Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sample DRA Letter

DRA Winter Results
I sent out an email recently that will had your child's current DRA result, a letter explaining their level and ways to help them and book suggestions. 


Below is an example of an email for a student who was reading at a DRA 34, which is grade level at this time of year. 


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We just completed our DRA reading assessment testing/check-in Your child tested at a DRA 34.

What is grade-level at this time of the year?
At this point in the year, your child should be reading at a 34, Independent DRA level (where they can read and comprehend the text proficiently on their own)in both fiction and nonfiction to be progressing appropriately to meet 3rd grade expectations.


**Note: DRA Levels aren’t consecutive. They go 18,20,24, 28, 30, 34, 38, 40. At the start of 3rd grade, they should have been at least a DRA 28.

What was tested?
Here is what each section tested means {which is shown in the attachment}:
  • Accuracy: Reading most of the words correctly
  • Fluency: Reading the text quickly enough for that level of text
  • Comprehension: Answering questions based on what is read and understanding what is read


What do I do next?  
Click here for a letter explaining more in detail about what your child is able to accomplish while reading at this level and  next steps moving forward.


Do you have any book suggestions?
The Scholastic Book Wizard is a free, online tool and a great place to start to search for books based on level, genre, subject and grade.

Here is also a blog post a found with book suggestions for your child reading at this level. Again, this is another good starting place if you are feeling stuck with ideas!

Weekly Newsletter 12/18-21


Thank you for all of the love that you shared this week. I made a quick video message just for you! Watch it here!




UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Optional Break Homework, Due Monday Morning, 1/8/18
On Thursday 12/21, your student will receive a paper homework packet to complete over break. While this isn’t required, it’s an additional way for your child to keep up with their learning while away from school.

This isn’t supposed to be a stressful experience by any means! Just a fun way for your child to work on something constructive during any downtime they may have.

If they complete the packet, in its entirety, and bring it back to school Monday morning 1/8, then they will be able to participate in my special party.

Just in case the packet gets lost or ruined, I have attached and posted on the 'Homework' tab blog for you to print at your convenience.

Thank you for your help! I am excited to hear all about your child’s break when they return!





Low-Key Winter Celebration  {Thursday, 12/21}
For our Winter Party, I spoke to my team and all of the third grade decided to have a "Favorites” Potluck on Thursday, December 21 from 12:20-12:40 in the classroom.

Students will not bring in a lunch or order that day but I am asking that students bring in one of their favorite dishes that their family makes (This could be dip and chips, or finger food. It is not anything big, but enough to share for at least 5-10 people).  

The students came up with some ideas and wrote them in below. {Feel free to change if you don’t think their idea will be a possibility. You are able to type on this page.}   I mentioned that parents have the ultimate say.

I am asking that we do not have nuts in the dishes, and hopefully have some wheat free and egg free options as well.   

​After we are done munching, students will go to recess, we will then watch Disney’s Earth {it goes along with our Geography unit} and play a class game. It will be a pretty laid back day.






DRA Winter Results
I sent out an email recently that will had your child's current DRA result, a letter explaining their level and ways to help them and book suggestions. 




Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 




TECHNOLOGY 💻



   




Last week, students researched about a geography problem in the world and the possible solutions to help fix the problem. 

This week, students had the opportunity to create their own infographic, using the program Piktochart, to help share the information they have learned with others during our integrated technology time with Mrs. Fleet. 

We will post the link to Seesaw so you can see the colorful and digital version of their product. 



SCHOOL✏

School Updates

  • Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook



EPRS/Report Cards 
Will be released for digital viewing December 23. Please refer to the Principal's Blog for further information. 


Yearbook Needs Your Help!
Have pictures you have taken at school events throughout the year? Click here to see how you can submit your pictures to GRE's 2017-2018 yearbook. 



COMMUNITY📌


Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 



WORLD🌎

Holidays Around the World

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 12/11-15

 
   

To connect our Social Studies and Reading units, students have been learning about different Geography problems in the world and ways to make a difference. They've been researching the problem of their choosing using resources such as videos, infographics, and websites. 

They've been getting so fired up about this topic and a large group of the kids has made a clean-up club during recess to pick up trash that they find outside! 





We are in the middle of our math unit for Addition and Subtraction. I gave a quick little quiz on Monday to check in where they are at with their addition strategies and I was really impressed! 

After I had looked at them, we went over the answers as a class and students reflected on what they did well, what they still need to work on and questions they still have about this topic. 

If you need other ways to help your child with math, there are tools on the 'Resource' tab of the blog or you can click here to see the tools Pearson Realize [part of our curriculum] has to offer. 






I've been getting a lot of questions about some of my favorite things. So I decided to get a little creative and create a little collage of those things. {I also have this posted on the 'About' page on the blog.}




UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Homework, Due Monday Morning, 12/25/17
You can click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. 



Next week, I will NOT be posting new homework but look for an optional break {paper} homework packet that I'll be sending home. As it has been each time, I'll also send it digitally in an email and it will be posted on the Homework tab of the blog. 




Low-Key Winter Celebration  {Thursday, 12/21}
For our Winter Party I spoke to my team and all of the third grade decided to have a "Favorites” Potluck on Thursday, December 21 from 12:20-12:40 in the classroom.

Students will not bring in a lunch or order that day but I am asking that students bring in one of their favorite dishes that their family makes (This could be dip and chips, or finger food. It is not anything big, but enough to share for at least 5-10 people).  

The students came up with some ideas and wrote them in below. {Feel free to change if you don’t think their idea will be a possibility. You are able to type on this page.}   I mentioned that parents have the ultimate say.

I am asking that we do not have nuts in the dishes, and hopefully have some wheat free and egg free options as well.   

​After we are done munching, students will go to recess, we will then watch Disney’s Earth {it goes along with our Geography unit} and play a class game. It will be a pretty laid back day.





Spelling
As a 3rd grade team, we re-analyzed student's spelling data and shuffled kids around where we thought we could best meet their needs as a speller. New letters were not sent home last week but the kids know that they will have their test on Friday, 12/15.



DRA Winter Results
I am in the process of finishing up DRA testing and grading. Keep an eye out for an email that will have your child's current DRA result, a letter explaining their level and ways to help them and book suggestions. 



Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 




TECHNOLOGY 💻

 


  


As mentioned above, we have been using infographics as one resource to help us research geography problems that the world is facing. As infographics are becoming its own genre of text to read, it's important to know strategies to read them and how to gather the most important information. 

Next week, students will have the opportunity to create their own infographic to help share the information they have learned with others. 



SCHOOL✏

School Updates

  • Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook



EPRS/Report Cards 
Will be released for digital viewing December 23. Please refer to the Principal's Blog for further information. 



COMMUNITY📌


Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 



WORLD🌎

Kids Living with a Disability
I saw this PSA on Facebook the other day about kids with disabilities explaining their perspectives of their everyday life and how you can take action. 

Click here to watch this touching video. {I believe it will take you to Facebook since it was posted on their page.}






Monday, December 4, 2017

Helping Your Child With Math Homework

{Originally Posted on the Principal's Blog, 11/30/17}

Math homework can often be a frustrating experience for children and parents.  Parents were often taught traditional algorithms and do not know the strategies students are learning today.  While these strategies promote a deeper conceptual understanding of key math concepts, it is difficult for parents to see the benefits when they are unaware of them themselves.

We have a great resource that will help!  The Math Words and Ideas site from the Investigations Math Series has links to math videos that explain how all concepts are taught at each grade level.

 Click here to access this site.



Simply click on your child's grade level at the left-hand side of the screen.  When you click on a math concept additional subtopics appear.  Each subtopic includes a short video explaining strategies taught at school.  In the example below, third grade was selected on left and arrays was chosen under the concept of multiplication.


Watching these short videos are a great way to review how and why concepts were taught a certain way.  You may even consider watching with your child.  The presentation below provides a few additional tips to promote a love of math at home.


Click here for the presentation.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly Reminders 11/27-12/1


Students are in the process of writing their information books. They picked a topic they are an expert about and writing their non-fiction piece. To help them check-in with where they are at so far, students were given a writing checklist of what their piece needs to include. 

Before rating themselves, students had to underline evidence from their own work to prove if they have done that work. For example, one requirement is for each chapter to have a lead that tells the reader what the chapter needs to be about. 

Students had to underline each lead in blue. If there wasn't a lead written, students then realized that this is something they need to include while they continue to work on their piece and have as their current writing goal. 




I've been getting a lot of questions about some of my favorite things. So I decided to get a little creative and create a little collage of those things. {I also have this posted on the 'About' page on the blog.}



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Homework, Due Monday Morning, 12/4
You can click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. 


3rd Grade November/December Newsletter Sent Out  {11/13}
Check your inbox and/or the '3rd Grade Newsletter' tab of the blog. 



Ms. Meredith's Rock Concert, 12/7, 11:00-11:40
More information should be sent out via email by Mrs. Petty, the music teacher.


Wanted: Blank CDs
For a little something I am going to work on for the kids {sssh, it's a surprise!}, I was wondering if anyone would have any blank CDs that I could burn onto? 

I will eventually need at least 24. Even if you only have a few, that will help a lot. 



Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 


Student Accountability During Worktime

Before break, you should have seen this image pop up in your child's Seesaw Journal. I explain the purpose of this sheet and how students will fill this out after our larger work times to stay accountable and continue to build their independence. 

You will find more information while listening to the video I recorded within Seesaw.  

Need to link up to your child's Seesaw account? There can be up to 10 family members/child. 

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/946-763-264
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child



TECHNOLOGY 💻
What is Book Shopping? 
Each week, students have the opportunity to fill their classroom book bag with a collection of books that they can read during the morning time, extra pockets of time and sometimes Reading Workshop. 

To help them choose a variety of books and explore what types of literature are out there, I require that each bag has: 
-2 chapter books
-2 non-fiction books
- 1 picture book



Not only do students choose their books, they also check-out and check-in all their books on the computer using the website Classroom Booksource.

A few summers ago, I input all of the classroom books into this cataloging system to help stay organized. 

Students are able to search for books [within my library], see what's available, and keep track of the texts that they have. 



SCHOOL✏

School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 

Other notes are also sent home straight to your inbox by way of the Digital Thursday folder.  



COMMUNITY📌

Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 



WORLD🌎

Kids Living with a Disability
I saw this PSA on Facebook the other day about kids with disabilities explaining their perspectives of their everyday life and how you can take action. 

Click here to watch this touching video. {I believe it will take you to Facebook since it was posted on their page.}











Friday, November 17, 2017

Got Legos?



Have extra Legos that you no longer play with? Our STEAM lab will gladly take them off your hands!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekly Reminders 11/13-17

  

                   
For our science unit, we are learning about Rocks & Minerals. Naturally, a lot of questions have arisen from this study as we have been exploring this toping during Reading. Students have been writing down things they are still wondering about rocks and added them to our "Wonder Wall". I then pulled some common/tough questions we haven't found answers to yet. Students have then been reading to find and infer about those questions and also asking more questions along the way!

As quoted from Stephanie Harvey,in which we base our reading instruction from: "Curiosity spawns questions. Questions are the master key to understanding. Questions clarify confusion. Question stimulates research efforts. Questions propel us forward and take us deeper into reading." {Strategies that Work, page 125}





Thank You for those of you who were able to come in for our Celebration of Learning! I apologize again that I wasn't able to speak like Arial from the Little Mermaid. {I hope Ursula gives me my voice back tomorrow!} If you weren't able to make it, students brought home a lime green scavenger hunt that they can complete with you at home. Click here if you need an extra copy. 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

No Homework, but extra break homework will be sent home on Friday {11/17}

You will be click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog once it's posted on Friday. 




3rd Grade November/December Newsletter Sent Out  {11/13}
Check your inbox and/or the '3rd Grade Newsletter' tab of the blog. 



Spelling Update- No New Words This Week 
As a 3rd grade team, we decided to hold off from the new list this week and will restart after break. We will be analyzing student data and shuffle kids around based on what they need academically. 


Ms. Meredith's Rock Concert, 12/7 
More information will be sent out via email by Mrs. Petty, the music teacher.

Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 




TECHNOLOGY 💻

Student Accountability During Worktime
On Monday, you should have seen this image pop up in your child's Seesaw Journal. I explain the purpose of this sheet and how students will fill this out after our larger work times to stay accountable and continue to build their independence. 

You will find more information while listening to the video I recorded. 

Need to link up to your child's Seesaw account? There can be up to 10 family members/child. 


  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/946-763-264
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child


SCHOOL✏

School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 

Other notes are also sent home straight to your inbox by way of the Digital Thursday folder.  



No School, Thanksgiving Break
11/18-26
Fun Fact: I grew up in Highlands Ranch but all my family moved away to Utah during my second year of teaching. I'll be heading out to visit my family part of the time which will be awesome. I hope you all enjoy your time off as well!



COMMUNITY📌

Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 



WORLD🌎

5 Crockpot Ideas
The days are getting colder but the busy-ness isn't! Here are some crockpot recipes that might inspire you!