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April 15-18

This week in reading we are spiraling through all standards.  We are going to be taking formatives and summatives that assess your child’s knowledge on all third grade skills.

I am so proud of the kids as they finished all components of the third grade district and state-wide assessments.  Your child will be bringing home their i-Ready reading data this week.  Please look at their awesome growth!

In math we are finishing up the geometry unit.  They will be taking one last formative and summative to close up unit 13.  Please have them get onto the interactive videos and IXL to review the geometry, perimeter, and area standards.

Please keep in mind that this Wednesday both their poster and items they created are due in preparation of Market Day.  Refer to the email sent out on Thursday about how the poster should be done.  The kids are really excited for this and I am sure Thursday will be a great day!

Please encourage your child to review all of the math interactive videos, as well as their orange and red bubbles on USATestprep under the Math section.  We will be taking the math i-Ready on Tuesday the 23rd, and Wednesday the 24th.  The math FSA will take place on Monday the 6th of May, and Tuesday the 7th.

Resource: Monday-Computer Lab, Tuesday-none, Thursday-Media

Reminder: There is NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY!  🙂

April 8-12

This week we will be reviewing all reading standards to prepare for the i-Ready reading assessment that will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday.  This is an important test as it serves as a back-up score for your child’s FSA.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up for sending in snacks, mints, and drinks for before the testing.  That really helps set the kids up for their best chance!

We are beginning our review of all of or math standards once the i-Ready reading is complete.  We will finish up our unit on geometry unit this week, so please check your child’s planner for dates of assessments.  Also, have them work on the interactive videos under the Pages tab for Unit 13!

The Reading FSA is now behind us and I think I can speak for us all when we finally get to exhale!  I couldn’t be more proud of the kids and the efforts they have put in the past months.  We still have i-Ready reading, i-Ready math, and the Math FSA, but seeing the kids and how well they handled the Reading FSA, I am confident the kiddos will continue to use their strategies and shine!

Testing Remaining:

Tuesday, April 9th: i-Ready Reading (computer based)

Wednesday, April 10th: i-Ready Reading (computer based)

Tuesday, April 23rd: i-Ready Math (computer based)

Wednesday, April 24th: i-Ready Math (computer based)

Monday, May 6th: Math FSA (paper based)

Tuesday, May 7th: Math FSA (paper based)

Please continue to encourage your child to review the interactive math videos which is a great review tool.  USATestprep is also something that your child can use to review standards that they personally need to work on.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!

Market Day is quickly approaching and will take place Thursday, the 18th of this month.  Please make sure your child fills out their business plan and turns it in ASAP!  Please refer to the packet sent home on Friday for details about the expectations and guidelines.  Please email me if you have any questions.

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

April 1-5

Hi Families!  This week we are spiraling standards and reviewing content to fill in any last minute gaps.  I am sending home the practice FSA we took last week.  Please be aware that this assessment was much longer and more difficult than the FSA should be.  Check it over and talk to your child about question types and going back into the passage for evidence.  Have them tell you about our testing strategies (read the questions before, label type of question, underline evidence in the text, etc.).

There are no vocabulary words this week.  However, in their RINNY (Reading Interactive Notebook) are academic words I want them to review.  Their RINNY is full of great standards to review!

In math we are beginning Unit 13, which is all about shapes, their attributes, and finding area and perimeter.  Please have your child work on the interactive videos on the Pages tab.

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-computer lab, Thursday-Media, Friday-PE

The FSA for reading takes place this Thursday and Friday.  Please be sure that your child gets a great nights sleep and a delicious breakfast the mornings before.  

Our i-Ready reading computer-based assessment will take place the following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 9th and 10th of April.  

March 11-14

This week we begin our spiral review to prepare the kiddos for the upcoming FSA.  We will be reviewing all reading standards in an effort to fill any last minute gaps that they may have.  Please have your child login to USATestprep and complete the assignments.  This is a terrific tool for your child to use to review skills taught throughout the year.

There are no vocabulary words.

In math we are finishing up units 10 and 11 on finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  Please have your child use the “Pages” tab and complete the interactive math links for units 10 and 11.  We will have our summative this week.

The Spring Book Fair is this Monday, the 11th, from 1:25 to 1:45.  You are welcome to meet us there to help your child make their purchases.

Just a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, the 15th, as it is a Teacher Planning Day.  The following week is Spring Break!

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-Computer Lab, Thursday-Media

March 4-8

This week we will be finishing up author’s point of view in nonfiction texts.  The summative will be on Friday.  After that we will be moving into the review of all standards as we prepare for the FSA.

New words will be on Quizlet with a test on Thursday, the 14th.

In math we are working on comparing fractions.  We will be looking at many different fractions, trying to find which one represents a greater, less than, or equal amount.  Please work on the interactive videos for extra help!

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

February 25-March 1

This week we are still working on point of view, however we are moving into author’s point of view in nonfiction texts.  We will be reading a variety of articles and analyzing the author’s use of words and evidence to explain their point of view on a subject.  Please have your child work on the interactive videos!

Keep working on Quizlet for the vocabulary test this Friday, the 1st.

In math we are moving into units 10 and 11, finding equivalent fractions, and comparing fractions.  We will be working on this unit for two weeks.  The interactive videos will really help your kiddo better understand the concept, and help them practice what they are learning.  IXL has sections “X” and “Y” that the kids can be working on for additional support, as well.

Resource: Monday-computer lab, Tuesday- Media, Thursday-PE, Friday-Art

February 11-14

This week we are working on a new standard, point of view in fiction writing.  We will be looking at characters in a story and how they feel about one another based on their actions.  When reading with your child at night, ask them questions about the characters.  Do they like or dislike one another?  What evidence in the story gives you your answer?  Also, please have your child get onto the interactive videos to help understand this skill.

Please work on Quizlet for the vocabulary.  The test is this Thursday due to no school on Friday.

In math we are finishing up unit 9 about finding the area of regular or irregular shapes.  We have been breaking apart irregular shapes into smaller rectangles, and multiplying to find their area.  The interactive videos are a great review!

A list of the students first names comes home on Friday so that your child can prepare their Valentine’s for the class.  I told the students that to participate they must make a Valentine for everyone in class.  The class voted and they would like to make their boxes at home.  Please bring the Valentine’s and the box/bag that your child made in on Thursday.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-Art, Thursday-Music

No school this Friday for a teacher work day, and no school Monday, the 18th for President’s Day!

February 4-8

This week we are finishing up our unit on comparing and contrasting fiction stories.  We are concentrating on finding similarities and differences within books in a series.  If your kiddo reads Cam Jansen, Bad Guys, Magic Tree House, or Babysitters Club, have them compare and contrast the characters, setting, plot, and theme between two of them.  Don’t forget to complete the interactive videos on the Pages tab!

Quizlet is updated, so please have your child use the website to review their new words.  The test will be Friday, the 15th.

In math we are beginning a new unit.  We are working on using properties such as the Commutative Property and Distributive Property to multiply greater numbers.  Please use the link on the Pages tab to review the content and challenge your kiddo.

We had an awesome week learning about the life cycle of our chicks.  We had 11 out of the 12 eggs hatch and we had a ton of fun letting them run around the room!  They are now off in homes around the area, hopefully getting the love and comfort that they deserve.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-none, Thursday-Computer Lab; Friday-Media

This week we will be transitioning from comparing and contrasting nonfiction to comparing and contrasting fiction.  The key here is that we are looking at characters who have been written in multiple books, like books in a series.  If your child has read lots of books from one series, have them compare and contrast the characters, settings, and plots using a Venn diagram.  Discuss these story elements with them and ask if the character(s) changed at all from book to book.

We have vocabulary so please get on Quizlet.  The test is this Friday.

In math we are finishing up graphing and moving into Unit 9: Properties of Operations.  Have your child get onto the interactive videos to practice!

Thank you so much for the amazing turnout for the Living Wax Museum.  I am so proud of the kids and the effort that they put into this amazing day!

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

Make sure your kiddo gets onto the “Pages” tabs for reading and math to practice the skills we are working on in class.

January 14-18

This week we are beginning our journey into comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic.  We will be working with nonfiction texts, finding their differences and similarities.  Perhaps we will look at two texts, one about why kids should have digital textbooks in school and another text about why kids should still have physical books.  We will be looking at lots of different articles on the same topic and dissecting them until we get to the core of each one.

Make sure to keep studying the vocabulary!  The test is on Friday this week.

In math we are moving deeper into multiplication and division as we work on one and two step word problems that could be any of the four operations we have learned so far.  Is the word problem asking us to add, subtract, multiply, or divide?  How do we know?  Make sure to check out the interactive videos to help with understanding.

We continue to work on our Living Wax Museum in class.  We have divided the Who Was Book’s into sections, having the kids read about 10 pages a day.  As they progress they are filling out their notes pages in order to help with writing their rough and final drafts for grades.  The class voted and we will be using butcher block paper from the school to decorate for our people.  All your child will need from home is a costume and maybe a few printed out pictures of their person.  Again, if you’d like to come and see your child perform on the 25th, please fill out the bottom part of the paper that I sent home Thursday, and it was also sent home electronically in the last email I sent out.

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

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, the 21st, because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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