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November 12-15

I hope everyone enjoys Veteran’s Day this Monday!  I will see the kiddos on Tuesday.

This week we are finishing up our reading unit on recounting stories, finding the central message or moral, as well as parts of stories and plays.  We will be taking the summative Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.  Next, we are moving into comparing two fictional stories.  This is a mighty standard as the kiddos will be comparing all of the elements we have learned with fiction so far.  Please have them work on the interactive videos on the “Practice for Reading” tab.

In math we are finishing units 4 and 5 and we will be taking the summative this week on Tuesday or Wednesday.  These units comprise of fractions on a number line from 0 to 1, fractions greater than 1, as well as plotting measurements on a line plot.  The interactive videos for review are found under the “Practice for Math” tab, and don’t forget about the kiddos’ interactive notebooks which have notes that we take.

Please make sure your kiddo is working on Reflex as they need to pass multiplication facts zero through ten by the end of the winter holiday.  🙂

A huge thank you to Mrs. Melanie and Mrs. Peterson for joining us on our field trip to the IMAX.  The kiddos had a blast!

Also, our Fun Run is almost here (Friday, Nov. 22nd).  Please send in the Hawk Run Visitor sheet that was sent home last week if you wish to attend.

Resource: Tuesday-Music, Thursday-PE, Friday-none

October 21-25

Hi Families,

I am so happy to say, welcome to the second quarter!  This quarter is going to be packed with really fun and interesting standards, and it is home to our first field trip!  I will be sending home permission slips/medical forms today to get the process started.

In reading we are opening up with RL.1.2, a literature standard that consists of having the kids recount stories, as well as find the lesson, message, or moral that a folktale, fable, or myth is trying to teach.  Please have your child bring home their RINNY (reading interactive notebook) to review the notes, scale, and activities we have completed relating to the standard.  Also, don’t forget that on the Practice for Reading tab there are interactive videos that the kids can work on to better understand the standard.

In math we are moving into fractions!  This is a really interactive unit with lots of hands on activities in class.  Please check out your child’s MINNY (math interactive notebook) to see the notes and scale.  This is a terrific study tool for the kids to use to prepare for summatives.  Also, have your child get onto the Practice for Math tab which has the math standard interactive videos.  Please have your child check out the G.1.2, NF.1.1, and NF.1.2 tabs as these correlate to our unit.

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-Art, Friday-Tech

October 14-18

Hello Families!

This week we are finishing up making connections with words and illustrations in fictional texts.  When reading with your child ask them: How does the illustration help us understand the characters better?  What about the setting and plot?  What kind of mood do the words and illustrations put you in?  Why?  The summative for this unit will be Thursday or Friday.

We will be learning about pronouns.  Have your child review the notes in their Skill Folder (white).

In math we are working on finding area when given tiles, or the side lengths of a rectangle.  I always remind the kiddos to make sure they add “square units” to their answer.  Please have them work on the interactive videos for 3.MD.5 and 3.MD.6 on the “Practice for Math” tab, or the IXL levels written in their planner.

Please check your child’s planner as homework assignments and summative dates are written within.

Resource: Monday- Technology, Tuesday-none, Thursday-Music, Friday-PE

October 7-11

Hi Families!

I wanted to say thank you for being so patient for this update as I was sick last week.  🙂

In reading we are finishing our exploration of text features and looking at how illustrations add to a text.  We will be taking our summative Wednesday of this week.

In math we have finished our unit on learning multiplication and division strategies, and applying them to word problems.  This week we will begin our unit (unit 2) on area, using square tiles to count how many units are within a given shape.  I will be loading the interactive video that the kiddos can use to practice the skill, which are under the MD.5 and MD.6 headings.  Also, the kids have put levels of IXL that they should be focusing on for homework.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-none, Thursday- PE, Friday-Art

In order to end confusion about testing dates and to minimize confusion about testing, I will no longer have the kids put the formative dates in their planner.  Formatives are meant to be a way for teachers to check in with kids in a less formal manner to see where they are within the standard.  I will give the dates of a summative within a two-day window to allow for preparation and study at home.  Thank you so much for your continued support!

This week we continue learning nonfiction text features.  We will not only be identifying them, but also asking ourselves, as readers, how they help us better understand the article, and more specifically, the topic.  We will be taking our formative either Monday or Tuesday.  The second one will be later in the week.

In math we are learning multiplication and division strategies.  To study, have your child bring home their MINNY to work on practice problems using all four strategies.  We will be completing word problems this week in multiplication and division, looking for keywords that tell us which operation to use.  We will take our second formative midweek.

Please check your child’s planner daily.  We fill it out on Monday’s so that the kiddos know when to complete homework with afternoon activities in mind.  The planner and purple folder (with usernames and passwords) should be coming home EVERY DAY.  Your child knows that they can take home any of their interactive notebooks to prepare for assessments.

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-Tech, Thursday-none, Friday-Music

September 23-27

This week we are diving into nonfiction text features.  We will not only be identifying them, but also asking ourselves, as readers, how they help us better understand the article, and more specifically, the topic.

In math we are learning multiplication and division strategies.  To study, have your child bring home their MINNY to work on practice problems using all four strategies.  As always, they can get onto the interactive videos to rehearse the skill, or get onto the weekly assigned IXL levels that match the standard.

Please check your child’s planner daily.  We fill it out on Monday’s so that the kiddos know when to complete homework with afternoon activities in mind.  The planner and purple folder (with usernames and passwords) should be coming home EVERY DAY.  Your child knows that they can take home any of their interactive notebooks to prepare for assessments.

Resource: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Thursday-none, Friday-PE

September 16-20

This week we will be working on asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading.  We will be using examples from picture books and the kids will also be working in their chapter books.

First, we look at the cover, title, and do a picture walk:

  • What can I learn from the title?
  • What illustrations on the cover or during the picture walk stuck out at me?
  • Can I find a text to text or text to self connection?
  • What do I already know about the topic?
  • What do I want to learn?

Next, as we read we pause to ask questions:

  • I’m curious about…..
  • I wonder why…
  • How is this character feeling…
  • What have I learned so far…
  • What would happen if…

If reading a chapter book, the kiddos should go back to their questions post-its and write the answer on it if they find it.

Finally, once the story or reading time is over we can ask:

  • What did I learn?
  • Why did the author write this?
  • What is my opinion of…?
  • What do I still want to know?
  • Did I find the answer to any of the questions I asked before or during the reading time?
  • What does the author want me to learn from this?

Have some Post-its handy while your child is reading to you out loud so that they can ask questions before, during, and after reading!

In math we will be taking our summative on unit 3: adding and subtracting within 1,000/rounding to the nearest ten and hundred/solving perimeter and for the unknown.  We will test either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-Art, Thursday-PE, Friday-none

September 9-13

This week we will take our summative on character traits.  Please take note that next to the “About Me” tab, you’ll see “Practice for Reading” and “Practice for Math.”  On these pages are interactive videos that correlate with with the standards and it’s great practice for the kiddos.

In math we are finishing up perimeter and finding the length of the unknown side.  Please have your child work in the “PP” section of of IXL for extra support.

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-Music Wednesday-WOW, Thursday-Technology, Friday-none

August 26-30

Hi Families!

This week in reading we continue to learn about characters based on their feelings, actions, what they say, and how they think.  We’ll be reading picture books, using our new skills to make connections and come to conclusions about the different characters in a story.

In math we have finished learning about rounding and the different forms numbers can be in, and we are moving into adding and subtracting to 1,000 using our strategies.  I encourage kiddos to use the HTO Method (hundreds, tens, ones).  Have them tell you about when they put apartments above the tens and hundreds place, or when they ask “The Cookie Question.”

Just a reminder that this Thursday is Open House.  If you are unable to attend please don’t worry.  The third grade team will be sending the PowerPoint that we will be presenting on Wednesday so that you know everything that was discussed.

Resources: Monday-PE, Tuesday-none, Thursday-PE, Friday-Art

August 19-23

This week we are starting our characters unit.  We will be learning about how a character’s actions effect the story and move the plot along.  This is a great opportunity to have conversations during your own reading at home.  Have them read a picture book to you, having them focus on character expressions in the illustrations, and the way other characters’ actions effect the main character.

We are working on common and proper nouns in our skills block.

In math we are working on addition and subtraction to 1,000, rounding numbers to the nearest ten or hundred, and finding the perimeter of polygons.  I will post interactive videos the kids can watch to help them understand these concepts.

Please make sure that your child has their headphones in class.  We are starting iReady testing and they need them in order to interact with parts of the test.

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-Technology, Thursday-none, Friday-Music

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