I hope you are all enjoying this fun, but very busy holiday season. I can tell my class is excited, but they are doing their best to focus and work hard.
Math: We are finishing up our unit on area and will be having an assessment next Tuesday. I will send home a review packet for those of you who would like to practice with your child. Your child is in the process of learning their multiplication and division facts. At this point all third graders should be fluent in their 2, 5, and 10 facts and working toward fluency in 4’s. If your child is not yet fluent in these facts they may need to put in some extra practice time above the required 5 minutes. Xtra Math and good old fashion flash cards are a great way to practice. Below are links to other helpful practice sites.
Writing: Your child is writing informational pieces. They are thinking of a topics that they know a lot about and writing a “books” that contain an introduction, 3 subtopics and a conclusion. The class is learning to write paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details.
Reading: Your child has begun reading “narrative non-fiction” (biography) in the final phase of our study of informational texts. The biography books will go to and from school, so please help your child remember to place it back in their backpack after reading at home.
Science: Students are just beginning the changes in matter unit.
Upcoming events and reminders:
- Please send in the permission slip giving your child permission to take the bus to the HK High School Holiday Concert on 12/21.
- Please send in a Cool Whip sized round container (about 6 inch diameter) to use to make our holiday craft on 12/22. If you have any extra containers to donate, that would be helpful.
- Parents are invited to come and help as we make our holiday craft. (Please bring in evergreen cuttings if you can!) We will be making our holiday centerpieces at 2:00 on 12/22, followed by a class holiday celebration.
- This Friday report cards will be going home. We base our report card on what we see are the most important standards in each discipline. Each area is marked against a rubric (or description) of where students “should be” at this point in the year. If they are on target, they are marked with a 3. A rating of 2 or below means that they need various amounts of adult help to meet the standard. Areas marked with a four mean that in this standard, your child is demonstrating work beyond the expectation. There is not room on the report card to write lengthy comments, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need clarification.
I think that is about it for now! Have a wonderful weekJ