Third-Grade Class News

Bonnie Mayrens, Third-Grade Teacher


October 13, 2017

Third Grade News – October 13, 2017

We had a visit from Search and Rescue Fireman LaFleur this week.  He told us some things about his job, which is saving people when they are lost or trapped somewhere.  We got to see some of his equipment as well.  He also reminded us of some important fire safety rules.

We finished with our first issue of Storyworks, Jr.  Students should have brought it home today.  Ask your child to tell you about some of their favorite articles.  Students should not bring the September issue back to school.  They will be getting a new one next week.  We do many close reading and comprehension activities with these magazines.

Here are next week’s spelling words.  They are from our new Storyworks, Jr. article.

Words with an ed ending

hiked               cooked             talked              rumbled          bounced         screamed

Other words from the story

rocks                roar                 tallest              camping          erupt               fire

mountain         volcano            debris              landslide          fury                  safety             


Memory Work for next week.  The Bible verse is a shortened version.  Students can earn extra credit points by doing the full verse in the planner, as well as the meaning for the commandment.  I am so happy to see so many students who have a percentage over 100 in the grade book!

Recite on Tuesday, 10/17

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you, and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven. 

            Matthew 5:11-12


Recite on Friday, 10/20

The 8th commandment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.


October 4, 2017

Third Grade News – October 5

     As mentioned in the Parent Bulletin, 4th grade will sell taffy apples for $1.50 next week as a hurricane relief fundraiser.  3rd grade students will have the opportunity to buy them during the day, so that they may be brought home.  We won’t be eating them or buying them at lunch since most students wouldn’t have time to finish them.

     Don’t forget to check Fast Direct tomorrow (Friday) after 3:30 to see your child’s midterm report.  Remember, this is NOT a report card.  It is simply an indication of your child’s grade as of the midterm date.  Sometimes, midterm grades can be a valuable “wake-up call” for students who “forget” to properly complete their work, as it lets them see the effect it can have on their grade.  The quarter grade may be higher or lower depending upon continued progress.  If you have any question regarding your child’s midterm, please let me know and I can further explain. 


Memory Work for next week –

Recite on Tuesday, Oct. 10

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.                    Romans 5:1


Recite on Friday, Oct. 13

The seventh commandment

You shall not steal.

(Don’t forget, you can get extra credit points by learning the meaning too!  The meanings are found in the student planner)


Spelling words for test on Friday, 10/13

chin                 itch                  push                chef                 wash

when               much               sharp               pitch                where

peach              child                wheat              chance             machine


September 29, 2017

Third Grade News – September 29, 2017

Please be sure to note the homework menu and note in the Friday Folder.  Students got the homework menu today.  Papers will be out in the shelf on Monday.

Spelling words for next week are compound words.   The test will be on Thursday, since there is no school on Friday.


pickup              cannot             outside            bedroom          upstairs

raindrop           baseball          hallway            airplane           mailbox

sunshine          homework       classroom        something       playground


Memory work for next week

Recite on Tuesday

From the beginning of creation,  God made them male and female.  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

Mark 10:6-8



Recite on Thursday

The sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.


Sept. 22, 2017

Third Grade News 9/22/2017

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In reading class, we have enjoyed using our Storyworks, Jr. Magazines.  We read about the Titaninc, and practiced finding "text evidence" to support statements and ideas.  Next week, we'll be working on comparing and contrasting hamburgers and tacos.  We'll also do a reader's theatre entitled The School News .  We are practicing answering written question clearly and concisely.  This is an important skill, and many of us need quite a lot of work on this!

You may notice that I will be absent during all or part of the day for 12 days in the upcoming months.  The reason for this is that I am serving as St. John’s representative in an exciting CLEF sponsored literacy initiative for Chicago area CLEF sponsored Lutheran Schools.  All of the teacher representatives, along with faculty from Concordia University, will collaborate to create a district-wide set of writing curriculum guidelines for our students.  

Spelling words for next week -Fri. Sept 29 - Review 

clock drink moved waking hopped

folded stain layer team slow

toast ladies flies bushes games



Recite on Tuesday 9/26

The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.      Luke 9:22


Recite on Friday, 9/29

The Fifth Commandment

You shall not murder.

If you want to earn an extra credit point, you can say the meaning also.  You can find the meaning in your plan book. 



September 15, 2017

Third Grade News 9/15/2017


Thanks to all who came to the parent meeting.  We covered much information, and I will be reviewing it in upcoming communications.  As always, do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.  I’d also appreciate knowing if something is going really well, so I can keep doing it! J

Homework menus for October will go home in the Friday folder on Friday, 9/29, along with a review of the instructions.  Papers will be available for the students on Monday, Oct. 2, and for the remainder of the month.  Don’t worry, I’ll help them choose as needed.


Here are some of the things we have been working on lately.

In religion, we have continued to discuss who God is.

In math, we continue to study place value to 10,000 and rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

In literacy, we have worked on writing and identifying complete sentences, identifying subjects and predicates, and reading a poem.

In science we have begun “The Mystery of the Disappearing City”. It is a science investigation into life cycles, animal groups, and the environment, which will help us to meet the NGGS science standards for third grade. 

In social studies, we have been working on map skills.  We practiced working with cardinal directions, and following instructions on a map.

In art class, we learned about Egyptian art.  We made hieroglyphic name tags and learned a bit about Egyptian rules for drawing.  We tried to pose in the same way that the Egyptians did. 




                                                  Spelling for test on Friday 9/22


ants                 toys                  flies                 things              boxes               games

lines                 rocks                wishes             ladies               dishes              babies 

bushes             glasses             puppies



Memory for next week

Recite on Tuesday, 9/19

But he said “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”

Luke 11:28


Recite on Friday 9/22

The fourth commandment “Honor your father and your mother.”