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LPIE Art with Mr. Chan Cubism-Paul Klee
LPIE Art with Mrs. Sobel  Cubism-Paul Klee


Common Core Standards

Third Grade

Parents, if you are interested in knowing what curriculum standards your children are learning throughout this year. Please click on the link below to see California Department of Education's information on 3rd Grade Standards:


Kim Britten

     A BIG Valentine Hug to all the parents that helped during Wednesday's class party! It was fun to see so many happy faces and I appreciate everyone's great help. A special thank you to Tenaya Strause and Nichole Silverstein for organizing our activities!

     A BIG THANK YOU to all the room 9 scientists that participated in this year's science fair. I had 12 students share their amazing knowledge and efforts! I want to thank the science fair coordinators and ALL the parents that supported their child. GREAT JOB!!!

Owl Pellet in Science Lab with Ms. Bornfleth
Owl Pellet in Science Lab with Ms. Bornfleth
Coding With Mr. Caraccioli in the Computer Lab
Coding With Mr. Caraccioli in Computers

During the month of December, students have been coding with Mr. Caraccioli in the computer lab. These are a few of the 3-D snowflakes students created on Auto CAD and printed in our lab. Thank you to LPIE for helping to provide our 3-D printers. 

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Some of Our Favorite Quotes

"Always be on the

lookout for the

presence of wonder!"


E. B. White




"It's not often that

someone comes along

 who is a true friend

 and a good writer."


E. B. White





"You have been my

 friend," replied


"That in itself is a

tremendous thing."


E. B. White




"Life is always a rich

and steady time when

 you are waiting for

something to happen

or to hatch."


E. B. White

Multiplication Array Board
Multiplication Array Board
Four Regions of California Bean Maps
Four Regions of California Bean Map

Happy Thanksgiving! 

I hope you enjoy your break with

family and friends.

Travel safely and all the BEST!


Happy Halloween Room 9 Spooks! Thank you to all the wonderful parents that helped to make our class party SPOOKTACULAR! A BIG thank you to Tenaya Strause, our class party mom!

Birthday Thank You!


      Thank you to all my wonderful students and families that made my birthday a FABULOUS day! I loved the flowers, yummy goodies, special lunch, gift certificate to Amazon and kind cards! My students were so sweet today and they made me feel so special!

Class News

September 1, 2017


            It was good to meet so many parents at Back to School Night. Thank you for your support and kind words! I appreciate Maggi Kurimai volunteering to be our room parent and all the other parents that volunteered for a great start to the year!


            During our first week, we completed several activities to build classroom community. Students were introduced to learning partners and interviewed their partner to get to know more about them. After reading Kingdom Without Rules and The Golden Rule, students wrote a classroom promise. They pledged to be kind to one another and treat each other the way they would want to be treated. Students also enjoyed sharing “ME” bags and learning something new about their room 9 friends.


Reader's Workshop: After reading, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, students wrote a summary for the story. In the beginning of the summary, we focused on telling the setting of the story and introducing the main characters. In the middle, we wrote about the problem facing the characters.  At the end of the summary, students told how the problem was resolved. Students practiced only including the most important details.


We will continue practicing oral and written summaries for our stories using this beginning, middle, and end strategy!


Math: Place Value

Last week in math, we read One Hundred Hungry Ants.  In the story, one hundred hungry ants march to a picnic. Marching in a single row takes too long, they must regroup themselves several times to get to the food faster. Students created their favorite way to make 100 on picnic plates and wrote about their mathematical thinking.

Some possible groupings of ants that total 100 were:

one row of 100 = 100 ants

100 + 0 = 100 ants

100 x 1 = 100 ants


two rows of 50 = 100 ants

50 + 50 = 100 ants

2 x 50 = 100 ants


four rows of 25 = 100 ants

25 + 25 + 25 = 25 = 100 ants

4 x 25 = 100 ants


5 rows of 20 = 100 ants

20 + 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 100 ants

5 x 20 = 100 ants


10 rows of 10 = 100 ants

10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 +

10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 100 ants

10 x 10 = 100 ants


This week, students will model the number 1,000. Yes, we have a theme going on in math. We started by drawing 100 hungry ants. Now, we are looking at the number 1,000. We are going all the way to one million!


Computer Lab and Chrome Books: On Wednesday, students began keyboarding practice in the computer lab. We are using the program Typing Club to practice placing our fingers on the home row. During the month of September, we will focus on practicing correct fingering on the keyboard. Students are welcome to practice their typing at home using this website.


So much is going on in Room 9 and it’s hard to believe that it’s only our first two weeks together.

I look forward to a fantastic year of learning!




* SBAC Testing Starts

  April 30-May 25


* Open House

  Wednesday, May 23

  6:00-7:00 Classroom Visits

  Third Grade Recorder Concert

  7:00-7:30 Up by Garden


* Memorial Day

  Monday, May 28

  No School


* Last Day of Third Grade

 Thursday, June 7