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We are really working hard on our new 'playlist' way of rotating through literacy and math stations.  Now, instead of Mrs. Nelson always directing where students need to be during our station time, students get to choose from a 'playlist'.  On the playlist they have choices for different areas.  For instance, adaptive learning would include Front Row, Tenmarks, and/or First in Math.  These online activities challenge students based on how they perform so that they can be diving deeper into subjects they are excelling in and being helped in subjects where they may struggle.  Other choices include building with geometric shapes and/or polydrons, Using the fraction bars or pies to create equivalent fractions, completing a worksheet or task card activity etc.  In literacy choices may include research and reporting using digital storytelling tools, blogging, front row articles and questions, games including question card tic tac toe and/or I have, Who Has? etc.  So far, students have enjoyed having some freedom to choose which direction they take on a daily basis.  They are required to go to a certain number of rotations by the end of the week and they are only allowed to go to each 1 time.
While this freedom has been a huge hit with students, keep in mind that I will be closely monitoring and pulling students to work on things individually or with groups.  It has allowed us all a way to take charge of our own learning and get help when it is needed.  I will keep parents posted on our progress and how things change as we get better and see what we need to fix. 
What a great time we had at our BFG breakfast!

We are on the downhill slide of our year in third grade.  This last half of the year will go quickly and we will be learning a tremendous amount to get ready for fourth grade.  Right now in math, we are working on word problems, perimeter and area, multiplication, arrays, and of course we are always continuing to work with addition and subtraction strategies.  Reading and writing is getting better and better and I am so happy with the progress that I am seeing.  We will be completing an opinion writing piece this nine weeks and working to strengthen our reading skills for comprehension.  In science, we are learning about rocks, minerals and soil and in social studies we are learning about lots of important historical people.  I am constantly adding links and extra information here to help students who are wanting to learn at home so make sure you check back often.  
We're off! 

Now that Infinite Campus has the kinks worked out of it you should be able to check up on your child's progress. Please keep in mind that 2's are normal for this time of year as we are just beginning to learn some of these standards.  If you are seeing lots of 1's there may be a reason for concern.  In that case, I am very happy to meet with you and discuss how we can tackle the issue.  I am sending home graded papers once a week.  Make sure you are reviewing them and helping your child correct any non-test paper that has a 1 and a REDO at the top.
Here's some pictures of our silent reading time.  Shhhh....
Students are getting better and better with our stations!  I am loving this looping!  Here is a peek into what our classroom might look like during our literacy station time.  During this time I am pulling individual students to read with or I am working with a group of readers.

Last Modified on March 21, 2016