News Nov 2nd

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/30-11/2

We had a spooktacular week in room 22! A few highlights were writing creative fiction stories, attending All Saints Mass and a STEM native American project.

Reading: We continue our whole class book study on Fish In a Tree. More students are choosing to be brave and read aloud. During reading, when we pause to respond to comprehending and critical thinking questions, students are working on responding to each other rather than just back to me. Right now, students are using the discussion starters “I agree with you because…” or “I respectfully disagree with you because…”We will continue to grow this skill throughout the year.

Writing: Students collaborated in small groups to create a creature (each person designed a different part of the creature, then the group came back together to reveal their complete design). Then, students worked independently to write a fiction story about their creature. This week we finalized stories.

Social Studies: We wrapped up our study of Native Americans. This week students chose two or three regions we have studied and compared and contrasted them by looking back at the notes we took and transferring information to a venn diagram. This week we did a fun STEM project! Students learned that certain tribes used canoes for transportation, so for a STEM challenge students were asked to engineer a canoe that would float and carry passengers without getting them wet. Students used the design process of planning, designing, testing and re-designing. They had a limited about of materials including foil, pennies, pipe cleaner and popsicle sticks. We tested their canoes in a bucket of water and pennies represented passengers.

Math: This week, students worked on rounding 3 digit numbers in order to come up with an estimated sum. Then, found the exact sum and compared it to their estimate.

Religion: On Thursday, we attended the all school All Saints Mass. In preparation for this mass, in class, each student spent time studying a Saint. Students practiced highlighting important information about their Saint. Then, they put together a short presentation to teach the rest of the class about their Saint.

Scholastic Book Club is up and running for our class! Scholastic books is a great way to purchase books for your children because they are inexpensive, there is a wide variety to choose from and our classroom earns books with every book you purchase. You can also search books by your child’s Lexile Score which after our conference together, you are aware of! Check out the Scholastic Books page on our class site for our class code and link.

 Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences in Egan Hall
  • Nov 8th – Field Trip to UW Gardens to visit Native People’s Tour
    • Students should bring a throw away lunch
    • Student should wear dress uniform top with St John logo sweatshirt and free dress bottoms. It will most likely be a muddy adventure – so jeans and boots are okay.
  • Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School
  • Nov 15th – Grandparent and Special Friends Day
  • Nov 21st, Nov 22nd, Nov 23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Have a fantastic weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

Oct 26th News

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/22 – 10/26

We had a wonderful week in third grade celebrating Unity Day, attending a Halloween carnival, estimating sums and learning more about Native American regions.

 Reading: We continue our whole class book study on Fish In a Tree. More students are choosing to be brave and read aloud. During reading, when we pause to respond to comprehending and critical thinking questions, students are working on responding to each other rather than just back to me. Right now, students are using the discussion starters “I agree with you because…” or “I respectfully disagree with you because…”We will continue to grow this skill throughout the year.

Writing: Students collaborated in small groups to create a creature (each person designed a different part of the creature, then the group came back together to reveal their complete design). Then, students worked to write a fiction story about their creature. They certainly had fun using their imaginations to write creative fictional stories!

Social Studies: We are still diving deep into the world of Native American research. Students are reading non-fiction articles about regions of Native Americans. We are working together to practice the skill of identifying key information and marking with a highlighter. We are also practicing the next step of going back to the text to find specific evidence to help fill in an ongoing chart we are using to compare and contrast the regions.

Math: This week, we built on the skill of rounding to tens and hundreds by using rounding to estimate sums of two and three digit numbers.

Religion: On Wednesday, we participated in honoring Unity Day. We spent time reflecting on the ideas of acceptance, kindness and inclusion. Two 8th grade students came into our classroom to lead a discussion around a read aloud which helped demonstrate and put into context the ideas of acceptance, inclusion and kindness. Each child wrote their own example of one of those ideas. Each student’s link will become a part of the all school Unity Day chain. On Wednesday, our class was taught the first of two Talk About Touching lessons directed from the Seattle Archdiocese to educate children on safe and unsafe touches and what to do if they feel unsafe, scared of confused. The second lesson will be covered in the Spring.

On Friday, students had a blast participating in the Halloween carnival that the middle school put together for grades K-3. Our class enjoyed spending time with their 7th grade buddies and seeing their primary friends.

 Dates and Reminders:

  • Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Student Parent Teacher Conferences in Egan Hall
  • Nov 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Nov 8th – Field Trip to UW Gardens to visit Native People’s Tour
  • Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School
  • Nov 15th – Grandparent and Special Friends Day
  • Nov 21st, Nov 22nd, Nov 23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News Oct 12th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/8-10/12

We had another fantastic week in 3rd grade. Your children are working hard and learning so much every day! Take a look at some of our adventures here:

Reading: Students were busy reading and comprehending non-fiction articles through Achieve, reading books about their Native American tribes to research for their social studies project. This week we even got to read outside in the sunshine to take a break from the construction noise! We call it, “sounds of progress!”

Writing: This week, students organized their ideas and planned their final opinion paper using a graphic organizer, then worked hard to compose a final opinion piece on why they are pro or against school uniforms.

Social Studies: We spent many working sessions on our Native American tribe projects. Students worked hard to creatively demonstrate what they learned about their own tribe from their research. Students finished up their projects on Friday and we will have a “Museum Day” on Monday to showcase their projects.

Math: This week, students learned three properties of addition – Associative, Commutative and Identity. Students practiced identifying, creating, matching and sorting equations for each of properties.

Religion: We participated in a lovely all school Mass on Wednesday morning. Everyone earned a class coupon for being prayerful and present during the Mass. In class, we analyzed a painting, Mond Crucification. We reflected on the piece of art and had a discussion of how we were inspired by the work. Students shared their feelings, thoughts and wonders about Angels, Jesus and His Disciples. Students also spent time reflecting and writing about how we can imitate Jesus by giving to others and through forgiveness.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Our classroom is a NUT FREE classroom.
  • Oct 19th – Endowment Dinner
  • Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct 23rd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 24th – Unity Day. Please encourage your child to wear orange free dress on this day to honor the acts of kindness and inclusion.
  • Nov 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News Oct 5th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

10/1 – 10/5

Happy October! September sure went by quickly. We have been admiring God’s work as we witness the Fall showing us the art of letting go.  Here is a peak into our world in room 22:

  

Reading: We continued our whole class book study of, A Fish In A Tree.  You may spark a discussion at home about the characters in the book by asking your child to describe Ally, Mr. Daniels, Travis and her mom. Ask your child how we used sticky notes and other classmates to think deeper about characters in the book.

Writing: We are continuing to learn the steps to write an opinion piece. We have carefully learned and practice each component of an opinion piece:

  1. Rocking Beginning
  2. State Opinion
  3. Provide Reasons
  4. Conclusion

We have practiced including transition starters for each component. This week we used a graphic organizer in the shape of a sandwich to visually organize and plan out each step of their final paper. Their final paper will be on the topic, school uniforms. We read an article about school uniforms and brainstormed as a class pros and cons. Next week, they will write their final opinion paper.

Social Studies: We continued our unit on Native Americans! This week, each student decided what kind of project they will create to show what they have learned about their tribe. We began designing and creating projects this Friday.

A reminder about this project:

Each child is assigned a tribe, located in a region of the United States. They are to research the tribe and find information about a number of different provided categories.  They use both websites and books that I checked out from the Seattle Public Library to conduct their research. They take notes on each category as they research. Their final project will require each student to create a project to show what they have learned about their tribe (including each of the required categories). They may choose the type of project they complete – song, play, PowerPoint, poster, model, etc.

Math: This week, we worked on using place value to round up to 4 digit numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. We “solved the room”, where students walked around the room rounding a displayed number to the nearest tens and hundreds with post it notes. Students used dice, white boards and place value cubes to extend their thinking. On Friday, students took a math assessment on these topics.

Religion: Thank you for bringing in canned foods for the St Vincent De Paul pantry. Students created an acrostic poem describing God in words or phrases that begin with each of the letters in the word GREAT.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Our classroom is a NUT FREE classroom.
  • Oct 10th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Oct 19th – Endowment Dinner
  • Oct 22nd, Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct 23rd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 26th – Youth Group Haunted House 5pm
  • Nov 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News Sept 28th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

9/24-9/28

We had another wonderful week in room 22! Your children are such a joy to teach every day. They are working hard and having fun!

Reading: We continued our whole class book study of, A Fish In A Tree. This week, we spent time analyzing the characters in the book so far and practiced proving our thinking with evidence from the text. During our book study, students are learning to listen to one another and either add on to a thought, agree, or politely disagree.

Writing: We are continuing to learn the steps to write an opinion piece. Last week, we mastered the skill of starting with a ‘rocking beginning’ to capture the reader’s attention. A few strategies to do that are onomatopoeia, repetition, facts and questions.  This week, we moved on to the next two steps of writing an opinion piece – stating your opinion and providing reasons. Next week, we will discuss how to write a conclusion and practice using a graphic organizer to plan out each step of a final paper.

We practiced cursive lowercase letters ‘i’ and ‘t’.

Social Studies: We began our unit on Native Americans! Each child is assigned a tribe, located in a region of the United States. They are to research the tribe and find information about a number of different categories. This week they used both a website using a iPad as well as books that I checked out from the Seattle Public Library for them to research their tribe. They took notes on each category as they researched. We will continue to research for the next two weeks. Their final project will require each student to create a project to show what they have learned about their tribe (including each of the required categories). They may choose the type of project they complete – song, play, PowerPoint, poster, model, etc.

Math: This week students used placed value to compare numbers using the vocabulary and symbols for “greater than”, “less than” and “equal to”. Students also practiced writing numbers up to hundreds in standard form, expanded form and written form. Students also used number lines and place value to order numbers through thousands. Next week, we will begin rounding numbers up to hundreds, to the nearest ten.

Religion: This week we read an acrostic poem, “How Great Though Art” about seeing God’s greatness in the beauty of nature and creation. We discussed the poem and shared our thoughts and feelings that it evoked. Then, in groups, they re-created a verse and as a class we put each verse together to make the complete poem.

 Dates and Reminders:

  • Our classroom is a NUT FREE classroom.
  • Oct 10th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Oct 19th – Endowment Dinner
  • Oct 22nd, Oct 29th, Nov 5th – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct 23rd – Individual Student Photos
  • Oct 26th – Youth Group Haunted House 5pm
  • Nov 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Nov 9th and Nov 12th – No School

Have a lovely weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards