It was a gorgeous day for our Color Fun Run! Thank you for another great event PTA! We will be collecting donations all week long. Any and all donations are welcome!
Our class has buddies with Mrs. Ziegler's
2nd grade class! Every Friday for 30 minutes we will get together to learn, create, explore, teach, laugh, and have fun! Last Friday was simply a getting to know you day but we have a lot in store for these buddies!
Lastly, our economy system is in full swing! The bankers did a fabulous job Friday paying all the employees. All last week was a training week with only bonus money and no fines, just warnings. Beginning Monday, I will start fining the employees for things that we've agreed upon in class such as: talking in the hall, not pushing in their chair, no name on paper, etc.
I’m continuing to administer the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) to learn more about the students’ reading comprehension and fluency skills.
We will begin focusing on non-fiction texts and text features this week. Using a non-fiction article from our Storyworks magazine, the students will be finding evidence within the text to support their thinking. This skill takes time to acquire so we will be doing this whole groups for a while.
Our read aloud is Fridle by Andrew Clements. Summary: Fifth grader Nick Allen knows just how to make school more cool. In third grade, he transformed Miss Deaver's room into a tropical paradise with some paper palm trees and a sandy beach. In fourth grade, he taught his classmates to mimic the high-pitched calls of blackbirds. But now, in fifth grade, clever Nick has come up with his most ingenious idea yet. After learning about the origins of words, he decides to change the word "pen" to "frindle." At first, it seems like a harmless prank, a way to annoy his dictionary-obsessed teacher. Then the whole class starts using the new word, and the joke spreads across town like wildfire. Suddenly Nick finds himself in the middle of a media frenzy over "frindle." Will Nick emerge from the controversy a troublemaker or a hero? (Scholastic.com)
Your third grader has been working on adjectives and nouns. They should be able to tell you what each is, identify them, and give you examples.
In writing, the authors had another opportunity to continue publishing their first writing piece on the Chromebooks! They are learning some key technology skills too such as how to: change the font size/color, position the cursor left/right/middle, correct misspelled words, and insert an image.
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.
The last lesson of unit one has the students exploring mass using a balance scale. They saw how tiny one gram is and were able to measure some of our everyday supplies to see the mass as well as how 1,000 grams equals 1 kilogram.
We will be starting unit 2 but before we do that the third grade teachers and I want to front load the students with a couple addition/subtraction strategies that we feel are necessary before beginning this unit. The first one was introduced last week called Partial Sums Addition. Not everyone likes this method BUT it’s like having another tool in a tool box. In the long run, the students can choose the method they are most comfortable with but it is my job to teach them a variety of strategies. Check out this video to see the Partial Sums Addition strategy.
*The Unit 1 checking progress papers will go home this week. Remember third graders do not get “regular” grades. The grades are SECURE, DEVELOPING, or BEGINNING. If your child receives a DEVELOPING they are right where they should be within grade level expectations. SECURE is above and BEGINNING means they have some skills to work on still.
This year we are starting an entirely NEW set of science standards and science kits! It is very exciting! Our first unit covers Motion & Matter. The first i-Check went home in the Friday Folder. 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.
This year we are beginning with the Michigan’s History! 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! Coming up next is all about Michigan’s first people…