Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 23
Central Primary School Room 204 March 10, 2014
What is Happening?
Congratulations to Elijah who is our top IXL user for the month of February.
ISAT testing will begin on Tuesday. Please make sure they eat a good breakfast each morning. We will take our reading tests first. We will have 3 reading tests and then end the week with our first math test. We will finish up the last 2 math on Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week.
We have started reading our 2nd novel of the year. We have begun reading Ramona Forever. Vocabulary came home last week, we will be testing on Friday. Students have had a chance to collaborate on Edmodo. I will be sending home login and passwords on Monday if they want to respond to any of the questions they didn't get completed in class or respond to a classmates post.
We will continue with our regular spelling with this week focusing on Homophones. It is important when studying at home to work on the definitions and sentences spelling them correctly. It will not matter if they spell them correctly but use the wrong word in context.
We took our last ISAT reading practice and I have noticed a change in reading responses. Most everyone is beginning to follow the outline that is posted. It is so important when reading and responding to anything that they focus on being able to support their thoughts by pulling the evidence from the text. When you are reading with your child, ask them a question and have them support it with text support. We are also working on making connections to the text. Their are 3 types of connections: Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, and Text-to-World. We really focus on the first 2 which are the easiest for them to relate to. Again, they need to state the connection and relate it back to the story. We have had some great responses.
We have missed a week of timed multiplication fact tests but will get another one in this week. Please keep working on those facts.
WE have worked on some fractions along with equivalent fractions this past week. We created some beautiful spring fraction flowers for our hallway. I will work on some ISAT review this coming week. Any additional IXL reviews at home would be helpful. Take a look at Mountain math sheets when they come home to give you an idea where your child might need to focus.
Congratulations to our Addition/Subtraction masters: Julian, Ainsley, Elijah, Lydia, Sam, Jacob, Hannah, and Nick. We have several more that have mastered addition: Zach A, Ethan, Zach H., Olivia, Austin, Sydney, Sarah, Lauren, and Camryn. Keep up the good work. We have 7 that are well on their way to becoming multiplication masters.
We have started Ch. 7 in science. This will focus on Cycles on Earth and in Space. We will be looking at the water cycle this week.
Timelines are due on Monday. We will start presenting timelines and hopefully get them up and displayed in the hallways.
Dates to Remember
Study Spelling words
Home Links -- These will be due the following day
If NO Home Link ---Study math facts
IXL - Sections C Addition and Section D Subtraction
Study Vocabulary words - use in context not memorize definitions
Read Storytown story on Thursdays prior to test - Tests every other Friday
20 minutes of free reading EVERY night. Six AR quizzes are due at the end of every month
You will see a study guide 2 days prior to a having a test please go over with your child and sign & return
Projects throughout the year
Phone: 309-444-3580 Ext. 204
Central Web Site: http://www.central51.net/
Third Grade Site: http://www.centralthirdgrade.webs.com/
Our classroom is soy and peanut-free this year. If you plan to send birthday treats, I would like to suggest non-food items. I will have a list of possible food items if you are interested that can be brought safely into the classroom. Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our class safe.