THANK YOU to everyone for a great first week of supporting your children as they get into their daily routine! We know there is a lot of information coming your way at the beginning of the year and we appreciate your help with staying on top of paperwork and expectations. 🙂
We had a GREAT first week! It was fun getting to know each of our new students! We worked very hard to establish rules, routines, and expectations. In reading, we introduced our workstation routine and how students are held accountable for their priority independent work each week. Also, we began leveling our readers in IRLA and determining their needs in the area of spelling. In math, we focused on our math journal routine (writing in math? Yes, it’s true!) and began module 1. Most importantly, we had fun with some getting to know each other activities!
Finally, students received their first spirit stick on Friday for surviving their first week of third grade! 🙂
English/Language Arts: Our focus for this week will be on learning how to do SLAM writing when responding to a text. We will write multiple SLAMs – one together, one in partners, and one independently- as we read and answer questions from our text about blue whales. The focus is simply on format and using the text to support our writing! Here is the SLAM break down:
Math: We have begun our first module in math and will continue working through it this week! In addition to math journals, we will do a daily lesson. Our first module focuses on concepts of multiplication! You can learn more about the module here. In addition, we will be introducing our math fluency routines for memorization of multiplication facts this week.
Science: We will begin learning about the scientific method and how to investigate questions!
- Final t-shirt orders (for the first round of ordering) are due on Wednesday, August 22nd! Once we submit the order, the shirts will be here in two weeks. We will do an additional order in September.
- Code of Conduct Acknowledgement forms must be returned to us by August 31st. Once we receive them, we have to put into our system that you have turned them in. Thank you for being on top of this!
- Popcorn cards must be ordered by August 27th! After that date, students can still order popcorn on popcorn Fridays but they must bring their dollar by Thursday of that week.
- Open House is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th!
- When sending us an email for any reason, please be sure to email both Mrs. Nienhouse & Mrs. Del Forno! Thank you!
Homework: On Friday, students received their Backpack Calendar reading logs. The first page of the packet explains how this program works but it is important to remember that students have to read at least 150 minutes a week for them to remain on track for IRLA. As students are flagged for being behind on reading minutes, we will send home progress reports! Here is what a correctly filled out night of reading should look like:
Next Friday, we will begin our regular homework routine! Students will receive spelling homework and a multiplication fluency log. Directions will be provided with both, but here is a brief description of the expectations:
Spelling: Students will be assigned a spelling group based on needs that were defined on a baseline assessment for spelling. Their group could be Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Birds, Insects, Fish, Arthropods or Arachnids. Each group starts on a specific skill, depending on spelling weaknesses, and progresses through the program. Every student will receive a notebook with 4 pages of activities they can choose to complete using their weekly word list. They must do 3 activities in the notebook each week and some activities do count as 2 due to their length. There are no spelling tests as spelling will be assessed through student writing!
Math Fluency: We will begin our Multiplication Masters Karate Belt math fluency very soon! Students will receive a log to document the time they spend studying their facts (expectation is 60 minutes per week). A letter will come home explaining the program with the first log! Every week, students will receive a list of facts for their current belt level and the next belt level. They can do a variety of activities to practice including making flash cards, going on websites, using apps, getting verbally quizzed by a family member- the options are endless! As long as students spend 60 minutes a week studying, they will make progress in our fluency program.
These two pieces of homework will start August 24th. Homework will always come home on Friday and be due the next Friday. If you have questions about the homework once you receive it, please email us!