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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week of November 28, 2011

It's hard to believe December is upon us!  As you can see I have added a calendar for homework. Just click to enlarge the image.  My personal goal for January is to create an interactive calendar.  If you have any pointers , please feel free to send feedback.

I am very pleased to report that our math benchmark results were fabulous!!!!  Just ask your child.  :)

In the next few weeks, we will continue learning our multiplication factors.  This week we will cover the factors of 5, 10, 3, 6 and 8.  Please practice facts at home.  

We will begin daily math fact quizzes on multiplication soon.   

We are still reading non fiction text.  In the coming weeks, your child will be asked to choose a topic, create a list of questions to research and create a report for their topic.

Have a wonderful week.  


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Week of November 14, 2011

Dear Parents,
Thank you so much for purchasing books from our class bucket list.  They will be a great addition to our classroom library.  Again, I appreciate your thoughtfulness. 

This week we will become illustrators and authors by publishing our own “Turkey story”.  Looking forward to seeing all our creative turkeys!

On Friday November 18, author Michael Anthony Steele will visit MDE.  If you would like to purchase one of his books for him to sign, you are free to do so.  He will not have books available during his visit.   

This Tuesday, your child will take a district benchmark test in math.  It will be a timed test.

This week we will formally introduce multiplication. Your child will first learn that multiplication is repeated addition of equal groups.  We will define multiplication as the following:
3 groups of 2 = 6
2 +2+2 = 6
3 X 2= 6

We will continue to learn about landforms. 

This week we will also begin to review the 2nd grade states.  In December,  your child will be expected to identify the state and correctly spell the state.  The second grade states are : Arizona (AZ), Colorado (CO), Kansas (KS), Utah (UT), Nevada (NV), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA), Idaho (ID), Wyoming (WY), and Montana (MT). 

This week for homework we will once again have our “normal “spelling” lists.  

Monday- Write the words two times each.
Tuesday-Write a creative story using 10 of the words.  Please encourage correct punctuation. J
Wednesday – Pick 10 words and write a word the rhymes with the word.
Thursday- Study for the spelling test.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dear Parents,

This week we will  have our third grade performance of "How to be a Pirate."  The students will be rehearsing on Monday and Wednesday afternoon during school hours.  The "pirates" will practice Tuesday morning and during their recess.  On Thursday, we will perform for the school at 8:30 and 1:30 and for the community at 6:15 p.m.  I look forward to seeing you there!

We have recently started reading several Thanksgiving stories featuring turkeys who disguise themselves to escape being an entree at Thanksgiving dinner!  We know that in order to write well, we need to read lots of good examples of text before we can begin.  Therefore, once we finish reading many good examples, we will write our own creative story starring a disguised turkey.  

We will create our turkey's disguise at home and write our story during school hoursOur turkeys are trying to disguise themselves so the farmer cannot find them for Thanksgiving dinner.

Please disguise your turkey at home.  It might be a football player, a scientist, or something not even human.  You may use any materials you wish to create the disguise.  Think creatively!

It is due Monday, November 14, 2011.

Thanks for your help with this project.