Sunday, September 16, 2012

Families of Mr. Abbott's Third Grade,

Wow, two weeks in already and the year is off to a great start.  A few of the things we've been up to so far, and then I'll get to some of what you can look forward to this week!


We have started working our math program with Everyday Math (you should be seeing Home Links just about every night) and Discovery Math just started up on Friday (this is optional, but HIGHLY recommended if you can find some time to look at it before next Friday!).  We've been talking quite a bit about classroom expectations and community building, with books like Swimmy, The Dot, and Have You Filled a Bucket Today.  Students have created "Guess Who" posters and put their own dots around our room.  We've done two science investigations as we explore the world of sound and begin to write scientifically about our experiences.  We began to unwrap the idea of "good fit" books (like good fit shoes), and will be using the IPICK strategy to find books appropriate for all situations (more on this later).


Some things to look forward to this week include starting our Poetry Notebooks, where we will be gathering a new poem each week and using it for introspection, fluency reading, and partner reading.  We will be launching The Daily Five, to help our students build reading independence and deepen our appreciation for reading.  This week we will focus on "read to self," and will work on increasing our reading stamina.  We will also be introducing Reading Logs, and will need your help to fill them out as we read at home each night.


See what I mean?  A great start!  I'm really excited and I think all my friends in class are, too.


Oh, and did I mention we are bringing in our class shrimp this week?  Go here to see more about them:


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Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday night, and please bear with us as our class page gets up to speed.


-Todd

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