PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Grade 3 ELA Week of 1/17/17

Dear Third Grade Families,

Last week I started a word study routine that had some kids and families puzzled.  I’m going to go over it again with the children and again here with you all. There were about twenty kids who did not do their word study homework last week in each class, so we need to review.

This week I will not be giving any new words, but if your child got any words wrong on the spelling test, they will have word study homework this week, because they will need to study those words.

In the word study notebook, there will be a page with words on the left and the days of the week across the top.  On Tuesday, your child will do Look, Say, Spell, Cover, Write, Check for each word on the list to the left in the Tuesday column. Please see last week’s blog, or your child’s notebook for directions.  On Wednesday, they write in the Wednesday column, and so on.

Every child will have different words, so the way I will grade the test is to have them trade and check together.  They should staple the test into their notebook for you to review.  If they get any words wrong, they need to study that word again next week.

I need your help.  Please double check that the words to the left are spelled correctly. I try to check, but I don’t always get to everybody. If they are not, please fix them.  I don’t want your child to teach themselves the wrong spelling!

Please remind your child to bring the notebook home and back to school.  If they don’t have a notebook, they might get a zero.  They need to learn to be responsible.

Again, the words will be coming from words they spelled wrong previously and new pretests that I give on Mondays.  We’re not doing pre-tests on weeks without a Monday.

I hope this clears things up for you!  Let me know if you have questions.  Some weeks, your child may not have a list.  To prove it, they can show you the test with all the answers correct.

Ideas for the writing notebook follow.  These are suggestions, not requirements.

— Write an entry about a time when you went somewhere new.

— Write an entry about a time you ate something new or unusual.

— Write an entry describing your favorite meal.  Use your senses in the description.

Poems this week and next:

Swift Things are Beautiful

Swift things are beautiful:
Swallows and deer,
And lightening that falls
Bright-veined and clear,
Rivers and meteors,
Wind in the wheat,
The strong-withered horse,
The runner’s sure feet.

And slow things are beautiful:
The closing of day,
The pause of the wave
That curves downward to spray,
The ember that crumbles,
The opening flower,
And the ox that moves on
In the quiet of power.

By Elizabeth Coatsworth


The fog comes

on little cat feet. 

It sits looking 

over harbor and city 

on silent haunches 

and then moves on.

By Carl Sandburg