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This was a week of “firsts!” We finished our first class book in readers’ workshop, Stone Fox. The students were so engaged in the dramatic ending of this classic book.
We finished our first Fundations spelling unit and the kids did a great job with the review patterns and rules from second grade and the new rules that were introduced. The Unit 2 pattern can be spread over three weeks and is not due until Monday, October 21st. This way, their practice work is on pace with the lessons.
The students took their first fact fluency checkup on addition and subtraction. I sent home their results so they can continue to work on those facts, or move on to multiplication and division if they mastered addition and subtraction.
Another first was diving into our first Project Lead the Way science unit called Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions. It focuses on addressing a real-world problem through engineering and design.
Our first Scholastic book order arrived this afternoon, so I will send the orders home with kids on Tuesday, which is Picture Day. Please send in order forms and payment for pictures on Tuesday.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is an early dismissal day at 1:05 pm. There’s no Running Club tomorrow (9/28) or next Wednesday (10/3).
Also, the Fundations homework packets are due tomorrow, and so are the Scholastic September book orders. Please do not send cash. You also have the option of ordering online.
Thank you and enjoy the Durham Fair this weekend if you go!
Class Code - HRJD7
Order Due Date for September “Welcome Back to School” catalog - 09/28/18
Support Your Child's Reading Success!
Did you know that kids who read for just 20 minutes a day are more successful in school and life? Ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs is an easy way to find the best books that are just right for your child's grade and interests.
Choose books with your child from the paper flyers or online at: scholastic.com/bookclubs
To order online, connect to our class using our Class Code HRJD7 (or look me up by our school name).
If you wish to order through me, please send your completed paper order form with a check for the exact amount.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH!
Bonus: This month, you can pick a FREE Book (up to $5) when you place an online order of $25 or more!
As soon as your order is delivered to our classroom, I will send it home with your child.
Plus every order you place earns FREE Books for our class to share.
Thank you for your support and happy reading,
Ms. Kathleen Egan
What a great week this has been! Students are settling nicely into third grade routines. Even the day off in the middle of the week didn’t break their stride—they filled the marble jar again!
As a reward, we will have a board game day on Monday, 9/24 to play math games such as Yahtzee and language arts games like Apples to Apples Jr. Kids are able to bring in a favorite board game with your permission.
Please note that the Fundations spelling/word work packet is due on Friday, 9/28. Your third grader may want to wait until next week to tackle the last pages marked “week 2” so they have some week 2 lessons under their belts beforehand.
The math log and weekly homework sheet will begin next week. On Monday, your child will receive a log sheet to record their math fact practice. On the other side is an overview of the lessons that week in all subject areas.
A final reminder that the Scholastic Book order forms should be submitted online or paper orders brought to school no later than Friday, September 28, 2018 to ensure your order is included in the class order.
Thanks for all you do to support your third grader!
We will begin assigning homework to third graders gradually over the next several weeks. They will be responsible for reading about 20 minutes per night, working on math facts (5 minutes each night), practicing their recorder (about 5 to 10 minutes each night as needed) and completing a Fundations spelling/cursive packet (5 minutes a night over the week). The two of us can answer specific questions about this tomorrow evening at Curriculum Night. We will meet our class parents in our homerooms, but we will also congregate as a team at the end of each session so you can meet the other teacher.
Today we started adding our at-school reading on our reading logs. They will be due next Monday, September 17th and every Monday after that. We are asking third graders to read about 20 minutes per night for 5 nights (spread out over the week.) If a child has an activity on a particular evening, they could read the next morning, or double on another night, or read over the weekend. The at-home reading goal of 100 minutes will be added to in-school reading minutes for about a total of 200 minutes of reading for the week.
Parent-teacher conference signups for October 24th and 25th will be available in our classrooms during Curriculum Night.
We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 6:30 pm!
Friday, August 31, 2018
It has been terrific getting to know each of your wonderful third graders and see how they are already making new friends and forming a community within our classroom! I am enjoying seeing their individual personalities emerge.
This was a very busy week! The students are learning about each other, their new teachers, and the rules and procedures of the “big kid” third and fourth grade hallway! We like to take the first weeks of school to really establish classroom routines so kids are comfortable knowing the expectations and beginning to establish more independence. Although it’s tempting to dive right in to academics, the first step to kids’ success as learners is getting to know them as people and laying the groundwork for their social-emotional development this year.
We have held several class and grade 3 team meetings this week. The kids have shared about themselves and had fun playing lots of “getting to know you” games. We worked as a class to establish classroom rules that we signed and promised to follow to ensure that we all feel comfortable and ready to learn.
Thank you all for so quickly sending back the paperwork packet that was sent home on the first day. If you still have a parent survey that you’d like to share with me, please send it in next week. It’s really valuable having your input about your student!
You will hear more about homework expectations in the coming weeks, particularly at Curriculum Night at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. This is a great time to visit your child’s teachers, hear about the grade-level curriculum and activities, and ask any questions you may have.
Please feel free to email me with any comments or questions. I love hearing from you and working to ensure that your third grader has a happy, successful year of learning!
Burr District Elementary
Third Grade Teacher