Mrs. Colombo's Newsletter
October 1, 2016
- break the word apart and sound it out from left to right
- say "mmm" in the word's place, keep reading, and then come back to the word
- read the whole sentence to see what word may make sense
- reread the sentence while pronouncing the word in different ways to see if we can find the correct pronunciation/word
- write the word and page number on a post-it to ask someone later
If you would like to come in and help read one-on-one with students during our morning reading time, please let me know! We will have scheduled times in the mornings from about 8:30 to 9:45.
We also worked on writing complete sentences. Complete sentences mean including a subject and a verb in each sentence, so we spent time identifying these features in sample sentences from Thank You, Mr. Falker and identifying whether each sentence was complete and if not, which element was missing.
As writers, we want to intrigue our readers, so once we were able to identify verbs in our own writing, we started coming up with a reference sheet to keep track of more precise verbs. We will continue to add to this sheet which we have in our Writing Journal. Ask your student about at least one precise verb he/she came up with to use in his/her writing.
We also started our place value unit. We worked on mental math for a couple of days (example: 163+46 and 165-32) and then Friday we used number lines to solve addition equations. We touched briefly on expanded form, but we will continue to talk about that next week.
A Word About Homework
After looking at the research about student learning and homework, I want to address the third grade team’s view of homework. Research has shown that homework does not improve student performance in school. Instead of formal homework, I encourage you to read with your child for 20 minutes and practice math facts for 10 minutes every night. These are skills that we will build upon in the classroom. During our PIR day on Monday, we learned that proficient fourth grade students read for an average of 134 minutes per day. Though I realize this is third grade, the more reading the students do both at home and at school, the more they will grow as students.
Additionally, since your time with your children is limited and precious, I would like to ask that instead of spending time on homework worksheets you engage them in conversation, eat dinner with them, have them play outside, and encourage them to be in bed early.
Though this research has been in progress for over ten years, here are three articles from March of this year, if you would like to read a bit more.
Next week we will be switching classes for one hour in the afternoons after lunch. Our class will be doing a technology class with Mrs. King.
Other Important Information
Thank you to all the parents who came out for the Fun Run! It was a great event!
October 10 and 11 - Parent Conferences; please bring your student to his/her conference.
Remember to turn in the Healthy Habits Challenge paper on Monday!! Last week's challenge was to eat an apple a day or try a new variety.