Today we wrapped up our second math unit, which focused on multiplying with 6s, 7s, and 8s. About half of the class is really on the way to mastering their math facts. We will continue to drill these facts all year long. It is strongly recommended that your child continue to practice their facts daily, even for 5 minutes. This can be done using an app, flash cards, or any way that works for your family.
Students should continue to read daily over the Thanksgiving break. I am planning on sending each of them home with appropriate baggie books today (Wednesday). These should return on Tuesday, December 1st. Also, we added a course to the Schoology app where students are encouraged to post and discuss books they would recommend to one another. Please encourage your child to contribute.
We are continuing to hone our personal narrative writing skills. Students are improving at recognizing seed moments vs. watermelon topics and at using transition words. I anticipate their stories will be sent home for Christmas break and would like to live stream a public reading of our stories prior to that. Details will be forthcoming on that.
The third grade holiday workshop will take place on Monday November 30th where students will be creating a Christmas craft using mod podge. Please send your child to school in appropriate clothes for this activity.
Finally, look for report cards to come home December 4th.
We started out a fun week in third grade by walking to the high school. It was a gorgeous day! And we got to here the HS marching band perform The Huddle. It was outstanding! I hope your student told you all about it. Monday excitement continued as we got to write letters to our third grade pen pals at Holmes Elementary across town. Looking forward to hearing back from them.
Students spent a lot of time building math fact fluency, especially on the 6s, 7s, and 8s. Those seem to be the toughest ones for most kids to remember. Keep using those apps and flashcards to practice each day at home.
Also, Mrs. Cotterall (reading specialist/coach) taught us how much more fun reading can be when you have a partner to share the experience with. We will be doing much more work with our partners next week.
Our personal narrative stories are coming along nicely. We practiced telling our stories in sequential order this week. We also learned that it is an author's job to SHOW, NOT TELL a story by creating a movie in our readers' minds and doing that takes a lot of detail.
Next week will bring even more learning and fun.......plus a music concert put on by our very own 3rd and 4th graders......on Thursday night. Hope to see you all then!
This week, while reading, we learned that a curmudgeon is someone who yells "Get off my lawn!" at the little kids in the neighborhood. We treat books like that sometimes & approach them with the attitude of a curmudgeon. But if we consider the possibility that every book has some GOLD to offer us, we are more open to the gifts that books can give us. Treat books like they're gold!
A personal narrative is a story about ourselves. We took some time to really consider the important people, places, and memories in our personal lives. These will help us generate writing ideas for our upcoming personal narratives.
All multiplication facts have been introduced to the students. Now is the time to begin working hard on memorization, especially 6s, 7s, and 8s. They seem to be the trickiest. Our Schoology page has some School House Rock songs to help with this. Students can access them on their iPads.
Finally, mark your calendars!!!
Who: Jeffers Third and Fourth Grade
What: The Lights of Freedom Concert
Where: Spring Lake High School Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 19 @ 7pm, @ 6:45pm 3rd grade report to the Choir Room#660
What To Wear: Red, white, blue, last years honors choir shirt or this years honors choir shirt
Please invite family and friends, especially veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard
We had an absolutely terrific time learning last wee!!!. I'm sure Friday was a particular favorite for the kiddos, thanks mostly to our AMAZING Jeffers Parents Organization! The Jeffers Jive Monster Mash was hugely fun. I heard lots and lots of positive things about the overall experience. Thanks for all the donations and bidding you did on the online auction items. It all goes to support our fabulous school!
Fall conferences have concluded, but that certainly doesn't mean our communication has to come to an end. Keep those emails coming when questions and concerns arise.
We are continuing to master are multiplication facts. Sevens and eights will be added this week. Take some time to quiz your child. Moby Math Fact Master, Splash Math, Ace Multiply and Sushi Monster are all good apps to help kids play with those facts.
Thank you for your support with the baggie books. Remember to have your child fill out his/her reading log based on their baggie book reading. Please remember to return them on Tuesdays and Fridays, unless I tell you otherwise.
Lots of new photos are on the photo page of the website. Please take a moment to check them out. I tried to get all the kids in at least one. Hopefully I didn't miss anyone!
Did you ask your child about our scavenger hunt?!?