Making Connections When We Read

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 21, 2017

When readers learn to connect when reading:

  • the story reminds them of something they have experienced.
  • their minds become flooded with memories.
  • they are making sense of the text in terms of events and people in their own lives.
  • they can make connections to pictures, plot, characters and feelings from the story
  • they are most likely reading books about real-life situations, such as family, friendship, school, siblings, pets, vacations, etc.

-Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

The students read with a partner sharing their connections together.  Ask your child all about it!

Meet the Teacher Pancake Breakfast

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 21, 2017

A reminder to check the important dates tab at the top of the blog to be sure you are not missing any information about our class.  Meet the Teacher Pancake Breakfast is Friday, September 22nd from 7:30 – 8:40am.  Hope to see you there!

Leveled Reading Starts Today

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 12, 2017

Leveled reading is when each student takes home a book to read to an adult at home.  They are expected to read aloud for 15 minutes each day and then have a conversation after to check for understanding using the strategies we use in class.  They record the books they read on a reading log and hand in the log once both sides are completed.  I attached a more detailed letter to give more information and leveled reading at our school.  This letter was sent home today as well.  Happy Reading!

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Look At Our Increasing Patterns!

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 11, 2017

We worked together with a partner to create increasing patterns.  Then the students wrote a pattern rule to go with their pattern.  Way to go grade 3s!  Here are the patterns the students made:

Spelling Begins

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 11, 2017

This week we will begin our first week of spelling.  The students will have pretests on Mondays and they will write their words in their planners to take home.  You should see the words every Monday:) The students will be tested on these words on Fridays.  They will record their mark in their planners to share with you on the following Monday.  Our spelling program includes 20 words each week.  The first 10 words are usually base or root words then the next 10 words build on the first 10 practicing prefixes and suffixes.  Happy Spelling Grade 3s!

Our First Math Unit – Patterning

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 9, 2017

We have started a unit in mathematics on increasing and decreasing patterns.  Recognizing and analyzing patterns is an important part of mathematical thinking.  Patterning concepts lead to work with algebra in higher grades.  In this unit, your child will:

  • Identify, extend, create, and compare increasing patterns.
  • Identify, extend, create and compare decreasing patterns.
  • Find pattern rules.
  • Display number patterns on hundred charts.
  • Use patterns to solve problems.

Patterns can be found all around us.  Encourage your child to look for patterns around the home, and talk about them.  Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for patterns in your family’s activities as marked on a calendar at home.  What activities do you do daily?  Twice a week?  Every week?
  • Use small objects like buttons or coins to make patterns that grow or shrink.  Encourage your child to describe and extend the patterns.
  • Count collections of nickels and dimes by 5s and by 10s.  Count pennies by 2s.
  • Find examples of geometric patterns in floor tiles or on game boards.

Reading Strategy – Visualizing

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 9, 2017

We have been reviewing visualizing.  When readers learn to visualize while reading:

  • they are using the words they hear or read in a text to create visual images or “movies in the mind.”
  • they can turn on their brains just as they would turn on their TVs, to enjoy many images they can create.
  • they are training their brains for when they begin to read books that don’t include pictures with the text.
  • they are encouraged to activate their imaginations as they read.
  • they combine their own background knowledge with the words of the author to create mental images that enhance understanding of the text and bring reading to life.
  • they are able to activate all their senses to create mental images.
  • it is most likely when reading books about places, weather, or seasons that are filled with rich, descriptive, and vivid language.

-Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

First Day of School

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 5, 2017

We had a lovely first day of school!  It was a pleasure getting to know each other today:)

Your child brought home a program overview which I have included in this post as well in case you need it.

Your child also should have brought home a letter explaining you can subscribe to this blog with your email address.  If you complete that page and send it to school with your child I will subscribe all email addresses for you.

I will be sending home the registration forms tomorrow.  Please check them over and make any corrections needed then return them to the school as soon as possible.

Thanks!

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Welcome to a New School Year

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Posted by mrsbondgrade3 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 23, 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to begin this school year!  We look forward to getting to know all the students and their families.  This blog is used to communicate the learning that happens in our classroom as well as any information we may need to share.  A new beginning is always so exciting:)

 

“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey not a destination.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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