C-3 First Week News 8-16-19

Posted by Carley Kennedy on 8/16/2019

Dear C-3 Families,

What a FABULOUS first week of the school year!  Our C-3 family is so sweet, kind, and focused.  I can already tell we are going to have a super year together.  
 
I will always send a weekly email on Fridays (sometimes on Thursday) with news, announcements, and curriculum updates.
 
Curriculum Updates:
 
Reading: Our focus will be on determining the main idea and supporting details as well as the author's purpose.  As readers, we are working on the strategies of active listening and questioning. Students will also learn to annotate as they read.
 
Read Alouds this week were:
One by Kathryn Otoshi- This looks like a simple story but it has a strong and powerful message. We had a very thoughtful class discussion as we read. 
 
How Full is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath - This was a read aloud to kick off our C-3 Bucket Fillers, which the class will do all year long.
 
Discover Yourself  By our very own Hsiao-Yen (Nova's mom)
 
Every day, we practice Mindfulness and Metacognition and focus our thoughts on the positive.  We do this for 5 minutes after coming in from recess.  This week, we thought about the things we are grateful for in life.
 
Cursive practice will start on Monday!
 
Math: Our first topic is Number Sense.  We will learn about number lines, the halfway number, and rounding, as well as place value and problem solving.  
 
Writing: We will start Writer's Workshop on Monday.  We begin our writing unit with a focus on personal narrative writing and using compelling beginnings.
 
Social Studies: Government
 
Each Friday your child will bring home a Friday Folder filled with some of the work they have completed that week, AR scores, and other reports and/or assessments.  This will start next Friday.  Each weekend, please look over your child's Friday Folder work and sign their Friday Folder log with any comments or questions you have for me.  This should be returned on Monday.  
 
Also, your child will be writing a letter to you about their week.  They will keep this in a Friday Journal that they will bring home every Friday and back to school every Monday.  Please read your child's letter in his/her Friday Journal.  Write back if you can.  
 

 I wanted to include a typical daily schedule for C-3:

Morning Warm Up (Review and preview of 3rd grade skills)
Reading Lesson
Fitness/Walk/Run
Reading Groups (Differentiated reading groups/vocabulary/spelling)
Recess
Mindfulness/Metacognition/Journal Writing
Writing/Grammar
Math
Lunch
AR Reading/Annotating Nonfiction
Science/Social Studies/Art
End of the Day Reflection Circle
 
If you signed up to volunteer in class, please let me know if you are available to start next week (You must have already turned in your clearance paperwork to the office).  If you were cleared to volunteer last year, I believe you are still cleared.
 
Please email me anytime with questions/comments.  I will let you know as soon as I receive information about the BTSN make up date.
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
-- 
Carley Kennedy
Third Grade Teacher
Green Elementary School