Friday, August 30, 2013

R is for Routine!

Dear Absorbent Third Graders and Parents,

This week was full of new concepts and more community building. One of the most important aspects, however, was establishing our classroom routines. In our room it is important that students follow routines exactly. Adherence to these norms allows us as a class to do more engaging student directed exploration and learning.

Students are expected to line up silently in number order in a straight line every time they enter and exit the classroom. They are expected to stop and use the whole body to listen. Students and parents should expect these guidelines to be very firm.

In math this week we worked on place value. Students need to practice identifying and assigning the value of numbers into the hundred thousands. Students should also understand how to write numbers in standard form, word form, picture form, and expanded form. We also had our first experience with math rotations. The goal is to increase this practice as students become more responsible.

For reading we went back to the basics, since third grade is a year we shift to a focus on comprehension. This begins with increased stamina in both independent and group reading. We discussed effective ways to work alone and in pairs to ensure comprehension.

For spelling this week students received core words and we had our first spelling test. We also practiced spelling the "long i" sound and the "ow" sound.

In social studies we continued our study of communities through various community building activities. We also explored the individuals in our class as a way to better understand each other. We have begun integrating our map skills into our community building as well.

Here's what's coming up next week:
  • Math: Test on Friday
  • Reading: Comprehension skills
  • Writing: Journal Writing 
  • Spelling: Long O' Sounds
  • Social Studies: Community Map
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Classroom Community

Hi there goal-oriented students and parents,

It was great getting to meet you this past week. The short time we have spent together has made me excited for the year ahead. To get to know each other we are working to set goals, review concepts, and set expectations.

Throughout this process we have been entering into our social studies curriculum with the idea of communities. We discussed what our third grade and class communities need in order to function.

We also reviewed some place value concepts with interactive games. The rest of our time was spent doing assessments that help me best meet the needs of our community.

Next week:

  • Social Studies: Classroom community problem solving
  • Math: Place Value 
  • Writing: What makes a sentence
  • Spelling: Core words 
  • Reading: Basic Reading Skills


Saturday, August 17, 2013


Dear Incoming Students and Parents,

I am so excited to be starting this school year with all of you. Third grade is an exciting time, but it is full of new challenges. As a teacher I try to provide a room that is full of energy, hard work, collaboration, creativity, and of course a lot of learning. We will work together this year to bring out the best in each other. Expect to be challenged and know that it's ok to make mistakes as long as you are trying!

Please take a look around the site and I will see you Wednesday!

Be sure to fill out the volunteer form and look at our back to school checklist .