Friday, September 28, 2012

October Here We Come!

Parents, Students, and Families of Mr. Abbott's 3rd Graders!

Well you've done it!  You've made it through September of your third grade year!  October is on the way, and the leaves have already started falling from the trees.  Good work so far, there's lots more to come!

A quick update on some of the things we've been working on or you may have noticed this week:

1) Math Assessment.  We had our first in-class math assessment this week, and it should be home with you now.  There is a letter attached to the front of it, please take a minute to read that before you look over the assessment.  A special notice: the last question was extremely difficult.  We talked about it as a class afterwards and found some not-so-extremely difficult ways to solve it!  Give it a try with your student this weekend.

You also may notice that there is a smiley face and the phrase "Show Work" next to some parts.  This fits with our school's "If you think it, write it!" mantra.  Write your thinking down!

2) Reading Logs.  I collected our first reading logs today!  I was very excited to see all the fun books that our class is reading.  Some families had notes about differing times of reading depending on what was going on at home (parties, traveling, extra nights, etc.).  This is totally fine!  Our goal is to try and get a good amount of reading in as much as possible, and to make reading time a fun time each night.  Readers got stickers and started a new section in our Language Arts Binder!

3) Discovery Math.  Discovery Math came back today, and new ones were submitted.  Each student who submitted Discovery Math last week got to put a sticker on his or her Discovery Math chart this morning!  All the new submissions were sent down to get answer sheets attached for next week's return.  Good job discovering math!

4) Spelling.  We practiced our second week's spelling words today.  Look for getting those back early next week.  So far spelling has been fun and a great learning process for all of us.

5) Mastering Math Facts.  We've started working on Mastering Math Facts addition.  We're going to move pretty quickly on addition, a little slower in subtraction, and then see where we go from there.  When you get them home during the week, give them a try and see if you can beat your time from class.  There's a link to a timer on our Final Five page!

That's it for now.  I hope you're looking forward to fall and the upcoming sounds as much as I am!  If you have any questions for me please don't hesitate to email (todd_abbott@yarmouthschools.org) or call (846-3391) and I'll see you soon.

Todd


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