Welcome To Ms. Sanchez's 3rd Grade Class.
It's Saturday morning and I've started thinking about California's state testing the -SBACs - which are to be taken around the end of April through early May. With that in mind I will be focusing on our math and writing skills. I will be giving an additional worksheet everyday in math that will be working on reading comprehension and applying the skills and knowledge that your child has learned over the past four school years. Additionally, I STRONGLY encourage you to work with your child (most of them need this) on their multiplication facts - this is the NUMBER ONE skill for Third Grade mathematics! In both math and reading the concept of "How do you know what you know?" is important. Each student must be able to cite how they know their information. For example in math: I know this because 9 x 4 is 36 or I know this because 36 divided by 4 is 9. Also, if you do repeated addition of 9 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 36 or an array of 9 rows (down) with 4 in each rows(across) give me 36. A student can not just say I know - cite your knowledge. The same holds true for reading and writing comprehension. For example: in the text on page 36, paragraph 2 in the first sentence it says "Abby was a happy cat because she purred loudly as she was being petted." Citing the text justifies how one knows what one knows. In your conversations with your child ask "How do you know that?" Help them with their explanation. Model answers for them - the more you interact the better they will be prepared.
On Friday, March 13th I will be starting a new literature book - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. The main focus of this book will be "Character Traits" as Edward Tulane goes through many changes throughout this book we will be reading and writing about those changes - we will be comparing and contrasting those changes over time. As you know, these are important skills in reading and writing and will help with the SBACs. I will be asking - again - for parent involvement in a week or two - however - the Literture Circles will only be every other Friday - not every Friday as I will be doing whole class projects. I'll keep you informed.
There has been auditions for our play "Pirates from Grammar Island", and I will be handing out initial parts on Monday and Tuesday, please know that everyone did an excellent job in auditioning and the selections are difficult. Nothing is set in stonem, but please do no come to me and tell me that your child wanted a different part as I will not make that change. The play is about the class having fun and let's not forget - meeting State Standards. Every student must memorize their parts and all songs - a part can be lost if a student does not do their job. So help your child with their parts.
As we start the new year I would like to remind all of you of the importance of typing. I know that I sound like a broken record I want to remind everyone that this year's state testing will be taken on an i-pad or in the computer lab. Hence, your children need to continue to practice typing - remember to use "Cougar Paws" in order to keep their hands in the "home key position". All typing homework MUST be done by your child - no exceptions. For those of you whose printer might be out of ink or broken - have your child put the homework on a Flash drive and they can print it during computer class on Tuesday.
Our work on Fractions has been going well and now we will be expanding into Area and Perimeter - and start our review of the four applications in math - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We are constantly having timed multiplication tests. All I can say is practice, practice, and practice! Practice is the name of the game.
A reminder - that homework is done on a daily basis. Any homework not handed in the following day is considered not done and will receive a zero. If handed in the next day the student will receive a half credit.
Project Due Dates: Express Yourself - Due:2/27/15
Assessments / Tests
Treasures Unit Assessment - Weekly
(Date to be determine by our progress)
Science Quarterly Assessment -