About Ms. Thompson

Hello my name is Christina Thompson and this is my fifth year teaching Third grade.

Week 24 – Feb. 9

Lang. Arts – Novel study groups will continue reading and working on their packets.  This week we will have Words of the Week they are: American, freedom, defend, basic, principle, equality, president, wage, liberty, and boycott.

Math – Students will continue to work on fractions.  We have been busy learning about equivalent fractions and how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators!

Social Studies – This week we will continue to learn about famous americans who have worked to create and defend our basic principles.  Last week we learned about 3 presidents and this week we will discover leaders in the civil rights movement.

Valentine’s Day Party – will be Friday after lunch, please make sure your child brings a valentine for every student in the class.

Friday is also an early dismissal day, students will be released at 1:10.

Week 23 – Feb. 3

Lang Arts – This week groups will continue to meet and work on reading comprehension strategies.  Two reading groups have started novel studies for this nine weeks.  Students enjoyed the 100th day of school by writing about what life would be like when they are 100 years old.

Math – We have started our unit on Fractions, students are reviewing the parts of a fraction and will be learning about equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, as well as adding and subtracting fractions.

Science – Students will have a test on the different types of Natural Energy on Wednesday.

Social Studies –  Thursday we will begin our unit on Famous Americans, we will start with three presidents who worked to create and defend our Basic American Principles George Washington  Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

Scholastic Reading Club

Good news! This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together. Each flyer is filled with grade-specific, and affordable titles.

Place your order online at scholastic.com/readingclub or return the order form and payment to me. Ordering online is the easiest way to ensure I get your order on time. Also, there are more books to choose from as well as teacher recommendations.

Remember, for every book you order, our class earns FREE Books and supplies…and we have our eye on some new additions.

Thank you for your support!

PS: Books make wonderful gifts! Please let me know if your order includes a gift, and I will contact you when it arrives.

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  •  VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code GMQ6R
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Week 19 – Jan. 5

Hope that everyone had a great winter break.  We are slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Lang. Arts  - This week I will be working with students individually to administer the mid-year PALS test.

Math – We will begin our unit on Geometry.  Students will be learning about lines, angles, and rays in addition to plane shapes and solid figures.

Social Studies – Students will review what they learned about Christopher Columbus and then we will learn about three other European explorers.

Week 18 – December 15

It is hard to believe we have made it to the halfway mark!  This year is flying by, this week we will be MAP testing for our mid-year goals.

Lang. Arts – We will not have Word Study or Words of the Week this week.  We will be finishing up our fiction legends with a quiz on Thursday or Friday.

Math – Students will continue to work on multiplication and division.  Over the break continue to work on multiplication facts, we will have drills beginning when we return that will lead to an ice cream party!

Science – This week we will wrap up our unit on Simple and Compound machines with a test on Thursday.  Students will be creating a brochure to show the six different kinds of simple machines.

*Heritage Doll project is due on Thursday, if you are finished early you are welcome to bring it in before that day.

*We will be going to Envoy at the Meadows for our caroling trip on Friday, be sure to wear some festive clothing and accessories.

*Friday dismissal will be at 1:10.

Week 17 – December 8

Lang. Arts – This week students will continue reading their fiction books and working on the sequencing strategy.  Students will begin working on a December/Winter/Snowy writing prompt.  Words of the Week – wedge, pulley, inclined, plane, screw, wheel, axle, lever, simple, and machine.

Math – We will continue working on Multiplication and move into understanding Division.

History – Unit test on Ancient Greece, Rome, and Mali on Tuesday.

Science – Students will be working on Simple Machines.

Winter Program Tonight

Second and Third grade students will meet their teachers in the GHS cafeteria.  I am asking all students to be present in the cafeteria, with their class by 6:15 PM.  Once your child has found their teacher, please find a seat in the auditorium.

Check out Mrs. Watts Blog for more details!

Week 16 – Dec. 1

Lang Arts – Reading groups will begin new fiction books with a focus strategy of sequencing.  Words of the Week -direct, democracy, community, representative, mosaic, Mali, salt, gold, miners, and desert

Math – This week we will be finishing up our unit on Money with making change.  Practice at home by setting up a pretend store and having your child count back change from a dollar.  Test Friday.

History – Students will be learning about Mali this week, quiz on Thursday.  This will conclude our unit on ancient civilizations we will review and have a test next week.



The yearbook flyers will be going home today.  The flyers are advertising an “Early Bird Special” on the yearbooks for $17 until December 16.  After that date, the price goes up to $20.

* Checks to be made payable to BES

Week 14 – Nov. 17

*Farmers Market this Tuesday come out between 5:30 and 7 to shop!

Lang. Arts – This week we will be finishing up our non-fiction texts with a focus on comparing and contrasting.  Students are also working on the November writing prompt writing to fictitious judges about why they have the best grandparents.  Words of the Week – Greece, Rome, contribution, ancient, sport, column, hill, farm, trade, and arch.

Math – We will begin our unit on Money this week.  Students will review counting money and will begin working on counting change back.

Social Studies – Students will be learning about the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.

Grandparents Day – Friday – Classroom Visit 11 to 11:20 and Lunch 11:25 to 12:10

Fall Farmers Market


Byrd Elementary School

Date: November 18, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Where: BES Multi-purpose Room

What’s for Sale:

Ice Cream Sundaes


Face Painting

“Byrd” Butter

Pumpkin Muffins

Cold Apple Cider

Ducktape Pens/Pencils

Starburst Wrapper Bracelets



Christmas Ornaments

Painted Letters

Hemp and String Bracelets

Decorative T-Shirts

Homemade Dog Treats

Acorn Babies and Fairies

Holiday Items, Gift Tags

Christmas Shakers

Gently Used Books


Jar Gifts

Penny Candy


Soda, Water Bottles

Bottle Cap Necklaces with Byrd School Theme


Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Gourmet Popcorn


Rice Crispy Treats

Veggie Soup

Baked Goods


Week 12 – Nov. 3

It is hard to believe that we are finished with MP 1 and moving on to MP 2.

Lang. Arts – This week reading groups will begin working on Non-Fiction text using the comprehension skill of compare and contrast to understand the text.

Math – Students will continue to work on telling time to the nearest five minute increments.  Students will also review calendar skills.

Science – This week students will be working on our Soil unit in preparation for our field trip on Friday.  We will have a test next week on this unit.

Partent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, no school for students.

Field Trip Friday send in permission slip by Wednesday!

FALL Festival

The FALL Festival here at Byrd is coming soon- October 30th!

We are asking for donations of a bag of candy.

Thanks for your continued support- it is very much appreciated.

Week 9 – Oct. 14

I hope everyone had a relaxing three day weekend!

Math – Students will continue to explore multiplication this week.

Science – We will begin our unit on the Water Cycle, which continues what students have already learned about earths natural cycles.

Lang. Arts – Our October POWER prompts are now on display in the hallway!  Students will be learning about Author’s Purpose and how it ties into reading with a purpose and writing with a purpose.  This week we will be working with fictional mysteries.  Your child will be reading one of the following books and working on the related skills:

The Footprint

  • make, revise, and confirm predictions before and during reading

-draw conclusions using context clues

-identify and use contractions

-understand the difference between past and present tense

Ghosts in the House

-make, revise, and confirm predictions to understand the text

-make inferences

-identify contractions used in the text

-identify compound words

Mystery in the Moonlight

-visualizing to understand fictional text

-analyze characters in the story

-use future-tense verbs in sentences

The Mystery of Granville Library

-retell to understand the text

-identify elements of the mystery genre

-identify names of people as proper nouns

-identify and create similes

Scholastic Order

Please remember to place your Reading Club orders by October 08!

You can shop and submit your order online or return the printed order form with payment directly to me. No matter how you order, every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.

The arrival of the book box is always a highlight-thanks for making it happen!

Happy reading!

Week 8 – October 6

Lang. Arts – This week we will be finishing up the non-fiction books.  Students will also be working on their October Writing prompts that will be published by October 17.  Words of the Week:  cycle, rotate, revolve, axis, tilt, reflect, illuminate, high, low, and world.

Math – Students will be taking the unit test on Addition and Subtraction on Tuesday.  On Wednesday students will begin working with money.

Science – We are finishing up cycles that occur in nature with moon phases this week.  Students will have a test on Thursday or Friday.

Next Week:  No school for students on Monday


Scholastic Book Club

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

  •  VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (GMQ6R)
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Week 7 – Sept. 29

Lang. Arts – This week students will be wrapping up our non-fiction books and a corresponding comprehension strategies.  They will also finish up their resource materials exploration.  This will be our first week with “Words of the WeeK” students will write the words into their agendas and will complete three activities in their spiral notebooks, due on Friday.  Words – day, night, season, spring, summer, winter, fall, moon, phases, and tide.

Math – Students will have a Subtraction Quiz on Tuesday, following the quiz we will review addition and subtraction with a unit test to come next week.

Science – We will continue to explore natural cycles in nature.  Students will learn about moon phases and tides this week.

Field Trip Friday!  We will have our first field trip to Shalom Farms on Friday.