Thursday, May 24, 2012


Above are a few pictures of the third-grade students at the State Historical Museum. The students had a blast and learned more about many topics we have discussed throughout the past year. I hope you had a chance to talk with your student about his or her learnings.

This past week, we have been wrapping up fourth-quarter content. Students have been working diligently on multiplication and division concepts. Please continue to practice these at home with your child over the summer. In addition, we had a guest speaker. Mr. Johnston came to our classroom to speak with us about banks. We learned about banks as a source of money for borrowers and savers.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Council Meeting 2

Students enjoyed visiting the City Hall before break. This video is one of the re-enactments of a city council meeting that we conducted once we got back to school to review information.

Council Meeting

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Parent Teacher Conferences

This past week we worked on fractions, made judgments during reading, and discussed pronouns. Students were very excited to watch the School House Rock video clip about what a pronoun is and why we have pronouns.

In the upcoming week, we will be discussing multiplication and division, writing a paragraph with details supporting an opinion, discussing biographies, and learning about solids, liquids, and gases.  

Thank you to everyone who came to Parent Teacher Conferences!

Ms. Ritland

Friday, February 3, 2012


3rd grade students have been hard at work. In math, they have been working on fractions. We have worked on writing fractions in regards to a part of a set. We have also continued working on multiplication and division.

In reading, we have been discussing a story about seals and practicing comparing and contrasting. Students also wrote an acrostic poem about the story or a word of their choosing. During writing, we focused on writing a paragraph that has an opening sentence and three supporting details. We will continue to work on this throughout writing and social studies.

Students are very excited for the social studies research project. They are researching people related to the westward movement (e.g. Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, etc.). We will continue to locate information on these people as we go into next week.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills is next week. Please help your child do well by ensuring that they receive plenty of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast before coming to school each day.

Thank you for all that you do!
Ms. Ritland

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Throughout this week we have been reviewing symmetry, congruent and similar shapes, and decomposing and composing shapes. We also reviewed strategies for solving division and multiplication problems during math.

In reading, we have been working on story mapping. Students listened to the story The Garden of Abdul Gasazi and identified the characters, setting, problem, events, and solution. Please encourage your child to think about the story elements as he or she reads alone or with someone.

In social studies, students have been researching an inventor of their choice. They used an online database and their social studies books to find information and began putting a poster together about their person on Friday. 

Friday was the end of the quarter.
There is no school Monday, January, 16, 2012.

Thank you for all that you do!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays!

We have all been very excitable this week. On Monday, we continued working on geometry in math. On Tuesday, all of the students were excited to make gingerbread cookies with a kindergarten buddy. Today, students explored mode by finding the mode of a pile of M&M's.

Thank you to all who brought treats recently! The students really enjoyed them. I hope everyone has a wonderful break!