Mrs. Reynolds' 3rd Grade Newsletter
September 7, 2015
Up Coming Events @ Dodd
September 10 - Grandparent's Breakfast 6:45 am
Parent Orientation 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Room Parent Meeting 7:00 - 7:30 pm
September 11 - Dino Beat K-2 Recognition's
September 18 - Fall pictures
PTA Movie Night 6:00 -8:00 PM
September 25 - Celebrate Reading Day!
Reading and Target Reading
This past week, students read a realistic fiction story called Amazing Grace. Our focus was on recognizing cause and effect while reading a story. We used our book to complete a reading quiz on comprehension and located text evidence to support our answers with details. We created sentences with vocabulary words: success, sparkling, exploring, adventure, auditions, and fantastic. Students also made a trip to the library to check out their first books! Our library day is on each Thursday, but students should always have their library books with them so that they can read if they are done with their classroom work. Students are always encouraged to read outside of school. They can read to self, you, a sibling, or pet, to continue to work on fluency and build comprehension.
In Target Reading, students read an expository short story called Should I get a Dog? We discussed text features, synonyms, end punctuation, commas, and elaborated on sentences.
Good readers can become great writers with practice and dedication. Each week students will examine, practice, and discuss what it takes to be a good writer. Students will edit during class in grammar activities called C.U.P.S., during Target Reading, and in their grammar skills workbook. Thursday nights, students will take home a practice page in their orange folder to complete editing sentences. Friday they will take a quiz to use the skills discussed and practiced.
This past week we focused on Responsibility and having "Kuleana", which means what I have to do in my life to keep my commitments and my relationships, in order to achieve my dreams. We discussed short and long term goals and obstacles that might get in our way. Students worked together to create their classroom contract and discussed ways to be a good citizen while practicing respect and responsibility in school, at home, and within their community.