Class News Dec 20th

Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Hosting our STEM “Magnet Museum”
Wrapping Advent Family Gifts

Wrapping Advent Family Gifts
Wrapping Advent Family Gifts
Advent Family Gifts

Class News Dec 13th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

12/9 – 12/13

We had cheerful week of learning in our classroom. Your children are working hard, being kind and having fun! A few highlights of our week were Hour of Code, winning the Achieve contest and working on our STEM projects.

Reading: We continued our whole class book study on the book, BFG by Roald Dahl. As students read aloud, they were on the lookout for things that the main characters say to help us analyze the characters in the story. We noticed that the BFG says a lot of funny words! He even makes up words sometimes. Students worked in pairs to support this claim by finding evidence in the book of funny words that the BFG says. We also took a look at Road Dahl as an author and noticed that he includes great adjectives to show rather than tell in his book. Students identified their favorite adjective and together we compiled a list of “Big Friendly Adjectives.” When it comes time to begin writing our own fiction narrative stories, our 3rd grade authors can use Roald Dahl’s adjectives as inspiration for their own stories.

Our class won the Read to Succeed Achieve contest! From all the classes in our school who participated in the contest, our class earned the most points per student. We will redeem our prize next week during our normal Achieve time – extra recess!

Writing: We continued our study on fiction narratives. This week we read mentor texts to exemplify the difference between types of narrators. We identified whether the story was told from the point of view of the main character or if the story was told from the point of view of an outside narrator who is not in the story. We noticed that certain types of words are used for each type of narrator – I, me, my, we, our, us verses they, them, he, him, she, her. We also analyzed a list of story titles and inferred whether the story would be a fiction or non-fiction narrative. We learned that in stories, we call the problem a “conflict” and that there are three different types of conflicts – between the character and its self, between the character and another character, between a character and nature and between a character and society. We brainstormed examples of each type of conflict from stories we know and came up with some examples that we may decide to include in our own fiction narrative story. Next week, we will begin writing our own fiction narrative stories.

Math: This week, we worked on mastering x4 facts. We continued our routine to help us master multiplication facts. Every week, we will focus on one or two facts. In class, we will work on memorizing those facts through a variety of different games and activities. At the beginning of the week, students will make their own “fact ring” which will have all the multiplication problems for that fact (0-12) as well as a skip counting card and a card with the “trick” to that fact. Students will use these rings in class as well as at home. As a part of their homework, they should be practicing 10 minutes each night of that fact. They may choose to use their fact ring, the fluency worksheet I send home, say them aloud to you or a sibling, or another way of their choice. On Fridays, we will assess their progress towards mastering that fact.

Religion: During Advent we gather as a whole intermediate department to light the Advent candles, listen to a story about an Advent symbol, sing and pray together. It is a peaceful gathering and a wonderful way to start our day as a school community. As a class, we reflect on the Advent symbol of the day and write about how we can incorporate it, connect to, or notice it in our lives. This week, we read about a branch, angel, and heart as symbols of Advent. Your children are thinking of such heart felt, loving and creative connections between the symbols and Advent. It never ceases to amaze me how much love, empathy and thoughtfulness comes from your 3rd graders.

Thank you so much for participating in our class Advent project! Your children are full of joy and love as they add items to our prayer table to gift to our “Adopt A Family”. On the last few days before Christmas break, we will have a wrapping session to wrap the gifts and make cards for the family.

On Monday, we attended the whole school Mass of the Immaculate Conception.

Next week, we will participate in Reconciliation. On Monday, the whole school will go to the church to get a reminder from Father Crispin about what Reconciliation is and what it means. On Wednesday, our class will have their Reconciliation in the church with Father Crispin. In the classroom before, I will walk them through the Examination of Conscience and Act of Contrition. Then, we will go together to the church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Science: This week, we applied what we learned about magnets to the engineering design process. Students identified an authentic problem in their life or in someone they know. Then, they worked through the engineering process of planning a solution to that problem by using what they learned in the investigation phase about magnets. This week, we got to the step of creating a prototype! We spent a lot of time in the Makerspace. We were busy building, creating and re-creating. Next week, we will continue to create, then test, improve and communicate our results!

This week was worldwide Computer Science Education Week. On Tuesday, together with our 6th grade buddies, our class participated in the Hour of Code. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Learn more about the program here: Hour of Code

Dates and Reminders:

  • Tuesday, December 17th – Grades 3, 4, 5 Christmas Program. 7:00pm Egan Hall. Please bring your 3rd grade to our classroom at 6:30pm. Students are asked to wear their “Sunday Best” clothing.
  • Friday, December 20th – 12:00pm Dismissal for Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 6th – School Resumes

Thank you for your partnership and support!

Blessings,

 

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

Class News Dec 6th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

12/2 – 12/6

We had another wonderful week together in room 22!

Reading: We 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.  We celebrated our November non-fiction Achieve accomplishments and started new goals for December.

Writing: We began our unit on fiction narratives. We read two fictional narrative mentor texts – Corduroy and The Bad Case of The Stripes. We reviewed what makes a story fiction and identified specific clues that can help us predict whether the story will be fiction or non-fiction. We used these mentor texts to exemplify the parts of a fiction narrative – characters, setting, problem, solution and theme. We learned that in stories, we call the problem a “conflict” and that there are three different types of conflicts – between the character and itself, between the character and another character and between a character and the world. We completed a story map of these stories in two different ways. Soon, we will begin writing our own fictional narrative stories.

Math: This week, we began our routine to help us master multiplication facts. Every week, we will focus on one or two facts. In class, we will work on memorizing those facts through a variety of different games and activities. At the beginning of the week, students will make their own “fact ring” which will have all the multiplication problems for that fact (0-12) as well as a skip counting card and a card with the “trick” to learning that fact. Students will use these rings in class as well as at home. As a part of their homework each night, they should be practicing that fact for 10 minutes. They may choose to use their fact ring, the fluency worksheet I send home, say them aloud to a parent or a sibling, or another way of their choice. On Fridays, we will assess their progress towards mastering that fact.

Religion: During Advent we gather as a whole intermediate department to light the Advent candles, listen to a story about an Advent symbol, sing and pray together. It is a peaceful gathering and a wonderful way to start our day as a school community. As a class, we reflect on the Advent symbol of the day and write about how we can incorporate it, or connect to, or notice it in our lives. This week, we read about an evergreen tree, dove, sunshine and the cross as symbols of Advent. Thank you so much for participating in our class Advent project! Your children are full of joy and love as they add items to our prayer table to gift to our “Adopt A Family”. On the last few days before Christmas break, we will have a wrapping session to wrap the gifts and make cards for the family.

Science: We are learning all about magnets! We will spend the next few weeks studying how magnets work as well as the engineering design process. After learning about magnets through many interactive inquiries and non-fiction scientific articles, students will begin the engineering design process – ask, research, imagine possibilities, plan a solution, create a prototype, test and improve. Next week, Students will identify an authentic problem in their life or someone they know. Then, they will work through the engineering process of planning a solution to that problem by using what they learned in the investigation phase of magnets.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Monday, December 9th – Mass Immaculate Conception. Dress Uniform.
  • Tuesday, December 17th – Grades 3, 4, 5 Christmas Program. 7:00pm Egan Hall.
  • Friday, December 20th – 12:00pm Dismissal for Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 6th – School Resumes

Thank you for your partnership and support!

Happy Holidays!

 

Mrs. Edwards