Category Archives: Important Information

Google Classroom

We are so excited to have Google Classroom up and running. Please watch for an email from you students teacher with their email address and password. To get to Classroom please click on the link on the right. You should come to a page that looks like this:
Screenshot 2015-08-21 at 4.47.19 PM On this page your student will need to type in their email address. The email address is the students first name then a . then the first initial of their last name and some numbers (i.e.

That will pull up a page that looks like this:
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Students username is their lunch number and the password will be provided by your students teacher.

This will open the students email. In the top right corner there is a Google app menu that looks like 3 rows and 3 columns of squares.
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Students should select more and it will allow more apps and will look like this:
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They should select Classroom.

That should bring up a screen that looks something like this (the colors may be different depending on the teacher – the example below is Mrs. Dimmick’s class):
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Select the title of the class above the teacher’s name. For instance in Mrs. Dimmick’s class you would select 2015-2016 school year.

You should have a page that looks something like this (again, the colors may be different depending on the teacher)
Screenshot 2015-08-26 at 10.03.47 AM

Each student has gone through this signing in process at school. Please let your classroom teacher know if you we can help you.

Update: We have added some more information and pictures based on feedback we have received from parents about trying to get their students onto Google Classroom. We have been blown away with the kindness and understanding we have received from parents as we try to get this up and running. Thank you so much!!

Math: Ch. 9-Properties and Equations

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable Winter Break. We are excited to meet with everyone at our upcoming SEP Conferences. If you have not selected your appointment time please contact your child’s teacher.

Our next math unit has some new ideas for your students to learn. This unit focuses on Properties and Equations. It is a beginning of algebraic equations for our students as well as working on two-step story problems.

We start the unit by taking a multiplication problem and decomposing it into two different problems. I.e. 8 x 7 = (8 x 4) + (8 x 3). This is known as the distributive property. We will explain how we do what is in the parentheses first and then what is outside. I.e. 8 x 7 = (32) + (24). 8 x 7 = 56.

We will then move to multiplying 3 factors. I.e. 2 x (3 x 3). First we solve the problem in the parentheses 2 x (9). Then we finish the problem with the answer being 18. This will lead us to the Associative Property of Multiplication which states that the grouping of factors does not change the product.

Then we will start working on writing expressions. This is having the students read story problems and then decide what operation to use (add, subtract, multiple, or divide). Then we will evaluate expressions which means that we will put in a letter to represent a variable. I.e. 3 + S x 4. Solve if S = 2. 3 + 2 x 4. 3 + 8 (if there are no parentheses then we multiply first). 3 + 8 = 11.

The final concept will be taking these equations and use them to solve two-step story problems. For example: Orion has 48 comic books. He keeps 8 for himself and divides the rest equally among his friends. If each friend gets 8 comic books, to how many friends did he give comic books?
(48 – 8) / m = 8
(40) / m = 8
m = 5

Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help your student.

Keyboarding Links

Here are some helpful keyboarding links. Third grade students are expected to type their writing test in February. Practicing at home would be really helpful.

Here are some good websites to keep practicing their keyboarding:
Keyboard Invasion

typing rocket

typing race cars

Dance Mat Typing Level 1

Dance Mat Typing Level 2

Dance Mat Typing Level 3

This is a link to keyboarding on Web Resouces
Web Resources

This is a link to a fun site ABCya that has some great games grade