News April 12th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

4/12/19

We had another fantastic week in 3rd grade. Take a look at our adventures here!

Science: We continued our unit on fossils. Through the close reading, guided note taking and discussions of a non-fiction book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, students learning new information about fossils. We will continue the study of fossils for the new few weeks. We attended a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart!

Math: This week, we continued our study of fractions. Students worked more on the concept that fractions can be used to name part of a whole or part of a set. They also learned how to represent fractions on a number line and how to find and identify equivalent fractions. They took an assessment on fractions. Next week, we will dive into area and perimeter.

Religion: On Monday morning, we joined the rest of the school at a Reconciliation service given by Father Crispin to prepare us for our Reconciliation on Wednesday. Our class was respectful, prayerful and reverent as we went through reconciliation on Wednesday morning. We also prayed the Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoon. Next week, we will honor Holy Week, attend Shadow Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and dismiss in silence on Good Friday. Please turn in your rice bowls anytime during Holy Week.

Reading: We continue to read aloud, analyze and be inspired by our book study book, Charlotte’s Web. This week, we focused on personification – giving a non human thing a human trait. We spent the week identifying figurative language within Charlotte’s Web and used mentor sentences as inspiration to add to our own writing workshop stories.

Writing: We continue to use the writing workshop process (plan, draft, edit, publish) to write stories. We have been working on revising our stories to add details. We are using our book study book, Charlotte’s Web as inspiration and as mentor text to add figurative language to our own stories. Be on the lookout for published stories to come home as they finish them!

Dates and Reminders:

  • April 15th – April 19th – Holy Week. Turn in rice bowls anytime this week.
  • April 22nd – April 26th – Easter Break. No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News April 5th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

4/5/19

We had another great week together in 3rd grade! I hope everyone has a blast at the auction tonight. Thank you for supporting our school! We are so appreciative of your care and support!

Science: Please take a few minutes to let your 3rd grader share their final science essays with you. When they were first presented with this project, much of the class felt like in no way could write a 5 paragraph paper. However, with persistence, taking it step by step, self-confidence and time, they did it! I hope this was not only a lesson for them in science and writing, but also in the importance of persistence and taking big tasks step by step. Everyone’s paper is absolutely fantastic and I am so proud of their final product. My hope is that they feel proud and confident, too!

This week, we began our unit on fossils. Through the close reading, guided note taking and discussions of a non-fiction book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, students learning new information about fossils. We will continue the study of fossils for the new few weeks.

Math: This week, we continued our study of fractions. This week, students worked more on the concept that fractions can be used to name part of a whole or part of a set. They also learned how to represent fractions on a number line.

Religion: This week, we attended class mass with our 6th grade buddies. We also attended Stations of the Cross on Friday and prepared for Reconciliation next week. Our school will have a short prayer service in preparation of Reconciliation on Monday morning, and go through Reconciliation on Wednesday.

Reading: Our class has been working very hard to achieve >75% on our Achieve 3000 non fiction article comprehension questions. Out of the whole school, our class won the Read to Achieve challenge for the month of March – because on average, they achieved the highest percentage of their questions correctly. They voted on an extra recess as their reward!

We also continued to read, analyze and be inspired by our book study book, Charlotte’s Web. This week, we focused on similes. We were inspired by the similes so well exemplified in our book, that we focused on adding them to our own stories during writing workshop.

Writing: We continue to use the writing workshop process (plan, draft, edit, publish) to write stories. We have been working on revising our stories to add details. We are using our book study book, Charlotte’s Web as inspiration and as mentor text to add figurative language to our own stories. Be on the lookout for published stories to come home as they finish them!

Dates and Reminders:

  • April 15th – April 19th – Holy Week. Turn in rice bowls anytime this week.
  • April 22nd – April 26th – Easter Break. No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News March 29th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

3/29/2019

We had another lovely week together in room 22! Your children are working hard, tying their best and learning a lot!

Science: Students finished up their final culminating project to tie all the pieces together in a final essay format. Students designed a make-believe plant or animal with at least 3 adaptations for their chosen climate region. They applied what they learned to write complete paragraphs in a 5-paragraph essay to explain their design and show their learning. They were very proud of their hard work and final essays. We read them to the rest of the class and also invited the 2nd graders to our class to read their papers to them. They were proud to share their writing! Keep an eye out for them coming home next week!

We also participated in STEM day on Thursday. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We worked with our 6th grade buddies to build the tallest free-standing tower out of limited note cards and tape. We practiced identifying and fixing problems, collaborating as a team and working within given constraints. We also enjoyed the opportunity learning from a parent who works in the STEM field. She shared with us what she does for a living (anthropologist in software engineering) in order to see the real-world application of STEM. Then our students got the chance to try out her role on the computer!

Another exciting event this week was being given cabbage plants from a local plant company. Each student got to take home their very own cabbage plant to plant at home in order to foster an interest in agriculture and connect with nature and healthy eating.

Math: This week, we began to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers. Students learned how to use models to represent unit fractions. They worked on partitioning a shape into equal parts and that a unit fraction represents the area of each part. Students also learned the vocabulary words, numerator and denominator. In a fraction, the numerator tells the number of equal parts being represented and the denominator tells the total number of equal parts. We remember their meaning by “numerator is not down, denominator is down.” Next week, we will explore how to represent fractions on a number line and how to model equivalent fractions. Please keep encouraging your children to practice multiplication and division facts at home!

Religion: This week, we watched a video about another place and family who are receiving our CRS Rice Bowl contributions. Through the story of a family in Sri Lanka, students learned a Catholic social teaching principle, Call to Family, Community and Participation. We discussed that humans are social by nature, and we need each other. Like the early disciples, we are called to come together and grow as a community – whether in our classroom, workplaces or family. We responded to the story with our own observations, thoughts, feelings, wonders and predictions. This is also a good time for the class to practice the art of listening and responding to one another. We reflected on this and wrote in our journals some acts of kindness that they can do to follow God’s call to live in a caring community. We wrote down what they can do, who it will benefit and what the result of their kindness would be for at home, at school and in the community.

Here is a link to more information for how your family can incorporate the rice bowl into your home. https://www.crsricebowl.org/families. You are also welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent in the church from 2:30-3:00.

Reading: This was the last week to add their tally marks and stickers to the “March Club”. During Achieve time, when they answer <75% of the comprehension questions correctly, they get to add their name and a tally mark to the Club. When they answer 100% of the comprehension questions correctly, they get to pick out a fun sticker to place by their name. At the end of the month, we celebrate each other’s achievements! Next week we will start the April Club. (Can you believe, it’s April already?) Students also finished their book talk posters on the book, Fish in a Tree. Included in the book talk requirements were, a summary, review, personal connection, main characters and what they learned from the book. This week we began our new book study book, Charlotte’s Web. Through this book, we will focus on figurative language.

Writing: We continue to use the writing workshop process (plan, draft, edit, publish) to write stories. We have been working on revising our stories to add details. We are using our book study book, Charlotte’s Web as inspiration and as mentor text to add figurative language to our own stories. Be on the lookout for published stories to come home as they finish them!

Dates and Reminders:

  • Friday, April 5th – School Auction
  • April 15th – April 19th – Holy Week. Turn in rice bowls anytime this week.
  • April 22nd – April 26th – Easter Break. No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News March 15th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

3/15/2019

We had another lovely week together in room 22! A few highlights of our week were reflecting and writing Lenten goals, praying the stations of cross, working on our multiplication fact fluency and writing our final science essays.

Science: After spending weeks becoming experts on climate regions as well as plant and animal adaptations, this week they worked on their final culminating project to tie all the pieces together in a final essay format. Students designed a make-believe plant or animal with at least 3 adaptations for their chosen climate region. This week they worked on applying what they have learned about writing a complete paragraphs to write a 5-paragraph essay to explain their design and show their learning.

Math: This week, we worked specifically on multiplication fact fluency. Every day, we demonstrated a special rule for each multiplication factor. We wrote each rule on a note card and added it to our “rule rings” each day. They are to keep these rings to use as a reminder and reference when practicing math facts. Please encourage your children to practice these at home! Next week, we will begin exploring fractions.

Religion: This week, we reflected on and wrote down a goal for ourselves that falls under one of the 3 pillars of Lent. We spent time learning about where our rice bowl contributions are going and who it is helping. This week, we learned about refugees in Uganda who are receiving safe places to live from our rice bowl contributions. Through the story of a family in Uganda, we discussed the catholic social teaching principle, the option for the poor and vulnerable. I got to share with them about my own experience encountering the people of Uganda through my time teaching there. We had wonderful discussions about our reactions, responses, feelings and prayers for this specific poor and vulnerable population. We spent time reflecting and making lists of things we are grateful for each day. We reviewed the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Here is a link to more information for how your family can incorporate the rice bowl into your home. https://www.crsricebowl.org/families. You are also welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent in the church from 2:30-3:00.

Reading: Ask your child about our March 75% club! We are starting a new book study book next week, students can’t wait to find out what it is!

Writing: We continue to use the writing workshop process (plan, draft, edit, publish) to write stories. We have been working on revising our stories to add details. One strategy we are using to add details is thinking of our five senses and describing rather than telling. Be on the lookout for published stories to come home as they finish them!

Dates and Reminders:

  • Thursday, March 21st – T2 Report Cards go home
  • Saturday, March 23rd 5:00pm – March Crabness. Watch March Madness basketball and eat crab! Get your tickets here!
  • Thursday, March 28th. 5:30-7:30pm Egan Hall – Family STEM Night.
  • Friday, April 5th – School Auction
  • April 22nd – April 26th – Easter Break. No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News March 1st

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

3/1/2019

We had a terrific full week back together learning and adventuring our way through 3rd grade. Your children are such joyful learners with big hearts and curious minds. It is an honor to teach them every day!

Science: We have been very busy scientists! Students have been becoming experts on climate regions as well as plant and animal adaptations. Through a variety of non-fiction resources, maps, responses and discussions, students have learned the important facts about the rainforest, desert, polar climate, mountains, and temperate climate. Not only did students have the opportunity to gain knowledge about these climate regions, but through this content practiced pulling evidence from text to support their thinking, listening and responding to one another through classroom discussions and even coming up with ways to teach each other about vocabulary. Starting next week, we will begin an in-class project to demonstrate their learning in these areas. They will be asked to design a make-believe plant or animal with at least 3 adaptations for their chosen climate region. They will apply what they have learned about writing a complete paragraph to write a 5-paragraph paper for this project as well as a visual.

Math: This week, we worked on understanding what division means. They worked on how to model division problems, how to write division sentences that describe equal sharing, how to use repeated subtraction to find the quotient of a division problem, how to write related multiplication and division sentences using inverse operations, how to find the unknown in a division problem, how to show division using an array, and understanding fact families.

Religion: Lent begins next week. Ash Wednesday is March 6th. We will attend Mass at 9:00am. You are welcome to join us! We will participate in the Catholic Relief Services, Rice Bowl program. Rice bowls will go home next week. Here is a link to more information for how your family can incorporate into your home. https://www.crsricebowl.org/families. You are also welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent in the church from 2:30-3:00pm.

Reading: We are working on responding to our Read To Self, books by making one note every time we read – either asking a question, writing down important information we learned, or noting something we liked. I confer with students about their notes during Read To Self, time in order to deepen comprehension and understanding. We are also working on comprehension through reading non -fiction articles on Achieve 3000. Ask your child about the “75% Club”.

Writing: We continue to use the writing workshop process (plan, draft, edit, publish) to write stories. We have been working on revising our stories to add details. One strategy we are using to add details is thinking of our five senses and describing rather than telling. Be on the lookout for published stories to come home as they finish them! 

Dates and Reminders:

  • Wednesday, March 6th – Ash Wednesday Mass. Dress Uniform
  • Tuesday, March 12th – Class Photos. Dress Uniform
  • Thursday, March 14th – Dress Uniform (for K/1 Grandparents Day)
  • Thursday, March 21st – T2 Report Cards go home

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards