Dynamic Broncos Weekly Update

December 1st - 5th

Greetings!

Welcome to December everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving holiday. It's hard to believe that our winter break is just three weeks away! There is still much work to be done in third grade before December 19th, though. Please take a look at what is coming up this week.

Reading Workshop

We continue to strengthen our predicting muscles as we read Because of Winn Dixie. We have been practicing using everything we know about a character to predict not just what they will do but how the story will unfold.

This week we will talk more about how, as readers we pull in to read, but we also pull back to read. We read like we are a character in our book, but we also read like we are a professor, growing intellectual ideas about the book, examining the text to grow ideas. Most of these ideas will focus on the characters in our books.

You can support our work in the classroom by checking in with your child as they read for nightly independent reading and asking them to stop and chat with you about their predictions. Encourage them to explain not just what will happen to their characters, but how it will unfold. This may spark interesting conversations about theories your child is developing about the characters in their books.

Writing Workshop

This week we continue to work on our drafts. We will be discussing paragraphing this week, specifically, how writing in paragraphs can support sequencing of events in our stories, and push us to elaborate on those events. We will also look at how writers use paragraphs when they write dialogue to show that someone new is speaking.


Many students are at a point in their writing where they will need to decide if they want to stick with their current story and take it all the way through the editing and publishing process or whether they will start a second piece of writing. Each writer will need to be their own "job captain" and decide how their piece is going, what they need to work on to make it stronger or whether they will begin another piece.

Vocabulary

This Wednesday's Vocabulary assessment has been moved to Thursday. Having been away from these words to give the kids a bit more time with these words. Please visit the vocabulary website this week with your child to help them study for the assessment on Thursday. Tomorrow and Wednesday night's homework will be to study our words from Unit 4.

Math

We continue our study of addition strategies and problem solving. This week we will continue practicing strategies, such as regrouping, for solving two, three and four digit addition problems. We will also be focusing on problem solving strategies and learning about how we can use model drawing to solve word problems.

Spanish

Please follow the link to the Spanish website to learn about what is coming up in the weeks ahead.

https://sites.google.com/a/sasaustin.org/ls-spanish/third-grade-spanish