- Homework: This will start on Monday. The kids will get their homework spiral notebook and this week's homework sheet (printed for them). I will go over what the expectations are for homework on Monday with the kids. Starting on October 10th, your child or you will need to go to the 3rd Grade Website for the weekly homework. In an effort to save paper, we are asking that the kids just "pull up" the homework assignment on the home computer or laptop and complete the work in the homework spiral notebook. The link to the 3rd grade website is on the "Welcome" page. Students are expected to turn in their homework spiral notebook every Friday morning.
- Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 10th. Please, click on the link to sign up for a time slot. If one of these times does not work for you, we can always do a conference over the phone and/or email me a time. I will see what I can do to accommodate your schedule. Thanks! Fall Conference Sign Up
- Homework: This will start on Monday. Homework is due each Friday morning. For this first week I will print out the homework for the kids and go over the expectations with them on Monday. Then, each week it will be up to the parents and child to look for the homework online.
- Xtramath - Great website for students to brush up on their math facts! This will be perfect for when homework starts up (math facts)! I sent home an Xtramath enrollment information flyer yesterday in Thursday folders. Please, take a few moments to enroll your child.
- Bluebonnet Book Program - Check out the list of Bluebonnet books HERE Our class also has a Bluebonnet Book Wish List - Click Here. The kids are loving this program!!!
- Home Access Center: Make sure to start checking Home Access every week! Link to Home Access Center.
- Wobble Stools - Wobble stools are an alternative seating option for your child. Wobble stools help provide students with the ability to wiggle as they sit. They help some students to focus more on their work too. This is a parent purchased item. With that said, at the end of the year the wobble stool is yours. Your child can then use them in 4th and 5th grade. I would recommend the 18" or 20" stool (depending on your child's current height). The 14" stool is just too short. Here are a couple of websites of where to make this purchase if you are interested. Really Good Stuff - Wobble Stool and Active Learning Stool - Amazon.com
- Optional - Headphones: Your child may still want headphones or earbuds for our classroom. A few of them have already broken. I would ask your child. These can be purchased at Target, Walmart, HEB, etc. The headphones/earbuds will be left here at school.
- October 4th - Math DCA Test - Place Value, Rounding/Estimation, Addition/Subtraction Strategies, Comparing Numbers (greater than, less than).
- October 10th - No School Day - Fall Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences
- October 13th - Family Fitness Night @ Elsa England. Starts at 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
***Wow!! Thank you parents for all the wonderful Scholastic Book Orders. Our class received over 1400 points that we can use to buy books for our classroom! Plus, Scholastic gave us 10 free books! Many of you bought Bluebonnet Books too. :)
In writing, we finished our final drafts of our personal narratives this week!! Our next unit is poetry.
In reading, we continue to learn many different reading strategies in which to help us as better understand the text we are reading. We did a quick mini-lesson on character traits. How we can infer about a character's trait or personality by what they say, do, think and feel. We also competed a short lesson on using the retell/summary strategy. This is also called the "Somebody-wanted-but-so-then" summary strategy. I read the class, Flat Stanley Goes Camping and completed a Somebody-wanted-but-so-then graphic organizer. We ended the week with our Unit 1 reading DCA test.
In math, our focus was on addition and subtraction strategies this week. The kids practice adding (counting on) and subtracting (counting back) on a number line. We also learned our to organize or structure an addition or subtraction problem using a Strip Diagram. We also reviewed the 2-digit and 3-digit addition strategy called Partial Sums (also called Expanded Addition). The kids have brought home a math packet of many of the concepts we have covered these last two weeks. This packet is optional. This packet is not due and is not being graded. It's just for additional practice at home. Our test over place value, rounding, data/graphs, addition and subtraction will be on October 4th.
In science, we started our next unit called "Changes in Matter and Mixtures". We've done some small group work using our new vocabulary for this unit. Plus, we conducted a Go Temp! Activity with Ms. Potral and Mrs. Eaton's classes today. We will finish writing our reflection for this Go Temp Activity on Monday.
In social studies, we did another short lesson on "Loyalty" and what it is to be a good member of your community or school. We watched an online story called, Library Lion. Then, completed a reading comprehension question worksheet.
*On another note, I read the bluebonnet book, John Roy Lynch to the class this week. I've been trying to read the shorter (picture book type) bluebonnet books to the kids in class during Read Aloud. Then, I send them to the library to take the bluebonnet quiz on the book! Many of our students have already read 5 books!!!