# News From the Nest

## WEEK IN REVIEW

Time flies when you're working hard! That just about sums up this week! I am so proud of my third graders have been for earning the "Golden Sneaker Award" in PE class for wearing gym shoes every day for the SECOND MONTH IN A ROW! How responsible!! They also earned a reward day for filling the Warm Fuzzy jar for a second time! Their vote was to have a stuffed animal day. And I must say, "I think those stuffed animals helped them to work just a little bit harder on Wednesday!"

## LITERACY

Next week we will continue our unit on fiction stories. Students will learn different types of figurative language, as well as learning to determine the mood and theme of a story. We will be rereading some familiar stories, such as Mirette on the High Wire and Zen Shorts. Rereading text is a practice that not only helps with fluency, but also with comprehension and deepening understanding.

This ties nicely to our writing unit on fairy tales. Students will write a new adaptation of a fairy tale story they have become familiar with. They were asked to retell the story several times at home so they are comfortable with the plot and can start making meaningful adaptations next week. They will also be practicing adding their own figurative language as they write.

## MATH

This week we practiced both the distributive property and the associative property of multiplication in guided math groups. This gave students the opportunity to work independently, with partners, and in small groups with me. Students were also introduced to the concept of division with Mrs. Sayre. Students practiced various ways to take a collection of items and divide (or break apart) the collection into equal groups. We will continue to strengthen our understanding of division next week as well.

IXL topics to practice:

All of E (E.1, E.2, E.3, E.4, E.5, E.6, E.7, E.8)

Challenge: I.1, I.4

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.

## Parent / Teacher Conferences

As a quick follow up, it was wonderful to see everyone at parent/teacher conferences. If you have any questions or concerns that may have come up since we met, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone!

## A Few Reminders...

HAPPY DECEMBER!

• Signed Friday Folders due Monday, December 7
• Reading Log due Monday, December 7
• No school next Friday (Teacher Institute)
• STUDENT COUNCIL - Mitten Tree Donations (mittens, gloves, boots scarves)
• FAMILY in NEED - Check your child's folder for a letter detailing the recent events of a local family in need. Monetary donations, as well as new toys, are being accepted over the next two weeks.

## Woodridge 68 Mission Statement

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.