Ms. Damschroder's 3rd Grade

Week of April 20, 2015

What do I do at home?

Read EVERY night. Find a good book and READ, READ, READ!! You should read for at least 15-20 minutes every day. Make sure you are not reading something that is too easy or too hard. If you need books, let Ms. Damschroder know.

Practice memorizing multiplication and division math facts. if you need flash cards, let Ms. Damschroder know. Students--you must memorize all basic multiplication and division facts before the end of the year. Many students are struggling with facts. Practice your facts EVERY NIGHT!

What are we learning?

In math, we will continue Unit 9. In Unit 9, students are multiplying larger numbers. Students will learn the lattice method to multiply larger numbers.

In writing, students are going to write an opinion piece about their favorite cookie.

In reading, students will continue to read informational text to read the text closely to be able to ask and answer questions about the text. Students will read to sequence events in a historical text. We will also begin our history unit in social studies.

In science, students will be learning about life science as we rotate to Mrs. Starr's class.

A note about math

I will teach the students two different methods (algorithms) for solving larger multiplication problems. Students do not have to use either method. They will be encouraged to try the methods to see what works for them, but I will accept any method. The traditional method parents may have learned in school is fine. I will show students the traditional method as well. Students will be asked to show their work no matter what method is used. Students can also take home their Student Reference Book at any time to help with homework.

Timed Multiplication Tests

Students can practice using the tests they bring home. Students should meet their goal in one minute timings in class. Each student has a personalized goal. If students need additional practice opportunities, has games and practice pages to print off. Students need more practice time outside of school hours to memorize facts. They must practice at home in order to be successful on timed tests, and in order to memorize the facts.

Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Scholastic News

Students can log-in to see any of the Scholastic News magazines we do in class or they can see Scholastic News magazines sent home for homework. I showed students how to log-in during class. The password for students is MsD3D. A link to the Scholastic News website is below. A flyer with the log-in information came home with your child.

Upcoming Dates

April 20--Reading OAA for all 3rd grade students

April 21--State Math Test Part 1

April 22--State Math Test Part 2

April 28--Iowa Test for only certain students. Parents have been notified.