Please read the September newsletter for important information about the upcoming month in 3rd grade at Holsenbeck.
Friday, August 21st was an exciting and fun day at Holsenbeck. We held our annual reading parade and book character dress-up day. The reading parade is a celebration and reward for literary accomplishment. Every student who brings in a list of at least 10 books he or she read during the summer gets to march in the parade. All students get to dress as their favorite book character in celebration of the joy of reading. After the parade, parents and families are invited back into the classroom for a reading engagement activity. Both events are meant to promote the importance and joy of reading.
This year, TWELVE students from my class marched in the parade. That means they read at least 10 books during the summer. That is the highest percentage I’ve ever had from my class and I am very proud of them!
When we came back into the classroom, my students shared a character presentation book talk as the character they dressed as for the parade. All week they worked on their speeches and practiced their speaking and listening skills. The practice paid off because their speeches were great!
The Reading Parade and Book Character Dress-Up Day is one of my favorite days of the school year. I love to read and I love it when my students enjoy it too. I hope my class had as much fun as I did!
Goal setting is very important for student success and has been a part of my classroom culture for years. During the first week of school, we have a class discussion about goals. We discuss the difference between long- and short-term goals. I also teach students how to set goals that are realistic. Finally, I explain the importance of having a plan to reach a goal. Students have a data notebook for recording their progress in a variety of areas including Math Masters, AR, and reading level. I encourage students to look at their current level, decide where they want to be, and how they will get there.
This year, teachers at our school read the book Closing the Attitude Gap by Baruti K. Kafele. Kafele says:
A poster hanging above my desk summarizes this perfectly:
Here is the Holsenbeck 3rd grade newsletter for August 2015. It includes important information about events and what we are learning this month.
Welcome to Ms. Masters’s Class! I’m so excited about the new school year and my new group of students. After our first week of school, we are starting to get into our schedule and routines. I hope parents and students will find this blog to be both a helpful resource and a great way to stay connected with the events in our classroom and at our school. Many of the resources parents might like to access were posted on the blog last year. There are helpful links in the menu at the top of each page. There are also some old posts that have some important information. Here are some posts to check out:
- Math Fact Fluency – learn more about Reflex and the Math Masters program
- Word Study Program – learn more about spelling in 3rd grade
I will use the blog, email, and Remind to share information electronically with parents this year. You can subscribe to updates to this blog by submitting your email address on the home page. Of course if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me, call the school, or send a note to the school. I know we’re going to have a great year!