Update: Sept. 23rd – 27th

Reading with Mrs. Thompson

Thank you for supporting your child with the 30 Book Challenge. On Tuesday, we will be visiting the library to check out new books. If students finish a book before the next library day, they may choose new books during recess and before or after school. Students need to bring their 30 Book Challenge with them, so Mrs. Cindy can record their book correctly on the challenge. If your child does not finish a book they can renew it. Mrs. Cindy allows two renewals for each book. Books for the 30 Book Challenge need to be on their Lexile and read this year in third grade.

** Just a reminder that fall break is Sept. 30th – Oct. 1st, so we will not be going to the library that week during class. However, students are still able to visit the library during recess and before or after school from Oct. 2nd – 4th.

Button Day is Coming!

This year students have the opportunity to earn buttons for each completed genre on the 30 Book Challenge. For them to earn the button they must have had the books approved by me or Mrs. Cindy and have had a parent initial that they did read the entire books. At the end of each quarter, we have a “Button Day,” and at that time I handout buttons earned for that quarter. Our first Button Day is scheduled for Friday, October 18th. The last day that I will accept completed genres for this quarter is October 9th.

Tech Talk: Digital Reading Resources:

We use Google Classroom in all subject areas in third grade. This free tool provides communication between students and teachers while also allowing collaboration among students. In reading, students will be able to find their weekly ReadWorks and Newsela assignments located there.

Weekly Reading Tip (from Scholastic):

3. Reread to build fluency.  To gain meaning from text and encourage reading comprehension, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly – a skill known as fluency. Rereading familiar books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so they will become more fluent in their reading comprehension. Learn more about the multiple benefits of rereading books here!

Curriculum Focus:

Comprehension: You will find additional information about each of the comprehension skills we focus on in third grade underneath the Reading Skills tab on the blog.

Last week we began our close reading of Rumpelstiltskin. As we reread and explore this story, students are learning how to answer short answer questions by building their comprehension skills. This includes restating the question in their answer while also providing evidence from the story to support their thinking. When students are restating the question, they are more likely answering the question correctly. You will find the story and questions behind the skills tab in their binder.

I’m excited that all third graders will be participating in the Global Read Aloud 2019 this year. This is such an exciting opportunity to be engaging with students across the world as we read books by Yuyi Morales. Students will be responding to weekly questions through Padlet. Our first story this week is Dreamers.



Reading Skill:

Main Idea

Upcoming Due Dates:

  1. September Reading Reflection – Due on October 2nd (Parents must sign the Reflection and 30 Book Challenge when your child has read the book). Just a reminder that students choose a different Lexile book to answer each of the questions on the Reading Reflection.
  2. All genres completed this quarter are due on October 9th.
  3. Button Day – October 18th

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Thompson

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