Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
We had a terrific week back from Christmas break. Students seemed happy to be back to our school routine and certainly a bit tired by the end of the week!
Science: This week, we began our unit on weather and climate. We began collecting data from two different climate regions of the world. For two weeks, we will record the temperature of these two places. Ask your child which two places we are collecting data from. Then, we will learn all about making graphs and represent our data in tables and graphical displays.
Math: We continued to add to our “tool-belt” of strategies to solve multiplication. So far, we have learned these strategies – equal groups, repeated addition and arrays. Ask your child to show how to use each of these strategies to solve a multiplication problem. Next week we will explore using a number line to solve for a product. Throughout, students have worked on multiplication fluency through a variety of games and activities. We made arrays of sunshine and city arrays as inspired by the artist, Paul Klee.
Religion: We prepared for a warm welcome of a new student! We discussed ways help make our new classmate feel welcomed and included in our class. We prayed and wrote cards full of tips to help his smooth transition. Welcome Andrew! We are so glad you are in our class!
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 continue our whole class book study on Fish In a Tree. Students are being brave and reading aloud to the class, sharing their thoughts, opinions and analysis of the characters and responding to one another. We are nearing the end of the book. We are also working on comprehension through reading non -fiction articles on Achieve 3000. Ask your child about the “75% Club”.
Writing: We started writing stories using the writing workshop process – plan, draft, edit and publish.
Special Notes –
Catholic Schools Week, Vocation Day is Thursday, Jan 31st. I am hoping to invite 2 parents to come into our classroom to share with the class about your vocation. Typically, each parent spends about 30 minutes presenting/interacting with the class in order to teach our students about your vocation. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested! We would love to have you!
Dates and Reminders:
- Monday Jan 21st – No school. Martin Luther King Jr Day.
- Sunday Jan 27th – Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House
- Sunday Jan 27th – Friday Feb 1st – Catholic Schools Week
Have a wonderful weekend!