Mrs. Vaughan's Classroom



Weekly Update 9.19.17

By In News & Updates On September 19, 2017

Tuesday Folders are coming home today and contain school paperwork and information. Student work samples and interim reports will come home next Tuesday.

Be on the Lookout for…

  • Our first Scholastic Book Order came home last week in Tuesday Folders. If your child is, or needs to be motivated by new books, this is a great way to nurture that and give back to our classroom! The link for purchasing is here and our class code is: GPPF6. Orders for this week are due TOMORROW.
  • 3rd grade students took the Beginning of Grade (BOG) assessment last week. This is a reading test which shows what students already know, sets a benchmark to measure growth against this year, and serves as a Read to Achieve exemption if students score high enough. It does not go on the report card. Scores on this assessment are coming home today. I will go over these results, and all of our beginning of the year results at 1st quarter conferences in October, but if you have questions before then please let me know.

This week in Literacy:

  • Students began listening the book Wonder this week and are hoping to have it completed by the movie release in November. We will plan a class outing on a weekend shortly after the premiere, so if you are planning to see it, we would love for you to join us!
  • Students are finishing literacy assessments this week in the areas of fluency, comprehension and context clues. These will help give us an idea of what students know and give us a baseline on how far students will grow this year.
  • We are also learning about characters- their traits and motivation, and how their actions impact the story. Students will practice telling basic story elements and answering right there questions.
  • In writing, we are having a great time writing a personal narrative about an injury we have had. The more details, the better the story! Our stories will be told in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid format using band-aids as the illustrations to show our story:) word- ouch

This week in Math:

This week students are combining their knowledge of rounding, adiiton, and subtraction. . Students have learned a few rounding strategies including the hundreds board, number line, mountain, and of course the rounding rap! The hardest part of this skill seems to be reading carefully to find tens or hundreds when rounding, so pay close attention!

We are moving on from addition and subtraction strategies, but that is not to say all students are proficient with these yet. I will continue to spiral in review of these skills all quarter.

Subtraction, particularly with multiple borrowing pots or across zeroes is extremely difficult for 3rd graders. I will teach them a variety of methods so please be open minded to what strategy will work best for your child. If frustration levels are reached when doing homework, write me a note or send me an email. I want to address it asap! Here is a helpful tutorial that may assist your child with getting on track with difficult subtraction. Some practice games can be found here.

A year long “Scope and Sequence” which lays out our math curriculum pacing for the year can be found here

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