Pratt's Primary Corner

Weekly Update- January 11, 2019

Week at a Glance

Welcome, 2019!

Reading- We started a new read aloud this week, Frindle. Students are loving it. Ask your child what a frindle is. I also began BAS testing again to readjust reading groups.

Math- We hit the ground running with unit 4 this week. The focus for Unit 4 is telling time to the nearest minute, calculating elapsed time, measuring mass & volume, and fractions as fair shares. Unit 3 math tests will be coming home early next week.

Science/Social Studies- We started module 2 of E4Tech on Monday, which has a focus on circuits. At the end of the unit students will program a circuit. We've also had lots of Flat Stanley mail rolling in and students are loving it. Be sure to checkout our Flat Stanley link at the bottom of this update to see the pictures.

Writing- We have chosen one of our narratives to publish and we're working on growing our story. This week we learned that writers often tell their story many times before they ever put paper to pencil and that leads are very important.

Click here to see the homework menu for the week!

MAP Scores will be coming home on January 18th

PTO Carnival Canceled

The PTO carnival scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled due to a winter weather advisory.

Math Fact Practice

One of the things students must master before leaving 3rd grade is their multiplication facts. Many of us learned multiplication facts the good old fashioned way... memorization. :)

While we definitely want children to know facts from memory, we really want them to have strategies to solve those facts when they forget. Because let's face it... we do forget sometimes! ;) One way to practice facts is to take those facts students don't know by heart and have them create fact cards with a model to show the fact on one side. For example, 3x2 would be on the front of the cards and 3 groups of 2 on the back.

Here is a link to an article by Jo Boaler regarding Fact Fluency and Timed Tests: