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November 13, 2016

This past week the class began learning more about informational books.  I read to the class a book about the forest.  As I was reading the book, we discussed the parts of the book and how that helps us understand the content.  Next week we will be using this same book to identify main idea and details.

All reading groups have finished Chocolate Touch.  Now the groups are reading informational books.  The groups have begun or will begin to identify the main idea and the details that support that main idea.  You can help your child by encouraging him/her to read more informational books.

Math

This past week the students finished up learning about area and perimeter.  The students used the raised garden beds during math.  The students found the area and perimeter of the beds.  Then they calculated other garden beds with the same area.  In class Naomi guided the students to plan a garden for the raised bed.  The students were given a guide of how many plants can be planted in a square foot.  Next week the class will begin our unit on multiplication.  The students will be using repeated addition as a beginning for multiplication.  They will also be using models and arrays to show multiplication situations.

Please remember to have your child play math games at home at least two times a week.  Please indicate your child played the math games above the spelling list under reminders.  I would encourage your child to practice skip counting at home by all numbers 2-12.  This will help him/her memorize their multiplication facts.

Social Studies and Environmental Education

At the beginning of the week, the students learned about glaciers and how they shaped the land.  Then the students learned about landforms in Illinois.  We also discussed the natural resources in Illinois.  Thursday was a great day for quiet spots.  Students made a prediction about the changes they will see at their next quiet spot on December 1.  Next week we will have phenology on Thursday.

Writing

The students revised a second true story this past week.  We talked about telling the story bit by bit.  The students were encouraged to tell the story in a storytelling voice and to develop the heart of the story.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Students in third grade come to their conference and sit in the room.  The parents and the teachers do the majority of the talking.  However, students should be a part of the conference.  You can sign up for conferences at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4EABA92FA4F49-fall.

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 16- Farm to Table Lunch

Nov. 21, Nov. 22-  Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23-25- No School