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AIR Results to Go Home

Third Grade Community;

Today (Friday) in your child’s folder, you will find the results of the AIR test we took in October, along with a letter explaining the results. PLEASE read the letter carefully.  A few things I want to explain:

  • A score of 700 is considered proficient (passing score–Think of it as receiving a “C” average. Though this may not be the best example because a 700 doesn’t mean a “C”, it may give you a frame of reference. )
  • The Third Grade Guarantee Law (TGG) states that students must receive AT LEAST a score of 672.
  • A child who receives a score less than 672 has not met the Third Grade Guarantee yet.

Please understand that students took this in the early fall and will take it again in the early spring (April). A lot of learning takes place during that time, so please don’t stress. I will be contacting certain families (sooner than later) to set up a conference time to go over scores that either did not receive a proficient score and/or did not meet the TGG score.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns/questions you may have. I am confident that we will see lots of growth in the spring! Students are working hard!

How Can We Support Our Child?

I cannot stress enough the importance of reading every single night. Most kiddos are turning in a reading log every week. I have noticed a few students who seem to be reading the same pictures books over and over, or saying it took them a week to read a simple book.  Those students who truly read on a regular basis will show growth.  Students have access to library books at school and in my classroom. I also encourage families to visit their local library.

Next week, we should be back to normal with schedules, including  spelling! 🙂

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Best

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New Year, New Learning

Hello Third Grade Community,

We’re moving right along in our third grade year. Here is an update on what we’ve been doing and what’s to come.

New reading skills: retelling stories in order, identifying theme (life lesson), determining the main idea of a text and supporting it with key details, determining an author’s perspective (opinion) on a topic and deciding if our perspective agrees or disagrees with an author,  adding dialogue to our writing, making our character traits and feelings “noticeable” in our writing, and identifying affixes and roots in words.

Math: Multiplication! At this time, your child SHOULD have mastered multiplying by 2s, 5s, 10s, 11s, 0s, 1s. Please PLEASE ask your child what factor they are working on. I have many students who have not mastered 2s. This is problematic. Please check out the “extra” tab. Scroll to the multiplication section and I have attached practices pages for you to print out for your child. If your child completes these at home, I will give them a husky paw.

Social Studies: U.S. Geography, map skills. Your child should be able to name all 7 continents, and know that the U.S. is on the North American continent.

Science: We’ve been exploring life cycles in Science. Students have an understanding that life, including plants, follow a cycle.

 

FUTURE PLANNING:

Literacy: Point of view (who’s telling the story?), continue expanding vocabulary, text features, sequencing a text, exploring additional myths, folktales, and fables.  In writing, we will be writing opinion pieces and informative/explanatory pieces.

Math: We will be moving on to division in the next few weeks, so again, it is imperative that your child study their maths. Please remember they can log into XtraMath at home.

Social Studies: We will continue working on map skills,  communities, government concepts, and historical thinking.

Science: Matter  (solid, liquid, gas)

 

Report cards will be available online tomorrow (Friday).

STATE TESTING

We should be receiving parent letters from the state within the next week or two regarding how your child performed on the fall state test. Remember, this is part of the Third Grade Guarantee Law. I will be contacting you to go over the results.

 

Have a great evening, everyone! Don’t forget to read a good book:)

 

Mrs. Best

Update on the BEST Class:)

Third Grade Community,

Can you believe we’re in December? How is that possible? Time moves so quickly. I am so proud of each student. They are working very hard each and every day. Here’s a glance on what to expect up through Christmas and beyond:

Literacy

We’ve been focusing on determining the most important ideas of a text by finding key details and inferring the main idea.  This skill supports our ability to comprehend what we’re reading.

How can you help your child continue to develop this skill?

Ask: What are the important ideas of your book/article?  What is the main idea? How do you know that is the main idea? Find key details to support the main idea.

Writing

We’re developing our personal narratives. Students are writing a multi-paragraph narrative and learning to add lots of detail, removing “boring” parts, and substituting “dead” words for “purple” words (ask your kiddo for more info.).

Home Connection:

Personal narratives are stories about events in our lives. Each day, have your child pick a moment to “explode” in a small story. Have them retell you their event while encouraging them to use “juicy” details that wake up the senses. 🙂

Vocabulary

Students explored avenues for determining the meaning of unknown words in a text. Sometimes an author will give clues on what a word means by giving a synonym, antonym, explanation, or even an example. Sometimes, they’re subtle. Other times, we’re elated to see the clue right in front of us!  Affixes can also help us determine the meaning of a word. And, when there’s not a clue to be found, we know we can use dictionaries and glossaries to give us a hand.

Home Connection:

Ask your child to locate words where they need to understand the meaning. Together, reread the sentence the word is placed in and look for clues. Also, make sure your child has access to a dictionary and encourage him/her to use it as often as needed.

Math:

We just finished our first unit in multiplication! Students are building a foundation for understanding multiplication.  Some of the homework may look different if you haven’t been exposed to third grade math standards. You’ll see your students drawing circles, making arrays, number lines, pictures, or whatever other method they feel comfortable with when solving.

Why all the strategies? Why not just memorize the facts?

I LOVE THE WAY WE USE A VARIETY OF STRATEGIES! If I was given a plethora of strategies as a kid to use to multiply, I may have enjoyed the experience more. I could memorize facts, but honestly, I really couldn’t explain what 5×8 meant. Students need to understand what multiplication represents. I ask LOTS of questions in class and students should be able to explain facts, such as  5 x 8 as “five groups of eight. The first FACTOR tells how many groups and the second FACTOR tells you how many in each group.” 🙂

What’s next? We’ll go deeper! We will practice our fluency with facts through games, activities, and this will continue for the rest of the year. We will also explore distributive property of multiplication, associative, and solving multi-step problems with multiplication and other operations. Student will also begin to make connections with multiplication and division.

Home Connection:

Please have your child log onto XraMath every night to practice. I switched all students over to multiplication, even if they didn’t master addition and subtraction. I will also post math fact sheets you can print out and have your child complete. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I try not to overload students with homework for these reasons. Students need to practice facts. Please make this a nightly routine along with reading.

After break…

We’ll be exploring lots of genres such as folktales, myths, legends, fables, and comparing them. We’ll continue writing, but with a shift of writing nonfiction. In math, we’ll go deeper with multiplication and begin building a foundation for division. We’ll also be exploring fractions soon.

In Science, we’ll be moving onto learning about energy and matter. In Social Studies, we’ll continue focusing on geography, changes over time, and looking at historical events using a timeline.

DIBELS RESULTS WILL GO HOME FRIDAY, 15TH. We finished our second round of DIBELS. Remember, DIBELS is how we measure reading fluency. At this time in the year, students should be able to read at least 86 wpm with a 95% accuracy. Please look over the results with your student.

HOME CONNECTION:

If your child is reading at least 86 wpm, then we’re going to focus on comprehension. Ask your child lots of questions about the books they read on a daily basis to check for understanding. Encourage your child to keep a reading journal at home and write after they read. Let them decide what they want to write about.

If your child is reading below 86 wpm, IT IS IMPERATIVE they read, read, read. I would highly recommend reading take priority over television, video games, or other electronics. Encourage your child to reread parts of his/her book to build fluency.

Christmas Social

I will be allowing the students to have a Christmas social next Friday. If you would like to send in a WRAPPED Christmas treat, please just let me know.

Have a great evening!

~Mrs. Best

Weekly Update

Third Grade Community,

It’s been a wonderful week thus far in the BEST CLASS! The students amaze me everyday with questions, wonderings, and statements that truly show them to be great thinkers. I’m so proud.

Today we read a fantastic article in our Storyworks Jr. magazine entitled, “Mountain of Fire” by Lauren Tarshis. She’s the author of the “I Survived” Series. Students were really excited to learn about this active volcano.

Upcoming Events

Next week is  a busy week, as we will be taking the Ohio State Reading Test, entitled, “AIR.” This test is tied to the Third Grade Guarantee. We will be taking this test Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Please make sure your child is at school both days and has a nice healthy breakfast; it makes all the difference.

Trick or Treat Night

Trick or Treat night is happening next Wednesday at Holly Hill! If you’re able to donate candy, we would appreciate it.

Lock In

We’re so excited to have our first Lock In of the school year on Friday November 3rd. Check your child’s folder for details! It’s going to be a great time!

Conferences

Please don’t forget to sign up for conferences.

Please continue to have your child read nightly for at least 20 minutes. I’m super proud of how the Best Class has created a sense of urgency around reading! 🙂

Enjoy your evening,

Mrs. Best

Our Week at a Glance

Students have been working hard in the best class! We have been perfecting our routines, learning how to collaborate with others in a meaningful way, growing as real readers, and becoming amazing mathematicians!

Ask Your Child About…

  • Real reading vs. fake reading;
  • metacognition (thinking about our thinking);
  • schema (background knowledge. We use this to make connections in our reading, writing, and speaking);
  • inferring;
  • their favorite math strategy when solving for addition
  • picture of the day

Literacy

This week in reading, we’re exploring a nonfiction book entitled, “Two Bobbies.” Students practice making predictions, inferences, and identify theme with their thinking partners.  We’re also practicing describing character traits and how their actions affect the events of a story.

We Finished our First Novel!

I am happy (and a bit sad) to announce we finished our first third grade novel, “Charlotte’s Web.” The kiddos have enjoyed reading this book as they have practiced visualizing and analyzing character traits, as well as their actions. Students reflected on their thoughts of this book using thinking stems. I am excited to begin a new novel!

Writing

One amazing aspect of being in the Best class is the opportunity to write FREELY. Since  the first week of school, students have had the freedom to choose what kind of writing they want to do on a daily basis. Then, when we share, students practice identifying their type of writing. Most of my students choose to write personal narratives.  This week, we have started the revision process focusing on word choice. Students were introduced to a thesaurus and had a great time navigating http://www.wordcentral.com, which is an online dictionary/thesaurus resource. Students chose 3 “RIP” words and replaced them with “purple words.”

Science/Social Studies

We are exploring the scientific process, focusing on how to make observations. Our picture of the day helped us with this skill. In Social Studies, we’ll be continuing our exploration of the world around us using maps, and how to be safe citizens on the internet.

This week is not over, so we will continue to practice all of these wonderful skills.

So much is happening in the Best Class! Make sure to check out our instagram for fabulous pictures of the BEST students working hard!

 

~Mrs. Best

Picture day and Scholastic Orders

Picture day is tomorrow (Wednesday).

Scholastic orders are due by September 22nd.  If you are able to purchase some good books, please do so and our class will earn points that goes towards books for our classroom! 🙂

2017-2018 is Well Underway!

Hello Third Grade Community!

I’m excited to begin week 4 with you! Please hit the “sign up” button so you can receive automatic email notifications each time I update the blog.

Week at a Glance for September 18th:

Literacy: Students have been learning about thinking strategies:

  • Metacognition: Thinking about your thinking. This is the ability to reflect on your thoughts and have an awareness of questions, wonderings, feelings, and also communicating thoughts with others.
  • Schema: Background knowledge. Students can comprehend stories and text deeper when they can make a connection. There are three types of connections: Text-to-self (this is when a text reminds you of something in your life!); text-to-text (A text can remind you of another text you’ve read, a song, or even a movie); and text-to-world (many times a text will remind us of our world around us).

This week, we will tackle another comprehension strategy: Inferring! 🙂

  • Inferring: Making smart guesses using evidence and our background knowledge (schema). It’s like being a detective! You must solve a problem connecting evidence and using your background knowledge.

In literacy, we are describing characters and explaining how character actions affect the sequence of events in a story.

In writing, students are learning that writing can be fun! We have had many conversations on types of writing, topics, and how to be a successful writer during our independent free writing time. Students are enjoying the freedom of choosing their own topic during writing.  Later, students will be able to choose their own writing piece to take through the whole writing process from drafting to publishing.

Math

We are continuing to work on strategies to strengthen addition and subtraction skills through the thousands.  Please make sure your child practices XtraMath daily in order to ensure fact mastery.

Science

  • Scientific Method
  • Plants

Social Studies

  • Map skills

Let’s have a great week and please know your child is cared about! 🙂

Mrs. Best