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

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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

 

Thanks for a Great Memories!

Dear Third Grade Community,

Another year has come and gone and it is so bittersweet. The kiddos in the Best class are top notch and I have enjoyed my time with them this year. They have worked hard and surpassed many high goals that, together, we set and I couldn’t be more proud.

In their bookbags you will find a summer work packet to keep them fresh with key concepts.

Also, each student went home with a picture. Earlier this week, each student reflected on positive character traits that every classmate exhibits. Then, I chose a few of those character traits and wrote them on the board (they weren’t allowed to peek;) and snapped a picture. This is to remind them of how special they are and to keep those positive traits “in hand” during tough days.

It’s my highest honor to call each and every one my students and I hope you have the best summer yet!

With Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Best

Final Countdown!

Third Grade Community,

As our last classroom incentive, I will be providing chili dogs tomorrow for my class, so no need to bring lunch tomorrow!

Tuesday is field day. Though it’s our last week, we have a busy week ahead!

Thank you for a wonderful year. I am so proud of the kiddos in the BEST class. We’ve had a great year and I am looking forward to a super fun week this week. Have a wonderful evening.

Mrs. Best

Week at a Glance

Science Matters!…And We’re Off!

It’s hard to believe we’ve started the spring into 4th quarter. This is the time of year where we not only continue learning, but we show off what we know! This week, students will be showing their learning on Wednesday in reading and Thursday in math. Here’s what’s to look for:

Literacy:

We will begin week 2 in unit 4 of Reading Street. We are exploring nonfiction and what it means to be unique. Last week, we learned about James Naismith, the man who invented basketball and did so much more! He was a great example of a unique person. This week, we will learn about nature’s record holders and how they’re unique.

Math:

FRACTIONS ARE HERE! We are learning about all things fractions! Look for the parent letter to come home.

Science: MATTER! Matter is ALL around us; living and nonliving. Click on the “Science Matter’s” link above to check out Bill Nye’s video for some info. on matter!

 

 

 

Let’s make it a great week!

Mrs. Best

Happy Easter and Splendid Break!

Dear Third Grade Community;

Another quarter has come and gone, and as we gear up to enjoy a wonderful Easter and spring break, I wanted to keep you informed of a very busy last quarter.

Firstly, unit tests went home today. Please go over the test with your child.

I want students to have time to relax and enjoy their time. However, it is VITAL that students continue to read every single night. It know it’s break, but testing begins right after break. So, please make sure this happens.

Also, students were asked to practice multiplication facts and fluency. If all work comes back completed, they have an opportunity to earn 3 Husky Paws.

Please help your child to be honest.  Some students are turning in logs that are filled out by parents (which students are expected to do). Your only task is to ensure they’re reading, ask questions, and sign the log. 🙂 Also, students are stating they’re reading 60 minutes in one day. Although this is possible, it’s not probable. Surprisingly, some third graders are admitting to just writing down books and admitting they’re not reading. This does nothing but stump their growth.  I would rather a child not turn in homework  than be dishonest.

I am seeing such great improvements in students who are reading on a daily basis. I am also seeing minimal progress with students who are not taking extra time to practice each night.

Thank you for your help in making sure your child is reading and completing all homework.

The following is a schedule of upcoming tests in this last quarter we’re approaching:

April 13-MAP Reading

April 14-MAP Math

April 21-AIR Reading (State Test)

April 22-AIR reading (State Test)

May 3- AIR math (State Test)

May 4-AIR math (State Test)

In the middle of May, we will also be testing for DIBELS. Please make sure your child is at school on time for these days and avoid Dr. appts. if possible.

Please be mindful of the “Third Grade Guarantee” law and that these tests will determine if your child can advance to the next grade. If students have already met the benchmark, they are expected to show tremendous growth. We do not want students to be nervous, and they shouldn’t be, as long as they are working hard in class, reading, and completing homework for extra practice.

Have a wonderful spring break! This year is flying!

Mrs. Best