a skill, etc.)

I-Interest. The book interests me! 🙂

C-Comprehend. I can understand what I am reading

K-Know the words: I don’t miss too many words

If students are able to do all of these things, then the book is a match! Please use this strategy when visiting the library or purchasing a fun book for your kiddo.

We set up our writing and math notebooks as well today.

It’s been a super busy week, but a great one! I’m looking forward to getting to know your student and family better. Please continue sending in any important papers. Enjoy some family time tonight and please know that your child is cared about. ❤

~Mrs. Best


Tell Me it Isn’t So…

11 more days?? Wow, this year has flown.  I’m really going to miss your kiddos! I am super proud of all of their hard work and growth they’ve made this year. I am thankful for each one of them that play a part in our classroom community. Thank you, parents, for all of your support.


We’re not done! There’s still a lot of learning happening in the Best Class! 🙂

We’re finishing up our Science research and presentations. Students have been excited about the diorama project they’re creating at home with you. Dioramas are due Friday. 🙂

This Friday, I am giving students their last multiplication fluency assessment. At this point, your child should know facts 0-10 fluently and working towards mastery of 11-12s.

Fraction assessments went home yesterday, along with other graded work. Please make sure you check your child’s folder nightly and clear out any papers that need to stay home.

Please know that though we’re in the last days of this school year, we are working hard and still enjoying our learning time.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Best

A Long Awaited Post

Where has third quarter gone? My apologies for the severely delayed update, so here we go!

First, I want to add that our field trip was a huge success! We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day. Thankful for the fun, laughs, and great entertainment provided by the talented actors from the cast of the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre in, “Mary Poppins.”  (Pictures to be posted!)


I cannot stress enough how important it is for your child to be at school every single day, especially in the weeks to prep for testing. I am still teaching, and so even missing a day can put a student behind in new learning. During testing, please make sure your child is getting plenty of rest the night before, eats a good breakfast, and arrives at school on time.

Wednesday, April 18th–Writing Assessment


Tuesday, April 24–Literacy in the morning

Wednesday, April 25th–Literacy in the morning


Tuesday May 1– Math in the morning

Wednesday May 2–Math in the morning


Third Grade Guarantee:

You will receive notice by the end of the school year if your child will need to attend our summer reading program (in June) if he/she doesn’t meet the qualifying score.  By now, I have spoken with parents with students who did not meet the benchmark when our first round of scores were received over the winter.



We are still learning all things fractions. So, your child has received fraction homework this week. All assignments are skills that your child should be able to do independently. If you see your child struggling, please jot a note or email me because all homework is review.

In addition to fractions, we are also diving into measurement and data which includes:

  • Telling time to the nearest minute
  • elapsed time
  • Linear measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch
  • measuring volume, area, perimeter
  • Adding/subtracting with money

This week, we are focusing on telling time to the nearest minute and elapsed time. There are a handful of students who are still struggling with telling time to the nearest minute. At this point in the year, your child should be able to tell time on an analog clock. Please practice this life skill at home. If you don’t have an analog clock, I encourage you to get a hold of one so your child can reference telling time on a daily basis. In my classroom, students have been using an analog clock all year.

FACT PRACTICE–I still have many students struggling with multiplication and division facts. Please continue to practice these facts daily at home. 5 minutes a day makes all the difference.


We’re still reading a plethora of text and practicing our thinking skills. We have been discussing text structures (the way an author structures his/her writing). The five structures we’ve been discussing are:

  1. Compare/Contrast
  2. Description
  3. Sequence
  4. Problem and Solution
  5. Cause and Effect

I am super proud that most students are able to read a nonfiction text and determine the structure the author used to give us information.  We also have been practicing determining the main idea of a text and supporting it with details. This is a challenging skill, so we will continue to perfect it! 🙂

Have a wonderful night! Don’t forget to check out the tab for extra math practice! Any extra work turned in gets a husky paw!

~Mrs. Best

AIR Results to Go Home

Third Grade Community;

Today (Friday) in your child’s folder, you will find the results of the AIR test we took in October, along with a letter explaining the results. PLEASE read the letter carefully.  A few things I want to explain:

  • A score of 700 is considered proficient (passing score–Think of it as receiving a “C” average. Though this may not be the best example because a 700 doesn’t mean a “C”, it may give you a frame of reference. )
  • The Third Grade Guarantee Law (TGG) states that students must receive AT LEAST a score of 672.
  • A child who receives a score less than 672 has not met the Third Grade Guarantee yet.

Please understand that students took this in the early fall and will take it again in the early spring (April). A lot of learning takes place during that time, so please don’t stress. I will be contacting certain families (sooner than later) to set up a conference time to go over scores that either did not receive a proficient score and/or did not meet the TGG score.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns/questions you may have. I am confident that we will see lots of growth in the spring! Students are working hard!

How Can We Support Our Child?

I cannot stress enough the importance of reading every single night. Most kiddos are turning in a reading log every week. I have noticed a few students who seem to be reading the same pictures books over and over, or saying it took them a week to read a simple book.  Those students who truly read on a regular basis will show growth.  Students have access to library books at school and in my classroom. I also encourage families to visit their local library.

Next week, we should be back to normal with schedules, including  spelling! 🙂


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Best

New Year, New Learning

Hello Third Grade Community,

We’re moving right along in our third grade year. Here is an update on what we’ve been doing and what’s to come.

New reading skills: retelling stories in order, identifying theme (life lesson), determining the main idea of a text and supporting it with key details, determining an author’s perspective (opinion) on a topic and deciding if our perspective agrees or disagrees with an author,  adding dialogue to our writing, making our character traits and feelings “noticeable” in our writing, and identifying affixes and roots in words.

Math: Multiplication! At this time, your child SHOULD have mastered multiplying by 2s, 5s, 10s, 11s, 0s, 1s. Please PLEASE ask your child what factor they are working on. I have many students who have not mastered 2s. This is problematic. Please check out the “extra” tab. Scroll to the multiplication section and I have attached practices pages for you to print out for your child. If your child completes these at home, I will give them a husky paw.

Social Studies: U.S. Geography, map skills. Your child should be able to name all 7 continents, and know that the U.S. is on the North American continent.

Science: We’ve been exploring life cycles in Science. Students have an understanding that life, including plants, follow a cycle.



Literacy: Point of view (who’s telling the story?), continue expanding vocabulary, text features, sequencing a text, exploring additional myths, folktales, and fables.  In writing, we will be writing opinion pieces and informative/explanatory pieces.

Math: We will be moving on to division in the next few weeks, so again, it is imperative that your child study their maths. Please remember they can log into XtraMath at home.

Social Studies: We will continue working on map skills,  communities, government concepts, and historical thinking.

Science: Matter  (solid, liquid, gas)


Report cards will be available online tomorrow (Friday).


We should be receiving parent letters from the state within the next week or two regarding how your child performed on the fall state test. Remember, this is part of the Third Grade Guarantee Law. I will be contacting you to go over the results.


Have a great evening, everyone! Don’t forget to read a good book:)


Mrs. Best

Update on the BEST Class:)

Third Grade Community,

Can you believe we’re in December? How is that possible? Time moves so quickly. I am so proud of each student. They are working very hard each and every day. Here’s a glance on what to expect up through Christmas and beyond:


We’ve been focusing on determining the most important ideas of a text by finding key details and inferring the main idea.  This skill supports our ability to comprehend what we’re reading.

How can you help your child continue to develop this skill?

Ask: What are the important ideas of your book/article?  What is the main idea? How do you know that is the main idea? Find key details to support the main idea.


We’re developing our personal narratives. Students are writing a multi-paragraph narrative and learning to add lots of detail, removing “boring” parts, and substituting “dead” words for “purple” words (ask your kiddo for more info.).

Home Connection:

Personal narratives are stories about events in our lives. Each day, have your child pick a moment to “explode” in a small story. Have them retell you their event while encouraging them to use “juicy” details that wake up the senses. 🙂


Students explored avenues for determining the meaning of unknown words in a text. Sometimes an author will give clues on what a word means by giving a synonym, antonym, explanation, or even an example. Sometimes, they’re subtle. Other times, we’re elated to see the clue right in front of us!  Affixes can also help us determine the meaning of a word. And, when there’s not a clue to be found, we know we can use dictionaries and glossaries to give us a hand.

Home Connection:

Ask your child to locate words where they need to understand the meaning. Together, reread the sentence the word is placed in and look for clues. Also, make sure your child has access to a dictionary and encourage him/her to use it as often as needed.


We just finished our first unit in multiplication! Students are building a foundation for understanding multiplication.  Some of the homework may look different if you haven’t been exposed to third grade math standards. You’ll see your students drawing circles, making arrays, number lines, pictures, or whatever other method they feel comfortable with when solving.

Why all the strategies? Why not just memorize the facts?

I LOVE THE WAY WE USE A VARIETY OF STRATEGIES! If I was given a plethora of strategies as a kid to use to multiply, I may have enjoyed the experience more. I could memorize facts, but honestly, I really couldn’t explain what 5×8 meant. Students need to understand what multiplication represents. I ask LOTS of questions in class and students should be able to explain facts, such as  5 x 8 as “five groups of eight. The first FACTOR tells how many groups and the second FACTOR tells you how many in each group.” 🙂

What’s next? We’ll go deeper! We will practice our fluency with facts through games, activities, and this will continue for the rest of the year. We will also explore distributive property of multiplication, associative, and solving multi-step problems with multiplication and other operations. Student will also begin to make connections with multiplication and division.

Home Connection:

Please have your child log onto XraMath every night to practice. I switched all students over to multiplication, even if they didn’t master addition and subtraction. I will also post math fact sheets you can print out and have your child complete. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I try not to overload students with homework for these reasons. Students need to practice facts. Please make this a nightly routine along with reading.

After break…

We’ll be exploring lots of genres such as folktales, myths, legends, fables, and comparing them. We’ll continue writing, but with a shift of writing nonfiction. In math, we’ll go deeper with multiplication and begin building a foundation for division. We’ll also be exploring fractions soon.

In Science, we’ll be moving onto learning about energy and matter. In Social Studies, we’ll continue focusing on geography, changes over time, and looking at historical events using a timeline.

DIBELS RESULTS WILL GO HOME FRIDAY, 15TH. We finished our second round of DIBELS. Remember, DIBELS is how we measure reading fluency. At this time in the year, students should be able to read at least 86 wpm with a 95% accuracy. Please look over the results with your student.


If your child is reading at least 86 wpm, then we’re going to focus on comprehension. Ask your child lots of questions about the books they read on a daily basis to check for understanding. Encourage your child to keep a reading journal at home and write after they read. Let them decide what they want to write about.

If your child is reading below 86 wpm, IT IS IMPERATIVE they read, read, read. I would highly recommend reading take priority over television, video games, or other electronics. Encourage your child to reread parts of his/her book to build fluency.

Christmas Social

I will be allowing the students to have a Christmas social next Friday. If you would like to send in a WRAPPED Christmas treat, please just let me know.

Have a great evening!

~Mrs. Best

Weekly Update

Third Grade Community,

It’s been a wonderful week thus far in the BEST CLASS! The students amaze me everyday with questions, wonderings, and statements that truly show them to be great thinkers. I’m so proud.

Today we read a fantastic article in our Storyworks Jr. magazine entitled, “Mountain of Fire” by Lauren Tarshis. She’s the author of the “I Survived” Series. Students were really excited to learn about this active volcano.

Upcoming Events

Next week is  a busy week, as we will be taking the Ohio State Reading Test, entitled, “AIR.” This test is tied to the Third Grade Guarantee. We will be taking this test Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Please make sure your child is at school both days and has a nice healthy breakfast; it makes all the difference.

Trick or Treat Night

Trick or Treat night is happening next Wednesday at Holly Hill! If you’re able to donate candy, we would appreciate it.

Lock In

We’re so excited to have our first Lock In of the school year on Friday November 3rd. Check your child’s folder for details! It’s going to be a great time!


Please don’t forget to sign up for conferences.

Please continue to have your child read nightly for at least 20 minutes. I’m super proud of how the Best Class has created a sense of urgency around reading! 🙂

Enjoy your evening,

Mrs. Best