January 3rd and 4th

Welcome back students!  It sounds like everyone had a very nice two week break.  Next week will be my first full week with the students since I started, but they have been working very hard with the short weeks we have had together.  The students are continuing their lesson on measuring, and this week they started learning about measuring with thermometers.  We also learned a lot about prefixes and suffixes and how adding them to a base word can change the meaning of the word.  In Science we talked about how humans can affect the environment.  Ask them what has been found in the James River.  They were astonished at the items that have been found there.  Lastly, we started writing fairy tales.  The kids are very excited to be writing their own tales.  They have been planning what to write, so you can ask them the ideas they may have for their tale.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Mrs. Jernigan

Week of Dec. 17th – 19th

We all had a wonderful (short) week of school.  We were very busy finishing up our lessons in capacity and Ancient China.  The highlight of the week for the kids was decorating  their Gingerbread Houses.  The kids were patient and very creative with this project.  They were very excited to show their families what they created.  Thank you to everyone for sending in supplies and also helping in the classroom while we assembled and decorated the houses.

When we come back from break, we will begin a lesson on measuring capacity.  We will also start a science lesson on how natural events and human influences affect the survival of species.  We will also continue our reading groups each day.

I hope you all have a wonderful winter break.  See you on January 3rd.

Mrs. Jernigan

December 10th – 14th

The kids had a very short week at school after enjoying three snow days.  They worked very hard when they returned to school.  We continued our lesson on Fairy Tales and read The Paper Bag Princess and Hansel and Gretel.  Ask your children about the lessons they learned in these stories.  In addition, ask them about fairy tale story elements.  After finishing up our lesson on China, we started to learn about Egypt.  The kids are gaining so much knowledge about these two countries and the contributions they made which we still use today.   In Math our measurement lesson continues, and we are now concentrating on liquid measurements (capacity).

Next week we will continue the fun.  We will finish up our lessons on measurements and Egypt.  Please check your kid’s agenda regarding the upcoming quizzes and the test. These are also listed in the upcoming test/quizzes.  The kids are all looking forward to making their gingerbread houses along with other fun activities.

Deanna Jernigan

Week of Dec. 3rd – Dec. 7th

We had a great week.  We continued with Fairy Tales, and began a new unit studying China.  Also, we studied area and perimeter and had a fun lesson using Cheese-Its crackers.  Be sure to ask your student about this lesson.  We said best wishes to Mrs. Schaeffer when she left on Wednesday to welcome a new member to the family.  We said hello to Mrs. Jernigan since she started with the class on Thursday.  Additionally, we wished Mrs. Hubley good luck as she ends her time as a student teacher in our classroom.

Mrs. Jernigan and Mrs Hubley (and Mrs. Schaeffer)

Next week:

Continue with Fairy Tales

Start a lesson on measurement/capacity

Begin learning about Egypt



Week of 11/26-11/30

This week we started our fairy tale unit and our math measurement unit. The students have loved hearing and talking about various fairy tales. They also had fun measuring themselves in a measurement about me activity. We ended the week by FINALLY having our Tredegar Iron Works field trip!


Next week:

Reading: continue fairy tales

Math: area and perimeter

Social Studies: ancient China

Week of 11/19 and 11/20

It has been a short week but the students have worked extremely hard in their lessons! While we completed our studies on ecosystems this week, we will continue next week by having the students do an in-class research project on an ecosystem of their choice! We will start our Fairy Tale unit next week. The students completed their division and multiplication strategies unit this week. They created beautiful turkeys that had a different strategy on each feather (check them out below). The students shined in their persuasive writing. Some students presented their writing to the class. It was fun to listen to their creative ideas on why we should NOT eat turkey for Thanksgiving.  All students had a great time at the Turkey Trot. Some ran around the course multiple times!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Mrs. Schaeffer and Mrs. Hubley


Week of 11/12-11/16

It was another fun week this week. We continued working on ecosystems in Science. As it was raining the other day, one student made an observation that our field resembled a marshland! Great observation! We wrapped up our story elements unit this week. The students were very excited to start a new unit in math this week multiplication and division strategies! YAY! They have been working hard. They practiced making arrays using play-doh.

The Veteran’s Day assembly was amazing. The students took it very seriously and it was a hit! The veterans in the audience commented on the great performance and how appreciative they were of the students hard work and dedication.

Next week, for the 2 days, we are going to continue/extend on what we did this week-just adding a little TURKEY spin on it…stay tuned!

Week 11/5-11/9

We had a lot of fun in 3rd grade this week! We began our unit on Ecosystems. In math we worked on patterns, ask your student about using Ozobots with patterns. The students were very impressive with their knowledge in story elements as we did a mini-socratic seminar with the students. They showed a great understanding of comparing and contrasting the characters of our 2 stories.

The students were also awarded on Thursday with an ice cream treat by the admin staff for using good manners in the cafeteria. Encourage your student to keep up the good work!

Finally, the students ended the week with a surprise thanks to all who have been ordering from Scholastic. Because of your orders, the students each received a FREE book! They were so excited.

Next Week:

Reading: Continue Story Elements

Math: Representing Multiplication (strategies)

Science: Continue with Ecosystems


Week of 10/29-11/2

This was a busy, but FUN week! We started the week by going to the MSIC for a lesson on animal adaptations. The students were really able to get a “hand-on” their learning. On Tuesday, we had an in class MSIC lesson that was well… spooky to say the least! On Wednesday, we had more fun digging into pumpkins and being mathematicians. WOW, what a great week!





Next Week:

Reading: story elements

Math: patterns

Science: Habitats

Week of 10/22-10/26

This week we tried doing math centers in the class. It was a HUGE hit! The students did an amazing job and loved them! Talk to your child about what they did in math centers and what their favorite part was.

Next Week:

Reading: continue fiction and non-fiction (quiz on Friday)

Math: equality in addition and subtraction equations (quiz Friday)

Social Studies: finish geography (students will complete an HCPS alternative assessment)