This week we took our first math test, and I am proud of everyone! These tests went home on Thursday. We had great scores and are into the second math topic. This second topic focuses on strategies to multiply by facts 0 through 9. We are not memorizing these facts yet, but learning strategies to find the answers. Multiples, repeated addition, arrays, equal groups, 9s tricks, and number patterns are ways we are finding products.
In class, we are also working on the Xtra Math app to become more proficient on our addition and subtraction facts. These may be worked on at home as well.
In writing, we are working on storytelling our narrative story. You may have noticed your child’s retelling of their sketches on Seesaw. We also worked on 4 different types of leads to hook our readers into our story. These next two weeks, we will work on our drafts to these stories, using strategies to elaborate and include detail.
We started our science unit: Earth and Me. We began by observing rocks. Seesaw was used to take a photo of our rock and create a diagram with our noticings. We also generated questions we had about our rocks. This week, we will explore what rocks are made of. In social studies, we looked at the geographic region Michigan belongs to–The Great Lakes Region. We labeled and colored maps to be placed in our 3rd grade Michigan books.
In our reading, we are using the text Stone Fox to help grow our reading strategies. This past week we practiced giving ourselves a comprehension check by asking, “Who is this part about? What is happening right now? What am I noticing?” We are also trying to notice, when is an author asking us to visual a story, and when is an author asking us to gather information. We are learning that using these strategies helps our reading muscles grow stronger!
We have also been working on completing our district reading and math assessments. This information will help me determine which skills to further support with your child. I hope to be able to share more information at conference time, the second week of October. Look for a conference sign up to be emailed in the coming week.
I hope you have enjoyed this warm week we have had. I truly appreciate that Jeffers is now air conditioned! Have a great week, and as always, please let me know of any questions or concerns.
I’m looking forward to this week with your child!