Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
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!