Benchmarks

The students will be taking their third nine weeks English benchmark tests on Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th. Please focus on the English skills (SOLs) listed below.

  • Decoding Multisyllabic Words
  • Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details of Fiction and Non-fiction Books
  • Asking/Answering Questions with Fiction and Non-fiction Books
  • Context Clues (Look for clues to help us determine the meaning of a word)
  • Text Features/Structures (Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Captions, Bold Print, Diagrams, Photographs, etc.)
  • Identify the Author’s Purpose (PIE – Persuade, Inform, Entertain)
  • Alphabetical Order (ABC order)
  • Making Predictions
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Print & Electronic Resources (Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus, Atlas, Internet Search)
  • Use knowledge of homophones, root words, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, & antonyms
  • Compare and contrast setting, character, and event
  • Identify problems and solutions

We are quickly approaching the end of our 9 weeks (Friday, March 30th). If your child has not met his/her AR goal please encourage him/her to read and test. It is very important that each student is meeting the point goal and has a comprehension rate of 85% or higher. Happy Reading!

The students will be taking their third nine weeks math benchmark on Tuesday, March 27th. We will be spending a few days to review in class for the assessment. Please make sure you are also reviewing the skills with your child at home in order to help them prepare. The following SOLs/skills will be tested on this assessment:

  • Patterns
  • Graphing
  • Temperature
  • Multiplication/Division Models
  • Measurement
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Telling Time, Elapsed Time, and Equivalent Periods of Time
  • Fractions
  • Money
  • Multiplication Word Problems

Reading Benchmark

We will take the English benchmark tests on Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th.

Please focus on the English skills (SOLs) listed below.

  • Decoding Multisyllabic Words
  • Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details of Fiction and Non-fiction Books
  • Asking/Answering Questions with Fiction and Non-fiction Books
  • Context Clues (Look for clues to help us determine the meaning of a word)
  • Text Features/Structures (Table of Contents, Glossary, Index, Captions, Bold Print, Diagrams, Photographs, etc.)
  • Identify the Author’s Purpose (PIE – Persuade, Inform, Entertain)
  • Alphabetical Order (ABC order)
  • Making Predictions
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Print & Electronic Resources (Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus, Atlas, Internet Search)

We are quickly approaching the end of our 9 weeks. If your child has not met his/her AR goal please encourage him/her to read and test. It is very important that each student is meeting the point goal and has a comprehension rate of 85% or higher. Happy Reading!

2nd Math Benchmark

The following are the SOL Standards that will be tested on the 2nd Nine Weeks Math Benchmark. Students will be taking their benchmark on Wednesday, January 17. Please review these skills with your child at home as we continue to review them in the classroom.
• Place value, rounding, comparing
• Estimation with addition and subtraction
• Inverse relationships (+/-) (x and /) Fact Families
• Multiplication Facts and corresponding Division Facts
• Multiplication and Division Models (area, groups, and number lines)
• Graphing/Line Plots
• Patterns
• Measurement (length, volume/capacity, weight/mass)
• Area and Perimeter

Upcoming Dates

  • Progress Reports-Wednesday, December 13th
  • Greece/Rome Day-Tuesday, December 19th
  • Holiday Party-Wednesday, December 20th

*Be on the look out for notes in your child’s white communication folders regarding Greece/Rome Day and our Holiday Party.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents,

A letter regarding parent-teacher conferences went home with your child on Thursday, November 2. Please fill out times that can work for you and I will try my best to accommodate your choices. If you cannot meet on that date, we can set up a phone conference at your convenience.

Benchmarks

Math Benchmark- Wednesday, October 18th

Please review the following skills with your child at home in order to prepare for their upcoming test:

  1. Place Value, Rounding, and Comparing Numbers
  2. Estimation (addition and subtraction)
  3. Word Problems (addition and subtraction)
  4. Multiplication Facts
  5. Properties (identity and commutative)
  6. Fact Families and Equality

Reading Benchmark- Thursday, October 26th. We will begin our review this week. Please focus on the skills (SOLs) listed below.

  • Decoding multisyllabic words
  • Identifying main idea and supporting details of fiction and non-fiction books
  • Context clues
  • Text features
  • Asking/answering questions with fiction and non-fiction books

There are many ways to help your child become a better reader. First, encourage your child to meet their AR goal each nine weeks. Second, ensure they are completing their homework by reading 20 minutes every night. Third, check their reading log every other week to ensure it is complete. Last, read with your child and ask him/her questions about what is being read. Comprehension is extremely important in 3rd grade. Happy reading!

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