3B Friday Note

Dear 3B Families,

Thank you so much to many of you who came to our author celebration. You are their biggest fans and it was such a meaningful experience for the young writers and everyone involved. Your children shared how they have gotten stronger as writers, how their attitude about writing has changed, and the confidence they have gained through this writing process.

As you may have already heard, we have launched reading partnerships to foster interdependent reading. Each of your children now has a traveling partner on his or her journey into literacy. Partnerships will provide children with scaffolds, with audiences for repeated practice, and with more time on task because it’s partners as well as teachers who nudge readers to think and rethink. It is partner talk that gives kids reasons to develop ideas, to gather text details, to practice retelling, paraphrasing, and synthesizing. Reading companions will delve into conversations about their reading with particular emphasis on characters.

What will partner reading look like? Your child and his or her reading partner(s) will decide on a book to read. We’ve put careful thought into reading levels and interests and have collected duplicates of appropriate books from which they can choose. Students will decide together on how many pages to read each night for homework. We recommend 20-30 pages for 30 minutes of reading. However, if your child typically reads for more than 30 minutes each day, he or she may choose to read a personal book in addition to the partner book. We want students to read the same amount in their partner books so they can come to school ready to discuss what they’ve read. Sometimes we may ask readers to mark important spots with post-its and come ready to share their thoughts.

We encourage you to engage in conversations about the texts your child is reading. Also, in class, we will be expecting our readers to write increasingly thoughtful and detailed responses to what they have read. We’re excited to embark on reading partnerships and appreciate your support at home in making this a successful endeavor.


This week, ask me…

  • to summarize the book I’m reading using the key terms: somebody, wanted, but, so, and then. 
  • how to round to the nearest ten or hundred 
  • how estimating helps me figure out math problems 
  • about the book When the Shadbush Blooms 
  • about our new read-aloud text, Birchbark House 
  • my working definition of culture 
  • what some of my values are 
  • what’s going on in our guided reading book (Guests or The Indian School
  • how my typing/keyboarding is going


Reading daily for 30 minutes and logging (Partners may have decided to read to a certain page by Monday).


On Monday, we are going on an all-day field trip to Churchville Nature Center (Lenape Village). We plan to leave at 8:20am, so a punctual arrival is imperative. Please make sure you:

  • Return the permission slip

  • Your child is wearing appropriate clothing for outdoors

  • A drink and lunch are packed in your child’s backpack


We are also looking for wooden spoons, spatulas, and mixing bowls that you can lend us for brownie baking in preparation for the upcoming all-school Thanksgiving Feast. Please send items in with your child with your name labeled on it by Monday, November 23rd.


  • Wednesday, 11/18 at 8:35 Third Grade/Junior Unit Music Recital 
  • Friday, 12/11 at 10:00am or 2pm Lenape Village (more information to come!)

Have a restful weekend!

Diane and Anna