Sunday, January 12, 2020
Dear Third Grade Parents,
I am so pleased😺 with how much grade 3 students got accomplished last week on their first full week back to school after having a little over two weeks for vacation. We accomplished the complete benchmark test in reading for comprehension;vocabulary; grammar; phonics; and spelling. In addition to that, we read and completed everything necessary for the story titled "Night Letters."📚📄
We also were able to hone right in on the multiplication and division packet for all of the fact families through the 3's. It is very important that the nightly 5 to 10 minutes of practice at home with an adult takes place on a regular basis in order for your child to be competent in the 3's. I showed them several flashcards and games that I have purchased for the classroom, along with manipulative multiplication/division boards to practice in class or borrow for an evening at home. We will test through the threes later this week and begin all of the fact families through four.
In addition to this, your children were to show you last week a second math packet which will be devoted to the subject of geometry, which is now expected of the third grade students to learn. I have prepared a complete glossary of geometry terms which I will send home to you in both hard copy and email form to help your child become very familiar with the geometry terminology that we will also be studying in class. Third grade standardized testing now includes several questions relating to geometry.
Please read my entire math section this week in my word document to you because it contains very valuable information that you will want to know to help your child become proficient in what is now expected of third-grade students. So, our classroom math lessons will include both sections on multiplication/division and activities for geometry.
As I'm sure all of you know by now through your students, Giovanni Vanoni's family was blessed with a new baby girl named Elena this week.🙏 😇🙏The children each made a large poster card which Giovanni took to the hospital to give to his mother and his new little sister. This now makes Giovanni the oldest of five Vanoni children, and we know that he will be an incredible help to his parents and his other siblings.👨👧👧👨👶
This week, the children will also learn some more about the incredible Martin Luther King Jr. who was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929 and he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The children will learn about his emphasis for peace and will make a grade 3 "Peace Windmill Circle, in addition to some homework pages about him for social studies. They will understand why we celebrate his birthday, and why we have next Monday (1/20/20) off from school. They will also learn a little known fact about why his name when he was born was originally Michael! This could actually make a good Jeopardy question for the championship round!
Please download my academic word document for detailed information about what I will be teaching this week in religion; reading comprehension; spelling; phonics; grammar; and mathematics.
Please especially read the mathematics section which will give you additional information about multiplication/division and geometry!
I hope that you got to enjoy this incredible weekend weather which I could certainly get used to very quickly.😃
Blessings to all of you,
Mrs. Jane Ellis (MEOW)😺