Third-Grade Class News

Bonnie Mayrens, Third-Grade Teacher


Feb. 8, 2019

Third Grade News             Feb. 8, 2019


     We have finished the MAP testing.  Students who were absent or did not finish a test will compete their testing next week. Results will be shared with parents when they are available. 

     This is a reminder that third grade is putting together a basket to donate to the St. John’s Dinner Auction.   The theme of our basket is “I Scream, You Scream” and we are looking for donations of anything having to do with ice cream.  Thank you for your support, as this is a major fundraiser for St. John’s School. Donations should be brought to the office and labeled with “3rd grade auction donation”.

We will have a classroom Valentine Party on Thursday, Feb. 14.  Students may, if they choose, distribute Valentine cards or take-home treats to classmates and others.  For your child’s convenience I have attached a class list which includes 3rd grade as well as a few others your child may come in contact with.  While Valentine greetings are optional, I do request that if a  child brings something, that all third grade students are included.  If students wish to give a special thing to a special friend, they should do so outside of school hours. 


Here is some of what we have been working on lately.

In religion class, we had fun making up plays of some Bible stories. 

In math class, we are finishing up our fraction unit.  Next week, we will begin studying some important geometry concepts. 

We were excited to get our latest copy of Storyworks, Jr.   The disaster story in this issue is a bug infestation! Yuck! We will work on that story next week.

We are continuing to study rocks and minerals next week. 

In social studies, we have begun studying how our country grew from the thirteen colonies.  Some pretty bad things happened, and the colonists and King George got very mad at each other.  Ask your child what they were arguing about, and how a letter from the colonists to King George changed everything.


Spelling List For Test on Friday, 2/15/2019

Words from our story Swarms of Terror

swarm             terror               grasshopper                shimmer                      terrible

settled             blizzard            rattlesnake                  attack                          buzz

click                 thud                 pitchfork                      bulging                                    drought

crop                 locusts             insect


extra credit words

Minnesota, government


Watch for

words with double consonants

words that are onomatopoeia (they sound like what they are)


Memory for next week

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

                                                1 Peter 5:7


Friday, Feb. 15

Jesus loves us, and has freed us from our sins by His blood.

                                                Revelations 1:5


Jan. 18, 2019

Spelling/vocab Words for test on Friday,  Jan. 25

These words are from the story Stone Soup.



















extra credit fun words – Can you spell the three types of rocks?




Third Grade News

Jan. 18, 2019


As noted in the Parent Bulletin, students will be singing at the installation of our new pastor, Pastor Ehrhard.  This joyous event will take place next Sunday, Jan. 27, at 6:00 pm, in the church sanctuary.   Students who are not members of St. John’s church are also invited to participate.  It is not a regular church service, rather it is a special service celebrating the new pastor’s service in the ministry and at St. John’s.  Many visitors, as well as St. John’s members, will be in attendance.  Students should sit with their parents, and will be called up at the appropriate time.  We want to make sure the school is well-represented as we install Pastor Ehrhard.   If you have any questions, let me know. 


Here are some of the things we have been up to lately.

In Math Class, we have continued our study of fractions.  More fractions coming next week. 

In literacy, we continued to work on parts of speech.  Next week’s story will be Stone Soup.  We will look at many different versions of this folktale.   We looked at a picture of a sleeping lion, and wrote what we thought he was dreaming about.

In science class, we have started a unit about rocks.  This will continue next week. 


We are working on an important classroom skill – using “inside voices”.  Many of us often forget that if we are sitting right next to someone, we do not need to yell our words.  I ask that you help your children practice this important skill at home.  On a positive note, I have heard some great “academic” type conversations as the class works together on various tasks. It’s great to see how the kids think!


Next week’s memory –

Tues. 1/22  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.     2 Cor. 8-9

Fri.  1/25  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His Heavenly kingdom.  To Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.  2 Timothy 4:18


Spelling and Memory week of 12/10-14

Third Grade Spelling/Vocab words to study for the test on Friday, 12/14


These words are all from the story America’s Deadliest Disaster – The Galveston Hurricane.

Things to notice – words with ing  endings


drowning            swallowing         tearing        screaming         raging

disaster                                hurricane            rescue         streetcar            important

surge                     mansion              trillion         storm                  prediction

wreckage            survivor


The class seemed to enjoy the tricky extra credit word last time, so here is another one.


 As before, I encourage students to try!  No penalty for a wrong answer, extra point if you get it right. 



Memory for next week


Tuesday, 12/11

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                1 Corinthians 15:57


Friday, 12/14

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.

                                                                                                Hebrews 9:28


Spelling words for test on Fri., Nov 30

Third Grade Spelling Words for the test on Friday, Nov. 30

All words are from the story Lost in a Blizzard


snow                ice                   storm               sled                  weather

blizzard            rattled             struggled         hopped            worried

predicted         vanished          finished           numb               January

schoolhouse                            classmates                              overnight



Extra credit word – Try this one!   If you get it right – a free point.  If you get it wrong, no point deduction.  You can’t lose, and it’s fun to try tough words!


Look for:

double consonants in the middle

compound words

capital “J” in January  because it is a proper noun

ed endings


Memory week of 11/5-11/9

Memory for November –


I will be sending home the Memory for November one week at a time.  I am not sure when I will have the Christmas program memory assignments. 


Here is the memory for next week. 


Tuesday, 10/6

See what kind of love the Father has for us, that we should be called children of God. 

                                                                        1 John 3:1


Friday, 10/9

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

                                                                        Galatians 3:26