I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you, like me, had a chance to visit with cherished friends and family! Thanks to all who sent in cranberries and Craisins for our pre-Thanksgiving Cranberry Day. It was a lot of hands-on learning and fun! Pictures and videos will be posted here soon. The link to the videos can be found on the right hand side of the page under the heading “Videos”.
Can you believe that we have officially finished 1/3 of our third grade year? Time seems to go by faster with each passing year. As we begin this new term, I will be talking with the children about revised expectations. Just getting work “done” will no longer be enough. The bar will be raised on the quality of work that is accepted. I will emphasize accuracy over speed. They should come to school ready to try their best every day. It would be great if you could also discuss this at home. They are ready and I know they can do it!
We spent a great deal of time during the first term learning about “Question/Answer Relationships” or “QARs”. This strategy taught the children about the types of questions (Right There, Think & Search, Author & Me, and On My Own) that they have encountered or will encounter and where they, the student, will find the answers to the questions. Will the answer be right there in the story? Will you have to search for different parts of the answer all through the story? Will you have to think about what you learned in the passage and think about what you already know about that topic to come up with the answer or will you just have to use what you know to answer the question?
This term, we will move on to answering Open Response Questions (ORQs). ORQs are a way for children to demonstrate their comprehension of a given text through writing. When answering open response questions, students will use what they have learned about Question/Answer Relationships and build upon that by learning how to turn their answers into well thought out paragraphs that include specific evidence from the text to support their answer. We will practice this together weekly.
Finally, please watch for notices confirming your parent-teacher conference appointment time to come home this week. If you have not scheduled a time to come in and meet with me, please call or send an email to set something up. December 7th is the afternoon set aside by the district for us to meet but I am also available some mornings before school and most afternoons after school. I will do my very best to work around your schedule.
Until Next Time,