Dates to Remember...
- Monday, September 3rd - No School
- Wednesday, September 5th - Picture Day
- Friday, September 7th - Run4Funds Run Day
- Monday, September 10th - Cardboard Challenge
- Friday, September 14th - Run4Funds Money Due
- Monday, September 17th - Field Trip - Denver Walking Tour (more info to come)
- Friday, September 21st - Run4Funds Prize Day
WHAT WE'VE BEEN LEARNING...
Students spent this week reviewing addition and subtraction strategies, including the standard algorithms for both operations. As third graders, students are expected to be proficient at using the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction equations. The kids participated in an interactive scavenger hunt where they had to find and solve addition/subtraction equation cards hidden around the room.
We did not have any math homework this week, but keep an eye out for it next week as it will be coming home a couple times! :)
We spent this week learning about and practicing the expectations and behaviors of good readers. Some of our minilessons this week included:
- what is reading stamina
- how to build a powerful reading life
- how to set goals as readers and track our progress
- how to choose "just right" books
Students also learned how to fill out their reading logs. Students will get 2 reading logs every Monday- one to keep at home and one to keep at school. The "at home" reading log is due back every Friday. Please remember that students should be the ones filling out their reading logs, not parents. :)
Students have been working hard as writers this week! We reviewed how to plan and write an organized paragraph. We wrote a paragraph as a class about third grade, and then students planned and began writing their own paragraphs about their favorite holiday or favorite sport. Once we are finished with our "sloppy copy," we will use an editing checklist to peer edit with a partner.
We began our spelling program this week. Students had their Lesson 1 spelling test yesterday. The spelling program is rigorous and the word lists can be tough. We have spent a lot of time in class discussing strategies for studying our words. Also, we write our spelling homework in our planner each day. Students should have their planners out on the table when they are doing their homework each night. That way they can keep track of what homework they have each night and check-off the work they complete. If students are not using their planners during homework time, please encourage them to do so. Homework planners help foster important life skills like organization and responsibility.
In third grade, we will switch back and forth between social studies and science. Our first unit is Denver History. This week students began learning about why people started coming to the Denver area back in 1868. Next week students will work in collaborative groups to design a picture timeline for how Denver got its start.