The new year came in and we are all happy to be back to the grindstone. This week, we have been continuing our study of basic multiplication facts. We have started a 3rd grade motivational reward for students that master each set of multiplication facts by offering an ice cream sundae party. For each set of facts that the students learn, they earn one item for their sundaes. For 0-1's, the students earn a bowl. For the 2's, they earn a spoon, for 5's they earn a banana, 10's is ice cream, and so on. The more facts they master, the more "stuff" they can get to put on their sundaes. Be sure to have your child practice their math facts a little bit each night. A deck of playing cards works well for this. Your child should know how to do this, as it's been shown and done in class.
In reading, we read a nonfiction story titled Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest. Since it was a short week, we only took an AR test on this story. Next week, we will be reading a story titled Wings. Be sure to have your child study for the spelling test, as it's irregular plurals.
In science, we have begun our lessons on physical science. We have learned about motion and speed, and will continue with forces next week.
Grade cards are being sent home today, so be sure to look these over and sign and detach the bottom part of them. Send this back with your child to school so that I know that you have had a chance to look at them. As the state reading and math assessments draw closer, it's going to be ever-important that your child stays focused on the task at hand in the classroom. We will be drilling and practicing over specific math and reading skills so that your child is a successful test-taker this spring.
Happy New Year and have a great weekend! I'm a KU fan, but will go ahead and root for the 'Cats tonight in the Cotton Bowl. I'm sure it will be a great game!