Friday, June 28, 2013

App Recommendation: Number Bonds by Crystal Springs

The number bonds apps are available for iPads and cost $1.99 each. Both allow students to practice number bonds, also known as fact families, and further develop their mathematical reasoning. The apps support the Singapore Math approach that we will use this year in third grade. Singapore Math helps students develop logical and often time-saving approaches to help make sense of math problems.

Number Bonds

A number bond shows the relationship between a number and the parts that combine to make it. Number bonds are an important foundation for thinking about numbers and finding part-whole relationships.

Number bonds allow students to break down, or decompose, numbers into friendly numbers, ones that are easier to work with in the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Numbers such as 10, 100, and 1000 are especially friendly, so we try to work with multiples of 10 as often as possible. Friendly numbers lend themselves to mental math, helping students to calculate complex problems in their heads.

Another option is to use the addition and subtraction app to review skills this summer.

Number Bonds App: Addition & Subtraction to 99

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reading is the Fastest Way to Become a Better Reader

Please encourage your child to read each day this summer!

Source. The information presented is from a research study on students' independent reading by Nagy and Herman. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Last Day of Third Grade

Minute to Win It

Stack Attack

one minute to make a 36 cup pyramid 

Find more minute to win it games at

Magic Ball

Finishing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Candy Awards

Sweet Tart Award

For being such a sweet friend to everyone in class.

Bubble Yum Award

For your fun and "bubbly" personality.

Laffy Taffy Award

For having the most fun while learning.

Skittles Award

For always being full of colorful ideas.

Starburst Award

For being a star student who worked hard everyday in all areas.

Baby Ruth Award

For being such a baseball minded person.

Gobstoppers Award

For always having "gobs" of great work and ideas.

Fun Dip Award

For being eager to learn with a fun-loving personality.

Snickers Award

For your sense of humor and ability to make others laugh daily.

Dove Award

For being the class peacemaker.

Three Musketeers Award

For working well with others in all situations.

Milky Way Award

For setting an example for others by having quality work that was "out of this world"!

Twizzlers Award

For dancing through your work with a great attitude and a flair for learning.

Smarties Award

For your intelligence and hard work in all areas.

Gummy Bear Award

For being a caring and huggable classmate.

First Annual

Intermediate Division Talent Show

3rd grade Hebrew play: The Tale of the Five Balloons
"Fireworks" Dance
"Oh, Susanna"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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