Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
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.