In third grade it's pretty easy to say, multiplication is one of our biggest standards. So much of what we do envolves multiplication. This week we broke down how to solve multiplication problems in a variety of ways. The purpose in teaching a variety of ways, is so that students will have a bag of tools to help them solve problems. Some strategies make more sense to some while not to others. That's why it's so neat to get to teach 4 different strategies!
A bright yellow paper just like this should have come home today with students! Unfortunately, advanced math didn't get to make this organizer with us today.
The first strategy we learned was repeated addition. When looking at the factors you will know what to add and how many times to add it.
5+5+5+5 adding 5 four times
4+4+4+4+4 I am adding 4 five times
Either way you will get the same product!
Arrays are like a grid set up in rows in columns. Just like repeated addition I need to look at my factors to find out how any rows and how many columns I will need.
5x4= five rows with four columns
For number lines, it's really about making jumps and skip counting. We will use number lines a lot throughout the year, and this is a great way to get us started using them.
And lastly is equal groups. Just like all the other strategies, you look at the factors to determine what you will need. With groups you will need a certain number of groups, as well as the amount that goes into each group.
5x4= five groups with four in each group.
Then students just need to count the number of marks total in each groups.
For tomorrow, we have a formative on the different strategies and students will be required to find the product using different strategies. Aside from the formative, students get to use which ever formative works best for them! But as far as multiplication goes, it's easiest just to get your facts down!
The first week of school totally flew by! I may or may not have slept for about 11 hours on Friday! Whew was I tired! My plan for the weekend was to get up early on Sunday and put up this post, but I had quite a surprise on Saturday night! Some news I'm just too excited not to not share! Late Saturday night, I was home alone and had a knock on the door, my trusty guard dog Oliver was barking like crazy! I nervously went to check the peep hole, with my phone in hand ready to call 911. Who do I see on the other side of the door? My boyfriend who has been deployed since the first of January! I was absolutely shocked to see him! He wasn't supposed to be home for another few weeks! So needless to say, my plans changed but in the best way! Clearly our dogs Oliver and Loki were very excited as well!
Homework Packet 101
Anyways, now down to business. On Friday our first homework assignment went home. One tool that all of third grade uses is the cover sheet. There is a TON of helpful information about student progress, Accelerated Reader check-in, spelling, and upcoming events. Also, on Friday we finally got binders in after school! YAY! Each student will have a binder on Monday!
The first box on the page is a box for upcoming events. I will do my absolute best to put all school upcoming events coming in the next few weeks. I also have a calendar tab on this site that I have already put in dates and times for events that I am aware of for the WHOLE year! If times change, I will go in and fix them as well as add in more events along the way! Click here to see that calendar.
In this section, there will be information about what the student's AR goal is and how many points they need to earn in order to reach his or her goal. You can also find out what your child's accuracy is, they must have at least 85% accuracy to meet their AR goal. If accuracy is not at 85% but they have met their points, they still have not met their goal until they get their accuracy up. And lastly, you can also see information about the amount of points earned or the percent of goal met. I will be using percent of goal met instead of listing points. Under the class tab of the site you can find a link to Home Connect, where you can log in and check students' progress on their monthly goal.
For this weeks homework, I had students write in what their reading level is as well. That way you and students know what level of books students can self select and take tests on.
Typically on Friday's we will have a reading and math formative. Although, some weeks we have just one or the other. In this section you can see what the math formative was on as well as the score your child received on the formative out of five questions. Formatives are always five points. If you see that your child received a 3 or below on their math formative they will be going to reteach for the week and then have the opportunity to retake the test at the end of the next week.
A list of the spelling words is also found on the cover page. In the binders, there will be a bright orange spelling menu for students to choose at least 2 activities to do for their homework. Spelling words can also be found on spellingcity.com (link included) and just search for Kelsey Smith to find my list. There is also a link in the homework tab under spelling on this site.
On the back of the cover page is the student reading log. Students are expected to read at least 90 minutes at home each week. Students need to fill out the date, book title, minutes read, pages read. Lastly, there needs to be a parent signature as well, showing me that you can verify that they were reading. The parent signature is important because then I can tell you saw it and students didn't just fill it in before class on Friday.
If you have any questions about homework and homework expectations, please don't hesitate to ask! I am more than happy to help. Thank you, have a great week!
The beginning of the year is one of the most interesting times, because I get to get to know each student. But, I also get the opportunity to teach some lessons on social behaviors. I really enjoy getting students to think in a way that they hadn't realized before. Today, we did one of the most, in my opinion, powerful activities..
Without telling students what we were doing, I set out four bowls. Three had toothpaste, one with lotion. Then I asked for 4 people who thought they were SUPER strong. After assigning a few students, I then told them they have 1 minute to squeeze out as much toothpaste or lotion as possible. Try and get every last bit out of the tube.
With great excitement, those students quickly got every last bit out! I got a lot of, "Oh that was so easy!" or "I am so strong!"
Next I have them a spoon and a knife. The looks of puzzlement on their faces was priceless! But, when I asked them to put the lotion or toothpaste back into the tube, they just laughed. I gave them 3 minutes to get it all back into the tube. Some worked on their own, while their classmates watched. Others, started working as a group to help one another. "This is impossible!" "we have to work together" "I can't do it!"
At the end of the 3 minutes, I asked them if they got it all back in the tube, naturally they all said NO! But, were able to get some back into the tube. I then told the class, I want you to think of the toothpaste as the words that you say to one another. It's really easy for the words to come out, but can you take them back once you've said them? You can always say you're sorry, but, does that take back what you said? No, it doesn't. Always think before you speak. How is what you said, going to make someone else feel? How would you feel if someone said something to you that you didn't like?
After we talked for a little bit, we did a writing assignment about thinking before you speak. And of course, since writing is SO big in 3rd grade, we indented and restated our question of course! It was pretty neat to see students so into the writing piece, they really had a connection with what they were writing about.
All in all, I hope that my lesson today will stick with each student as we go through this year. Put simply, think before you speak.
Last night was meet the teacher night! What a wonderful opportunity to meet most of my students.
I always enjoy this night, students are nervous, I am nervous. But, I thoroughly enjoy getting the opportunity to meet parents and tell them about my class. I'll be honest, I was hoping for a big storm and the power going out. I do love a good storm! Even though that didn't happen, I would still call the night a success!
If you were able to attend, thank you for coming! If not, no problem, I look forward to getting to meet you! I know that many students did not bring their school supplies, just bring them on Monday. If you are unsure what the supplies are, you can find them under the class tab on this site.
A communication resource I am going to try and utilize this year is Remind.com if you sign up for it, you'll get short reminders from me. I will do my best not to bombard you with text messages or emails, but sometimes a simple one or two sentence reminder is necessary! If you are interested in receiving these updates, please take a look at the page below!
Can't wait for school on Monday! See you then!