We are now turning our focus to the math examination in May, while continuing to develop your child's literacy skills for the remainder of the year. Many children have still not mastered the multiplication facts. This is a KEY skill for 3rd grade, and not having a quick recall of the facts will hinder your child's ability to be successful on the MCAS. Children are expected to know 100 facts at this point in the year. I will email all parents this weekend with your child's current proficiency level. If your child is below 85%, please practice the facts for 15 minutes each night (beyond the nightly facts homework) to help your child memorize them. They can also go on to Extra Math to practice on the computer or on your phone (they all have an account).
My students have started an interest-based research project based upon a topic they have identified as something they would like to learn about. Topics have ranged from dance, Hindu language, Nigeria, and black holes to Jamaica and Michael Jordan. We have already begun by writing letters to "experts" in the field. I am hoping to take my students to the Boston Public Library to do some research and check out books, and so if you are available to join us on a Tuesday please let me know. I will be inviting parents to the classroom to view the projects once they are completed some time in May.
Enjoy your weekend! ~ Mrs. Mark