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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week of Sept. 26, 2011

This week we are beginning a Mysteries Unit.  Please encourage your child to begin reading from this genre.  We will consume many mysteries in the weeks to come.  This week we will review the attributes of mysteries, the components and begin solving our own mysteries.  At the conclusion of this unit your child will complete a book review on a mystery and share with the class.

I need your help.  As we begin this unit, I would like to take pictures of our class as “detectives” and “suspects”.  If you have a magnifying glass or hat please let me know.  I have the rest. J

I will begin to post student work samples, pictures and experiments created by your children.  I will send a permission slip this week for your approval.  If you object, I will respect your wishes and not post your child’s work.  Thanks in advance. 

This week we will be adding two and three digit numbers, regrouping and not regrouping.  We will take a facts test this week.  Thanks for reviewing their addition and subtraction facts.

In Social Studies this week, we will discuss what it means to be patriotic.  We will discuss American symbols.  Your child will be asked to research and write about one.  (Examples include:  Bald Eagle, Liberty Bell, Washington Monument, White House, Statue of Liberty etc....)

In science, we are working on a project.  Will post soon.  Yes, I’m keeping you in the dark. J

Next week we will begin our mystery readers.  You are free to choose your selection. I will also send a list of possible book suggestions in an email.  I will email each of you the schedule.

I will be out of town this Friday and next Monday to attend a family wedding.  Mrs. Axelrod will be my substitute.  I will not post until next Tuesday.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week of Sept. 19, 2011

Just a few reminders for this week:


Back to school night will be the 20th of September.


We will sign up for volunteers to read to our class. 


If you are interested in being a room volunteer in our class, please let me know.


Our field trip to the Wortham Center will be on September 21, 2011.  No chaperones please.


We ask that your child please wear a red MDE shirt the day of our field trip. 


If you have not done so, please return the teal signed permission slip.


The third grade Parent coffee has been scheduled for the 23rd.


LAST CALL for book orders.  I will place the order this Thursday afternoon.


It is important for us to be working together to advance “our” children academically.  Thanks for all your support.

Please continue reviewing the math facts.  We will continue to round numbers and solve algebraic math problems this week in math.


Small group instruction will begin this week.  Our reading assessments have finally finished!!!!


Have a great week! 


Ana

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tomorrow we will have a small benchmark math test.  Please encourage your child to go to bed early and eat breakfast.
I need your feedback please.  We have begun our spelling lists.  It’s not an exact science.  How is it going?  Are the words too difficult? Too easy?  Please let me know, so that I may plan accordingly.

Just a friendly reminder, please return the music CD the following day.
Please continue practicing addition and subtraction facts at home. 
This week we will be introducing the second grade states to your child.  Please help them review the location and spelling of the state.  I appreciate all your support.

Ms. Vazao

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend. This week we will officially begin spelling from Words Their Way. Your child will be given words to sort, words to write a story, and study for weekly tests on Friday. This week your child will be administered the DRA, a diagnostic reading assessment to help plan my instruction. In math we will be incorporating the Model Drawing Approach to solving word problems. I have included the problem solving model adopted by our district below. (Please scroll down)






Please help your child learn their addition and subtraction facts. In third grade your child will be expected to successfully complete 20 addition and subtraction facts in a minute. We will continue to practice this skill in the coming weeks.

In Science, we will begin to discuss the properties of matter.

In Social Studies, we will discuss the importance of our government. Our student council representative will be announced this week on our MDE TV.

In the next few weeks, we will begin inviting you to come read to our class on Fridays. If you are interested , please let me know. Looking forward to our partnership in helping your child succeed.