Weeks are flying by! I know I say this often but it's so true! Here are some updates for the rest of this week and next week!
We are finished with personal narratives...for now. We'll have another unit where we cover fiction writing and then personal narratives again during the 4th quarter. Our new unit is one of my absolute favorites!!!! Informational/ non-fiction writing! Like narratives, our first piece will be a learning piece we will do together and learn about text features, taking notes, re-wording facts we find in our research- just to name a few.
We are currently researching an animal of our choosing to inform our readers about!
You've heard it before! Reading and writing go hand in hand! So what are we covering pretty heavy in reading?! Non-fiction texts! If you are reading at home, check out a good non-fiction book to read together! Let your child point out the features of a non-fiction text and tell you how they differ from a fiction book!
A goal for me for 2nd quarter is to start having a weekly reading log. I am putting it here so I can't forget about my goal. ;) While I'm sorting out how I want to do this, be sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes outside of school. Research shows reading is one of THE most important thing you can do at home to help students academically.
We are nearing the end of our 4th topic in our new math. This unit focused on using multiplication to divide. We talked about fact families, strategies to divide, as well as seeing the connection between multiplication and division. Students hopefully have noticed how much easier division is if they know their facts.
We're aiming for next Wednesday (Nov. 2nd) for our Topic 4 assessment. I will send home a study guide this Friday for students to use for practice if they would like. It is not required but will be VERY, VERY helpful as it's a form of the topic 4 assessment. There are 3 we can choose from and they are all pretty similar. We just take a different form.
**BE SURE TO BE PRACTICING MULTIPLICATION FACTS AT HOME!!!** This doesn't have to be an all night ordeal. Go though a few flashcards or come up with some of your own facts to give your child while you're making dinner, on your way to practice, commercial breaks, etc. They more they hear or see them, the better! Flashcards are fairly inexpensive and I have found them at Walmart (either in school supply section or book section. I've seen both at different locations), Target often has cheap sets if you're ever there, or trusty ole' Amazon. And there is always the free version...your child can make their own. :)
We have started a space unit! This week we learned about the sun being a star and the main source of light and energy for our planet! We will also cover how the moon does not produce it's own light and how shadows change throughout the day!
* Friday, October 28- Tiger Pride Assembly at 2:30
* Nov 1. and 3rd- Parent/ Teacher Conferences
* November 4th-8th- NO SCHOOL
First quarter has flown by! The 14th is the official last day of the 1st quarter! Your kiddos are professional 3rd graders now and you should be SO proud!!!
Students finished their first personal narrative this week. We took about a week and a half to walk through and learn about the process, using a good beginning to hook your reader, and a good ending to wrap things up! Next week, we will review a few things and then the class will begin working on their 1st quarter writing prompt where they will use the writing process and produce a narrative on their own.
We have started meeting in our reading groups this week. Students also took their first quarter reading assessment. Those will come home on Monday. You will also receive an email from Mastery Connect.Their score on the reading tracker does not determine their reading level. The assessment they took checks for comprehension and reading skills. If you see yellow and red, these are standards that we will cover again in groups and in class, so they can and will be reassessed. :)
We finished up Topic 3 and took our topic assessment Friday. It was a little trickier than the other assessments we have taken. It dealt mainly with the distributive property.Look for those to come home in the next couple of days. Our next topic covers multiplication and we'll begin to cover some division again.
At home: you can be working with your child on memorizing their facts. Cards are fairly inexpensive. ($1-$5 ) and I have a couple of sets you can check out but ask that they are returned in a week so others can have a chance if they need them.
* TODAY is the 3rd grade program!!!! They will have a school performance at 2:30 in the gym! Then, students need to be back at East by 6:45 this evening for the play. Please contact Mrs. Chatman if your child cannot attend this evening. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
* October 14th: Our Fall Party is this Friday!! I still have a few things that we need to have brought in for our carmel apple bar and game! Here is the link to sign up: PARTY SIGN UP
We will party from 11:50-12:25 . Students will begin packing up after that for early dismissal.
*THIS Friday, Oct 14 is an Early Dismissal Day. Students will release at 12:35
* Thursday October 20th: Mrs. Letterman Gone for School Meeting
* November 1st-3rd: Parent/Teacher Conference sign up: Conferences are Nov. 1st and 3rd. If you were unable to be at Open House or sign up that evening, please give me a call or an email and we can set one up!
*November 4-8th: Fall Break. NO SCHOOL.
Happy Monday! Here are a few announcements for the next couple of weeks!!!
Thank you for your patience with my absenses so far. I know it's only been a few times but that's a few times within a month and a half of school! Trust me, no teacher loves making sub plans and being gone when it can be totally avoided. Sickness hit both of my children a couple of times within the first couple of weeks of school and then I've had a collaboration day (which those are great and definitely benefit your student!) and then today I had jury duty but was not picked so I was able to come back to school around 10! :)
Open House is this Thursday from 6-7! There will be so many great things to see AND you can come pick up your fundraiser items in the gym and visit and shop the book fair. I will also have out sign up for parent/ teacher conferences that are coming up! And not to mention, see all of the great work that your child has done over the first quarter of our school year! There will also be a chance to visit the computer lab and learn more about Mastery Connect! It's going to be a great evening! I look forward to seeing you and your child!
3rd Grade Program
ARRRRRGGGGGG you ready to see a great program?! The 3rd grade program is coming up! "How to Be A Pirate" will be performed on Tuesday, October 11th at two different times! Students will perform for the school at 2:30. Parents and visitors are welcome to attend if they would like! The evening performance will be at 7:00. Please make sure your child gets to school no later than 6:45 so they are ready to perform! Both of the performances will be in the Willard East Gym.
Our fall party will be on October the 14th, after lunch- 11:47-12:25. Feel free to join us if you are able!
We do have some needs for our party. If you are able to send in some items, please sign up and you can either send them with your student or let me know you will bring them that day! We currently have 23 students in our class. Click HERE to sign up (May not show up well or edit well on a smartphone)
** Next Friday is also a 1/2 day for students. They will get out on Friday, October 14th at 12:35!!
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!