Updates from 201!

Happy New Year-

Yes, it has been quite awhile since I have visited this page.... my apologies, new habits are hard to form.

Some Upcoming Dates of Interest: 

Monday, January 15:  No School in observation of Martin Luther King Jr Day 

Wednesday, January 17:  FAST Math and Literacy Testing in technology class 

Tuesday, January 23:  Vision Screening- all 3rd grade students

Wednesday, January 24:  End of Quarter 2 (what?! already?!) 

TH/FR, January 25 & 26:  No School- grading and professional development days for teachers

Saturday, January 27: Mini Loppet.  Packets/forms were sent home with interested students. Contact Ms. D, PhyEd teacher for questions. 

Monday, January 29: First Day of Quarter 3. 


Field Trips for 3rd grade- yes, we will have them this 2nd Semester: 

2/21:  Kids Connect Concert (all of Loring) 

3/1:  Minneapolis Institute of Art

3/13: Eastman Nature Center, maple syrup tapping 

6/1: Flint Hills Festival at the Ordway 

In addition, we'll have more Kids Cook (Garden Days) and working with our Pollinate MN with our beehives this spring. 

Looking ahead to Winter Conferences: 

Friday, February 16th is a scheduled conference day.  Because it is just one day, it is primarily for students/families with specific concerns or goals we have been working on and toward.  With that being the case, I am more than happy to meet with all families ANYTIME and February is a good time of year to check in.  I am available to meet before school, 10:30-11:30am, and after school MOST DAYS. Feel free to contact me and we'll set up a check in time in February. 


What about homework?

Literacy:  Please support and encourage your child to read 20 minutes daily and then use the written response logs to write about and react to their reading. I am looking for 4 written responses turned in by Thursday of each week.  I remind students throughout the week to get their written response forms from our Literacy Folder so they are prepared to complete homework.  It is their responsibility to get those forms and return them.  Students meeting the goal of 4 responses will be invited to a lunch bunch in the classroom on Thursdays. 

Regarding math..... I will not be sending home math homework sheets/packets as a class.  There are several skills families can work on with their students to build number sense and math skills. I will be addressing individuals and their math practice needs at conferences in a couple of weeks.  We have been working on adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers, rounding, and place value.  Next unit will focus on equal groups- early multiplication work.  Also, it is clear from classwork, many 3rd graders are in need of work with clocks/time and money.  

* Practice Addison and math facts from 1-20.  Students developing automaticity with these skills have an easier time as math problems become more complex. 

* Practice telling time on an analog clock... they still need to know this skill in a digital world. 

* Skip count with your child. Count by 2s, 3s, 5s or 10s.  Need more of a challenge?  Try 6s....7s....9s.  This builds number sense and helps them with their multiplication facts. (this is coming!) 

* Ask real life story problems.  Like:  There are 5 of us that want a DQ treat.  We have $20 to spend.  What is the most each person can spend if we spend evenly?  Does that include tax?  What is a "tax"?  (Now you are working on economics too! ) 

* Cooking is a great way to expose kids to measurements.  Is 1/2 more or less than 1/4?  Which is bigger?- a teaspoon or a table spoon.   How many pints in a quart? quarts in a gallon?  

* Elapsed Time.... .  "If it is 4:30 now and we need to leave in 1 1/2 hours, what time do we need to leave?  


Please feel free to stop in or call anytime with questions or concerns.  I believe in team work between home and family for student success.  

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PDF Written Response template- Fiction and NonFiction   --  templates for students to use in response to their reading at home.