September 10 - 14

posted Sep 7, 2012, 2:34 PM by Hank Bechard   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 5:50 PM ]
We are off to a great start!!! Last week we dove right in and got things under way.  My contact information is below as well as Ms. Askin's information.  Please don't hesitate to contact either one of us if you have any questions or concerns.  We do have a student with allergies to cashews and pistachios.  So, please don't send your third grader with any of these nuts.  

The reading series we use is broken down into five different themes or units.  Each unit is broken down into five different weeks.  Each week, the third graders are introduced to a new concept and then is tested on the subject on Friday.  The series has six elements: phonics, comprehension, focus skill (different comprehension strategies), vocabulary, grammar, and writing.  In phonics we are reviewing short vowels a, e, i, o, and u.  Students will be able to decode words with the CVC and VCCV spelling patterns.  Our comprehension skill for this week is characters and setting.  Identifying the characters and setting in a story will help them understand what they read.  It will also give them clues what is important in the story.  In grammar your third grader will be comparing and contrasting statements and questions.  Finally we will be writing a descriptive paragraph.  We will be using our five sense to help use with this paragraph.

Vocabulary: trudged, gushed, frustrated, imitated, pleasant, coincidence, modeled, loyal, recited, and murmur

We have taken off in math and we will be continuing working on growing our number sense.  We will do this by using the name-collection boxes, analyzing and displaying data, and chance events.  

In social studies, we have started our unit on communities.  We are learning about many jobs people do, different cultures, community government and reading graphs.  Each day we read a chapter and then do a follow-up activity.