It sure didn't feel like December this weekend! I hope everyone got a chance to spend some time outside this weekend and soak up what might be the last bit of warm we get this year. It was strange putting up Christmas lights in 70 degree weather!
We are Learning...
Leader In Me: Habit 6- Synergize (creative cooperation that incorporates the talents of everyone involved)
Writing: Hopefully your child was able to share the blank Little Golden Book that we will be adding writing to this year. I thought it would be fun for you to have a chance to design the cover together. I will send this home as writing is placed inside for students to read it to you. We are beginning a new nonfiction piece this week.
Reading: We will be taking the 2nd quarter reading assessment and working to reteach and retest on standards that need it.
Math: We will be working on addition, subtraction, and rounding.
Social Studies: US symbols
On the Calendar:
I say this every year, but 2nd quarter sure does fly by! The Holidays will be here in a blink. I hope you all had a great fall break.
We are Learning:
Leader in Me: Seek first to understand
Writing: Publish nonfiction books about an animal
Reading: Strategies to read nonfiction texts
Math: Review Topic 6 - Area and take assessment
Social Studies: Branches of US Government
Thank you for all of the participation for Red Ribbon Week! East families are always so amazing with events like these. It's good to be a Tiger!
We are Learning...
Leader in Me: Habit 1-4 review
Writing: We are beginning to work on writing a nonfiction book about an animal.
Math: Topic 6- Finding the area of a covered region using standard and nonstandard units.
Reading: We will be learning skills to better read nonfiction texts.
Science: We will continue to learn about how states of matter change when temperature is changed.
Spelling: List 9 - lawn, raw, straw, law, cloth, soft, cost, talk, almost, also, wall, walk.
On the Calendar:
Have a great weekend!
We are Learning...
Leader in Me: Habit 3 - Put First Things First
Writing: We are writing a personal narrative independently.
Math: Topic 4 - multiplication patterns (even X even = even, even X odd = even, odd X odd = odd), dividing with 0 and 1, multiplication and division fact practice, take topic 4 test.
Reading: We are taking a reading assessment and working on context clues.
Science: We are using the scientific method to learn about matter and the water cycle.
Spelling: List 6 - pretty, prettier, prettiest, getting, scream, screen, spray, spread, strong, string, throw, three.
On the Calendar:
I can't believe it is already October! Time flies when you're having fun and we are having a blast in third grade! Here is what is coming up next week:
Leader in Me - Habit 3: Put First Things First
Writing - Continue to work on writing personal narratives that include paragraphs, colorful words, and dialogue.
Math - Begin Topic 4 - Relate multiplication and division with fact families, use strategies to solve, and identify patterns when factors are even and odd.
Reading - Identify the author’s purpose for a text, use text evidence to answer comprehension questions, and make predictions based on evidence.
Spelling List 5: coach, float, soap, blow, row, own, hold, sold, both, most, sew, through
On the Calendar:
Happy 1st day of Fall! I don't know about you, but I am ready for pumpkin flavored everything, football, and jacket weather! Here is what is coming up next week.
We Are Learning:
Leader in Me - Continue Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.
Writing - We will work on adding dialogue, transition words, and colorful words to become better writers.
Math - We will continue with multiplication and the distributive property (breaking apart a fact into two smaller facts), having 3 factors, and 8 as a factor. Topic 1 and 2 assessments have been entered in Mastery Connect. Topic 2 test was sent home today. Let me know if you have trouble logging in to view the scores. Keep in mind that many of these standards will be assessed again and we are just learning. Any practice with multiplication facts at home would help. Click here for a link to online flash cards.
Reading - We will be growing as readers by asking questions before, during, and after we read, determining point of view (1st or 3rd), and using background knowledge to make predictions.
Social Studies- We will finish up our unit on communities.
Spelling- I forgot to send home a hard copy of list 4 last week so we will repeat this list. Steps for viewing tests are below also.
List 4 - paint, clay, neighbor, eight, paid, lay, weigh, feel, leave, seem, speak, need.
Spelling City link to practice click here.
Steps to View Spelling Tests
4. Click on Spelling tests on the left side under topics.
5. Scroll until you see the list you would like to view and click on it.
Have a great weekend!
Here is what we are learning this week!
Leader in Me: We will continue working on Habit 1: Being Proactive. Using proactive language, being a transition person, and building others up are all traits we will be working on.
Writing: We will begin brainstorming topics for personal narratives. Writing from a list, using a "hook" beginning, and including sensory details are all on our schedule this week.
Reading: Asking deep and meaningful questions while reading will help us improve our comprehension.
Math: We will work on multiplication when 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10 are factors. We will finish Unit 2 this week and assess Friday. The units will go quickly, but please remember that your child will have multiple chances to show mastery of the standards. Please look for Unit 1 math tests to be entered in Mastery Connect and sent home in folders Monday. Principle Miller sent an email explaining how to log in to Mastery Connect. If you did not receive this or have questions please let me know.
Social Studies: US Regions
Spelling: List 3 -save, life, wide, mine, grade, smile, huge, note, cube, come, love
I hope everyone is enjoying the four day weekend so far! Here is what is coming up next week:
Leader in Me- We will work on creating a class mission statement.
Writing- We will begin learning about personal narratives and the writing process.
Math-Tuesday we will review and take the Topic 1 math assessment. Your child should have brought a study guide/practice test home with a note attached. This test is over the multiplication and division strategies we have learned about so far. I will enter the score in Mastery Connect, but please note that we have just begun learning these strategies. It is OK if your child does not have them down yet. There will be many opportunities to show mastery on these standards coming up.
Reading- We will begin reading groups Tuesday! We will also be working on asking and answering questions using evidence from the text as support.
Social Studies- A map of the Missouri border states will come home Tuesday. We will be quizzing over these on Friday after we have spent the week practicing. There is a fun song we will use to remember them too!
Math worksheets- you will notice math worksheets coming home in your child's red take-home folder each day. We usually complete the guided practice together and they finish the independent practice on their own during math stations. We rarely complete the back of this page. Students are welcome to complete the back at home and return it to school for 2 Dojo points. I understand how busy evenings can be, so please do not feel this is "homework".
Raz-Kids login- I am sending a colored card home Tuesday that has login information for accessing Raz-Kids at home.
Home Reading- Even though students are not required to keep a log of their at home reading, it is still very important that they are reading at least 20 minutes a night. You would not believe the difference that time makes on your child as a reader. Having them read out loud to you is even better!
It has been a great first full week of school. We have established most routines and have classroom expectations down. You have probably noticed many positive behavior points on Class Dojo. I will continue to use this tool to enforce expectations. If you notice a negative point that means a reminder was given and the behavior continued. One negative point is usually not cause for concern and no one is perfect. I will contact you if I have a consistent concern or you are welcome to message or email me.
Here is what is coming up next week:
Leader in Me- We will be working on creating a class mission statement together. This will be a simple phrase or list of words that describes our mission while at school.
Writing- We will work on developing an "ideas" section in our writer's notebooks. We will include a map that marks special places, a heart that is full of things we love, and lists of things we are experts of or wonder about.
Math- We will continue working on strategies for multiplication (repeated addition and arrays) and will begin learning about division. We will finish up Unit 1 this week. The unit overview is available here.
Reading- We will continue building reading stamina and practicing Daily 5 stations. We will be ready to begin reading groups by the end of the week.
Social Studies- Our map unit will continue with reading grid maps and labeling the border states of Missouri. We will quiz over this next week. I will send a few copies of blank maps home to practice.
Spelling- List 1 will come home Monday. We will take the spelling test Friday on Spelling City. The list and online games are available here.
What a great first two days of school! We had a blast getting to know each other. This is such a fun group of kiddos. I'm excited to spend the year with them! We did several fun activities. We created a "web of connections" by tossing yarn to each other when we had things in common, used Play-doh to create an object that represented what was important to us, and practiced our daily routines. We also created two classroom expectations: Be Kind and Work Hard. Here is some information for next week.
Pictures: We have several pictures trickling in and our bookshelf is looking great! If you have not sent in a picture yet, that is fine. The plan is just to have a picture of something special to each child in a frame. I have extra frames if needed. I appreciate you doing this!
Writing notebooks: We will spend time developing an "ideas" section in writing notebooks to give students a place to look when they struggle to choose a writing topic. The cover of our writing notebooks will also be a place filled with writing ideas. We will spend about 15 minutes on Monday "decorating" our writing notebooks. I have some magazines and paper to use, but you are welcome to send your child with pictures, magazine clippings, stickers, drawings, or words to transform their notebook into a place full of writing ideas. Some students took these home Friday to work on over the weekend and that is perfectly fine. If you have extra supplies that other students may use feel free to send those in also.
Take Home Folders: Your child should have come home with a red folder Friday with "Home" written on it. This folder will be used to transport paperwork to and from school. The two pockets are labeled "Keep" and "Return". Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack for paperwork to come home in this folder. I try to send a Dojo message if I am sending something super important, but I do forget sometimes.
Snack: Due to our late lunch time, students are allowed to bring in a snack to eat around 10:30. This snack should be something healthy and store bought. I do not have any extra snacks in the classroom.
Monday's Eclipse: We will spend most of the day learning about the eclipse. We will go outside to view it around 1:00 using the solar glasses that were donated by Dr. Jarvis. I will explain to students the importance of only viewing the eclipse with the solar glasses on. Please discuss this with them at home as well. I am so excited to experience something this awesome with a great group of kids!
Please Email or Dojo message me with any questions you have.