Team Krapf Update

November 11, 2015


Students are working on using reading strategies to help them more deeply comprehend what they are reading. They are reading 30 minutes per day in class and also 20 minutes per day, four times per week at home. Students have been given six different strategies to use & complete at home after reading. At least four of six strategies must be completed and turned in each Monday. Students who do not complete the strategy activities will complete them at recess. Students must be reading an AR chapter book within their reading range. Students should see me if they have questions. The AR Book Finder website will tell students if the book they want to read is an AR book. It also tells them the book level. Book titles must be entered correctly in order to pull up this information. Students should be reading one chapter book per week and testing on it. Books with 200+ pages might take a little longer.

In class we will be studying Informational text features & structures during 2nd quarter. Students will be completing a biography project on a famous person and their contributions to society. Non-fiction / informational books may also be chosen as their reading book if it has an AR test.

We are also finishing up reading Charlotte's Web. Vocabulary work and identifying internal and external character traits as been our focus. We discuss story elements throughout the book as well.

Word Problems and Multiplying / Dividing

Visualizing what is happening in word problems and solving them is our focus right now. Students must use their addition, subtraction, mulitplication, and division skills to solve problems so fact fluency (x1 through x10) and adding and subtracting numbers within 1,000 are important skills for students! Students are also working on writing equations that correspond to the word problems, and explaining how they got their answers in words. You will see examples come home in Tuesday folders, and practice problems will begin going home each week for homework.

The websites listed below are GREAT practice sites for students. Students should spend at least 10 minutes, four times per week, practicing their math skills at home. From time to time students will be given Reward Tickets for going "above & beyond" and doing extra math practice at home. I look at reports regularly to review student progress. - Fact Fluency - Skill Practice (All 3rd grade skills)

Edmodo Learning Management System

Parents can sign-up to view their child's Edmodo account. Instructions were e-mailed out last weekend. Please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. We are busy each day in class, and students have a lot of responsibility managing both learning and technology in a 21st Century classroom. It is a great learning experience for students, and I'm always SO amazed at what 3rd graders can learn and do if afforded with opportunities and responsibility!

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 11 - Donuts w/ Dad in the cafeteria at 7:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Veteran's Day - Wear GREEN to show your support.
  • Thursday, November 12 - Math Contest Practice Afterschool 2:45 - 3:45 (for Team Members only)
  • Friday, November 13 - Science in the Garden (learning outside)
  • Monday, November 16 -- Math Contest Practice Afterschool 2:45 - 3:45 (for Team Members only)
  • Tuesday, November 17 - Math Contest (Team Members only)
  • Friday, November 20 - Bash at 7:45 a.m.
  • Friday, November 20 - Thanksgving Feast in Classroom 11:20 - 12:20