Volunteers are valuable
Thank you for attending Curriculum Night. I enjoyed visiting with you and hope I answered your questions. If you weren’t able to attend, I have handouts available. I also want to extend my thanks in advance to 3A Room Parents. Third grade A and B room parent volunteers will help schedule third grade field trips, class auction projects, and plan the third grade year-end party. Watch for their emails and posts on the classroom bulletin boards. Many hands make light work and additional volunteer opportunities are available. I am looking for a volunteer to sort finished work into Finished Work folders. This task may be taken home on Monday or Tuesday each week and returned Wednesday morning for distribution in the weekly Eagle Express. Let me know if you are interested.
Tucson Fire Department visits Thursday to teach fire safety. A permission slip will come home Tuesday and needs to be returned before Thursday’s visit if children want to experience the evacuation simulation with artificial smoke. The permission slip describes the artificial smoke as “fake and non-toxic”.
This week Wednesday, Finished Work folders will come home in the Eagle Express. It contains the previous week’s assessments. The Finished Work folders will have graded work that has been recorded in my grade-book. Occasionally, I will write a note on a paper and will request review, correction, or completion. Typically, those notes have already been attended to by the student. My initials and/or a strike through mark on the paper confirms that it is finished work. If my initials aren’t there, students know that I expect requested corrections or completions returned with in a week.
Book-orders earn free books for the classroom
In last week’s Eagle Express there was a Scholastic book club order form. if you are planning to place a book-order from Scholastic make sure it’s turned in or ordered online before the due date. Susie Huerta-Rojas manages the Scholastic book-orders for my class as well as several other classes and her contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I suggest students begin studying multiplication facts daily. Mad Minutes begins this week. The Mad Minutes drill is not a graded activity. The goal is to develop mastery of multiplication and division facts. Each student progresses at their own pace. The first level is multiplying by zero and one. Students will have four minutes to complete 100 basic multiplication facts. When they successfully answer a minimum of ninety-five problems accurately, students move to the next level, multiplying by two, then by three, etc. Our goal is for everyone to reach division facts by Christmas break. Mastery before we begin long division and fractions helps students focus on the new concepts and not become bogged down in strategies for basic facts. I expect children to make progress each time we have Mad Minutes, which is two or three times a week. For example, if a student answers twenty-three problems, then, the next time that student should answer more than twenty-three problems.
Language Arts continues to explore the theme Happy to Help. This week students will read poems that show kindness. In Math this week, students will finish lesson 4, then take a Check My Progress assessment mid week. Social Studies introduces Geography Spin magazine. It is published by Scholastic, Inc. and supports our map skills lessons.
- September 3rd; No School, Labor Day
- September 6th; Tucson Fire Department’s Safety Visit
- Sseptember 7th; Book orders due
- September 19th; NOON DISMISSAL
- September 25th; Class Picture wearing red and khaki
- September 26th; Individual Picture wearing personal choice
- October, first week; Progress Report comes home
Spelling September 3, 2018
Words with Short a and Short o