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9/16/19 3:26 PM
JiJi at Home

Practicing JiJi Fluency at home is now required at this time.  Students who have already started this section of the program should continue with multiplication.  However, the goal is to get through addition, as well.  

 

Directions were sent home on how to download an app for either an iPad or a tablet for using JiJi at home. At this point, students will be limited to practicing concepts that have already been taught when they progress through the syllabus. JiJi math is student-driven and very little guidance is provided while the students puzzle through the games and levels.  Please resist the urge to help your student.  Ask open-ended questions, such as, "What have you tried?" or "Why do you think that happened?" or "What is JiJi trying to do?"  This will allow your student to increase his/her critical thinking skills and help prepare them for problem solving at a whole new level.  With JiJi, making mistakes and trying things is part of the process of learning.  Gently remind your student to "think, then click".  Most of all....Have fun!!

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Michelle Africano

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year and Room 20!

Current Assignments
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3rd Grade Homework Expectations

3rd Grade Homework Expectations:  Here's what you can anticipate on a regular basis for homework...

  • Math: Expect math homework nightly, unless completed during class time.  If this is the case, students should bring the finished assignment home so you can see that it's finished and be brought back the next day for correcting. Anyone with a "Correct & Return" is expected to make corrections and turn it back in for full credit. Missing assignments can impact a student's grade significantly, so assignments are posted daily on this site. You might even see a video attached for further clarification.
  • Spelling: Students will have weekly spelling tests. Please stress the spelling rule they are learning vs. the spelling word! This will help them much more in the long run.
  • Reading Logs will be done from time to time. Regardless of whether or not there is a reading log, students should read 15-20 minutes each night. I can't stress enough how important this is!
  • Write@Home: This academic activity will happen at school, however, anything unfinished in a timely fashion is expected to be completed at home. I expect the students to work on applying what they learn during our writing blocks each time they complete one of these. Please help your student with a light touch...they truly need to learn this process on their own.  
  • Math Facts: We will begin with fact memorization right away, starting with the 10's. Then moving to the 5's, 2's, 4's, 8's, 3's, 6's, 9's, then 7's.
  • Typing Club:  If possible, spend 10 minutes on Typing Club each night, Monday through Thursday.  This will help them prepare for their 4th and 5th grade years, and will be optional but SO WORTH THE TIME!
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Don't be afraid to fail.  The most successful people in their industries were told they were never going to make it, and look what happened!  

Be courageous.  Be comfortable with being uncomforable.  

Make mistakes.  That's how you learn.

That's how you grow.

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Quote of the Week:
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Scroll down! There's some really good stuff down there...
"Remind" Information

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Really Cool Websites

http://childrensappreview.blogspot.com/: This is a blog site by an educational researcher called, A Matter of App.  Trustworthy.

www.khanacademy.org: Great videos to help with math.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math: Videos specific to 5th grade Common Core.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math: Really helpful review of 4th grade math skills (helpful for FRACTIONS!).

scholastic.com: A treasure of resources for parents, students, and teachers.

nimblefingers.com: Keyboarding practice. OR

learninggamesforkids.com: More keyboarding practice in a game format.

funbrain.com: Games for learning.

mrnussbaum.com/grade-5/: All kinds of learning help.

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/grade/5-6/: Parent and afterschool resources for homework help.

learni.st: Learning about anything and everything.

math-play.com: Learning math through games.  Enough said.

discoveryeducation.com: One of the best out there for learning and exploration.

appolicious.com: All you need to know about the world of Apps!

manythings.org: Help for students learning English as a second language.

http://animal.discovery.com/: Animal Planet.

storybird.com: Create, read, and share your stories!

thecolor.com: Online coloring book pages.

arkive.org: Info on the world's species, all in one location.

turtlediary.com: Although 5th grade games are still in the works, you can search by topic and still get some valuable information on the water cycle, learning keyboarding, and more.

Got Flashcards?

Did you know that you can go to the Lakeshore website and make your own flashcards?  For those who need extra practice with math facts, vocabulary words, science concepts, and just about anything else, you can click on this link to take you there:

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/free_resources/teachers_corner/flashcard/flashcardmaker.jsp?f=m

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