First Week Back!!

January7, 2018
by Michelle Stodola

Hi Parents,

We had a great first week back at school! Some things to know as we continue this second half of the year is that your child should be reading each night for 30 minutes. They can alternate this with doing reading activities on mobymax such as reading stories, vocabulary, grammar, etc. if they want/enjoy it more or even reading a longer chapter book that they’re interested in but outside of their reading level with you. They should also be doing math facts each night for about 5-10 minutes. They may need to do them with a piece of paper or whiteboard right now in order to figure some out which is perfectly fine. I more so want them to figure out how to come up with the correct answer whether by drawing an array, counting on by the number, or doing our many learned strategies such as double, double for x4, rather then the rote memorization. You can also start helping them with their division facts. I would start with the easier ones of divided by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. Therefore the only assignments that your child will write in their assignment notebooks from now on will be homework they didn’t finish in class or important notes to know. Please be their teacher at home and help them learn to stick to these reading and math goals each night 🙂

Speaking of night…in our Knight time this week we moved away from our anthology book to read a longer picture book called Amos and Boris. We figured out its story structure and enjoyed reading about all of the misadventures each of the main characters faced. We really focused on writing detailed answers to the questions and how to write them into fully developed sentences. We also wrote our own Amos and Boris adventure!

In math we learned the last of the math facts and will be continuing to work on these throughout the rest of the year. We also continued practicing identifying area and perimeter, of shapes, as well as, worked on solving multiplication word problems.

In science, we learned about the Water Cycle and the 4 processes it includes which are evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run off. We sang a song about it and acted some parts out to help us remember what each meant. We then created a 3-D poster of the water cycle using a bunch of recycled supplies around school. This week we are going to finish up learning about the water cycle by writing up a informational paragraph about it for the back of our posters and we will also discuss why it’s so important to keep our water clean.

In religion, we learned about the leaders of our Church learning about our first pope Peter and how he was chosen by God even though he made some mistakes in his life when he denied knowing Jesus when he was being persecuted. We learned that the Pope is led by the Holy Spirit to help lead the Church. When also talked about times we’ve been asked to be leaders and what being a leader means to us. We had a great discussion on how we can be leaders in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Shelly Stodola

Third Grade

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