We had another great week.

We had another great week.
We had another great week.
It is a total joy to come to work each day.  Your children are ready to learn, love to learn, and are kind to each other.  Here's a quickly update:
Reading:  They will be starting a non-fiction unit with Mrs. Alves next week so their book bags should have mostly non-fiction books.

Writing:  Most students have started a "re-write" of one of their narratives.  This is our first year of implementing the "Teacher's College Writing Program" so it is a bit different than what they've done in the past.  We have many children who love to write!

Math: Hopefully your child showed you the "9 lines house" strategy that we have been using to learn multiplication facts.  Once learned, the goal will be for quick recall. It is a multi-sensory approach (you see, write and speak the facts) and has been proven to be successful for many students.  It is fun too!  We also started organizing data, creating scaled pictographs, and scaled bar graphs as these are grade 3 standards.  They did non-scaled graphs last year.  Determining the proper scale, based on the data, led to a great mathematical conversation in class today when we were organizing Red Sox Homerun data for the 2015 season.  In the end, it was decided that the scale should be by 20 runs.  All students were with their regular teacher for math today and I know the other two classes used data they collected from science class.  It's great for them to see how everything is really connected to math and/or science!

Science:  The seeds have germinated!  Ask your child all about this.

Enjoy the weekend.