Hayden Hero Herald

September, 2014


Dear 3 Hayden Families,

Welcome to third grade! I will communicate classroom happenings and curriculum highlights through monthly newsletters. We had a super start to the school year. Thanks so much for helping your child to be successful this year.

Building Classroom Community


We enjoyed sharing powerful pictures books about learning, listening, respect, and friendship as a class. Each story teaches an important lesson and connects our class as a community of readers.

In addition, I'm striving to teach the children about Metacognition, thinking about your thinking. We made a "Reading Salad" as we read Thank You, Mr. Falker. Just like a tossed salad is a colorful mixture of lettuce and tomatoes, a reading salad is a colorful mixture of text + thinking. I'm inviting my readers to share what they are thinking.

The children also learned the expectations for developing their independent reading habits. We read our poem of the week, The Reader's Oath, reviewed the "Rules for Reading Right", and learned how to record our reading each night in their homework records.

Thank You, Mr. Falker

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Classroom Library

Social Studies: Geography

Math Unit 1


Writer's Notebooks

We learned that our Writer’s Notebooks are very special notebooks which will help us to “Live our Lives Like Writers” this year.

Our first entry in our notebooks is a list of phrases to describe our unique selves. Each child designed and published a Rainbow poem with the six phrases. Most importantly, we learned how to “publish with pride” and how good it feels to produce our very best work.

We are writing sophisticated sentences, using details to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our thinking. We are striving to remember to use capitals and periods.

We are in the midst of our first spelling list, short vowel sounds.

Heart Maps

The children have been introduced to good writing habits as we build our classroom writing community. Through one of my favorite read alouds for teaching writing, The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli, the children learned that the best stories come from the heart, hence the heart maps! Thank you for helping the students brainstorm the best stories for their heart maps. We are taking those topics, creating heart maps, and planting them in our writer’s notebooks. Throughout the year, some of these topics will be published into “the best stories”.

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Building Classroom Community: Sharing Bag-Its

Quiz Me Questions

1. What is your favorite Back to School Book (Recess Queen, Officer Buckle, First Day Jitters)?

2. What is your street address? Practice writing your address.

3. How can you be a Real Reader? How do you pick a just right book?

4. Tell me 5 names for the number 36.


The Book Fair (Sir Read A Lot's Castle) is next week.

*Tuesday, September 30: Class buying time during school

*Monday, September 29 & Tuesday, September 30: Family Evening Hours 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 29: Pumpkin Patch Trip (details in next week's Thursday Folder)

Friday, October 31: Halloween Parade in a.m. & Class Party in p.m.

Thanks for reading this issue. Please email me with questions. khayden@cbsd.org