Literacy: We worked on being super reading detectives this week by supporting our answers with evidence we found in text. Next week, we will get our own spelling lists to practice.
Math: We perfected our rounding skills and have began to develop our math identities by showing our different approaches to solving math problems and the wide variety of strategies we can use.
Cursive: We reviewed hand and body positions for the best handwriting. We practiced the letter C.
Writing: We are continuing to grow as writers and this week we dove into using our storyteller voices. We are working really hard to make mental movies of small moments and true stories from our lives and writing about them using strong details. We also looked at a few pieces in our writer’s notebooks to set personal writing goals.
Social Studies: We reviewed our map skills to find the directions to Highland Park starting from the hemisphere and working all the way to our community.
Second Step: This year we will be doing a social learning program. The goal of the program is to help students learn important social-emotional skills that will help them to be successful in life. This week’s lesson focused on two important skills needed for learning. We practiced how to focus our attention and listening skills.
Chromebooks: The students have been doing a great job using their Chromebooks in class. Chromebooks will be coming home next Friday.
Reminder: Open House is on Wednesday, Sept. 13th. See you there!
We continued to practice our classroom routines and are coming independent at many of them. We have also continued to build our team and the students have done a wonderful job working together.
Literacy: We have read to self, read to someone, and listen to reading up and running during our daily choice time. Pairs read leveled readers and focused on how change influences perspective because the main character was constantly changing based on wanting to be like the other characters in the story. We also talked about the central message which was how it is so important to be yourself!
Math: We have been working on rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. We practiced guided math groups which included teacher time, independent work, and playing a game.
Writing: Our writer’s workshop started with a New Year’s Eve celebration as we kicked off for the year. We talked about what good 3rd grade writers do and don’t do. We also practiced two strategies for finding ideas to write about which was thinking off people that matter to you and writing about a small moment shared with one person. Our second strategy is to think of a place that matters to you. Map the small moments that happened there, choose one, and write!
Social Studies: Houston we had a problem, but luckily we solved it! We blasted off from our classroom and became lost in space. We had to use maps and radio clues from NASA to locate the correct hemisphere, continent, country, state, and community to steer our spaceship towards until we safely landed in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
MAP testing: Students worked hard on their reading test and we will take the math portion next Thursday.
Hope you enjoyed your family time this weekend!
We had a wonderful week in 3S. We spent a lot of time getting to know one another, learning and practicing routines and expectations, building our classroom team, and taking time to celebrate our successes.
Literacy: We practiced the 3 different ways to read a book and explored the classroom library. The students are very eager to create and fill their book boxes and for our daily literacy choices to be running. We also took a Words Their Way pretest which will help me find a “good fit” spelling list for you child.
Math: We started guided math and practiced the rotations. Students took an informal rounding assessment and played some game to review rounding and simple addition and subtraction.
Writing: The students were very excited to learn that they will continue to have writer’s workshop this year. Please remember that decorated notebooks are due on Monday. I can’t wait to read all of their wonderful writing this year.
Read Aloud: We are reading The Trumpeter Swan by E.B. White. As we read the book, we will be talking about personification, imagery, similes and metaphors.
We ended our first week of 3rd grade with a whole school kickball game where the students got to cheer on the teacher teams of “Tigers” and “Stripes”. It was a fun way to end our week. Your children did a wonderful job of cheering on the teachers!
The Last 26 School Days of School
Believe it or not, the school year is coming to an end. Everyone has worked hard during the past eight months and it's time to celebrate! During the last 26 days of school, we will be doing an ABC Countdown. Each school day will have different activities depending on the letter of the day. Your child may need to bring certain things on various days. This sheet will help your child remember what each day in the countdown is all about. Participation is optional. We hope your child enjoys our last days together!
Author Visit Day
Jennifer Holm will be at Indian Trail. Wear pink if you are a Baby Mouse fan or green if you like Squish.
May the Fourth BE With You Day
Wear Star Wars clothes or colors.
Crazy Hair Day
Mohawk? Pigtails? Hot pink? Make it crazy!
Have a collection? Bring a dozen of something to show the class!
Tuesday, May 9
Extra Recess Day
We will be going out for an extra recess.
Wednesday, May 10
Wear fancy clothes.
Go green! Wear something green today. We will be taking a field trip to Heller Nature Center to learn more about plants.
Wear your favorite hat.
I can do…
Be prepared to share something you can do that your friends might not know about.
Tuesday, May 16
Wear your favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt.
Wednesday, May 17
Kid Kindness Day
We’ll spread kindness throughout the school.
Listen To Music Day
We will have background music playing throughout the day.
Wear things that do not match today.
Choose a nickname for the day.
We will do some of our regular classroom activities outside today.
Wednesday, May 24
Wear your pajamas to school today.
We will see who can stay quiet all day long!!!
Tuesday, May 30
We will take a field trip to City Hall to meet the mayor.
Wednesday, May 31
You will have a new place to sit today.
Wear your favorite T-Shirt to school.
Wear red, white, and blue
Monday, June 5
We will watch an educational video today.
Work Out Day
We will be taking lots of active brain breaks.
Wednesday, June 7
X-Citing Memory Day
We will work on a memory book filled with “x-citing” things that happened in 3rd grade.
Thursday, June 8
Wear something yellow.
Zip Up Your Bag and Zoom Home
Last day of school! Congratulations!
Please note that some of these events are subject to change.
Participation is not required.
3rd graders will be taking Spring MAP tests this week and next.
Tuesday, May 2nd @ 1:00-2:30 Reading MAP
Wednesday, May 10th @ 1:00-2:30 Math MAP
Students need to make sure they have their fully charged Chromebooks at school!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
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