# News From the Nest

### January 18-22

We spent this past week reading and exploring various nonfiction books. We also read several articles on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments that have lead us to honor him this coming Monday. Students were tested on fluency this week, but due to computer issues, they will take the STAR comprehension test next week. New AR goals and reading levels will be coming home next week.

Since next week is the end of the grading period, all AR tests need to be finished by Friday. Several students still have not made their 2nd quarter goal. Each guided reading group is currently reading a biography on a famous person and they should be taking an AR test on that book as soon as it is finished.

## WRITING

We continued to work on opinion writing and developing strong reasons in writing this week. We also started working on Young Author stories in class. Students were asked to continue to work on these stories at home. I usually prefer these stories to be fictional, but several students asked if they could writing informational or personal narratives. (I did tell them that would be fine!) They will be creating a book as a final project and we will select two winners from our class to attend an all-district conference later in the year.

I sent home a letter briefly explaining the expectations - you will find this in the Friday folder. I told the students that I will be giving them more information on ways to create a final draft in the form of a book in the beginning of February. Right now, they should be working on creating a well-developed story (on Google chrome if possible). If you have any further questions, please email me.

## MATH

Students practiced finding area of rectangles by drawing shapes, multiplying length by width, and by dividing up rectangles. I will be testing this skill on Tuesday to see if they have mastered this.

On Wednesday, students took the Unit 3 Pretest on fractions. However, we will not be starting our exploration of fractions until the following week after finishing the real world task on Multiplication and Division.

I will continue to test students on multiplication facts in both oral and written formats. Students now have a choice as to how they would like to be tested. All third graders should have mastered the 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's, 10's and 11's by the end of the quarter.

Quarterly STAR math test will be administered next week.

Students can practice facts on xtramath.org or IXL.com

F 1-9

E 1-7

G 1-4

I 1-5

Memorizing multiplication facts is crucial at this age. All mathematical concepts from now on will most likely rely on knowing these facts automatically, as well as being able to determine patterns on the multiplication chart. While we will focus on these skills daily, any additional assistance at home in helping your child practice these facts will be extremely beneficial.

## AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The next session of our After School Program begins on Tuesday. Close to 50 students signed up for the Science Club and there is only room for 25. Mr. Scaletta chose 25 students to attend. If your child was interested, you should have received a phone call.

Study hall will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Remember to send the signed pink form each day your child would like to stay after school. If your child will be staying all three days, you can send in one slip for the week. Thank you.

## A Few Reminders...

WELCOME 2016!

• Signed Friday Folders due Tuesday, January 12, 2016
• Reading Logs due Tuesday, January 12, 2016
• Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up! Please sign/return the form in your child's Friday folder for your time/date preference.
• Last day of second quarter and last day for AR quizzes is Friday, January 22nd
• ELL ACCESS Testing will continue next week