Mrs. Zaputil's Weekly News 5
What's Happening in 3rd Grade?
A Week in Review:
- Spelling: Long vowel a words
- Grammar: sentences- predicates
- Genre: Nonfiction- Biography
- Comprehension Strategy: Ask/Answer Questions
- Comprehension Skill: Text structure- cause and effect
- Vocabulary: Metaphors
Chapter 2: Place Value and Number Sense.
- 2.4 Logical Reasoning using base ten blocks
This lesson was very difficult. This lesson was taught on Monday and we reviewed on Tuesday before moving on to patterns. Logical reasoning required students to write a given number in different base ten block ways. For example- Tell two different ways to show 654 using base ten blocks. There are several ways to show this, but here are a few examples:
1. 6 hundreds 5 tens 4 ones
2. 6 hundreds 54 ones (show a number without using any tens)
3. 5 hundreds 15 tens 4 ones
4. 6 hundreds 4 tens 14 ones
5. 65 tens and 4 ones (trade all hundreds)
We used a fun virtual base ten blocks website to help us visualize. It's a great tool, if you get a chance to let your child explore, you could practice this skill by giving students a number and asking them to show it in different ways using the base ten blocks. All students can use practice with this skill! Here is the website: Virtual Base Ten Blocks. I also learned on this website, if you click on "Activities" at the top, and select "Compare" on the drop down menu, your child can practice showing one number two different ways and visually see both ways.
* Another great place to practice Place Value is on IXL! Please encourage your child to be using IXL at home! This is a great tool and we're fortunate to have access to it!
- 2.5 Algebra Number Patterns
- 2.6 Five and Six Digit Place Value
Students need to be able to write a given number in
- Standard form: 357,928
- Expanded form: 300,000 + 50,000 + 7,000 + 900 + 20 + 8
- Word form: three hundred fifty-seven thousand nine hundred twenty-eight
We talked about the importance of not saying or writing "and" when reading numbers.
Students need to remember numbers get tricky when a zero is in one of the place values
- Standard form: 60,421
- Expanded form: 60,000 + 400 + 20 + 1
- Word form: sixty thousand four hundred twenty-one
- Right now we're planning to take our Chapter 2 math test on WEDNESDAY, September 24th. We started our chapter review today and we'll finish on Monday. Then on Tuesday, because students will take their third MAP test (language test) that morning, we'll miss math, leaving our math test for Wednesday.
On Tuesday, we took our Chapter 1 test. You should find your child's test in their envelope today! We went over the test as a class yesterday.
Today we introduced Chapter 2: Where in the United States is Our Community
- We spent time going over cardinal directions and intermediate directions according to our classroom today. We will talk about directions a lot in this chapter about our community within the United States.
- On Monday, we'll start 2.1 The 50 States
Spelling Next Week
Next Week's Wonders Curriculum Focus
First reading test essay
- Scores were lower again this week. Keep in mind this was another nonfiction test, and with questions relating to cause and effect, it seemed to be more difficult for many. We went over the test together quickly at the end of the day, but if students have some time at home this weekend it wouldn't hurt students to go back through questions they missed and find text evidence for the question to find the right answers (tests are in their envelopes). This morning I read the first passage to them, then they answered the questions and went on to read the second passage on their own and answer the questions with it. We all waited to go on to the essay together.
Students are very excited to start researching an inventor. It was part of our writing focus this week to write about an inventor, but without researching one inventor in particular this would be hard. So each student picked an inventor from a random list, and we'll work on this more next week!
NWEA MAP TESTS
- Tuesday- language test
- Thursday- science test
Please remind your child of the importance of getting a good rest and eating a good breakfast in the morning. So far testing has gone well in our classroom for the most part. There have been a few technological complications, but overall, students have done great!
Spell-A-Thon Fundraiser by the K.I.D.S Group
Dates to remember:
Today: Spell-A-Thon pledge money due
Saturday, September 27th: Austin Green's Birthday
September 29th-October 3rd: Fire Prevention Week
Tuesday, September 30th: Logan Beaty's Birthday
Friday, October 3rd: 2:15 Fire Prevention Assembly/2:30 Trustworthiness Assembly
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