Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We learn from our mistakes...

I wanted to take a moment to address Monday night's math homework. As I sat down to check over the children's papers this morning, I thought to myself, "Why did I assign this?" I liked the practice it provided with writing numbers in both expanded and word form, but, in hindsight, it was too long and didn't allow the students enough space to complete the work neatly. I apologize if it created any undo frustration!

An additional homework note...I find that Back to School Night can create some additional chaos at home...getting the kids squared away, getting your self out the door, etc., etc. Therefore, most of my math students do not have math homework...a few do...they were the ones who were not completely focused during their independent work time!

Today, in math, we continued our practice of two and three digit subtraction with regrouping. We also had a group reviewing place value.

After math, my homeroom returned to the media center to continue their author study (Cynthia Rylant) with Mrs. Rose. Mrs. Rose spent time discussing how illustrations help us understand stories. After that, we reread The Great Gracie Chase, by Cynthia Rylant, and identified the events in the story. We also learned about "mountain climbers", a category of cursive letters that include "i" and "t".

Following lunch and indoor recess, we will talk about sensory images in writing. We will also begin our study of Economics by introducing the concepts of human, natural and capital resources, as well as, natural and man made features.

Don't forget...Back to School Night is TONIGHT at 7:00!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Thanks for a productive overview of what the 3rd graders will be learning this year! PS. I left my papers somewhere (I think with the PTA Group). Could I possibly get another copy? You can just send it home with Courtney. Thanks. PSS. Your boys are absolutely adorable!! Thanks for sharing your pictures! We look forward to seeing more!! Have a great day!

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