Class News Nov 22nd

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

11/18-11/22

We had a glorious week together! One highlight was hosting our Grandparents and Special Friends for lunch on Thursday and performing a beautiful song for them on stage. Another highlight was enjoying our own 3rd grade class Mass. Of course, another big highlight was their Warm and Fuzzy party on Friday, which they worked very hard to earn!

Reading: We are continued our whole class book study on the book, BFG by Roald Dahl. Students are practicing their reading fluency by reading aloud to one another, working on making predictions, connections and observations with citing evidence from the text.

Writing: This week, we finished up our letters to persuade Ms. O’Leary of a way we can improve our school. We delivered them to her. She visited our classroom and shared her response to many of the persuasive letters.  This week we followed the writing workshop process to write letters to our UnBound sponsor student. We learned to respond to what we know about his interests, introduce ourselves and ask questions. We located Honduras on Google Earth and researched the country as a class to gain more context of where we are sending out letters to. We are looking forward to walking our letters to the Post Office next week to send them off!

Math: So far, we have learned 4 different strategies to help us understand and solve multiplication – equal groups, repeated addition, array and number line. We are practicing how to use them well. When we come back from Thanksgiving Break, we will begin mastering multiplication facts 1-12.

Religion: On Wednesday, we attended our 3rd grade Class Mass. It is so special that we get to have Mass just as a 3rd grade family and have father speak just with us. We are grateful for that! We also prepared for and practiced for the all school Thanksgiving Mass which we are leading together with our 6th grade buddies. In class, we re-visited the story of Wedding at Cana as a way to see how Mary intercedes for us. We discussed that interceding for someone means that you stand up for that person or ask for something when they are in need. We connected that Jesus performed His first miracle because His Mother asked Him to help. We reviewed that today, we can always prayer to Mary to ask for help with anything. We reflected and wrote about a time in our life when someone interceded for us.

Science: We applied science vocabulary we have been learning about forces to read a non-fiction book, Simple Machines. Students learned how simple machines in the world around us use forces to create tools.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Monday, November 26th – With our 6th grade buddies, we are leading the all school Thanksgiving Mass. You are welcome to join us. This is a dress uniform day.
  • Tuesday, November 27th – Field Trip walk to the Post Office to drop off letters to our UnBound sponsor student.
  • Nov 27th – Nov 29th No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Thursday, December 5th – Trimester 1 Report Cards go home.
  • Tuesday, December 17th – 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Christmas Program, 7:00pm Egan Hall.

Thank you for your partnership and support! I hope you have a terrific weekend.

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

Class News Nov 14th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

11/12 – 11/15

Reading: We are continued our whole class book study on the book, BFG by Roald Dahl. Students are practicing their reading fluency by reading aloud to one another, working on making predictions, connections and observations with citing evidence from the text.

Writing: This week, we wrote letters for the purpose – to persuade. Students wrote letters to our principal to persuade her of one way we could improve our school. Students practiced including a topic sentence, including three reasons with transition words and conclusion. Students also practiced working through the writing workshop process – plan, draft, self-edit and publish. Next week, for our final letter, students will write letters to our UnBound sponsor student, which we will take the post office the following week to send off to him in Honduras.

Math: We added a new tool to our math tool belt of multiplication strategies to understand and show multiplication. Our math tool belt has a variety of math strategies that we can pick and choose from to solve math problems. We must learn how to properly use each tool and strategy so that everyone can eventually decide for themselves which strategy works best for them. This week we learned how to use the strategy of drawing an array to solve multiplication problems. We learned to identify rows and columns. We went on an array hunt around the school to find arrays in the world all around us. Then, students wrote the multiplication sentence to match. We also connected math and art this week by creating cities with windows in arrays. We used work from the artist, Paul Klee as inspiration.

Religion: We read the scripture story of The Wedding at Cana. We identified the role of each character in the story. Students then re-told in writing, the scripture in their own words. Thank you for contributing to our homeless drive and canned food drive. We have prayed over your donations and asked Mother Mary to look after those who will receive your donations. Thank you.

Science: We continued learning about Forces. This week, we learned that all motion is caused by forces. Changes in motion are caused by forces, too. We learned about balanced and unbalanced force. We learned that friction is a force that opposes motion between objects that are touching. We demonstrated examples of high and low friction. Students also learned that gravity is the force that pulls things down toward the center of the Earth. On Friday, we conducted a super fun STEM project! I demonstrated the power of gravity by dropping a hard-boiled egg from a high distance. We observed what gravity did to the egg (broke it). The class worked in teams to come up with a solution to save the egg! Students used the Engineering Design Process – Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test, Improve and Communicate. Teams worked to design a parachute that would slow the descent of the falling egg so that it would oppose the gravitational pull. Ask your child how their design and test went and what they would improve to save their egg.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Nov 21st – Grade 2-5 Grandparent and Special Friend Day.
  • Nov 27th – Nov 29th No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thank you for your partnership and support!

I hope you have a terrific weekend.

 

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

Class News Nov 7th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

11/4-11/7

We had a great week in 3rd grade. Your children are such a joy to teach every day. They are working hard and learning so much!

Reading: We continued our whole class book study on The BFG by Roald Dahl. As a class, we closely read this book together. If they choose, students have the opportunity to read aloud to their peers. Many students have chosen to be brave and read aloud already! This helps with reading fluency and confidence. As we read, we will stop and discuss various topics. This week, we focused on making connections. Students worked on making connections between the characters in the book to either themselves, another book they have read or something else in the world. Students wrote down their connections and the page number that supported their finding.  Students continued working on non-fiction reading and comprehension through Achieve. They completed October’s Achieve club. We celebrated their growth and set goals for November.

Writing: We continued our unit on letter writing. This week, we wrote letters to the 8th grade students for the purpose – to show gratitude. Their letters were to thank them for planning, building and inviting us to the Halloween carnival. We worked through the writing process – plan, draft, edit, publish. Students worked on including all the parts of a letter – heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. We addressed envelopes and hand delivered them to the 8th graders. Next week, we will write letters to persuade. We are also working on writing complete paragraphs with a topic sentence, 3 details and a conclusion. Students are learning to color code their paragraph with green, yellow and red. We work on this through a variety of prompts in our morning journal.

Math: We started multiplication! We began to understand what multiplication means. We learned that the X symbol means to multiply or groups of. So, 5 x 2 means, 5 groups of 2. This week we introduced and practiced two new tools that we added to our math tool belt. Our math tool belt has a variety of math strategies that we can pick and choose from to solve math problems. We must learn how to properly use each tool and strategy so that everyone can eventually decide for themselves which strategy works best for them. This week we learned how to use the strategies equal groups and repeated addition to solve multiplication problems. We also learned the math vocabulary words factor and product. We understand that these words can act as special clues within word problems that tell us we need to multiply to solve.

Religion: This week we reflected on a beautiful painting of Jesus’ Crucifixion. We talked about how Jesus gave His whole life for others and discussed why it is good for us to give to others. We talked about how Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven and thought about if there is someone who we may have hurt and how we can show that person we are sorry. We talked about forgiving others, too. We also observed a stained-glass window, Jesus, Kind of Heaven. Students drew their own stained-glass window of Christ the King as they imagine Him in Heaven using symbols and colors in Christian art.

Science: We started a new science unit on Forces. We learned that a force is a push or a pull, which may chance an object’s motion. As scientists, we went out in to the environment (our school playground during primary recess) to observe and collect data. They observed pushes and pulls and recorded with tally marks. Then they used their data to make a bar graph to represent their findings.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Nov 11th – No School, Veterans Day.
  • Nov 21st – Grade 2-5 Grandparent and Special Friend Day.
  • Nov 27th – Nov 29th No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thank you for your partnership and support! I hope you have a terrific weekend.

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

Class News Nov 1st

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/28-11/1

We had a terrific week together. It was so great to connect with many of you at our conference on Monday. Thank you for your partnership!

We had a festive Halloween at school! Our class had a blast going through the carnival put on by the 8th graders. We also got together with our 6th grade buddies to work together to solve Halloween logic puzzles.

Reading: We started a new book study book! We began reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. As a class, we will closely read this book together. If they choose, students will have the opportunity to read aloud to their peers. Many students chose to be brave and read aloud already! This helps with reading fluency and confidence. As we read, we will stop and discuss various topics. This week, we focused on “noticings”. Students wrote down one thing they noticed so far about a character in the book and wrote it on a sticky note to add to the board. Students are continuing working on non-fiction reading and comprehension through Achieve. They completed October’s Achieve club. We celebrated their growth and set goals for November.

Writing: We continued our unit on letter writing. This week, we wrote letters to our 6th grade buddies for the purpose – to connect. We worked through the writing process – plan, draft, edit, publish. Students worked on including all the parts of a letter – heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. We even properly addressed an envelope! Instead of putting them in the mail to come back to our school, we snuck into our 6th grade buddies homeroom and left their letters for them on their desks. Our class loved this!

Math: This week, we finished up subtraction with regrouping across zeros and using the inverse operation to check our work. Students completed a quick assessment of this. Next week, we will introduce multiplication!

Religion: On Friday morning, we attended our all school All Saints Day liturgy.

Social Studies: Students presented their final Native American Tribe projects to the class.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Nov 8th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences. Students are a big part of our conference. Please bring them to our conference!
  • Nov 11th – No School, Veterans Day.
  • Nov 21st – Grade 2-5 Grandparent and Special Friend Day.
  • Nov 27th – Nov 29th No School, Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thank you for all you do to support our school. We appreciate your teamwork!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards