Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Get ready...

It's time for your first Social Studies quiz on Thursday Sept. 27th.  Remember to take your book and notebook home to study.  You can also view the Chapter 1 slideshow to review.  Don't panic, though... the quiz will NOT cover Lesson 3 and the geographic regions of the USA.  That comes next week :)

Here is a sneak peek at the quiz.  Click on the picture tomake it BIGGER.  The questions will be in a different order on Thursday.

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's a Vocabulary Week!

Did I remember to mention at Open House that we do spelling every other week? On alternate weeks we will do several nights of ELA homework focusing on another objective such as grammar, usage/mechanics, etc.

This week we are working on a vocabulary unit consisting of ten words. The theme is "School," and the words are listed in your child's planner. 
There will be a handout each night and a quiz on Friday Today we made flashcards for your use at home. The quiz will be matching, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice or a combination. The objective this week is to become familiar with these 10 words and be able to use them in the proper context.

Click on the word list to make it BIGGER :)

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It's Book Club Time!

You can look forward to our first book order of the year this week.  Did you know that with every dollar spent, our class earns Bonus Points that can be used to get lots of free stuff?  Most of our books were acquired using Bonus Points.  The spinning book racks were free too!

September is a great time to order because Scholastic offers a special promotion for back to school.  We can earn THOUSANDS of extra Bonus Points with our orders this month.  Check out this video to hear about just a few of the books in the Lucky catalog this month.

Click HERE to visit Scholastic Books Online where you can browse and purchase books online.  Use our classroom activation code if it's your first time shopping online.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

How do you spell...


Our spelling routine started today.  We took a pretest together, and everyone got a list of about 10 words to study and work with this week.
  • We will have spelling every other week.  On alternate weeks, the homework will focus on another ELA objective such as grammar, mechanics, usage, etc.
  • We will hold our pretests on Mondays.
  • The post test is given on Fridays.
  • Differentiated means custom made!
  • 30 words are pretested- Your child’s list is made up of the first 10 words he/she spelled incorrectly.
  • Our spelling homework schedule rarely changes. 
Monday 3x each
Tuesday ABC & Reverse ABC order
Wednesday spelling sentences
Thursday study for Friday's test

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Friday :)

Our first two days were very exciting!  We worked hard on an interview project and learned lots of hints and tips for writers.  We took our first Rocket Math test using Addition Level H.  About half the class passed with ease.  The other students will try Level H again, as many times as they need to, before moving on to Level I and beyond.

What can you do to help at home?  Brush off those old addition flashcards from 2nd grade.  Don't student the whole pile, though!  You should focus on (+0), (+1), (+2) and the doubles (2+2, 3+3, 4+4, etc.)  We will take our Rocket Math speed tests every day except for Mondays.

You can find Rocket Math tests right here on our blog... in the right sidebar.  Print up the test you need and practice at home.  Use a one-minute timer.  Your child's goal remains the same as in school.  Good luck!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome to Third Grade!

I am so excited to meet each one of the members of our new class! There are so many fun things planned for our first few days together. You can look forward to some activities and games that will help us "break the ice" and get to know each other. We will also spend some time together putting together our "Class Code," which will serve as our contract of guidelines and rules for a successful third grade year together. This will be our first BIG project together, which is why Ms. Stanton will be needing lots of good help and great ideas!

There are a couple of things you should know about the first day of school. First of all, it will be DAY 1, which means our special will be Gym with Mr. Scholder... Yay!  Try to remember to wear your running-around-shoes.

Also, there will be some exciting changes in the cafeteria this year. There is a bigger menu with lots of fun and healthy choices each day. Don't worry, though... Friday is still pizza day. Whew!

Click HERE to see the fab new lunch menu for September

Click HERE for a welcome letter from Nutri-Serve

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you just want to say hello to your new teacher, you can email Ms. Stanton at sstanton@abseconschools.org .  I am really looking forward to meeting all of you soon!