The Bond Brief
Back to School Edition: Sepember 6, 2013
First Few Days of School
We are a few days into the school year, and I can already tell this is going to be a great year! The students seem to be very excited for third grade, and I see great potential in them as a team of learners! Many of you have sent me a letter about your child, and I have enjoyed reading them. If you have not created a letter about your child, I would love to receive one by next week.
Curriculum Night Next Wednesday
We will be meeting in my room, Room 10, for curriculum night beginning at 6:30. I will be going over a bit of the curriculum, explaining the transitions we are going through in education, introducing you to the technology we will be using, and discussing third graders! I hope to see all of you there. Please let me know in advance if you will not be able to make it. In addition, the PTA will be setting up tables to help explain some of the activities we will be doing this year at Glengary. I will have a table on Destination Imagination ready to go!
The Team Bond Favorite Color Fashion Show
Read to Self
We chose good spots and practiced Read to Self
Time for Kids
We watched the digital edition of TFK, while reading the magazine. There were great interviews on the "I Have a Dream" 50th Anniv.!
We welcomed the iPad cart into our room today and explored math apps that the students hadn't used yet! Marble Math was a favorite!
Time for Kids
Our Week in Review
The beginning of the year mainly includes going over processes, establishing/practticing routines, community building, and completing pre-assessments. I have collected handwriting samples of both print and cursive, given the pretst for Units 2 and 5 (our math units have changed this year), and gave the word study spelling inventory to see their development as a speller.
We began Unit 2 in math, which will cover addition and subtraction strategies, story problems, and more. As in past years, your child will be able to use www.everydaymathonline.com.
Next week we will begin our science unit on Water. The children will explore the water cycle through a set of hands on activities.
In addition, we have begun setting up our routines for reading workshop and writing workshop. This is always a favorite of mine, as I love seeing the interests of the children come through their choices for reading and the topics they choose to write about! Some children enjoyed book shopping today and wanted to take their book home to read. I am fine with that, as long as they are responsible.