It is hard to believe that we are already into our second week of school! I have been so proud of all of our third graders for their willingness to participate and work together. Below are a few highlights as to what we have been learning:
- Reading Street - This week, students will began to explore our first unit of reading street entitled "Dollars and Sense." Our focus story for this week is Boom Town by Sonia Levitin. During this week we will discuss how to identify realistic and fantasy elements in a story as well as learn the meaning of the following words: boom, pick, fetched, skillet, coins, spell, business, business, laundry, mending. Please make sure to talk to your children about what they have been learning in reading and the meaning of these words.
- Writing - During our writing period, students will begin to explore the writing process. Using our "Hopes and Dreams" for the year, our class will begin the brainstorming process and follow each step to create a well-written response using rubric based criteria. I am so excited to learn more about my class's own expectations and hopes for this academic year!
- Math - We have been using our math period to review concepts that students learned last year in second grade. So far our focus has stemmed on place value, place versus value, comparing and ordering numbers, number patterns, and rounding.
- Social Studies - We have truly been using our social studies period to establish a safe learning environment and foster our classroom community. Our students have learned the importance of working together as a team as well as the power of our words. We reflected a lot on the idea that the words we say often leave a lasting impression on those we say them to. Below are a few pictures of our class working together as a team.
Homework packets come home every Monday and are expected to be returned every Friday with your child. Spelling work is to be completed in their spelling journals. Our spelling focus for this week is short vowels and the words for this week are as follows: happen, lettuce, basket, winter, sister, monster, supper, subject, lesson, spelling, napkin, collar, traffic, suggest, puppet, skillet, picnic, planet, system, pumpkin.
Friday Communication Reports go home every Friday and are expected to be returned on MONDAY. Please make sure to review these reports with your child.
I am so proud of all of our students for their hard work. As the week progresses, be sure to ask your student about what they are learning in class. Remember that if you ever have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to another wonderful week in 3B!