Current Newsletter

September 2016

Dear Third Grade Families,

My monthly newsletter is one way that I will be keeping you informed of the learning going on in our classroom. No matter how organized I am, (or try to be), things always come up during the month not included in the newsletter so I will also be sending home other notes and letters as needed. Please be on the lookout for those as well. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Soon we will be starting with multiplication! Students will be learning that multiplication means putting equal groups together. Eventually, students will need to know their multiplication facts instantly in order to function in the real world. You will soon see multiplication flash cards coming home as part of your child’s homework. For now, we are focusing on multiplication strategies so that students understand the meaning of multiplication. Some strategies we will be discussing include equal group drawings, repeated addition, count-bys and arrays. Please keep a lookout for the parent letters that come home each time we begin a new unit. These contain helpful hints and strategies to help you understand the math we are doing in class.

Shortly we will begin our study of characters, their traits, feelings and motivations. Ask your child about the story elements we are discussing, (Hint: character is one of them). We will use the story elements to help us summarize. Later on we will use this information to predict character outcomes. Just like in real life, we can often predict how a character will act based on the things he or she says and does. Sometimes it’s important to understand what influences a person’s words and actions so we will also be taking a look at things from the character’s point of view. As we discuss character traits, we will be learning new words. We call this robust vocabulary. We are going to organize our robust vocabulary into words that can describe a hero and words that can describe a villain.

We are also practicing working independently during our day. This gives third graders the opportunity to take some ownership of and responsibility for their learning. It also gives me the opportunity to work closely with your child in a small group. Ask your child about the expectations during Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work, and Computers.

Third graders will also be participating in several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities per month. Ask them how they saved Fred!

I am looking forward to seeing you all at our open house on the 14th. I will be presenting information about our day, homework, and classroom expectations at 5:15 PM and again at 6:00 PM. This is NOT a conference. If you are interested in talking about your child we can make an appointment to meet at a convenient time.

Wishing you all a great September!

Mrs. Alonzo