Hello 3M Families and Friends!
We have just finished up the month of September, and have officially gotten most of our routines down! We are able to transition quickly, we know how and when to do our jobs, AND we constantly receive compliments on our hallway behavior! Woohoo!
This past week in Writing, our class worked really hard to perfect their Curriculum Night letters. Hopefully you enjoyed reading them as much as the kids did on Friday morning! I'm hoping most of you got a chance to read some of your child's writing inside of their Writer's Notebooks. We started to pick "seed ideas" to grow on and transform into final drafts. We've been challenging ourselves to add "juicy details", dialogue, and descriptive language. I've been so impressed by the writing going on in our class, and can't wait for you all to celebrate their final pieces when they are finished!
In Math, we learned about a new way to represent multiplication equations: arrays! Arrays serve as a visual to students to help them think in terms of rows or groups while practicing their fact fluency. We have been cutting and labeling our own individual kits of arrays, which I will be sending home on Monday to finish up. Like I mentioned at Curriculum Night, I have attached a link to the game Factor Pairs. This game provides practice with viewing arrays, and identifying the products of several factor pairs! I will post more games to the "Important Information" page as I teach them!
In Reading, we have continued to practice our reading stamina. I will admit that I have been pretty strict with it. We read as a whole class, and the second I see any eyes wandering up from their books, I stop the timer. So far, our maximum reading stamina time has been 15 minutes, but the goal for third grade is 30 minutes. Please encourage your child to practice their reading stamina at home by finding a comfortable spot, picking a "just-right" book, and having a calm body.
Finally, in Social Studies, we have been practicing our map skills, and learning about different cities, towns, and landmarks in Massachusetts. We even took a "Train Tour" through Massachusetts, where we watched informational videos about the New England Aquarium, Salem, Lowell, and The Basketball Hall of Fame. Ask your child about their favorite stop on the train tour so far!
That's all for now! Have a great week everyone!