- Please continue to check your child's homework each night and have them return it to school the following day with your parent signature on it.
- The Unit 2 Math Test on Addition and Subtraction will be on Wednesday, October 2nd. Practice tests have already gone home. These tests are for your child to study at home and they do not need to be returned to school.
- The Red Cedar Fun Run will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd. Please send your child with good shoes for running and a water bottle. Our time for the fun run will be 9:10-9:50 AM.
- Please be sure to check our calendar on the homepage of this website for any other important dates!
Dear Parents and Families,
It has been a very busy and productive first month of school! Your children are beginning to learn and understand the classroom and school rules, routines, and procedures. They have also been spending time in their special area classes (art, gym, music) on a rotating basis each week.
In math the children have been working on concepts related to addition and subtraction. At this time, we have not differentiated the classrooms because we feel that it is important to review these concepts as they are heavily tested on the upcoming MEAP test. Students will be placed into a math learning group that fits their needs during our second unit where they will be working with any one of the third grade teachers. If you have any questions regarding this transition. Feel free to send me a note or e-mail!
In reading the children have been working on learning in our team learning environment. During this time Ms. Lynch or I teaches a whole group lesson. Children are also beginning to meet with us in small groups based on their needs as a reader. The children spend time reading to themselves, reading to a partner, working on writing, or working on spelling each day. Ms. Lynch, Mr. Bechtel, and I also meet with approximately five students individually each day to give your child more personal attention time per week. Some of the strategies that we have been working on in reading are using a dictionary or context clues to figure out unknown words and using visualization to help image what an author is trying to describe in the text.
In writing, your children are about halfway through their narrative unit. The students are writing personal narrative stories which are small moment true stories that take place in 20 minutes or less. They are zooming in on these stories and telling them with lots of detail. Some writing strategies we have learned so far are to write in paragraphs by grouping ideas together, starting stories out with a small action, dialogue, or description of the setting, and generating ideas for personal narratives by thinking of people, places, and things that matter to us.
In science and social studies, the students have started to switch classes. Ms. Lynch is beginning to prepare the students for the Big Zoo Lesson by covering concepts related to Organisms and their Habitats. In sco
Have a great weekend! Feel free to leave any comments on this blog post or send me an e-mail for any comments or questions.
Ms. Bean :)
Dear 3rd Grade Parents and Families,
Welcome to a new year at Red Cedar Elementary! Let's make it the best one yet! I have really enjoyed getting to know your children this week as we learn more about one another and our learning styles.
This week was filled with lessons on appropriate behavior, new procedures, beginning of the year assessments, and activities to help us learn more about the people we will be spending the year with in our classroom community!
Next week we get down to business by finishing up beginning of the year assessments and starting curriculum. We will start the year in math reviewing addition and subtraction to get ready for the MEAP test in October. In social studies, we will begin the year learning about Michigan Geography. In writing, our first unit will be Personal Narratives, which are true, small-moment, stories written with a lot of detail.
Be sure to check back on this blog to see notes from me and respond to questions to help me support you and your child at home more effectively! I look forward to getting to know all of you more at Curriculum Night this Thursday, September 12th. The ELL parent meeting begins at 5:30, followed by a pizza dinner at 6:00 and the informational portion beginning at 6:30 PM. I hope to see you all then!
Ms. Bean :)
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