Reading Update: Oct. 21st – 25th

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the families in Mrs. Brockman’s and Mrs. Peterson’s classes last week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or send me a Class Dojo message. Just a reminder that you can go back in the blog to see any dates that you might have missed. I look forward to conferencing with the other half of third grade this week!

Button Day

Thank you for supporting your child with the Thirty Book Challenge. The looks on their faces when I handed them their genre bag was totally priceless. My goal this year with the genre buttons, is to not only encourage them to explore other genres and become better readers, but also to hopefully instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. I always tell them that reading improves their skills in all subjects areas. It even helps with those pesky two-step word problems.

Monthly Reading Reflection

The new October Reading Reflection is due on Friday, November 1st. Starting with this reflection, I will be grading them using a rubric. It should be in their binder with their reflection. Please review it’s expectations with your child.

Helpful Hints for Completing the Reading Reflection

  • working on the reflection as soon as we finish a book while it’s still fresh in our mind
  • writing at least 3 complete sentences for each question
  • books should be coming from the 30 Book Challenge.

Arizona Coyote Reading Program

Thank you for encouraging your child with the Coyote Reading Log. Don’t forget that the the log can be kept in their reading binder.  If you would like to keep it in a safe place at home that’s okay too.  I only have enough logs for each child to receive just one. I did tell the students last week that since our daily reading homework is to read at least 20 minutes that they may go back and fill in the first 14 days in October with 20 minutes. We talked about the importance of accurately writing down the minutes we read each day.  If they read only 10 minutes one day, then that’s what they should write down. I’m not asking for students to be reading hours a day, but maybe setting goals to read 1-5 minutes longer each day. This program runs through March 31st and includes weekends too. 

Last week, third grade made some reading goals for the next six months. Each class has a goal of reading at least 15,000 minutes each month. The class that has the most minutes read each month, will receive an extra recess. In addition, the entire third grade is trying to read 500,000 minutes by March 31st.

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 week, the students will be taking their first reading test for a grade. A few weeks ago, we completed one together and went over the expectations they needed to successfully do their best work. The one of Friday will be a paper/ pencil test, but after that all of these tests will be completed on the computer. These tests are hard and ones that they can not study for ahead of time. Please remind your child the importance of taking their time and checking their work. Students must be finding the evidence to support their answers.


Singular Possessive Nouns

Reading Skill:

Identifying the difference between theme and main idea

Upcoming Due Dates:

  1. October 22nd – Library Day
  2. October 24th – Reading Test
  3. November 1st – October Reading Reflection is due.
  4. November 1st – October reading minutes are due for the Arizona Coyote reading contest.  

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Thompson

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