MCAS MATH testing in third grade will take place on Thursday, May 18th and Friday, May 19th at 9am. We've spoken to the class about working hard and getting a good night sleep. We've practiced and they are ready to give it a try. You can best support your child by helping them to get a good night sleep, eat a good breakfast and provide them with encouragement. By the way, you can expect to see the results of this test in the mail in September. Students will only be asked to do their reading homework that week. No math pages will be sent home next week.
Each child should have a math page to practice facts each night and read for 15-20 minutes. Please help them to find time and a place to complete this work.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDARS:
MAY 18th & 19th MCAS testing at 9am
May 22nd & 23rd YMCA - water safety course (bathing suit, towel & swim cap - if you have one - in a plastic bag)
May 25th Polly Hill Field Trip (bring a lunch)
May 26th March to the Sea
June 1st - Field Trip to Boston (8am in VH & 5:45 in OB)
June 6th - Biography Tea in cafeteria 1:45-2:30
June 7th - 1/2 day
June 22nd - last day of school!
Grade 3, Module 3 Eureka Math Tips for Parents - cut and paste URL to access:
Making Meaning - Unit 5
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Our class has just finished the fifth unit of the Making Meaning® program. In this unit, the students identified what they learned from nonfiction books. They also wondered and asked questions to help them make sense of what they read. Wondering and asking questions help readers understand various kinds
of nonfiction materials, including biographies, magazines, textbooks, websites, and encyclopedias. Socially, the students worked on contributing different ideas during partner conversations and taking responsibility for their learning and behavior.
You can support what your child has been learning at school by reading nonfiction at home together. Discussing what you are learning and wondering as you read together will deepen your child’s understanding of the reading. You might help your child think about what he or she is wondering by asking questions before, during, and after the reading, such as:
• What do you wonder about this topic?
• What is one thing you learned that surprised you? • What are you still wondering?
Talking about the books and articles you read together can help your child learn from and enjoy nonfiction. I hope you and your child continue to enjoy reading and learning together.
Unit 4 - Making Meaning
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Our class has just finished the fourth unit of the Making Meaning® program. In this unit, the students focused on wondering and asking questions to better understand stories they heard and read on their own. They also developed the social skills of agreeing and disagreeing respectfully and using discussion prompts to add to one another’s thinking.
Wondering, or questioning, is a powerful comprehension strategy that helps readers engage with a text and think about what the author is trying to say. Asking questions also helps readers remember what they read. The goal is for the students to use wondering/questioning regularly on their own to better understand texts.
Before reading aloud to your child, look at the cover of the book together, read the title, and talk about what your child is wondering about the story. As you read, stop every so often to ask and discuss questions such as:
What questions do you have, or what are you wondering, at this point in the story?
What did you picture in your mind as you listened to this part of the story?
What words helped you create that picture in your mind?
What do you think might happen next? Why do you think that?
After reading, you can help your child think about the story more deeply by talking about it together.
Have fun reading and wondering together.
Unit 3 - Making Meaning:
Our class has just finished the third unit of the Making Meaning® program. In this unit, the students heard, read, and discussed narrative texts (stories). Narrative texts include chapter books, picture books, and short stories in a wide range of genres (mystery, adventure, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, fable, folktale, myth, legend, biography, and memoir). Socially, the students learned discussion prompts to help them connect their ideas with the ideas of others during class discussions.
The students learned that most stories are about characters and the problems they face, how the characters deal with those problems, and how the characters change as a result. The students made inferences about characters in the books that they heard and read independently.
Readers make inferences when they use clues an author provides to figure out things that are not stated directly in the story. For example, if a character is stomping his feet and shouting, the reader might infer that the character is angry.
You can help your child make inferences by stopping every so often while you read aloud to ask questions such as:
• What clues has the author given us so far about the main character? • What do those clues tell us about the character?
After reading, you can help your child understand the story more deeply by discussing questions such as:
• What happens in the story?
• What problem does the main character face in the story? How does that
problem get solved?
• How does the main character feel at the beginning of the story? At the end? I hope you continue to enjoy reading together.
Homework for 3K is to read for 20 min. and practice math facts. The homework club is starting up on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2:45-3:45. There will be snack, laptops for dreambox and a quiet space to work. If you would like your child to participate, please send me a note or email so the teacher can expect your child on those days.
Mark your calendar for our 1620s Museum scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd from 11:15-12:00. Friends and family are welcome to come. You can even take your child's project home at noon if you are here. Otherwise, please come pick up any materials at the end of the day so you have them over the school break.
Homework in 3K
Please help your child to complete their expected homework. Read every night for 15-20 minutes.
Practice math facts too! Multiplication 2s and 3s
COOPERATIVE SNACKS IN THIRD GRADE
Each family will be responsible for providing snack a few times during the school year. Please purchase snacks for the entire class for the week. Keep it simple! I am trying to create a community where we all enjoy the same snacks. The cafeteria has fruit and we fill our fruit basket daily. In addition, we will add a few snacks for those who need other options. We have 18 students so please provide enough food for the group. Two large bags of a snack will be enough for our group each day. We love fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, vegetables and more. I’m not a dietitian and am still working out the details of a cooperative snack, so please contact me with suggestions and feedback on this new and changing snack policy.
We encourage all students to keep a small, non-breakable water bottle on their desks at all times. These can be filled in class and provide a drink during snack time. We will be in contact with Melinda in the garden to see if there are any extra vegetables for us to enjoy as well.
Some delicious and popular snacks include but are not limited to:
Pretzels, popcorn, rice snacks, corn chips and salsa, pita chips and hummus, cheese and crackers, yogurt, cheese sticks, nutrigrain cereal bars, granola bars, carrots, cucumbers, celery and other vegetables with a dipping sauce, breads and muffins, fruit kabobs, clementines, strawberries, grapes and more!!!
Information about non-food birthday celebrations is in a file below.
3K SPECIALS SCHEDULE
MONDAY - Library
TUESDAY - Computer and Music
WEDNESDAY - Art and Gym
THURSDAY - Music
FRIDAY- Computer and Gym
Please remember your sneakers on Wed. and Friday and library books on Monday.