Reading Update: March 2nd – March 6th

Happy Read Across America Week!

The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.” By Dr. Seuss

Monthly Reading Reflection Due: March 10th

The library is closed this week for the book fair. However, I will be taking all four classes to the book fair on Thursday during reading.

**Just a reminder that the February Reflection is due on Tuesday, March 10th. Students need to make sure they’re reading each question carefully on the Reflection before responding.

Third quarter button day is quickly approaching. All completed genres for this quarter are due this Thursday, March 5th. Button Day (the day I hand out buttons) will be Friday, March 13th.

Arizona Coyote Reading Program

Students should be reading at least 20 minutes every day and recording those minutes in their Coyote log. One of the best ways that you can help your child be successful on the AZMerit is to make sure they are completing their 20 minutes reading homework. It makes a huge difference in their vocabulary and comprehension understanding.

February Coyote minutes are due this Wednesday, March 4th. Please sign and add the monthly minutes for verification.

Since this week is Read Across America Week or otherwise known as Mrs. Thompson’s favorite week of the year, we will be having a special D.E.A.R (Drop everything and read) time on Wednesday during RTI. Students may bring in a book to read during that time and those minutes will be counted on their Coyote log! This is a great opportunity to add some extra minutes for March.

Curriculum Focus:

Comprehension: Characterization

This week:

  1. This week students will be doing some writing in reading class. We will be looking at how our main character, Shirley Temple Wong, has changed since the beginning of the story.

AZMerit Practice

As I mentioned in the AZMerit meetings, I strongly urge parents to review the paired passages that are located behind the skills tab in the reading binder. These questions are written very similar to the ones that the students will see on the AZMerit. Students must be reading carefully to fully understand not only the story, but also the questions that they’re being asked to answer. It is imperative that students are taking their time and not rushing through the questions. Please be talking with your child about the importance of taking their time on all sections of the AZMerit.

The two biggest challenges I see third grade students struggling with include the following:

  • reading directions carefully
  • finding the evidence in the story to support their answers

Word Masters Challenge

This past week’s analogy was: woods : acorn :: orchard : peach. Our winner was Logan H.!

Lunch Bunch Book Club with Mrs. Thompson

Each week, the group reads two new books and talks about what we like and didn’t like about each book. Students then vote on the one that should move on in our March Book Madness bracket. This year’s books center around the theme of being bold and brave.

Last week’s group read, It’s Not Hansel and Gretel and The Princess and the Pit Stop. The group overwhelming voted for It’s Not Hansel and Gretel to move on to round 2. This week’s group will be reading Mae Among the Stars and Mission to Space.

This Week:

  • **Readbox is open Monday-Wednesday during recess (great opportunity to find some new books to read)
  • Wednesday – Lunch Bunch Book Club with Mrs. Thompson
  • Wednesday – Special “D.E.A.R time”
  • Wednesday – Coyote February Minutes Due
  • Thursday – Third Quarter Genres Due
  • Thursday – Visit the book fair

Upcoming Reading Dates:

  • March 10th – February Reading Reflection Due
  • March 13th – Third Quarter Button Day

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Thompson

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