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Leah Creatura

Welcome!

Welcome Room 35 Families!

 

We are working away in Room 35.  We are putting the final touches on our personal narratives, digging deep into multiplication (study those math facts!) and heading into some geometry.  In science, we have finished a weather unit, and now we are studying plants and heredity.  We finished reading Charlotte's Web (and Ms. Creatura cried at the ending again!).  We are building a racing game during our coding time.  Ask your child to show you what they are making on Scratch. 

 

 

Tuesday is library day. Please make sure your child has their library book.

Thursday we have art from 815-915 then 15 min recess.  As a former pediatric dental assistant, I know it is not always possible to schedule doctor's appointment after school.  Thursday morning or after 1 on Fridays are good options.  

Fridays Homework is due.  

 

*Please do not schedule family trips during class time.*  We have several long breaks over the course of the school year.  It is very difficult and disruptive to have to catch a student up on classroom learning. Students fall behind and get frustrated.  I want them every day!

 

 

Cheers,

Leah Creatura

 

Coming Soon: Typing.com!

 

 

Homework

The Purpose of Homework

Homework is an opportunity to practice some of the important skills we use in the classroom. I try to avoid giving lots of homework assignments, so that there is time for family, play and after-school activities.  However, if a student is not completing their work in class, it will be sent home with them.  I am very serious about all my students completing their work and taking responsibility for their learning.  

 

 

THE BASICS

Every night, read for at least 30 minutes. Read a book at your AR level. Log your number of pages and the title of the book on your reading log. Title should be spelled properly and underlined. 

 

Spend 15 minutes practicing your multiplication tables.   There is a timed multiplication test every Friday.  All 3rd graders should have their 0-12 multiplication facts memorized by the end of the school year.

 

Spelling packet. Each week, your child will bring home a spelling packet.  The completed packet is due on Friday.  There is a spelling test on Friday.

 

Fluency sheet.  Every night, your student should read aloud to you from the fluency passage for 1 minute.  Students should read clearly, and with expression (not racing through).  At the end of a minute, mark the number of words that the student read at the top of the sheet.

 

Throughout the week, students can also work on Khan Academy, Typing.com, Lexia, and Moby Max. * I am in the process of building my new rosters on these linked websites and will provide more details in the coming weeks.

 

Occasionally I will assign special projects, additional math pages, or writing assignments that need to be worked on at home.  Please look in your student's folder everyday  and be sure sure to sign and return the homework folder on Fridays.  This is part of their grade.

 

 

 

Contacting Ms. Creatura

Email is the best option for anything not time sensitive. My email is leah_creatura@pvusd.net.  Please be aware that I do not check my email during class time.  If you need to contact me during class ( i.e. Calvin is NOT taking the bus today), please call the office and they can call me.   You may text me on my cell 831-419-0987, but please be respectful of my personal life. :-) Also, please identify yourself on texts, I sometimes am not sure who is texting me!

Thanks

Many thanks to our classroom volunteers who grade papers, file homework, drive on field trips, help me teach science, support us in math and reading and generally make it possible for me to go home before 8. 

 

Thanks to the Home and School club for their check.  This year, half the money went to replacing "The Evil Killer Easel", a big heavy tripod chart paper holder that liked to trip students and fall on our heads.  We bought a beautiful, stable, wheeled whiteboard/chart paper holder that is safe and smaller, and has meant that everyone in our math class can see what I am doing.  

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