Last week, I sent home a hard copy of the blog. I know that some families prefer that over reading the online version only. I also understand that some families like having a hard copy to refer to during the week. Please feel free to choose the delivery option that best suits your family. The hard copy of the blog will be going home in your child’s weekly home folder or reading binder. Thank you for your support.
Monthly Reading Reflection
The November Reading Reflection is due on Tuesday, December 3rd. This is the monthly reading homework that I assign to all third graders. The next Reflection will not be going home until January. Just a reminder that this graded assignment is worth 25 points.
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’re finished reading them.
Our next button day is scheduled for Friday, December 13th. I will need their genre’s count on Friday, December 6th. Parents must sign all completed genres after students have read their books before students can receive their buttons.
Winter Book Exchange Red Carpet Extravaganza
On December 19th, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Third Grade’s Winter Book Exchange. This is a great opportunity for each child to give and receive a book during the month of December to celebrate reading. Students may bring in one or more gently used books that they have already read in exchange for a “new” book. Any extra books will be saved for book exchanges at spring break and at the end of year. I did have some students ask if they could bring in books from younger siblings. Since this book exchange is for third graders only, we really want to keep it to books that third graders would like to read. So search all those closets and bookshelves and let’s encourage some winter break reading!
- Books Donated – December 12th or earlier
- Book Exchange – December 19th
- third grade books
I will need a few volunteers that day around 1:30 to set-up the red carpet and books, so please let me know if you are available to help. Thank you!
Arizona Coyote Reading Program
Keep recording their minutes read in their log. November minutes are due on Tuesday, December 3rd, and must be signed by parents.
We completed a Quick Write about Coleiods last week to go with our story, “Camouflage Wizards.” A Quick Write is a short written response to an open ended question or prompt. Students had to recall interesting facts that they have learned about Coleoids. I think that they were amazed as to what they remembered and that they could write about it for 10 minutes. While this strategy does improve writing fluency, it also helps in many other areas such as setting a purpose for reading, encourage critical thinking, and to reinforce the vocabulary. It also helped them to understand key concepts from the story.
- November 26th – Library Day
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
- December 19th – Winter Book Exchange
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!