Where have the days gone? I apologize for not having an update in a few weeks. We have been so hard at work that finding the time to update has been hard! Here's what we've been up to!
Reading- We've been wrapping up our discussions on story elements (title, characters, setting, plot), comparing and contrasting, and character traits. We will of course continue to work with these items whenever we read a book, but are going to move on to new topics! Students are reading books in small groups and taking part in literature circles. They have been taking charge of the book discussions with a number of roles. They are given one job for each chapter we read. Jobs include being a summarizer, coming up with questions to ask the group about the reading, making connections to the story, or sharing a picture/visualization that was made in their head while we read.
Writing- We are starting our unit on personal narratives in writing. Our beginning stages are to learn how to sketch out our ideas before we write. We've been working so hard on learning how to zoom in on a small moment to share and write about, that now we are going to practice making sure we paint a clear picture of that small moment to share. We also wrote some color poems last week.Stop by our classroom to see them all displayed on the door! Students did such a great job using different parts of speech to describe their color. We had a lot of fun doing it.
Technology- Speaking of color poems, one of the big things that we've been working on in technology is learning how to use and share items with Google documents. Students were logged into their Google drive to create their color poems. It's very similar to Microsoft word, in that they are able to type, change fonts, colors, sizes, etc. They then learned how to share the document to me when they were done. We are also set up on Google classroom, which will allow students to complete assignments that I give them and submit through the classroom website to me.
Math- We are just about done with our second unit on multiplication. Students have now successfully worked with each number 0-12 on multiplication. We will continue to work on this concept, as it is a mastery skill for third grade. Students now will focus on the fluency of their facts. We started rocket math this week. From time to time, students may bring home some facts that they need to practice. This will not be all of the time, or everyday, but if they do please make sure you are going over them with your student. We're looking for memorization of the facts for easy answering. That means an answer in a few seconds with no hesitation, skip counting or using their fingers! Listening to the skip counting songs will still be important, however I have explained to students that they don't need to listen every night. They should plan on listening 2-3 times a week just as a refresher.
AR- A new quarter has begun, so that means new AR goals. I will send home reports again on Friday of each week. Just a reminder that reports will more than likely be printed out on Thursday after school or Friday morning. So any quizzes that are taken Friday will not be reflected on the report. You can access your student's AR status from the parent component of AR. From the Star Center website, just click parents, and then AR Parent Log In. Use your student's username and password for AR to get logged. Students should know their passwords, but if you need help don't hesitate to let me know.
Conferences- I look forward to seeing you all at conferences in the next couple of weeks. I have a full schedule from 3:30-7 on Thursday the 13th. If for some reason you aren't able to make it, or think that you won't be on time, if you could please let me know ahead of time I would greatly appreciate it. I have many other times that can be used. Also, if you're available to switch to the following Thursday I have many available slots and would be more than happy to accommodate a new time for you. Fifteen minutes is not a lot of time to sit down together and discuss your student's progress. I want to make sure that we are able to use that time to the fullest, and unfortunately I have no wiggle room for extra conversation on the 13th. Let me know your thoughts. If not this time, maybe even next time we can rearrange some times!
Spelling- We're on unit 5 in spelling. Students are working hard on or/ore sounds as well as ou/ow spelling patterns. Spelling contracts are also sent home at the beginning of each month. They are designed to help students practice spelling words in fun ways other than just being quizzed orally. The points are assigned at the beginning of the month and handed out to students. It is probably best to work on this assignment a little bit each week so that students aren't feeling stressed to get it done all at once. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Upcoming Important Dates/Reminders
Wednesday, November 12 - PTO Meeting, 5:30 PM
• Thursday, November 13 - Early Release
• Thursday, November 13 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:45 PM - 7:30 PM
• Tuesday, November 18 - Parent Math Night, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, November 18 - Fall Clubs End
• Thursday, November 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:45 PM - 7:30 PM
• Friday, November 21 - PTO Ice Cream Social
• Tuesday, November 25 - Market Day Pickup
• Thursday, November 27 & 28 No school