I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. On a giving note, what a wonderful turn out of support from our Loon Lake Families for the food drive for The Hospitality House!
Thank you so much!
In class I’ve been reading the book titled Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
SUMMARY:The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar. Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends, and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship-and forgiveness-can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.
Awards and Recognition:
Newbery Honor book
Parents' Choice® Gold Award Winner
We've been learning about character traits and being able to have evidence to prove a character does in fact have that trait.
The third graders will also 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.
In writing, the authors have been learning how to write complete paragraphs using a topic sentence (with an indent), 3-5 detail sentences, and a final closing sentence. Obviously we continue to work on grammar and punctuation as well as many other areas of writing. However, spelling and punctuation are areas that need to be constantly practiced and worked with.
We have been working in unit 2 after pre-teaching addition/subtraction strategies that we felt necessary before beginning this unit.
Strategies covered include:
Partial Sums Addition
Counting Up Subtraction
Expand and Trade Subtraction
Click HERE for the Math Unit 2 Parent Letter.
The Motion & Energy unit has been completed. This week we will be reading a few nonfiction articles that accompany the unit and reviewing the concepts. Please use past i-Checks that were sent home as study material. I plan on giving the unit test on Thursday or Friday this week.
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.
We moved on to learn about the French Voyageurs, The British, and trouble between the two turning into the French and Indian War. We moved on to Pontiac’s Rebellion and will soon be learning all about how difficult it was for Michigan to become a state.