Third-Grade Class News

Bonnie Mayrens, Third-Grade Teacher


Spelling review for Thursday, 10/18

Review Words for 3rd grade classroom spelling bee on Thursday, October 18

Be prepared to spell these words orally.  Don’t worry,  you will not be eliminated if you get a wrong answer. J

We will not have a written test on this day.


 orb     spider     trap     silk      fangs      happy     face     wrap     catch

cobweb     prey      insect      weaver     Hawaiian      spinnerets

liquid     sticky      thread     attach     attack


swim          plane          film       human        trap

tuna           dolphin      protection    rescue     creature

sunscreen           outraged             website           ordeal           risky

brutal          scared        starving         weak         filthy


flaming            flying         landing          traveling

crash               airplane           flame          jerked              burned

biggest             fastest             safest         Germany

disaster           passenger       machine        tragedy            spectacular


desk                 math                hand                short                class

picnic               giggled          wedding          hopped            clapped

forward            backward         around             plastic             because      lavender



Words from Spiders and Their Webs

1.  orb

2.  spider

3.  trap

4.  silk

5.  fangs

6.  happy

7.  face

8.  wrap

9.  catch

10.  cobweb

11.  prey

12.  insect

13.  weaver

14.  Hawaiian

15.  spinnerets

16.  liquid

17.  sticky

18.  thread

19.  attach

20.  attack


October 5, 2018

Third Grade News



     Don’t forget to check your child’s midterm on Fast Direct.  Keep in mind that the midterm grades are a cumulative average of what we have done so far.  They are not necessarily a prediction of a final quarter grade.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  A grade of “P” indicates “pass” for a pass/fail class.  


     There is no spelling list sent home today.  A spelling list for next week will be sent home on Monday.  This is because for next week, the students will be hunting for spelling patterns in their story and making up their list together. 



     Here is next week’s memory. 


Tuesday, 10/9

The word of God is at work in you believers. 

                                                                        1 Thessalonians 2:13


Friday, 10/12

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

                                                                                                Ephesians 12:10


Sept. 28, 2018

Third Grade News – Sept. 28, 2018


     The October Homework Menu will go home on Monday, October 1.  New papers will be in the blue boxes on Tuesday, Oct. 2. 

     The October Memory Sheet will also go home on Monday, October 1.  Next week’s verses are at the end of this newsletter.

     Please note that the newsletter and spelling and memory verses are normally found online at  .  Access them there in case of absence or a lost sheet. 

     Students have received a Scholastic Book Club October book order formtoday.  Orders are due no later than the morning of Friday, October 12.  Please remember, checks are to be made out to SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB.  Please do not make them out to St. John’s.  Thank you!  You can also place credit card orders using my class code number, which is found on the order form.

In Religion Class, students received their catechism today.  We ae discussing how the catechism is a useful tool for studying the Bible. 

In Math Class,  we are reviewing addition with renaming and three or more addends. 

In Literacy Class, we finished our September Storyworks, Jr. Magazine.  Students should bring it home today.  Ask them to tell you about some of the articles. 

In Social Studies Class, we are working on globe skills.  We are studying the equator, the prime meridian, longitude and latitude. 

In Science class, we are learning the characteristics of an ecosystem.  We are focusing on a desert ecosystem now.  In the spring, we will focus on tundra and polar ecosystems.


Memory for next week

Tuesday, Oct. 2

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

                                                                                                                1 Corinthians 12:3

Friday, Oct. 5

Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.       

                                                                                                                Acts 2:38

Spelling Words for test on Friday, October 5

swim                     plane                    film                        human                  trap

tuna                       dolphin                                protection          rescue                  creature

sunscreen           outraged             website                               ordeal                   risky

brutal                    scared                   starving                                weak                     filthy


Watch for compound words  (sunscreen, outraged, website)

and adjectives (risky, brutal, scared, starving, weak,  filthy)

All these words are from the Big Read Story “Saving the Dolphins” in the October Storyworks Jr.


September 21, 2018

Third Grade News – 9/21/18


     It’s that time of the year when the weather can change significantly from the beginning of the day to the end.  Layers seem to work well for the kids to deal with the changing temperatures.  Please keep that in mind as your children dress for school. 

     The students have been doing very well with their combination locks.  Thank you for your help in going over this with them at home.

     We have just completed our first writing project.  We did an opinion essay.  I am glad to say that the students did well.  The students read about trampoline parks.  Then they formed their own opinion about whether or not trampoline parks are a safe place for children to play.  They then wrote a one paragraph opinion essay with a topic sentence, a concluding sentence, and three supporting detail sentences.  We went through the steps together this time. Our papers are posted on the wall of our classroom.   We learned about the term “formal writing”.  What’s OK when you are texting or writing a quick note is not OK for writing that is important. 

   In religion class, we are learning about tools for studying the Bible.  In science, we are talking about animal adaptations, traits, and instincts.  In social studies, we continue to study maps and globes. 

     In math class, we are studying coin counting.  We need to work on that more next week.  Many students are still having trouble consistently counting mixed groups of coins.  It would be helpful if students could practice this at home when possible. 

Next week’s memory:

Wednesday 9/26

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.        Luke 11:28


Friday 9/28

Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  

Ephesians 5:2



Spelling/ Vocabulary words for the week of Sept. 24-28.  Test on Friday,  Sept. 28

flaming            flying               landing                        traveling

crash               airplane           flame               jerked              burned

biggest                        fastest             safest              Germany

disaster           passenger       machine          tragedy            spectacular


Things to look for in these words

ing ending

est ending

Germany is a proper noun and begins with a capital letter.


These words are all from the story “Flaming Sky”,  the “big read” in our Storyworks, Jr.  magazine.

It’s an exciting and true story about the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.