Good Morning, Parents,
I was fantastic to see so many of you at back to school night last Thursday! I am enjoying getting to know your child and am loving this class!
In Reading we will begin to focus on nonfiction text features. Students will use text features to preview; set a purpose for reading; make, confirm, revise predictions; and locate information. On Friday, students choose a nonfiction book from the library to work with during independent reading extensions (stations) this week. They will learn how to respond to their reading using a graphic organizer! They will then use that graphic organizer to compose a short oral book report and record themselves using Flip Grid! The best thing about this oral report is it’s done entirely in class! After this week each student will be one book closer to their 25 book goal! I am hoping to post some of these next week. Reading Challenge: Your child is coming home with this information today!! To help support your child’s continued reading growth, the third-grade teachers at SPES have developed a yearlong book challenge! Over the course of the school year, your child will be reading books from a variety of genres as part of their daily homework! We hope this will help broaden students’ interests and inspire them to choose from a variety of books! While their reading is done at home, they will be completing responses or tasks in class that coincide with the books they are reading at home. Please ensure that they are keeping up with the 8 books read in a 9 weeks period at home. Please remember to sign the orange paper tonight. This shows me you are aware of the 25 book challenge. Thank you!
In Math we will complete our unit on place value! Students will learn to round four-digit numbers to the nearest tens, hundreds & thousands place & ordering/comparing whole numbers.
Science students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations. Students will participate in four different experiments this week and work through the steps of the scientific method.
Problem-What are you trying to find out
Hypothesis-an educated guess written in an IF___________THEN_________________ statement
Materials-items needed for the experiment
Procedure-Steps to the experiment
Observations-What can you observe with your senses (see, smell, hear, feel)
Conclusion-What the experiment proved (compare this to your hypothesis)
National Board Certification: PLEASE READ
Last year, I chose to pursue my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood education. It is a rigorous process that involves a lot of planning and self-reflection. Ultimately, candidates become better, more effective teachers. Your student will be working with me so they will directly benefit from my involvement in the process!
Different components of the portfolio for candidacy require different types of submissions. For some parts, I may need to submit student work samples. For others, I have to video record myself teaching in order to watch it back and reflect on what was done well, what could have been done differently, and what the next steps are based on student learning. Student last names will NEVER be included, and NO identifying information (such as last names, school name, location such as Henrico Co. Public Schools, etc) will appear in video clips/photographs. These videos and photographs are solely meant to focus on my teaching, not the students. The videos and samples are also never used again.
If you already filled out the form at back to school night you are all good! If not, I will be sending home a release form with a lengthier explanation, but have summed up the main points here in this email. I would love if you could return the form whether you choose to allow your student’s work to be part of my evaluation or not- just please mark “I DO” or “I DO NOT” give permission, sign, date, and return. Thank you for your consideration in assisting with this process!
PIZZA PIZZA!!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on October 3. Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students!! Take a night off from cooking and earn money for our school- a win-win!!
The gifted identification window for students in grades 3 – 5 will be October 7th through October 25th. If you would like to recommend a student in third, fourth, or fifth grade for gifted identification, please send a letter or email to the Gifted Identification Coordinator, Sara Blackburn (firstname.lastname@example.org). All requests must be received in writing by October 25th. Please feel free to call (804) 527-4630 if you have any questions about the gifted identification process.
Dates to remember:
September 24- Grandparents lunch
September 30: ½ Day for students-Dismissal begins at 11:00
October 3: Papa John’s Delivery Night
October 14: Student Holiday
October 28: ½ Day for students; Dismissal begins at 11:00
Have a wonderful week!