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Yesterday a Weekly Reading and Fluency Practice paper came home with each student. Daily reading and fact practice are very important to our learning in third grade. The goal is to read for at least 20 minutes and practice math facts for at least 5 minutes 5 days a week. Please write down the amount of time that your child spends reading & practicing facts each day and return the signed form on Monday.
In math we are going to spend some extra time with estimating and money. In this unit, your child will be learning to estimate sums and differences by rounding numbers. They also use estimates to check that actual answers are reasonable, and compare numbers using the symbols greater than (>), less than (<) or equal to (=). The students will also identify and compare the values of a collection of U.S. coins and bills. It would be a wonderful time to have them counting change at home.
In reading, we just finished our 2nd unit focusing on visualization. The children loved the stories we were reading! They visualized to make sense of the stories we read by imagining sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, and feelings. This strategy helps them to understand, remember, and enjoy reading. You can help your child visualize by stopping every so often while reading aloud and asking questions such as:
What do you see in your mind as I read to you?
What words did you hear in the story that helped you create that picture in your mind?
In addition to stopping and discussing the story with your child, you might:
Ask your child to close his or her eyes as you read and get a mental picture of the story.
Give your child the opportunity to draw what he or she visualized, and then talk about the drawing.
It was a fantastic day for second grade to celebrate our READING. The stamina was wonderful despite the distractions around them. They have really grown as readers. Tomorrow we will be getting autographs. If you have an old shirt that you would let them sign, please send/wear it. If you don’t have a shirt, they will have a paper to get signatures.
Canada is in the lead. Let’s get reading 3rd graders. Remember that we are going for GOLD! You will receive 1 flag for every 30 minutes of reading. Remember to enter your reading on the reading log or send in a note.
Reading at home also counts for a flag. When your child reads for 30 minutes, log on toREADING LOGand record your information. Find your name under the third grade title, click on it and fill in the information. Each teacher will receive the notification and reward the children with a flag. If you would prefer to send a note to school, that is fine as well.
We are looking forward to celebrating the Olympics!