Reading Update: November 11th – 15th

Here’s the weekly third grade reading news.

Monthly Reading Reflection

The new November Reading Reflection is due on Tuesday, December 3rd. I had the students keep their rubric in their binder, so that they may review all upcoming reflections before turning them in. Students should be bringing their reading binder home daily.

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 (full of details) sentences for each question
  • books should be coming from the 30 Book Challenge.

We will be going to the library on Tuesday, so please make sure your child remembers to bring back their books if they are finished reading them.

While the students are able to checkout two books every week, I only request that one of them be in their Lexile range. The books they’re writing about on their Reflections should be coming from the Lexile books that either Mrs. Cindy or I approve of each week. These are also the ones they are including on their 30 Book Challenge. Please be sure to ask your child what books they checked out on library days. The months are flying by and I want to make sure they’re prepared for completing their monthly reading reflections by the due dates. Our next button day is scheduled for Friday, December 13th. I will need their genre’s count on Friday, December 6th.

Arizona Coyote Reading Program

Our final count for October was 59,241 minutes!! Wow!! That is amazing! Thank you for supporting your child in their daily reading.

I must say that I’m in a special situation this year being that all third grade students are in my reading classes. I’m actually getting to cheer for all of them in the Coyote Reading Challenge. So when I look at the homeroom minutes of each class, I’m very proud of the reading they’re doing outside of school. I’m hoping over this long weekend, students will be able to squeeze in a few extra minutes.

Homeroom Class with the most October Minutes: Thompson

November minutes are due on Tuesday, December 3rd, and must be signed by parents. You might have heard them mention that if we reach our grade level goal by March 31st, which is 500,00 minutes, that I would get slimed. Hopefully it will keep them motivated over the next few months to keep up with their reading.

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.

We will be taking the district’s ELA benchmark test this Wednesday, November 13th. Each class will be taking their tests in their homeroom classes during our morning blocks. Students do not receive letter grades for these tests, but rather they serve as a tool to see how students are progressing through the third grade standards. Please encourage your child to take their time and read the questions carefully.


  • Continue with base words and endings

Reading Skill:

Story: Camouflage Wizards

We will be using this informational article to learn how text features help us understand a topic better as we read. Text features include table of contents, glossary, caption heading, map, diagram, bold print, index, and photographs. Camouflage Wizards will be located behind their skills tab in their binder.

This Week:

  • November 12th – Library Day
  • November 13th – District ELA Benchmark Assessment

Upcoming December Reading Dates:

  • December 3rd – November Reading Reflection Due
  • December 3rd – Coyote November Minutes Due
  • December 6th – 2nd Quarter Genres Due
  • December 13th – 2nd Quarter Button Day

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Thompson

About Mrs. Thompson