Classroom Newsletter

Mrs. Wolfling’s

Third Grade Class Newsletter

Week of October 21-25, 2019


Look What We Are Learning

Reading  –Unit 2-  Smart Solutions – The Big Question: What are smart ways that problems are solved? Question of the Week: How do you know if a solution is a good one? Main Selection: I Wanna Iguana. J

Writing Personal Narrative Writing.

Language –  Singular & Plural Nouns.

Amazing Words –quarrel, stubborn, obstinate, disagree, prevent, implement, supervise, unite, budge, rally.

High Frequency Words –to, the, have, a, of answer, one, buy, are, people, they, some, two .

Selection Vocabulary –adorable, compassionate, exactly, iguana, mature, mention, trophies

Spelling–Unit 2 -Week 2 – Syllable Patterns; -le.

Math –Ch. 3 –Subtraction – Lessons 1-3. 

Social Studies-Unit 1 – The Geography of Michigan –Chapter Review & Unit Test. Unit 1 Test on The Geography of Michigan will be on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. See study guide that went home today, 10/18/19. Unit 2 - The Economy of Michigan – Using Natural Resources to Provide Goods & Services in Michigan.


Chapter Book Reading The Boxcar Children # 1 – The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner


  1. Happy Birthday to Austin Lee on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 & to Rylie Nelson on Monday, October 28th, 2019.
  2. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 & on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. See note that went home on 9/27/19.
  3. Unit 1 Social Studies Test on The Geography of Michigan is on Tuesday, 10/22/19. See study guide that went home today, 10/18/19.
  4. Unit 2- Week 2- Spelling Test on Friday, 10/25/19.
  5. Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 is Picture Retake Day!
  6. Reading log & Math & Social Studies homework went home today, 10/18/19. All are due back on Friday, 10/25/19.
  7. The first marking period Chapter Book Report homework packet (total of 5) is due next Friday, 10/25/19.
  8. October BOOK IT! Is due on Friday, 11/1/19.
  9. Halloween Party & Parade will be on Thursday, 10/31/19. Parade starts @ 10:00 am. The classroom party will be after the Parade.
  10. Early dismissal @ 11:40 am on Thursday, 10/31/19.
  11. A Scholastic Book Order went home today, 10/18/19. You may order online or send an order to school with a check made payable to Scholastic Book Clubs (NO CASH PLEASE!). Orders are due by Wednesday, October 30th, 2019.
  12. 12.Rocks, what else! Program is on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. $3.00 is due by 12/2/19 (Cash only, please!). A 12-count Styrofoam egg carton is due by 12/4/19. See note that went home today, 10/18/19.
  13. The weekly spelling list and the classroom newsletter are on the Bentley school website. Click on “Barhitte Teachers” then “Mrs. Wolfling”.
  14. Daily Reading/Chapter Book Reading RequirementAll third grade students are required to read at least 10 minutes per night at home each school day. They are also required to read 5 Chapter Books at home each marking period. A Book report form needs to be filled out & returned for each Chapter Book that is read at home. Each question for book reports needs to be answered with a minimum of 5 sentences. The book report forms for the First Marking Period were sent home on 8/29/19. The 5 book report forms for the First Marking Period are due on Friday, October 25th, 2019.
  15. Please work with your child to learn multiplication facts at home. Students should know all facts up to 12 by the end of third grade. Extra practice at home is essential. Flash cards are a great way to practice!!!!!
  16. 16.Mrs. Wolfling’s classroom phone # is :(810) 591-9679.


Class work that students do not finish in school will be sent home to complete at home and return the next day.

Homework papers go home on Fridays and are due the following Friday.

Have a wonderful week!                  

 Mrs. Wolfling


Math- Chapter 2 –Addition & Rounding Test on Friday, October 18th, 2019

Study Guide

Students need to know the following vocabulary words & examples:

  1. Associative Property of Addition-states that the way addends are grouped does not change the sum. Example: (1 + 2) +5= 1 + (2 + 5)
  2. Commutative Property of Addition – states that the order in which numbers are added does not change the sum. Example: 6 + 8 = 8 = 6
  3. Identity Property of Addition – states that the sum of any number and zero is the number. Example: 9 + 0 = 9
  4. Parenthesis – symbols which show grouping. Example: ()
  5. Estimate- a number close to the exact number. Example: the estimated sum of 34 + 149 is 180.
  6. Regroup – to rename a number using place value.

Students need to be able to read word problems and:

  1. Use pictures to write an example of the associative property of addition.




    ANSWER :      (3 + 2) + 1 = 3 + (2 + 1)


  2. Round numbers to the nearest ten.
  3. Round numbers to the nearest hundred.
  4. Estimate sums using rounding. Example # 1: What is the estimated sum of 24 +58? 24 rounded to the nearest ten is 20 and 58 rounded to the nearest ten is 60. So, 20 + 60 = 80

    Example # 2: What is the estimated sum of 125 + 170? 125 rounded to the nearest hundred is 100 and 170 rounded to the nearest hundred is 200. So, 100 + 200 = 300

  5. Add 2 digit, three digit, and four digit numbers.
  6. Find a missing number in a pattern. Example: 43, 40, 37, __, 31…The missing number is 33.
  7. Arrange numbers from the least to greatest. Example: 781, 823, 817, 778 arranged from the least to greatest is : 778, 781, 817, 823

Mrs. Wolfling

Social Studies Test will be on Tuesday, 10/22/19. Students brought home their Unit 1 Social Studies Booklets to help them study for the test today, 10/18/19.


Unit 1 – The Geography of Michigan Test Study Guide


Students must know the word card definition #’s 14 – 36 and

 #’s 40 – 44.


Study state symbols chart.


Types of vegetation found in Michigan: forests, orchards, white pines, wildflowers.


Natural characteristics of Michigan: landforms, bodies of water, vegetation, climate.


Human characteristics of Michigan: bridges, highways, cities, buildings.


Michigan has a lot of fertile soil in the Lower Peninsula.


Goods move in and out of Michigan by ships, railroad, airplanes, & trucks.


Zebra mussels came into Michigan in ballast water of ships. They are killing off some of our Great Lakes water creatures. They mess up docks, buoys, breakwalls, and boats. They are not a good thing to move into Michigan.


The J. W. Wescott II delivers “Mail by the Pail” to freighters. Michigan is the only state to provide this service.