Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
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!