Mrs. Vaughan's Classroom



Weekly Update 9.21.21

By In News & Updates On September 21, 2021

Be on the Lookout for…

  • Tuesday folders will come home FRIDAY this week with 1st quarter INTERIM reports. Please sign and return these Monday.
  • Please note that the first 2 weeks of school focuses heavily on community building and establishing routines and procedures. On top of the challenges that come along with returning to “regular school” after a difficult year, students are getting accustomed to a new literacy curriculum known as EL. So far I have found this program to be engaging and enriching, but very demanding for students who have no prior exposure to the structure and vocabulary used. For this reason, you and your child may not be thrilled with the first few EL scores you see. Please stay positive and be patient. 3rd grade is ALWAYS an adjustment with workload and expectations, but especially this year for the circumstances stated above. I have already seen immense growth from week 1 and these kids are doing the work and getting there! word-bettereveryday
  • Thank you to all who ordered Scholastic books this time around. We earned $35 in free books for our classroom! Our next order will be around Thanksgiving to receive in time for Christmas.
  • This Friday students will have a class talent show as a reward for awesome behavior and dojo point earning. If you marked the “virtual” option on your child’s talent show application, please email me their video ASAP at I already have Mikey’s!

This week in Literacy:

We are continuing our reading about overcoming learning challenges from around the world. This week we explore My Librarian is a Camel to see a nonfiction text about actual traveling libraries that enrich lives of children around the world. 

Please see my note at the top of today’s message about our new literacy curriculum and the first few reading tests.

This week in Math:

We are continuing to connect repeated addition and patterns to open our minds to multiplication and division concepts.  Memorization of facts is not the goal (YET…) rather, I want to ensure students know when and WHY multiplication should be used. There are tons of great resources for this skill- please check some out here in this amazing math review resource organized by skill.

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

This quarter in science:

3.L.1 Understand human body systems and how they are essential for life: protection, movement and support.

3.L.1.1 Compare the different functions of the skeletal and muscular system.

3.L.1.2 Explain why skin is necessary for protection and for the body to remain healthy.

This quarter in Social Studies- we start this new unit Wednesday!

3.H.1.2 Explain the lasting impact historical events have had on local communities.

3.C&G.1.1 Compare the structure and function of both state and local government.

3.C&G.1.2 Classify the roles and responsibilities of leaders in state and local government.

3.G.1.3 Explain how movement of goods, people, and ideas is impacted by the geography of a place or region.

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