Class News Oct 25th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/21-10/25

We had a wonderful week of learning together in 3rd grade. Your children are working hard, being kind and having fun!

Reading: We completed our book study on the book, Buffalo Before Breakfast.  Students practiced writing a summary and review of the book. We are continuing reading and comprehending non-fiction text through our Achieve program. Students are now feeling comfortable maneuvering their way through the program and sinking into our 3-step routine – pre-article question (to activate prior knowledge), reading the article closely, then answering the post article questions. Here, they are working on going back and re-reading the article to aid in a deeper understanding of the non-fiction text. Children are motivated by the “75% Club”!

Writing: We began a writing unit on how to write a letter. We began by learning why we write letters. We learned 6 different purposes for writing letters – to invite, to persuade, to show gratitude, to connect, to show love and to inform.  We brainstormed specific examples of letters someone might write for each of those purposes. Then, students learned the parts of a letter (heading, greeting, body, closing and signature). We talked about the function of each part and why it is important to include each part in a letter. Students then identified and labeled the parts on their own. Our letter writing workshop process is similar to our opinion writing workshop, but with different graphic organizers and editing checklists– plan, draft, edit and publish. Students then worked through the process to write a letter to their 6th grade buddy for the purpose of ‘to connect’. Next week, we will learn how to address an envelope and send our letters in the mail!

Math: This week, worked on solving three- and four-digit subtraction with regrouping and across zeros. We also learned how to check our work using the inverse operation (checking subtraction using addition and vice versa).

Religion: This week, we reviewed the Lord’s Prayer. We looked at the words in detail and discussed the meaning of the prayer. Then, we read Luke 10:27-28. We learned that Jesus always treated others with great respect. He knew they belonged to God. He told people that it was very important that they loved on another and that they must treat all people with respect. We re-wrote the verse by filling in blanks and then illustrated and discussed one way to show respect to others at school.

Social Studies: Students have been putting so much effort and care into their final Native American Tribe research project. This week, they got to present their work to the class and receive compliments and questions about their hard work!

Thank you to Mrs. Wellnitz for leading our class in an art connection project. One of the many things we learned through our research is the legend of the dreamcatcher as told by the Chippewa tribe. The class created their own beautiful dreamcatcher in the MakerSpace.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 28th and Nov 8th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences. Students are a big part of our conference. Please bring them to our conference!
  • Oct 31st – Halloween Carnival. 3rd grade will be attending the carnival that middle school is putting on during school. If they would like, students may bring a costume to put on over their clothes for the carnival. No weapons in costumes please.
  • Nov 1st – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • Nov 11th – No School
  • Nov 21st – Grade 2-5 Grandparent and Special Friend Day.

I look forward to connecting with many of you on Monday for our conference! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

Class News Oct 18th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/14-10/18

We had a very full week in 3rd grade! There were many additional activities added to our week! We did not have Art or Library this week and we also had one less P.E. and Music due to the added items to our schedule. Next week we should be back to our normal programming.

The Great Shakeout – The school participated in the National Great Shakeout. Schools across the nation practiced earthquake drills at the same time. Our school practiced a full disaster drill from beginning to end. The students and staff feel prepared if a disaster ever happens while we are at school. There is more information here if you’re curious:  The Great Shakeout

Fulcrum Foundation – This week, members from the Fulcrum Foundation visited our school. They toured the classrooms and observed learning. The Fulcrum Foundation partners with Catholic schools in Western Washington to help provide programs and financial assistance. Students were happy to share their joy of learning at St. John School! The Fulcrum Foundation

All School Kindness Mass – We participated in our school mass on Wednesday. The mass was centered around our theme this year – Be Kind. Our class was complimented on our engagement and singing!

School Counselor – Ms. Shaw, our new school counselor came into our classroom for an introductory lesson. She got to meet our class and led a lesson on inclusion and empathy.

Virtus Talk About Touching Lesson – As required by the Archdiocese, the students were taught a lesson so that they are better able to recognize that we treat our private body parts as “special” by keeping them covered – to help keep them clean and healthy. They learned to stand up for themselves by knowing it is okay to say “no” if someone tries to touch them in an unsafe or uncomfortable way.

Jog-a-Thon – We attended the Jog-a-Thon celebration assembly on Friday morning to see the school’s fundraising success and progress towards the goal. Then, we got to cheer on the leading class during their Silly String Showdown!

Buddies – We spent time with our 6th grade buddies creating ‘3D’ models of a growth mindset brain.

Progress Reports – Progress Reports went home. Please celebrate your child’s success so far this year!

Conferences – If you have not signed up for a parent/student/teacher conference, please do so here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445a5ab23a75-gr3mrs1

Halloween Carnival, October 31st  – 3rd grade will be attending the carnival that middle school is putting on during school. If they would like, students may bring a costume to put on over their clothes for the carnival. No weapons in costumes please.

 

Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 22nd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 28th and Nov 8th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 1st – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • Nov 11th – No School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class News Oct 10th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/7-10/10

 We had another wonderful week together in room 22! Your children are working hard, being kind and having fun!

 Reading: We continued our whole class book study on the book, Magic Tree House Buffalo Before Breakfast. We are working on the skill of looking back in the text to find evidence to support comprehension. We are continuing reading and comprehending non-fiction text through our Achieve program. Students are now feeling comfortable maneuvering their way through the program and sinking into our 3-step routine – pre-article question (to activate prior knowledge), reading the article closely, then answering the post article questions. Here, they are working on going back and re-reading the article to aid in a deeper understanding of the non-fiction text. Children are motivated by the “75% Club”!

Writing: We continued mastering how to write an opinion essay. They are practicing how to follow the steps of writing workshop – plan, draft, edit and publish. Students get to share their published stories to the class and receive compliments and questions about their work. You will see your children’s published work come home throughout the year, I encourage you to celebrate the best effort they put into a published story! Next week students we will expand their opinion writing to include examples for each of their three reasons. Then, we will move on to how to write a proper letter.

Math: This week, students learned three properties of addition – the associative property, commutative property and identity property. Understanding these properties will help them check for accuracy when they begin solving for sums of 3- and 4-digit addition with regrouping. We learned these properties through a chant, making a flip book of examples and began applying them to math problems. Next week students will begin solving 3- and 4-digit addition with regrouping.

Religion: This week, students reflected on the poem, How Great Thou Art. Students were inspired by the poem and shared that it made them feel grateful for the world God created for us. Students jig sawed the poem by working in groups to rewrite and illustrate their section of the poem, then presented their piece to the rest of the class. On Wednesday, we attended our very own 3rd grade class Mass. Father Crispin’s homily was about prayer. He compared prayer to talking with our family and friends – that we cannot only ask God for help through our prayers but we need to tell Him how much we love Him and thank Him, too! We haven’t yet introduced who our Unbound Guatemalan student is to the class. We will go over that soon along with how write a proper letter. I plan on teaching a lesson on Safe Touching which is provided by the Archdiocese on October 14th. Last week, you received a letter and as well as an Opt-Out form if you do not want your child to participate in this lesson. If that’s so, please return the Opt-Out form to me by October 14th.

Social Studies: We continued our unit on Native American tribes. The research phase is now over and they have moved on to their final projects. This week, students designed their “blueprint” for their final project. They will begin creating their final projects next week. This week we also learned about pictographs that many Native American tribes used to tell stories. We observed examples then created our own!

Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 17th – Progress Reports go home (as well as MAP and Achieve assessment data)
  • Oct 16th – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • Oct 22nd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 28th and Nov 8th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 1st – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • Nov 11th – No School

Thank you for being a fantastic team to work with and I hope that you have a delightful weekend!

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class News Oct 4th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

09/30-10/4

 We had another terrific week! Your children are shining stars! Students worked hard to complete 3 sections of the MAP test – reading, math and language. We will send home reports with progress reports on October 17th. We had a blast on our field trip to Blake Island! We are fortunate that we got to see and experience in person much of what we have been learning about through our in class Native American research.

 Reading: We continued our whole class book study on the book, Magic Tree House Buffalo Before Breakfast. We are continuing reading and comprehending non-fiction text through our Achieve program. Ask your child about the 75% club!

Writing: We continued mastering opinion essays. They are practicing how to follow the steps of writing workshop – plan, draft, edit and publish. Students get to share their published stories to the class and receive compliments and questions about their work. You will see your children’s published work come home throughout the year, I encourage you to celebrate the best effort they put into a published story! We will wrap up opinion writing next week and move on to letter writing.

Math: Next week students will learn three properties of addition to help understand and check accuracy of 3 and 4 digit addition. Then, we will move to 3 and 4 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.

Religion: This week, students wrote their own version of the Apostles Creed by reflecting and writing what they believe about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We also took a look at the first three commandments and brainstormed ways in which they could follow each commandment this week. Next week we get to have our own class Mass with our 6th grade buddies. We haven’t yet introduced who our Unbound Guatemalan student is to the class. We will over that soon along with how write a proper letter, address it and things to include as a Pen Pal and friend. We plan on teaching a lesson on Safe Touching which is provided by the Archdiocese on October 14th. In your child’s folder today, you will find a letter about this lesson as well as an Opt-Out form if you do not want your child to participate in this lesson. If that’s so, please return the Opt-Out form to me by October 14th.

Social Studies: We continued our unit on Native American tribes. Each child is assigned a tribe, located in a region of the United States. They have been researching the tribe and finding information on a number of different categories. They have researched through books as well as provided webpages. They will begin creating their final projects soon!

Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 11th – No School
  • Oct 17th – Progress Reports go home
  • Oct 22nd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 28th and Nov 8th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 1st – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • Nov 11th – No School

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Edwards