3rd Grade Tenacity Week 15

December 2nd-5th

MAPs Testing

We conquered our map testing this week! The students were diligent to answer the questions to the best of their ability, taking their time, and using their scratch paper. If you have ever participated in this kind of testing, you know that it's hard work. I am very proud of them!

Week 15

With MAP testing in the morning, the students did their very best to stay focused and in tune with learning at school in the afternoons. We looked at our new unit and students watched a video about the earth. We did a visible thinking routine called "See, Think, Wonder" and it was very revealing about what they thought about what they saw.

We also invited MYP Science teacher, Stephanie Bratkovics into our class to show us how to use a Stereoscope. Since then the students have been using the Stereoscope she has allowed us to use to look more closely at various minerals available in our class.

We are looking forward to a full week of learning in class this coming week. Only two more weeks until we go to the Winter Holiday!

Holiday Celebration

Friday, Dec. 19th, 10:30am

Tenacity Classroom - Metropolitan School of Panama

Feel free to join us for a short celebration decorating sugar cookies. For more information, please speak to Hanan Ayoub, our classroom representative.

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Major Homework Changes

In an effort to foster more responsibility on the students part, I am making some major changes to how I have been doing homework. As a general rule, every week I will be expecting them to practice Math on Mathletics and reading on Raz-Kids (either on their iPads or on a home computer) . To make the goal more achievable, I am assigning 1,000 stars or points per week for both Reading and Math. In addition, they will keep record of assignments in a smaller, more personalized homework diary. All papers related to homework will be kept in their binders. I have been encouraging them to take them to and from school everyday so that you can see what they are working on as well, so they have a place to keep their work. Homework will be recorded everyday and unless otherwise indicated, will always be due on Friday. The exception to this is readings that may need to be done for the next day's lesson OR unfinished class work. Please try to get in the habit of checking for homework every night. Regardless of what they say, they will benefit from daily Math and Reading practice.

I am also wanting to keep them a little more accountable for unfinished work. Should a student not complete an assignment and hand it in on the day it is due, they will receive a yellow "Oops" slip. I will always staple this to the inside of their homework diary. The missing assignment should be completed and a parent should sign it. I will remove it from the homework diary when the assignment has been completed.