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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Week of October 24, 2011

Week of Oct. 24, 2011

It was a pleasure meeting with each of you.  Please do not hesitate to email me any questions.  We are true partners in your child’s road to success.

This week in spelling, I am going to try something new.  In preparation for the spelling bee, I am going to have your child select their own fifteen words from the master list. Next week I would like your feedback.

If we have not had our conference, please call or email me your preference.  I am available most mornings at 7:30 am or during my conference time at 10:35 am.

In Social Studies, we will begin learning about map skills and landforms. 

In reading, we will begin reading non-fiction text.  I will be encouraging your child to stop, think and record important information (Determining importance) as they read.  
It is important for your child to consume nonfiction text.

It’s hard to believe we are in our second nine week period.  Thanks for all your support. 
Ana

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Week of Oct. 17, 2011

This week we will have our conferences.  I will try my best to adhere to the schedule.  Thanks in advance for you flexibility and patience.

This week in math, we will continue subtracting two and three digit numbers that involve zeros ( 403-235). 

Math facts keep improving.  Thanks for all your help. 

Your child is in the final stage of publishing their personal narrative and social studies projects.

In the weeks ahead, we will concentrate on reading nonfiction text and determining importance.  I will be encouraging your child to “interact” with the text by recording connections, predictions, learned information on sticky notes or recording their thinking on the side of the passage.  This is an important skill for our STAAR test. 

Please encourage your child to read and record their reading in their reader’s response log/ notebook.  We must build their stamina as readers.  Thanks for all you do. 

We will soon get a new white folder for the beginning of our new grading period.  Excited about the new folders.  J

I have emailed all of you your scheduled times.   If you have not yet scheduled a time, please email me your preference. 

Your third graders are working hard practicing for the play.  The play will be on November 10, 2011. 

Looking forward to our conversations. 

Ana

Monday, October 10, 2011

Week of Oct. 10, 2011

This week we will continue reading mysteries in our book clubs. 

Fall parent meetings will be held next week.  I will email you your times this week.  If you need to reschedule, please let me know this week. 

We will complete our American symbols project. Projects will soon be posted. J

In writing, your child is in the process of revising and/or publishing their personal narrative.

This week we are going to concentrate on solving subtraction problems (regrouping and no regrouping) that involve finding the missing parts.  We are learning to subtract two and three digit problems various ways:
·         Using Objects: Base Ten Blocks
·         Using Pictures
·         Recording the problem with Expanded Notation
                            30  +  4
                       -    10  +  5
·         Recording the problem in Standard Form
·         Tens    Ones
         3       4
  -  1       5

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Book Orders: Thanks for your patience.  The orders have not yet arrived.  As soon as MDE receives the order, I will process the orders.

This week in science we will study the impact of energy and force on objects.   If you have any balls (tennis, softballs, ping pong, etc) for our experiments, I would be most appreciative.
Have a wonderful week!