Welcome back!! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break!
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you all SOOO much for the fun birthday celebration I received on Monday! The beautiful flowers, generous gift card to one of my all-time favorite places (Lululemon!!) and the absolutely adorable (not to mention delicious!) cake were all such a nice and unexpected surprise to enjoy as we returned back from the break! It truly made my day celebrating with all of the kiddos that bring so much joy to my life each and every day! Thank you again for always thinking of me! You are THE BEST!!!
It is also hard to believe that we are now entering into our very last quarter of the school year together! On that note, please be sure to check Skyward this afternoon Thursday, March 23, for your child’s report card. As always, if there are any questions about your child’s report card or comments, please do not hesitate to let me know!
This week in Language Arts we will begin looking at poetry skills. We will spend time much time learning how to analyze such texts and will begin to understand many new terms and concepts related to poetry and poems. We will also use visualization to draw conclusions and infer meanings of various poetry texts.
Throughout the week in Social Studies we will look further into how communities are formed and will learn about various cultures that dwell within the United States. It will be especially fun for the students to explore deeper into their backgrounds and discover where each of our ancestors immigrated from to settle in the United States. Tonight a family homework page will be sent home with five questions asking about your child’s family heritage, as well as a few questions unique to your family interests. Please take a few minutes to help your child fill this out. We will be using the information tomorrow to begin an in class project over our family cultures and heritages.
In math we started the week off by diving into Unit 10 over patterns and equations. We will use all of our knowledge of number sense to solve equations and find patterns in groups of numbers and tables. We will head fast speed into Unit over data analysis. Fun stuff!!
I wish you all a wonderful week back and another great week ahead!!!
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Finding a "Good Fit Book" for Your Child
A common question for many parents this year has been where to find books that are on my child’s reading level. It is important to help our kids find those “good fit books” so that they are reading books independently that they can also comprehend without assistance. In addition, it is equally important to find books that kids can read fluently on an independent level, again so they are able to comprehend the material even better. Of course finding chapter books or series that actually interest the child will ultimately drive the child’s love of reading even further, or quite possibly just begin to develop and grow that amazing spark for reading.
We are currently finishing up beginning of year reading assessments on each student, but if you are unsure what level to start them at, here a few good tips that I found from the Reading Rockets website: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/selecting-books-your-child-finding-just-right-books
How can parents help their children find books that are not "too hard" and not "too easy" but instead are "just right"? Here's some advice.
Five finger rule-
1. Choose a book that you think you will enjoy.
2. Read the second page.
3. Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of, or do not know.
4. If there are five or more words you did not know, you should choose an easier book.
Still think it may not be too difficult? Use the five finger rule on two more pages.
Choose a book that is a good fit for you!
Read two or three pages and ask yourself these questions:
Will it be an easy, fun book to read?
Do I understand what I am reading?
Do I know almost every word?
When I read it aloud, can I read it smoothly?
Do I think the topic will interest me?
If most of your answers were "yes", this will be an easy book to read independently by yourself.
Will this book be too hard for me?
Are there five or more words on a page that I don't know, or am unsure of?
Is this book confusing and hard to understand by myself?
When I read it aloud, does it sound choppy and slow?
If most of your answers were "yes," this book is too hard. You should wait awhile before you read this book. Give the book another try later, or ask an adult to read the book to you.
Tips on reading with your child
When they can't read the word, say…
Can you sound it out?
Can you think of the word or movement that helps you remember that vowel sound?
What is the first and last sound? What word would make sense?
Does it have a pattern that you have seen in other words? (ex-an, ack)
How does the word begin?
You said_______. Does that make sense?
What word would make sense that would start with these sounds?
Put your finger under the word as you say it.
If you are familiar with your child’s reading level, then this website is an excellent resource to find a variety of books that appeal to many different interests.
Mrs. Matus' Third Grade Class Schedule