News From the Nest

October 13-16, 2015


We practiced meeting in small groups to discuss connections we have to common text this week and will continue to practice next week as well. We will also review elements of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I will be meeting with each student next week to review their reader's notebooks to look for evidence of good note-taking and elaborate responses to text. This will help guide the end of unit evaluation that will be coming home at the end of the quarter.

We have three more weeks to this quarter for students to make their AR goal. Several students have already made their goal and are on their way to additional goals as well!

Fluency practice will come home on Tuesday next week and will be due on Friday. Please listen to your child read this short passage aloud at least 3 times during the week. They should also be answering the 5 questions on the back to practice finding key ideas and supporting details in the text.

Word Study

Students practiced their list of words several times this week, as well as adding words to their list that they found in books they're reading. We had our first spelling test today to see if the children are retaining the spelling patterns. This spelling test will be graded for accuracy but is not recorded for report card purposes. I think asking the students to pay close attention when working with the words in class and then checking on their progress will assist them in remembering the patterns we are studying.


We ended up spending most of this past week practicing addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers. We just briefly reviewed key words used to determine the need to add or subtract in word problems. We will practice solving one- and two-step word problems next week and then move on to learning about measuring weight using grams and kilograms.


We spent this week revising our story to make it more interesting to readers. This has been a difficult task and I am proud of how hard the students have been working on this! Next week we will continue to edit and revise our story, as well as create interesting endings. Mrs. Gamez has been able to join us during our writing time to assist with conferencing with the students. It's always helpful to have an extra set of hands to help out!!


Third graders will have their first opportunity to vote for Student Council Officers when the fifth and sixth graders give speeches on Tuesday. After voting, we will discuss the responsibility of becoming a Student Council Representative for our class. Third graders can write a speech and read it the class if they would like to participate. We will be choosing two students from our class to attend meeting once or twice a week after school and then report back to the class.

A Few Reminders...

  • NO SCHOOL on Monday! Enjoy the long weekend
  • Signed Friday Folders due Tuesday
  • Reading Log due Tuesday

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In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.