Mrs. Lane's 3rd Grade ELA Class
Diocese of Youngstown
St. Michael School
3431 St. Michael Blvd. NW
Canton, Ohio 44718
330 492 2657 (office)
ext. 146 (voicemail)
Room #130
glane [at]
Important Information
Every Week
Monday: Tech Lab and PE
Tuesday: Library -Return Books Today!
Wednesday: PE
Thursday: Spanish and Music
Friday: Tech Lab and Art
reading Fundations The third grade students are participating in a wonderful phonics program called Fundations. The Wilson Academy has created this intensive phonics based program that teaches children spelling rules so they can figure out words when reading or how to spell them. Third graders use Fundations to provide a systemic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Fundations instruction emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, cursive and spelling. Many students have had experience using Fundations in first and second grade and many of the protocols, strategies and procedures will remain the same this year.

AR Accelerated Reader:

A wonderful program we use at SMS is Accelerated Reader. It is a computer-based program that we use to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps teachers guide kids to books that are on kids’ individual reading levels. Kids take short quizzes after reading a book to check if they’ve understood it. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a popular reading program used in many schools. The idea behind AR is that kids enjoy reading more when they can select their own books. (The program has more than 150,000 titles to choose from on its BookFinder list.) Each book has online “reading practice” quizzes, which you may hear referred to as “AR tests.” Teachers use these quizzes to track each student’s progress and set appropriate goals for each.

Teachers determine each student’s reading level from the STAR reading test which we will share at the upcoming conferences.

Reading level is based on typical grade-level skills. Each student is assigned to a specific range of books on the program’s BookFinder list. Books in that range will be challenging for the student but not too hard to read. This concept is called a zone of proximal development (ZPD). In AR, it’s used to guide book selection.

Students choose a book that’s in their ZPD. AR recommends that kids spend about 20-30 minutes in school each day reading their books independently.

After finishing a book, the student takes a short, multiple-choice online quiz. It checks if the student has read the book and understands it. Kids usually take their quizzes in the classroom or library during the designated reading time. The students do not take quizzes at home. Students usually stay at the same ZPD and reading level for a set time. That’s usually a marking period. At the of each quarter, the students take a STAR reading assessment. It’s used to adjust the books that each student can select. A teacher may raise or lower a child’s ZPD for the next time

Google Classroom:

Visit Google Classroom with your child to see what they have been doing!

The 3rd grade ELA classes have begun using Google Classroom The students are typing stories and journal entries in a Google Document. This will help them with keyboarding skills. They are also learning to turn in their documents in Google Classroom. It is a great way for the classroom teacher to view their work. There are many good typing websites to have your child practice their keyboard. There are a few on my website. ABCya also has several typing activities such as Race Rocket. Keyboarding is an important skill, so please encourage your child to practice typing sentences that they write. They can also practice spelling words. The students are also learning how to use Google Drawing to create pictures. Many of your children know their Google Classroom password and can access from their home computer.

Students can access Google classroom from any computer. They can “make-up” assignments they were unable to complete in class. This is a great way to integrate technology into their curriculum.

Visit Google Classroom with your child to see what they have been doing!