3rd Grade Tenacity
Metropolitan School of Panama 2014-2015
Back to School Night
Wednesday, Sep. 3rd 2014 at 5:45pm
104 Vía Vieja De Gajllard
We also took some time to look at our central idea for the week. Key words that jumped out for some of the students were documenting, reflect and developed. We then talked about what a document was and from there shared ideas about what documenting things might mean. After that, we brainstormed ways that we might document how we have grown. The list of things they decided on ranged from photos to games and toys. The students understand that developed has to do with growth. They know that we develop and change over time. They know that they have abilities now that they were not born doing and that is an example of how they have changed over time. Throughout the week, the Tenacity class (your children!) have proven to be excellent reflectors!! I am very proud of their recollections and shared memories.
Finally, we ended the week by sharing our "Me in a Box" homework. It is always very insightful to see what the children share and there were many times when I had to stop in awe as they shared their culture, special family events and individual passions with enthusiasm and pride.
In Math, we reviewed several Addition fact strategies and did lots of practice. Students learned to use Ten Strips to calculate answers. They also began to improve their computation speed through practice and repetition.
During our Language times, we reflected on who we are and started reflecting and writing some poetry. We have also been reading a book called "Esperanza Rising." Based on real events, this book shares the life of a young lady named Esperanza. We will begin making a timeline of her life as we continue reading. This will be a good connection for the students themselves as they will make their own timelines in the coming weeks.
A Few Reminders
Birthdays: I love having birthdays in my class and we are always happy to be part of a celebration. I just ask two things if we can celebrate with your child. The first is that you give me advance notice so we can plan for the best time. The second is that you provide the proper utensils for us to enjoy what you share. There are 19 children in our class at this time.
iPads: The children should bring them back to school with their chargers every day that they bring them home (except weekends of course!). If something happens to a device or charger, please don't hesitate to let me know and I will advise the IT department as needed.
In math, we will continue what we have been focusing on, addition fluency, as well as the concept of measurement as it relates to time as well as in distance.