Wow! What a busy couple of weeks between water problems and Halloween! Since it’s been six weeks of school and procedures/daily routine are running smoothly, I’ll now be updating the blog twice a month instead of weekly.
We will continue focusing on non-fiction texts and their text features. The students have been using science and social studies texts to find evidence in order to support their thinking.
The third graders are reading independently
each day for 25 minutes! Great job class!
In writing, the authors continue publishing writing pieces and learning how to proofread and edit their writing. They've also been adding transition words to their writing pieces to help make their writing flow better.
Spelling and punctuation is an area we’ve been working on as well. This is not something that is done overnight, however, practicing and editing each day does make a difference.
Lastly, we started learning about paragraph writing last Friday. The students now know now that a paragraph needs an indent with a topic sentence. This week we will be working on supporting detail sentences and concluding sentences.
We will be starting unit 2 shortly but before we do that the third grade teachers and I want to frontload the students with a couple addition/subtraction strategies that we feel are necessary before beginning this unit.
Strategies covered include:
Counting Up Subtraction
Expand and Trade Subtraction
Our first unit covers Motion & Matter. We have completed investigations #1 & #2. We took the second i-Check last Friday. This will be coming home later this week for you to see. The i-Check is basically a check-in for each set of investigations to see how the students are doing with the material that was just investigate/presented. These are good to keep to use as study material for the final BA at the end of the unit.
We’ve covered all the questions historians ask to learn about the past. The students investigated how Waterford went from a tiny place stared by two people in 1872 to a booming village that is still around today!
The Three Fires are a large group of Native Americans we’ve been studying. Actually, The Three Fires was made up 3 different tribes who had similarities such as speaking the same language. However, they had many differences too.