Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
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!