Ms. Jewell's Third Grade

Bridgman Elementary School

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***Ms. Jewell’s Third Grade***

April 2019

What’s Happening in Third Grade?

We have been very busy preparing for our MSTEP testing in math and language arts. Testing dates will be the first two weeks of May (please see below). We have also been learning about the importance of summarizing text in reading. In grammar, we have been learning about pronouns, and when it is appropriate to use them in our writing. Students have been working on fictional narratives during our regular writing time, and will soon be practicing informational writing by crafting a research piece on Michigan Native American tribes. In social studies, we are preparing to learn about the French traders and their influence on the history of Michigan. Our science lessons will soon be switching from our physical science unit on Force and Motion to a life science unit on Life Cycles and Survival in an Ecosystem. We will specifically be looking at the life cycle of frogs.


MSTEP Testing Dates

April 30 - May 1st Language Arts

May 7th Math

(additional dates will be given for make ups)


4th Marking Period AR Goal is 10 points


May Field Trip Dates

Wednesday, May 15th, 8:15 - 10:45: Jens Jensen Nature Preserve - Spring trip

Friday, May 24th, 9:45 - 12:15: Come and See Farm field trip and picnic

Seasonal Field Study at Jens Jensen Nature Preserve

Bridgman third and fourth grades have been selected to participate in a seasonal field study through the Mighty Acorn program. Students will be studying various areas of the nature preserve and conducting investigations that are aligned with our Michigan science standards. They will also take part in a stewardship program for the preserve. The dates of the third grade field studies are as follows: Friday, November 2nd; Friday, February 22nd; and Wednesday, May 15th. Students will be leaving the school at 8:15 and will return by 10:45. Anyone who has registered and been accepted as a Bridgman volunteer is welcome to attend. Volunteers are welcome to follow the buses or meet us at the Jens Jensen Nature Preserve.

Snack/Water Bottles/Sweatshirts-Sweaters

The students are welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat mid-morning (granola bars, fruit, yogurt, etc. are all great “brain foods”). If your child brings something like applesauce or yogurt, please send along a spoon. We usually take a bathroom/snack/water break around 9:30 each day. If you send along a water bottle, please make sure it has a cap or lid. No juice is allowed in our rooms to avoid spills and stains on the carpet, desks, and assignments! Our lunch is at 11:15. The temperature in our classroom (and outside) can vary throughout the day, so your child is welcome to bring a sweatshirt/sweater/fleece to leave in his/her locker.



Students will have math homework (usually a Home Link) Monday-Thursday. Friday – Sunday nights are a great time to review and practice math facts and read for Accelerated Reader (AR). In a short time, we will start using a reading log. Students are expected to read 15 minutes per night/5 days a week for a total monthly goal of 300 minutes. Of course, we encourage students to read as much as they can!

Swim Schedule/Library

We have specials each day from 12:40 – 1:35. We will begin swimming on Tuesday, September 11th and will swim each Tuesday until October 30th. Our library day this year will be on Monday morning at 10:10. Please have your students bring back their library books so they can check out new books the following week.