What We Are Learning...
Reading and Writing
We are enjoying our book club discussions which all relate to a chocolate theme. These books cover a variety of genres, from mystery to fantasy. We have also planned some fun surprises for the end of this unit, where we will also need to use our knowledge of fractions!!! It’s a surprise: can you guess what we have in store for the kiddos?
In writing, we are continuing our essay writing. We have written 3 informational essays and have recently started writing an opinion essay. We continue to work on using correct capitalization and end punctuation in the correct places. Please encourage this when your child is writing at home, as this makes it easier to communicate with others.
Do you want to know more about the AIR test that your child will be taking? Do you want to know what the test looks like and the types of questions your child will need to answer? You can go to this website to learn more:
Once you have gone to this website, click on the bicycle icon (student practice site) and log on as a guest. You can look at some sample questions. Although these exact questions will not be on the actual test, it will give you an idea of what the test looks like, as well as the format of the test.
Research shows that kids who read tend to be better readers and stronger students in all academic areas. Reading is such as essential part of daily life. It is important to me that your child finds the pleasure in literature. I truly believe that when a child finds that book which “hooks” them, progress is made in exponential levels.
That being said, not every learner is the same. We all have different interests, abilities, and backgrounds. It is critical that your child is reading a book on his/her level. I will be working with your child to help them select books that are right for him/her. One such strategy is called the “five finger rule.” In this strategy, a child opens up a book to any page and begins to read. Every time he/she comes to a word that is unknown, a finger is held up. By the end of the page, if 5 fingers are held up, the book is too difficult for now. If 0 or one finger is held up, the book is too easy. If 2, 3 or 4 fingers are held up, the book is probably a good fit. Although this is a simple rule, it usually helps in identifying good fit books. Please encourage your child to use this strategy when trying to select a book. It is important that your child is neither reading a book that is not too difficult, nor too easy.
Some extra resources for reading at home can be accessed through an online reading website called Raz-kids. I have set up each child with an account. Simply go to Raz-kids.com and have your child log in with their user name, which is their first and last name, with no spaces. The password is ledelbrock1. Once logged in, your child can easily find his/her name, with a “bookshelf” of books that can be read online. A few questions follow the passage to help your child monitor his/her comprehension.
Another great APP is called Epic books. This site offers common books found at the library and bookstores, but offers them online. The first month is free. After that, a nominal fee is required to continue with your subscription. It is worth investigating!!
We have started Unit 5, in which we are learning about the connection between multiplication and division. We are using this information to solve multi-step story problems, as well as finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.
Please take a moment to look at Bridges' website! There are great interactive games that your child can play to enhance classroom lessons! (mathlearningcenter.org)
Mrs. Justen's class has rotated to my classroom to learn about what different types of maps are used for and how to interpret them. We will explore the parts of a map, latitude/longitude, scale, hemispheres and so much more!
Mrs. Edelbrock's class has rotated to Mrs. Kramp's room, where the students are learning about animal adaptations. Mrs.Kramp has crayfish and beetles to help the students explore structures that help animals adapt to their environment.
Third Grade Testing Support and Tips:
HELPING YOUR CHILD Report: Test Preparation For PARENTS
Whether you’ve been out of school for five years or 15, the thought of taking a test probably still makes your heart race. Now imagine what its like for your child. As a parent, you can help.
Get them fed. The more nutritiously your children eat, the better they will do in school. Properly fueled and with stable blood sugar levels, their concentration is enhanced. Always give them a healthy breakfast while cutting back on high-sugar cereals, pastries, and undiluted juices (which can have the same sugar content as sodas.) Most kids are ravenous after school, so before they settle down to study, provide a healthful, non-junk food snack to carry them through to dinner.
Get them moving. Exams cause stress, but, sports, exercise, and dancing can relieve it. Physical activity that gets students completely away from academics for a few hours each day can actually help them perform better on tests.
Get them breathing. Teach your kids a simple breathing exercise that you’ll do with them once or twice a day and in times of stress (as in right before a test): Take a deep breath, hold to the count of three, then exhale slowly through the nose to the count of 10.
Get them to bed on time. Elementary and middle school children need up to 10 hours of sleep each night to do their best in school. They also need to curtail the excitement from video games, television, movies, and texting for at least 30 minutes before sleep.
Practice their confidence. Ask the teacher or principal if there are practice tests or worksheets your child can work on at home before the big day. These can help your children get used to how the questions are worded and how to properly fill in test sheet bubbles.
Put piecework into action. Pre-exam cramming does not work. In fact, four 15-minute periods of study are actually superior to one continuous hour when it comes to memory retention. Therefore, see to it that your child preps for tests in small bursts, in some small way, every day.
Unplug already. When it comes to distracting videos, television, telephones, or social media (basically anything with a screen or speakers that’s not directly related to school work), study time is the time to turn the devices off.
Offer super support. As much as you value good exam grades, it’s more important that kids understand that your love and respect for them is not dependent on their test scores.
Review results together. Once the graded exam comes back, sit with your child and review what went right, what didn’t, and how to do better next time. This is not the time for you to lecture. Subtly prompted, your child should do most of the talking.
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