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Monday, March 19, 2012

Week of March 19, 2012

Hope everyone had a relaxing Spring Break!  I know I am refreshed and ready to see your lovely children.  They were missed.

I would like to thank each of you for your help last week.  I was so proud of your child’s biography project.  It is evident your children felt the same sense of accomplishment.

This week in reading, we will continue our study of Caldecott Award Winning books.  Your child will write about a time they feared something and about a wonderful memory.  I will be modeling the process.

In small groups, I will continue to work on good reading strategies for our STARR Test.  We will continue working on inferring information from text by incorporating our equation----BK +TC = I (Background knowledge plus text clues equals inferring).  Ask your child. J

As they read this week for their daily twenty minutes, ask your child if they have a question in mind BEFORE they read.  As they read, they may find supporting facts to answer their question.  This is a valuable tool to help prove their answers. This strategy is helpful with both fiction and nonfiction text.  Our goal is to have active thinkers as they read.

In math, we will continue discussing 3-D shapes and the importance of probability.  This week your child will construct their own models using toothpicks and marshmallows. They will apply their understanding of the definition of vertex, face and edge of shape.  At home you may hunt your own shapes and discuss their attributes.

In the next few weeks, we will concentrate on identifying the thirty states for third grade.  A complete list will be sent in their white homework folder. We are getting a new white folder this week! J  This week we will have a pre-test to check our understanding.  Currently in our math station rotation, your child is actively playing games on our active board to test their state knowledge.  Below are some helpful sites to help your child learn the states:
 Sheppard Software  This website has several tutorials and games in order of increasing difficulty!
States Find  a little bit slower paced game that gives you plenty of time to think! 
Name that State!  Choose the name of the state that is pictured.
Statetris  Be's addicting!  Played similarly to the traditional game "Tetris," position the states in their correct location as they are falling.  (It has different levels of difficulty), Have Fun!
Again, thanks so much for your continuous support.

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