It is hard to believe we have less than five weeks of school left!! Although this year is flying by, we still have much left to be done!
This week in Language Arts we will be reading through many myths and fables and uncovering the components of each. In addition we will spend time analyzing such texts and comparing and contrasting the differences of these two genres.
We wrapped up our Economics unit in Social Studies last week after learning all about consumers, producers, goods, and services. This week we switched gears into science and will spend time studying weather and climate.
In Math, we also wrapped up our unit over Personal Financial Literacy, and Money. Throughout this unit we learned earn about ways to earn an income, spend money, and use credit. Today in math we began STAAR Practice Rotations where all classes will rotate to each of the six third grade teachers and focus on a particular skill covered throughout the year. We will travel as a class and have the opportunity to engage in some review stations that will help us prep for STAAR. Each night students will have homework on that particular skill they reviewed for that day. We will continue these review stations all through next week as well. STAAR Math will take place on May 8, and STAAR Reading will take place on May 9.
Please remember to check your child's work in Showbie on a weekly basis. This is a great way for you to see what we do in the classroom, and is a awesome way for your child to show off all of their hard work! As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Have a wonderful week!
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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