• What we're learning in February

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 2/6/2023 5:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing in February!

    Math

    • Area
      • Understanding area
      • Multiplying to find area
      • Adding areas

    Assessments: Lesson 14 quiz (week of 2/6); Lesson 15 quiz (week of 2/13); Lesson 17 quiz (week of 2/28); Area project (week of 2/28)

    English Language Arts

    • Reading: The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
      • Using text evidence to answer questions
      • Determining main idea
      • Describing character actions
    • Reading: Weather
      • Using text evidence to answer questions
      • Determining main idea and supporting details
    • Writing: Narratives

    Assessments: Final narrative (week of 2/27) 

    Science

    • Montana Bird ID Project
    • Weather and Climate

    Assessments: None planned

     Social Studies

    • Local history

    Upcoming Events:

    2/10: Team Spirit Day: Students are encouraged to wear their favorite team's colors or a sports jersey

    2/13: Staff Development Day - No school for students

    2/14: Valentine's Day (please see note below)

    2/20: President's Day - No school

    heart flowers

    Valentine's Day- We'll celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14. Students may bring Valentine's cards to exchange. Please bring a card for everyone in our class. In keeping with school policy, please no sweet treats or candy, though students may bring other small trinkets to give away, like bookmarks or pencils. We'll celebrate with a math and art activity, and we'll make bags for collecting cards. 

     

     

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  • What we're learning in January

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 1/3/2023 2:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing in January!

    Math

    • Division
      • Understanding the meaning of division
      • Connecting division to multiplication
      • Using strategies to divide
      • Building fluency with multiplication and division facts 
    • Using Patterns

    Assessments: Lesson 11 quiz (week of 1/9); Lesson 12 quiz (week of 1/17); Lesson 13 quiz (week of 1/23); Unit 2 Assessment (week of 1/23)

    *We'll also be re-taking our math benchmark tests on STAR 360 and I-Ready. 

     

     English Language Arts

    • Reading: The Year of Miss Agnes
      • Using text evidence to answer questions
      • Determining main idea
      • Describing character actions
      • Connecting story to history and culture
    • Writing: Narratives
      • Developing character and plot
    • Writing: Parts of Speech
      • Using and identifying nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in sentences
      • Using and identifying irregular plural nouns

    Assessments: Parts of speech project (week of 1/17)

    *We'll also be retaking benchmark assessments in STAR 360 and IRLA

    Science

    • Animals
      • How have animals and habitats changed over time?

    Assessments: Animal Diorama

     Social Studies

    • Local history with guest Spark Artist-in-Residence Tabitha Beard

     

    Upcoming Events:

    1/4, 1/6, 1/9-1/11: Spark Artist Residency with Tabitha Beard 

    1/16: No School

    Week of 1/31: MCT Residency (look for more information soon)

    Penguin dancing in the snow

     

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  • What we're learning in December

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 12/6/2022 6:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing in December!

    Snowman in blue scarf and hatMath

    • Building fluency with multiplication facts 
    • Using order and grouping to multiply multiple numbers
    • Using place value to multiply two-digit numbers

    Assessments: Lesson 8 quiz (week of 12/5); Lesson 9 quiz (week of 12/12); Mid-Unit Assessment (week of 12/19)

     English Language Arts

    • Reading: Non-Fiction Text Features
      • Identifying different types of text features
      • Using text features for information
      • Central message of non-fiction and fiction texts
    • Writing: Research
      • Developing research questions
      • Using key terms to conduct an internet search.
      • Using informational websites to answer research questions
    • Writing: Informational Writing
      • Identifying a topic and subtopics
      • Writing a lead, topic sentences and conclusion
      • Revising and editing

    Assessments: Animal report (Final draft due week of 12/19)

    Science

    • Animals
      • Adaptations

    Assessments: None planned

     Social Studies

    • Salish Seasonal Round (due week of 12/12)
    • Missoula settlement

    Upcoming Events:

    12/15-12/21: Countdown to Break Dress Up Days (more information coming soon)

    12/22-1/2: No school (Winter Break)

    1/4-1/11: Spark! Art Experience with Tabitha Beard 

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  • What we're learning in November

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 11/2/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing in November!

    Math

    • Multiplying with 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10
      • Using skip counting strategies to build memorization
    • Multiplying with 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
      • Using arrays, equal group drawing and friendly facts to build fluency

    Assessments: Lesson 5 quiz (week of 11/1); Multiplication Facts Quiz (weekly)

    *A note about multiplication facts: We'll start working with flash cards the week of 11/1. We'll start with memorizing our 0, 1, 2, 5 and 10 facts only. Near the end of November, after we've built a conceptual understanding of multiplication, we'll start memorizing the other facts. 

     English Language Arts

    • Reading: Folklore
      • Identifying the characters and theme of indigenous folktales
      • Summarizing indigenous folktales
    • Reading: Non-Fiction Text Features
      • Identifying different types of text features
      • Using text features for information
      • Central message of non-fiction and fiction texts
    • Writing: Informational Reports
      • Choosing a topic
      • Paraphrasing and note taking
      • Writing a lead, topic sentence and adding details
    • Writing: Research
      • Developing research questions
      • Using key terms to conduct an internet search.
      • Using informational websites to answer research questions

    Assessments: Informational report - Choice Topic (rough draft due week of 11/22); Informational report - Animal (rough draft due week of 12/5)

    Science

    • Animals
      • Traits of animal groups
      • Diet, predator, prey
      • Habitat and survival
      • Adaptations

    Assessments: None planned

     Social Studies

    • Missoula History

    Upcoming Events:

    11/6: Daylight Savings Time ends

    11/8-11/10: Book Fair in Rattlesnake Library 

    11/10: Half day of school (students dismissed at 11:05)

    11/11: No school 

    11/15: Lady Griz Game (11-1) at UM

    11/23-11/25: No school



     

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  • What we're learning in October

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 9/29/2022 12:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing in October!

    autumn pumpkin

    Math

    Assessments: Lesson 3 quiz (week of 10/3); Lesson 1 quiz (week of 10/10); Unit 1 test (week of 10/17)

     English Language Arts

    • Reading: Non-Fiction Text Features
      • Identifying different types of text features
      • Using text features for information
      • Central message of non-fiction and fiction texts
      • Determining theme in a fiction text.
    • Writing: Parts of Speech
      • Identifying and using nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases. 

    Assessments: Mystery narrative (due week of 10/17)

    Science

    • Forces and Motions
      • Identifying and describing various types of forces, motions, and gravity. 
      • Engineering solutions based on growing knowledge of forces and motions
    • Naturalist
      • Natural history survey of North Hills and Rattlesnake Creek
      • Bat adaptations and habitats

    Assessments: None planned

     Social Studies

    • Local geography
      • Recognize cardinal directions and local landforms
    • Montana tribal history
      • Identify the indigenous tribal nations of Montana

    Assessments: None planned

    Upcoming Events:

    10/6 - Hike to North Hills

    10/19 - Picture Day (more info coming soon)

    10/20 & 10/21 - MEA / No School

    10/31 - Halloween (more info coming soon)


    halloween candy

     

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  • What we're learning in September

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 9/8/2022 1:00:00 PM

    Here is what we're doing in the month of September!

    apple

    Math

    • Math procedures and 2nd grade review
      • Reading and writing numbers
      • Adding 2-digit numbers
    • Place Value with 3-digit Numbers
      • Rounding to the nearest ten and hundred
      • Adding 3-digit numbers

    Assessments:  i-Ready diagnostic (week of 9/6); STAR 360 (week of 9/19) 

    Our math curriculum is Ready Classroom Mathematics. Ready Classroom is based heavily in discussion and using student strategies. At many points this year, your child will be asked to “Try It” based on their previous knowledge and without instruction from me. I’ll then use the strategies students share to scaffold our learning. It will feel like a challenge at first! Thank you for encouraging a growth mindset in your student as we embark on our math adventure.

     English Language Arts

    • Reading: The Case of the Gasping Garbage
      • Understand character traits
      • Understand characters’ motivations and actions in a story
      • Describe how characters in the story solve their problems over time
    • Writing: Collecting, generating and developing ideas
    • Daily 3: Building our stamina for independent reading and independent writing

    Assessments: STAR 360 (week of 9/19); IRLA leveling (ongoing all of September)

     Science

    • The Science and Engineering Practices
      • Using observations to ask questions and define problems
      • Planning and carrying out investigations
      • Constructing explanations
      • Communicating information
    • Forces and Interactions
      • Observe, investigate and measure the effect of forces on an object's motion

    Assessments: None planned

    Naturalist

    • Building expectations of our time together 
    • First natural history survey of Rattlesnake Creek 

     Social Studies

    • Character Strong: Respect
      • We'll use our conversation about respect to build a set of expectations/rules for your year.

    Assessments: None planned


    Upcoming Events:

    Every Thursday: Naturalist Lesson outside at 1:35 

    Every Thursday: Early Dismissal at 2:30

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  • Welcome to the 3I Class Blog!

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 8/3/2022

    Welcome to 3rd grade! 

    back to school

    Hi, I'm Ms. Ibis! I am so excited to have you in my class this year and I'm looking forward to our year together!

    I'm excited to get to know you! If you want to know a little bit about me before we meet, click here to read my Meet the Teacher.   

     Class blog and Communication

    This is the first post of the 2022-2023 class blog. Families, please bookmark this page as I use this webpage as my primary source of communication. Please also be on the lookout for messages delivered to your email via Blackboard Connect - they often end up in Spam.   

    School Supply List
    You can click here to find out what supplies you will need this year. 

    We use soft seat sacks on the backs of our chairs to store our belongings. Please only buy and bring what is on the list. I recommend shopping small, like buying an 8-pack of markers instead of a 64-pack :) We will be sharing art supplies, like markers, colored pencils and glue. I strongly recommend a small soft pencil pouch that will fit inside your seat sack or neatly on your table. Gallon size Ziploc bags work really well too! Please bring all of your supplies on the first day of school and we'll spend a little time sorting them out so you feel prepared. Have fun shopping.

    Bus Route Information
    You can click here to find out more information about the bus route.

    Parent Volunteers
    If your parent(s) or guardian(s) would like to volunteer in the classroom or go on a Traveling Classroom trip, they must fill out a parent volunteer form prior to the event. You can click here to find the volunteer form.

    Information about 3rd Grade

    Parents, be sure to read the Nuts and Bolts section of this webpage.

    We have occasional homework in 3rd grade, and you should plan on reading at least 30 minutes every day, even the weekend! 

    Google Apps, including Google Classroom, Slides, and Docs, will be integrated into our classroom this year. Every 3rd grader has a MCPS email address that allows him/her to access Google Apps except Gmail. Google Classroom and Google Suite will be used during school and can be accessed outside of school from any location with internet. You will be able to watch educational videos about the subjects we are covering, turn in assignments, and ask me for help. In addition, you will learn how to respectfully and responsibly communicate in a safe online environment. Everything in Google Apps will be closely monitored by myself, the other 3rd grade teachers, and Mrs. Nygren.

    Birthdays will be celebrated with a game or another fun activity of your choosing, and you can bring a read aloud book from home or choose one from our class library. Please, no treats. Students with summer birthdays (June 13-August 29) will celebrate their half birthday. 

    In keeping with the MCPS technology policy, cell phones and smart watches (including Gizmo) may only be used before and after school off of school grounds. Phones must be turned off or on airplane mode and in their backpacks during the school day. Smart watches, similarly, should be kept in airplane mode during the school day. Families, please do not send text messages to your children during the school day. It is distracting and will result in their device being taken away. If you have an urgent message for your child, please call the front office or send me an email and the message will be delivered.  

    Contact Ms. Ibis

    1220 Pineview Dr, Missoula, MT 59802

    sibis@mcpsmt.org

    406-542-4050

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