Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
We had another wonderful week in room 22! Your children are such a joy to teach every day. They are working hard and having fun!
Reading: We continued our whole class book study of, A Fish In A Tree. This week, we spent time analyzing the characters in the book so far and practiced proving our thinking with evidence from the text. During our book study, students are learning to listen to one another and either add on to a thought, agree, or politely disagree.
Writing: We are continuing to learn the steps to write an opinion piece. Last week, we mastered the skill of starting with a ‘rocking beginning’ to capture the reader’s attention. A few strategies to do that are onomatopoeia, repetition, facts and questions. This week, we moved on to the next two steps of writing an opinion piece – stating your opinion and providing reasons. Next week, we will discuss how to write a conclusion and practice using a graphic organizer to plan out each step of a final paper.
We practiced cursive lowercase letters ‘i’ and ‘t’.
Social Studies: We began our unit on Native Americans! Each child is assigned a tribe, located in a region of the United States. They are to research the tribe and find information about a number of different categories. This week they used both a website using a iPad as well as books that I checked out from the Seattle Public Library for them to research their tribe. They took notes on each category as they researched. We will continue to research for the next two weeks. Their final project will require each student to create a project to show what they have learned about their tribe (including each of the required categories). They may choose the type of project they complete – song, play, PowerPoint, poster, model, etc.
Math: This week students used placed value to compare numbers using the vocabulary and symbols for “greater than”, “less than” and “equal to”. Students also practiced writing numbers up to hundreds in standard form, expanded form and written form. Students also used number lines and place value to order numbers through thousands. Next week, we will begin rounding numbers up to hundreds, to the nearest ten.
Religion: This week we read an acrostic poem, “How Great Though Art” about seeing God’s greatness in the beauty of nature and creation. We discussed the poem and shared our thoughts and feelings that it evoked. Then, in groups, they re-created a verse and as a class we put each verse together to make the complete poem.
Dates and Reminders:
- Our classroom is a NUT FREE classroom.
- Oct 10th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
- Oct 19th – Endowment Dinner
- Oct 22nd, Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences
- Oct 23rd – Individual Student Photos
- Oct 26th – Youth Group Haunted House 5pm
- Nov 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
- Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School
Have a lovely weekend!