Class News Jan 31st

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

01/27 – 1/31

Go St. John!
Ms. Turner sharing her vocation with us on Vocation Day.
Students writing ways to show instead of tell
Students writing ways to show instead of tell
Mrs. Diefenbach sharing her vocation with us on Vocation Day
Purple and Gold Day with our buddies!
Purple and Gold Day with our buddies!
Purple and Gold Day with our buddies!

We had a fun and spirited Catholic Schools Week! It was great to see many of you at Mass and at our open house last Sunday. Thank you for supporting us!

Reading: We continued reading, The BFG by Roald Dahl. Students are practicing reading fluency by choosing to read aloud. We are having great discussions as we analyze the main characters. This week, we focused on finding examples of how Roald Dahl shows through his writing instead of tells.

Writing: Students completed their first fictional narrative story! They put a lot of thought and care into their stories as they followed each step of the writing workshop process – Plan, edit, draft, then publish. This week, we will begin to apply feedback to write another story. We focused on how to show not tell when writing. We analyzed mentor sentences from authors we love and practiced taking telling sentences and re-writing them to showing sentences.

Math: This week, we worked on mastering x 8 multiplication 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. Next week, we will study x 9 facts, then move on to understand more about division.

Religion: This week we reviewed the 10 Commandments and discussed what each commandment looks like for us as 3rd graders. Students discussed with their classmates practical ways that they can live out the Commandments in their lives today. We also attended a Benediction lead by Father Crispin. We reviewed that Benediction means blessings and that during a Benediction, we are blessed with the Eucharist by the priest. Students were encouraged to bring their prayers to Jesus during this time and come with an open heart to receive God’s love.

Science: This week, we continued our unit on weather. We worked to identify hazardous weather and critically examine solutions to problems caused by that weather. Our class is working on being stewards of the environment and has started a bottle cap collection project as an effort to re-use the plastic water bottles in the hot lunch program. My hope is that the students feel empowered and that even as young people, that they can make a positive impact on our environment.

This week, we also attended the 4th – 8th grade Geography Bee. We cheered on our schoolmates, admired their bravery and learned more about the world’s geography.

On Tuesday for Volunteer Appreciation Day, we spent time reflecting on our gratitude towards all the volunteers that make our school run! We expressed our gratitude by making cards for all of you, parents! Thank you for all that you do to support our school.

This week we worked on the Auction Art project a couple times. Thank you to Temry Caneday and Megan McCarthy for your leadership on this!

On Thursday, we celebrated Vocation Day by inviting parents into our classroom to share with us how they are using their gifts and talents from God in their career path. Thank you to Susan Turner and Maggie Diefenbach for sharing your journeys with us!

On Friday, we celebrated our St. John spirit by dressing up in our school colors and showing our Eagle pride! We spent time with our 6th grade buddies and participated in the big Homecoming Games assembly in the afternoon.

Dates and Reminders:

St. Valentine’s Day Cards – Students are welcome to bring Valentine cards for their classmates. If they choose to bring in cards, I ask that they bring one in for everyone. Please leave off any food/candy from the cards. Students can bring their cards into class on Thursday, February 13th. We will pass them out that day. I have sent home a class list of names for spelling reference.

  • Thursday, February 6th – Progress Reports go home
  • Wednesday, February 12th – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • February 14th, 17th and 18th – No School, Mid-Winter Break

Thank you for your partnership and support!

 

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class News Jan 17th

Mrs. Edwards Class News

01/13 – 01/17

What an exciting week it was! Students were eager to share their snow stories and late start adventures. We used a rain gauge and thermometer to collect, measure and record precipitation and air temperature. Students identified patterns within the data to make weather forecasts for the following day. We will create graphs to represent the data in a different way.

Students continue to work on writing their fictional narrative stories. This week, we focused on word choice. The BFG is helping us add to our list of verbs and adjectives to use in our own stories.

Students investigated multiples of 5 and 10. They identified patterns within products. They used their knowledge of basic facts and patterns to find products of larger factors.

The class has decided to work on being better stewards of our environment in order to show love for all of God’s creation. One specific way our class is working to help our environment is by re-using the plastic water bottle caps from the hot lunch program. Our class is collecting the caps from the lunchroom which we will re-use for a project in the classroom. My hope is that they feel even as 9 and 10 year olds that they can make a difference – one bottle cap at a time.

Students loved watching the snow pile up on the church outside of our classroom window!
Scientists observing types of weather!
Scientists collecting precipitation data in our school garden
Scientists collecting air temperature data in our school garden
mathematicians working together to solve multi-step multiplication word problems.
Mathematicians working towards mastering multiplication math facts
Mathematicians playing games to help master multiplication facts
Mathematicians working together to solve multi-step math word problems

Class News Jan 10th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

01/06 – 01/10

 Everyone was happy to be back together this week. Students seemed happy to see each other, return to their routine and keep on learning!

Reading: We continued reading, The BFG by Roald Dahl. Students are practicing reading fluency by choosing to read aloud. We are having great discussions as we analyze the main characters. This week, we focused on identifying “Vivacious Verbs” within the book. Students took notes as we read, then we compiled a class list. Students will be encouraged to use these words as inspiration while writing their own fiction narratives during writing workshop. We also started a new month in Achieve. At the start of each month, each student’s Achieve lexile level is adjusted based on their previous monthly reading performance. Students notice their growth and are proud to see their reading level reflected in the articles each month.

Writing: After weeks of studying what makes up a fictional narrative story, this week students began writing their own! They are following the writing workshop process – plan, edit, draft, then publish. They are expected to apply what they have learned about fictional narratives to their own stories. The graphic organizer in the planning stage helps them plan out characters, the narrator, the setting (time and place), and beginning, middle, and ending events. Within those events, there must be a conflict and a solution. They will use a self-editing checklist to check for those components as well as for grammar and spelling.

I have overheard many conversations at lunch and recess like, “Who is your narrator going to be in your story? What is the conflict in your story? My characters are ___.” It is clear that they are very engaged in their stories! I love it!

Math: This week, we worked on mastering x6 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: This week we learned that when we love as Jesus taught us, God’s Kingdom becomes more visible. We studied the words in the Lord’s Prayer. When we pray the words, “Thy Kingdom come” we pray that we may have the grace to make His Kingdom visible in our actions and that others may be open to receiving God’s Kingdom in their hearts. We also read and discussed Jesus gathering a community of followers and that when on earth, Jesus gathered a community of disciples and was their friend, sharing their joys and sorrows. Jesus taught His disciples that they must follow His examples and invite all people to join His community, which we call the Church.

Science: This week, we began our unit on weather and patterns. We learned how scientists measure and record data about weather. We learned the difference between types of weather and the effects of weather (precipitation vs puddle). We learned the types of tools that scientists use to measure precipitation, wind direction and air temperature – rain gauge, wind vine and thermometer. We learned the unit of measurement for each tool. Students also learned to interpret weather maps and graphs of weather data and examine patterns of weather.

Next week, we will began collecting and recording weather data from our school garden. We will read a rain gauge and thermometer to collect precipitation and air temperature. Then, students will analyze and interpret the data and represent the data in tables and graphs to reveal any patterns and make predictions.

Dates and Reminders:

The school would like all students to adhere to the uniform policy. Please support us in our effort to be 100% in compliance with the guidelines. You can find our uniform policy here: School Uniform Policy

  • Monday, January 20th – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Sunday, January 26th – Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House
    • 10:30am Mass, Open House to follow. Stay tuned for more information on Catholic Schools Week.
  • Thursday, February 6th – Progress Reports go home
  • Wednesday, February 12th – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
  • February 14th, 17th and 18th – No School, Mid-Winter Break

Thank you for your partnership and support!

 

Mrs. Edwards