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Middle Elementary News: October 2012

Welcome to 2nd and 3rd grade with Tammy, Mary, Salli and Ashley. We are having a great time getting to know your students, teaching routines and beginning to work on reading, writing, math, science and social studies. For the most up-to-date information,  please check our classroom blogs each week. One urgent request we have for families is to make sure your child has inside shoes for the  classroom. Slippers, clogs and flip-flops all work well to keep our classroom clean. After completing assessments, students have  been working on building stamina in reading and writing , starting timed math tests in addition, subtraction, multiplication and  division as well as working on linear measurements. In October, students will be working on the scientific process and properties of  matter in science. Social studies finds us studying Michigan geography and beginning to learn about native Michiganders. We are in  our 3rd year of using CAFE to help us think about reading strategies. Comprehension is understanding what we read. Accuracy is  reading the words correctly, Fluency is reading smoothly and with expression and Expand Vocabulary is noticing, understanding,  learning and using new words. The acronym roughly puts the strategies into importance with comprehension being the first goal. We  have access to great information sheets called Parent Pipelines. If you ever want more information about any of these strategies, please let your child’s teacher know. We’re looking  forward to seeing you at conferences later in October.

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