Here is the snapshot of the week:
* In math, we are continuing to review a variety of concepts including rounding, greater than, less than, place value, addition and subtraction strategies.
* In writing, learners are beginning the process of writing a paragraph. They will practice this as part of their writing homework this week.
* In reading, we are continuing to review Daily 5 rotations and build our stamina in read to self.
* In social studies, learners have worked hard to learn and write their own and the school's addresses. We will continue to work on mapping skills.
Back to School Night - Theme Baskets
In your child's Friday Folder this week you will find a white sheet that provides information about Back to School Night-Theme Baskets. Each classroom is asked to produce a theme basket to auction off at Back to School Night. Team Otis is doing "Team Spirit" for a theme. The white sheet also provides a few ideas of items that can be sent in. We also will need a basket to be donated. Thank you for considering helping with our baskets this year! We need all items in by October 5th so we have time to put together our baskets.
Throughout our math classes over the past week, learners have been spending time reviewing skills such as rounding, greater than and less than, and place value. We have spent time practicing in groups and individually by playing games and working on practice sheets.
One of the games that we practiced is called THTO (Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, Ones). Your child should have brought home with them this week a bag filled with popsicle sticks labeled 0-9 that they can use to play this at home. Here is a video that will help explain the rules for you at home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE8ZmgMrw28&feature=youtu.be).
This weekend students have a new game to share with you. Its called Target 100. The video and a copy of the game board will be put on the Blog on the Team Otis Website if you need another copy or if you need help with rules.
As we stated the night of Talk-Ins, we are planning to write a lot in third grade! During the past week, learners were walked through the writing process for developing a paragraph (brainstorming, building the body, introduction and conclusion sentences, and editing [briefly]). This week as part of their homework, learners will be going through the same process writing a paragraph about a trip that they've taken. The directions are glued into their journal. This guided paragraph writing has a task for each day, but please remember that each family can make decisions about how much to do each day and note if you are starting this weekend on homework, to ignore the days listed at the beginning of the prompts.
I was very excited to start reading the learners' journals this week. Journal writing provides me with an opportunity to learn about each individuals writing style and to provide feedback that is directly meant for them. Students will again be asked to write a one page journal (skipping lines) this week. This should be their 2nd journal entry of homework and should be written in the same journal as the structured paragraph. Please keep this notebook at home until both journal entries are completed.
Also on the Team Otis Website, look for the new page called Word Wall. Each week we will be adding the words that we are working on in the classroom. Words are classified like this:
Green Words - science/social studies
Yellow - Names
Orange - No excuse spelling words (these should never be spelled wrong on assignments)
Pink - Math words
If your child is having trouble spelling during journal time or could use some extra help, it would be a great idea to have these lists accessible at home during homework time.
On Wednesday of this week (September 16th), the entire third grade had the opportunity to learn about Mexico's Independence Day. Ms. Schmitt led the group in learning about the history of Mexican independence from Spain, taught us all how to say Viva Mexico, and described the meaning of Mexico's flag. It was an exciting afternoon learning about the United State's neighbors!
Shout outs today go to:
Donald and Sophia for their thinking in Math today!
Mason and Gavin for sweeping up messes in the cafeteria
Ethan for unlocking the door with the keys
Carter for sharing ideas in Math
Have a great weekend. Please let me know of any questions that arise.