Elsa England

Third Grade Team

The third grade informational slideshow has been moved to our Grade Level Policies page!

Friday September 20

Thanks to all who came out Wednesday night to support our school at Baskin Robbins! It was a record turnout, and I am sure we earned a lot of money for the school.

Reading - This week students learned about responding in writing to what they are reading. Writing a reader’s response is a great way for students to extend their thinking and a chance for teachers to make sure they are comprehending the big ideas of their books. We aso began to delve into the differences between biographies and autobiographies.

Writing - Students wrote informational pieces about our school playground. Students have also been busy thinking about how they can improve as writers and setting goals for this year. Our phonics / spelling focus this week was on short vowel sounds.

Math - We continued with division this week, particularly the 5s and 10s facts. Students are learning how to represent division with drawings, strip diagrams, and equations. We spend a lot of time on problem solving as well so that they learn how to apply their knowledge of facts to word problems. By the end of next week, students will take their first math assessment over multiplication and division.

Science - We are in the middle of our unit on plant and animal structures and functions. Students are enjoying learning about how different living things adapt to live in their particular environment. Students examined and compared two plants up close, including a cactus and a vinca (a flowering plant), to compare and contrast their structures.

Social Studies - Our current social studies unit ties in with adaptations in science as we are learning about how humans adapt to their particular physical environment, including climate, landforms, natural resources, and natural hazards. This unit will take us into early October!

Friday September 13


  • Our first field trip will be in mid-November (details coming mid-October), and all students will need to wear a school shirt so that they are easily identifiable. If you have not already joined the PTA and purchased a shirt this year, please support the school by doing so online at http://england.my-pta.org/.
  • PTA Spirit Night as Baskin Robbins on Wednesday September 18, 4pm-8pm. Please support our school by taking the family out for a cool treat after school! Ms. Brazell and Ms. Irish will be scooping from 4 to 4:30, Ms. Tatum from 6 to 6:30 and Ms. Lipe from 6:30-7. We hope to see you there!


Math - Most classes are moving onto division and how it is connected to multiplication. Common terminology we use to explain division is the total, number of groups, and how many in each group. This unit over multiplication and division will wrap up by Friday September 27 so there is still plenty of work to do!

Language Arts - We have learned about sharing our writing with others, as well as revising our writing to make it even better. We continue to integrate grammar conventions through our weekly mentor sentences. Additionally, many classes completed the district writing assessment by writing a personal narrative, but some classes will complete this next week. This was the last week of BAS testing in reading, so students continued with lots of independent reading time where they practiced skills such as inferencing, visualizing, and checking their own comprehension.

Science - Students took their first assessment over unit 1, matter. Tests will not come home but you can look for those grades in Home Access Center! Our next unit is over plant and animal structures, functions, and adaptations. Students are already enjoying learning about the structures that different plants and animals have that help them survive in their environments.

Social Studies - Students are learning about the process and importance of voting.

Friday September 6

With only 4 days of school, this week seemed to fly by and it's hard to believe we are already in September. Please remember to check out the calendar at the bottom of this page for a list of upcoming important dates.

Here is an update of our week!

Math - We are continuing the multiplication unit and are working on 2s, 4s and 8s facts. Students are learning how to use doubling as a strategy to help with these facts. For example:

  • 3X2 is the same as doubling 3.
  • 3X4 can be calculated by thinking double 3 is 6 and double 6 is 12.
  • 3X8 can be calculated by thinking double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12, and double 12 is 24.

We are also still working with patterns in tables, and using our knowledge of multiplication to solve word problems.

Language Arts - Teachers are still BAS testing, and that will continue into next week as well. So like last week, students have been building their independent reading stamina and practicing skills such as monitoring their comprehension, asking questions, and visualizing while reading. We’ve discussed the differences between narrative / fiction texts and information / non-fiction texts and have tried our hands at writing narratives, informational pieces, and opinion pieces. None of these pieces have gone through the entire process to publishing, but we are beginning to learn about revising and editing our writing.

Science - We are nearing the end of our unit on matter and students particularly enjoyed an investigation on buoyancy this week where they designed, built and tested foil boats to see how much of a load they could carry. We wrapped up the week with root beer floats for E-SLOT. Root beer floats are a fun way to see (and taste) the three states of matter! Students will have their district assessment over matter next week, but please know there is nothing you need to do to prepare your child at home. They have been working hard in class learning about matter through a variety of hands on activities and class discussions.

Social Studies - We are continuing our unit on citizenship, and as always, social studies lessons are integrated into our reading and writing plans.

Friday August 30

It was great to see so many parents at Parent Information Night on Tuesday. If you were not able to attend, you can see the slideshow we shared just above this post. That evening, parents were also able to sign up for fall conferences. If you have not already signed up for an October parent-teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher to do so. Additionally, be sure to register for Home Access Center if you have not already. This is our online tool for posting grades, and is how your child’s teacher communicates with you about grades. And one final reminder, Monday is Labor Day so there is no school for students or teachers. We hope you enjoy the three day weekend!

We were deep into learning this week, as you can see from below!

Math - Our first math unit is on multiplication, so we began by discussing how multiplication is really just repeated addition, and focusing on equal groups. We were focused on 10s and 5s facts, so be sure to practice those at home with your child. We also applied this knowledge of multiplication to notice how rules and patterns work within a table.

Language Arts - We are all in the middle of BAS Testing each students so we can learn where their reading strengths are, as well as skills we may need to focus on. While each teacher is doing this individual testing, students have lots of independent reading time where they work on building stamina, and practicing new skills that we teach through a daily mini-lesson. Some of these mini-lessons include stop and jots, partner talk, making inferences, and understanding story elements.

Science - We began out unit on matter and each class has really enjoyed a hands on investigation in which they explored magnetism, buoyancy, temperature, texture, and finding mass. These are all different properties that can be used to describe matter, and it was a fun way to begin our study of the three states of matter.

Social Studies - We are learning about the qualities of good citizens and the roles that people play in their school, work, and home communities. Social studies lessons are integrated into our reading and writing plans.

Friday August 23, 2019

We’ve had a busy first full week of third grade! Students and teachers are still getting to know each other through fun activities like First Day Emoji Writing and the Me Museum. We’ve done lots of team building challenges in our individual classes, as well as with other classes. Some of these include Saving Fred, making the longest paper chain, and the balloon challenge. Ask your child what his/her class did this week!

Here is a look at what we have been learning this week by subject area.

Math - We are learning about positive math norms, such as “Mistakes are valuable” and “Math is about creativity and making sense” in order to encourage a positive learning climate where students understand that it is ok to make mistakes….in fact, it is through those struggles that some of our best learning happens!

Language Arts - Students have had lots of writing opportunities these first 7 days of school. We have done emoji writing where they wrote about how they felt on the first day of school, Me Museum writing where they wrote about why they chose items for their bag, and started brainstorming other writing ideas we can refer back to this year. Everyone loved decorating their writing notebooks and as teachers, we enjoyed seeing what they chose to put on their notebooks. We have spent lots of time working to establish routines for reading workshop, and also got a chance to visit the school library for our first checkout.

Science - For the first few days of school, our usual science time was taken up with community building activities, but towards the end of the week, we began discussing science safety and tools that scientists use. Next week, we jump into our first unit on matter!

Social Studies - We are focusing on building a growth mindset, and this will lead into our study of good citizenship over the next few weeks.

Important News:

Tuesday August 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm: Parent Information Night. Meet in the cafeteria for a grade level presentation, then we will head to our individual classrooms for teacher presentations. Due to space limitations, please make childcare arrangements for your kids at home!

Many of our wonderful volunteers have started helping out on campus this week. If you are scheduled to help out with copies, folders, class parties, field trips, or any other volunteering (or plan to do so later in the year), please make sure you have completed the RRISD Volunteer Application for this year. It must be completed every school year and the process can take up to 72 hours.

August 16, 2019

Happy Friday, parents! We had a great two days in third grade. We have been getting to know each other, building classroom community, and learning routines and procedures. I bet your kids have been worn out when they come home each day!

Next week, we will still enjoy a lot of getting to know you activities, but we will settle into a more structured routine. Over the weekend, your students should be collecting items for their "Me Museum" bag, as well as photos and other decorations for their writing notebooks. Beginning next Friday, this website will be updated weekly with a general overview of the curriculum for the following week.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday August 27th from 6:30 to 7:30pm for our Parent Information Night. This is a night for parents to meet with the entire third grade team so we can go over policies and curriculum for the year. After our group meeting, you will be invited to your child's classroom for a smaller presentation from your child' teacher. If you have questions in the meantime, please take time to read through the Grade Level Policies page on this website for important information.

We are looking forward to a great year in third grade!

The Third Grade Team

August 10, 2019

Welcome back to school! The third grade team is excited to meet our new students for the 2019-2020 school year. You will be receiving an email from your child's teacher no later than 8am on Tuesday morning.

All students and their families are invited to visit their classroom and drop off school supplies on Tuesday August 13 from 8:30am-11:30am or 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Because our school population is so large, we have set up two times, so please choose the one time that best works with your schedule. If you ordered school supplies, they will already be delivered to the classroom, but you can still stop by to meet your teacher and unpack your supplies. At the school supply drop-off, you will also be able to join the PTA and order school spirit wear. We are not ordering third grade shirts this year, so we strongly encourage every third grader to purchase a PTA shirt to wear on our field trip and for other special events such as Field Day and Economics Fair. Please join PTA for a membership fee of $8 and purchase your new England T-shirt at a discounted price of $12 as part of the Membership/t-shirt combination package of $20. Order online now and then pick up your t-shirt at open house: http://england.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=29

This website will be your spot for all important information from the team. We will post weekly updates about what we are learning in class, and include any announcements of upcoming events or important dates. Please bookmark it and check it regularly.

Once you know your child's teacher, we need each family to complete our online parent/student information form. This is important information that your child's teacher needs to have before the first day of school. Please take time to fill this form out accurately. We thank you in advance, and can't wait to meet you!

The Third Grade Team