Update: Sept. 30 – Oct. 4th

Thank you for supporting your child with the 30 Book Challenge. Just a reminder that because of fall break this week, we will not be going to the library during reading class. However, students are still able to visit the library during recess and before or after school from Oct. 2nd – 4th. 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.

**The September Reading Reflection is due on Wednesday. I have included a copy of it under the Parent Corner tab if you need to print it out.

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: Flipgrid

I’m excited to tell you about Flipgrid this week. Flipgrid is a platform for social learning that enables teachers to ask a question, and then the learners answer in a video. Students can also react to each other, establishing a conversation web. For example, last week I ask the students to share their favorite book read from September. They recorded their answers in a video and now they are available for other students to view to possibly get ideas of new books to read.

I love how Flipgrid enhances student voice in the classroom!

Weekly Reading Tip (from Scholastic):

Supplement their class reading. If you child’s class is studying a particular theme, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help them make their way through those topics and promote reading comprehension.

I know one of the topics in third grade social studies is Arizona. So if you get a chance to visit a public library, you may want to look for books on Arizona and it’s amazing history. I know that the Agave library offers free admissions with a library card to several different museums in Phoenix. They include the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum.

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.

This past week, students focused on sequencing the major events of Rumpelstiltskin. We will be continuing our close read of this story by looking at different versions of Rumpelstiltskin and how they compare and contrast to the original.


Synonyms – words that have the same or similar mean

Reading Skill:

Compare and Contrast

Upcoming Due Dates:

  1. September Reading Reflection – Due on Wednesday (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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