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Dates to Note:

* Library is EVERY Thursday.

*  AR Reading Goal  is 10 points by November 1st.

*  Picture retakes - October 23rd.

*  Pumpkin Globe is due Friday, October 25th.

*  Parent Conferences:  Week of October 28th. Minimum Days all week.

*  Red Ribbon Week Theme Days:

Mon. 10/28 - Sports Day

Tues. - Tacky Tuesday

Wed. -   Wacky Hair

Thurs. -  Costumes

Fri. - PJ Day

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Our first unit of the year is Building A Reading Life.

Overview of Unit: In this unit, students will learn how to author their reading lives by becoming a classroom community of readers. Students will also obtain the identity of being a reader by determining when reading has been great in their lives and thinking about how to continually make that a reality for them. To do this they will learn common strategies of strong readers and work in partnerships to discuss and share ideas as readers.

Topic 1 (Bend 1): Making Reading Lives The goal of this bend is to help each child build a reading life. We know that children will be creating reading identities, assuming roles within the classroom community, and we want to do everything possible to lure children to take on the role of being powerful, avid readers.

Topic 2 (Bend 2): Making Texts Matter In this bend students will learn to take further responsibility for their reading lives, including working to make sense of their texts. Students learn to take on the role of active problem solvers when they encounter places of difficulty and learn new vocabulary from their books.

Topic 3 (Bend 3): Bringing Together Reading Lives, Texts That Matter, and Partners. In this bend, students will read, think, and write about books in the company of others. They will learn to recount stories to their partners.



Bridges in Mathematics Grade 3

Unit 2 Introduction to Multiplication

In this unit your child will:

 ❚ Solve story problems involving multiplication

❚ Represent problems involving multiplication using skip counting, number lines, arrays, and ratio tables

❚ Develop efficient strategies for multiplication facts through 10 × 10

Start multiplication flash cards now!  Begin with 2, 5, 9, 10, and then work to 3 and 4.



Narrative Writing

In Topic 1 (Bend One) of the unit, the focus is on providing a vision for the kinds of writing 3rd graders can do. Writers will examine examples of writer’s notebooks, set personal writing goals, and study storytelling moves through mentor texts. They will work on increasing volume and stamina for writing while adhering to clear expectations for the workshop time.

In Topic 2 (Bend Two), writers learn to keep writing in a notebook rather than a folder. They learn to reread stories, select a seed idea, and develop it through repetitive storytelling. By drafting several leads, and exploring a variety of ways the story may go, writers eventually come out of notebook and begin drafting. Children are introduced to paragraphing to help them organize their thoughts. Writers learn ways to elaborate through adding actions, dialogue, thoughts and feelings. They also begin partner work as a way to share ideas.

In Topic 3 (Bend Three), writers will finish one piece and begin another, transferring the knowledge gained thus far to a new story. Lessons will emphasize storytelling versus summary, remaining focused and adding details. Writers will also be introduced to punctuating dialogue.

In Topic 4 (Bend Four), writers will select one piece they wish to revise, edit, and publish. Children will be asked to look at mentor text to study how authors craft endings to their stories and try those techniques in their own writing. They also learn how to use an editing checklist


October Home Project

  Our first home project of the year supports our standards in Social Studies.  By turning a pumpkin in to a globe, your child will learn the seven continents and five oceans.  Have fun with this third grade tradition, and don't wait until the last minute to get started! Directions come home Tuesday, October 1st.  


Character Counts Pledge

I am a kid of good character, trustworthy and true.

I'm responsible and fair, respectful too.

I am a good citizen.  I know what to do.

I care about me and I care about you.

The choices I make shape the person I'll be,

'cause Character Counts and I'm counting on me!


Conference Sign- Up for October!


Our Class Could Use Donations of:

Glue Sticks

Reams of Colored Copy Paper


Foaming Handsoap


How to Summarize in Thirty Words or Less!


Text Connections

1)Text-to-TextHow do the ideas in this text remind you of another text (story, book, movie, song, etc)? Complete one of the following statements:

What I just read reminds me of ___________________ (story/book/movie/song) because...
The ideas in this text are similar to the ideas in ___________________ because….
The ideas in this text are different than the ideas in ­­­___________________ because….

2) Text-to-SelfHow do the ideas in this text relate to your own life, ideas and experiences? Complete one of the following statements:

What I just read reminds me of the time when I….
I agree with/understand what I just read because in my own life...
I don't agree with what I just read because in my own life...

3) Text-to-World – How do the ideas in this reading relate to the larger world – past, present and future. Complete one of the following statements:

What I just read makes me think about _________________________ (event from the past) because……
What I just read makes me think about _________________________ (event from today related to my own community, nation or world) because….
What I just read makes me wonder about the future because….



Accelerated Reader

    When your child is ready to test, they have been instructed to place their book (with a bookmark that has their name on it) in the yellow basket on top of the CPU when they walk through the door.  I will then call them when it's a good time to take their test.  This will most likely be during ZYLAR time.  If your child needs to be reminded to test, try putting a brightly colored post-it on their Eagle folder to remind them.
     To increase proficiency and confidence, your child is reading from an Accelerated Reader book every day during our ZYLAR time (Zip Your Lips And Read).  I strongly encourage you to support your child in reading AR books at home as well, and remind them to take the test at school.  It is your child's responsibility to test on each and every AR book they read to earn points.  The monthly goal is 5 points.  AR IS A BIG DEAL IN THIRD GRADE!


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Weekly Paragraph Writing
Please refer to this model for the structure of a third grade paragraph.

 Centered, Underlined Title

       An indented topic/lead/good beginning should start your paragraph. This is a hook that should include the topic word(s).  This should be followed by3-5 supporting details that are related to your topic.  While writing, check for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  Mind your margins.  A creative closing sentence should end your paragraph.


As you observe your children completing their homework, please look for evidence of them utilizing the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Compliment them for showing evidence of these standards:

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in reasoning.

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