News Jan 11th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

1/11/19

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!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News Dec 14th

      Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

12/10-12/14

We had a joyful week full of Christmas cheer, hopeful Advent prayers and winter sniffles!

Science: This week, we re-visited the engineering design process. The past few weeks we have been investigating all about magnets through experiments and non-fiction readings. This week, we moved on to the next few stages of the process – plan, create and improve. Students identified an authentic problem in their life or someone they know. Then, they worked through the engineering process of planning a solution to that problem by using what they learned in the investigation phase about magnets. Then they moved from the planning stage to the create stage. Our classroom was an engineering workspace for much of this week! We had all kinds of materials around our room, rich dialogue, failure, problem solving and more creating! Students built prototypes and usable products. Next week, we will move to the communication stage of the process and reflect on what went well and what they would revise to improve their product.

Math: We began laying a foundation of multiplication! We talked about the importance of laying a strong foundation for our “math building” so that as our knowledge and tool belt of strategies grow, our tower is strong and sturdy. If we jump to quickly to the top floor without laying a strong foundation first, our tower of math will not be as sturdy and strong. So, we are taking our time to understand what multiplication means in a variety of ways. This week, we introduced the multiplication sign as a symbol that means the words “groups of”. We explored the strategy of drawing visual representations (4×5 is 4 groups of 5).  We applied this strategy as we created Christmas trees and ornaments and used beads to create visual representations Come on in to check them out! Next week, we will add another strategy to our tool belt – repeated addition and using a number line to solve multiplication. This week we also participated in the national Hour of Code. We spent some time with our 6th grade buddies coding together!

Religion: During Advent, we enjoy spending Monday mornings in the church with the rest of the school to light the Advent candles, sing and worship together. It is a peaceful gathering and a wonderful way to start our week as a school community. Tuesday – Friday, we gather as a whole intermediate department to light the candles, listen to a story about an Advent symbol and pray and sing together. As a class, we reflect on the Advent symbol of the day and write about how we can incorporate it, or connect to, or notice it in our lives. For example, Thursday’s symbol was a wreath. A wreath symbolizes many branches coming together to form one circle – many parts, one body. Our class reflected on this and wrote in their morning journal how they can include others in their circle. In honor of the 1st Advent candle, we read a story about Hope. Then, every student wrote down a hope that they have and we put them all in a jar. Students took turns holding the jar and adding to our prayer, asking God to look after our hopes. This week, we did the same thing with Faith. Next week, we will focus on Joy.  We also participated in our own class Mass just for our 3rd grade on Wednesday morning. Thank you so much for participating in our class Advent project! Your children are full of joy and love as they add items to our prayer table to gift to our “Adopt A Family”. On Wednesday of next week, we will have a wrapping session to wrap the gifts and make cards for the family. If you have any extra wrapping paper, bags or ribbon and you would like to help the students wrap, feel free to come in to help on Wednesday the 19th from 9:00-10:00. Please let me know if you would like to come in and help.

Reading: 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 also working on comprehension through reading non -fiction articles on Achieve 3000. Ask your child about the “75% Club”.

Writing: We are still working on mastering writing a strong paragraph. We are using a hamburger graphic organizer to plan our writing as well as color coding parts of a paragraph to make sure to include introduction, at least three details and a conclusion. We are also working on including transition words throughout. At home, ask your child about color coding to make a complete paragraph.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Wednesday Dec 19th 9:00 – 10:00 Advent Wrapping Session. I’d love for a few parents to come and help us wrap! Let me know if you would like to help.

 

  • Friday Dec 21st – 9:15 – 10:00. Engineer Fair. Parents, please join us for an Open House in our 3rd grade classrooms to showcase our engineers’ latest projects. Come admire our hard work and enjoy coffee and muffins before we head off to Christmas Break.

 

  • Friday Dec 21st – Noon Dismissal
  • Dec 24th – Jan 4th – Christmas Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

 

 

News Nov 30th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

11/26-11/30

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving break full of family and love. Our class is happy to be back and were excited to share their Thanksgiving adventures with one another.

 Reading: 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 also working on comprehension through reading non -fiction articles on Achieve 3000. Ask your child about the “75% Club”.

Writing: We are working on mastering writing a strong paragraph. We are using a hamburger graphic organizer to plan our writing as well as color coding parts of a paragraph to make sure to include introduction, at least three details and a conclusion. We are also working on including transition words throughout. At home, ask your child about color coding to make a complete paragraph.

Science: We are continuing our science unit all about magnets! We will spend the next month studying how magnets work as well as the engineering design process. After learning about magnets through many interactive, fun inquiries and non-fiction scientific articles, students will design a solution to an identified problem using magnets. This week, through experiments and non-fiction text, we learned about temporary magnets, electromagnets and lodestone.  At home, ask your child to teach you what each of these are. Next week, we will take a close look at how magnets and compasses are related and begin the engineering design process of identifying problems that may be solved using magnetic properties.

Math: This week, students worked on mastering up to 4-digit subtraction. Next week, we will begin multiplication by exploring what multiplication means and visually represents and defining vocabulary. We will be learning one strategy to solve multiplication at a time, in order to eventually be able to have a “tool belt” of strategies to choose from to solve multiplication problems.

Religion: This week we read about and discussed the Wedding at Cana, prepared for Reconciliation on Monday and brainstormed our class Advent project. If you have time, please review our class Advent project with your child. Thank you!

Dates and Reminders:

  • Friday Dec 7th – Dress Uniform, All School Liturgy
  • Thursday Dec 13th – Trimester 1 Report Cards go home
  • Friday Dec 21st – Noon Dismissal
  • Dec 24th – Jan 4th – Christmas Break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

News Nov 16th

Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News

11/13-11/16

We had a wonderful week in room 22. Your children are shining brightly in our classroom and full of eagerness and excitement for learning.

Reading: We continue our whole class book study on Fish In a Tree. Students are working on analyzing character development through whole group discussion and independent reflection. Students are being respectful to one another as classmates choose to read aloud and share their thoughts and opinions about the story. We are working on enriching student to student dialogue by continuing to practice using sentence starters such as “I agree with you and…” or “I respectfully disagree with you..”

Writing: After finalizing their creature fiction stories, students re-joined their groups to share their fiction stories. They enjoyed hearing a number of different fiction stories about their same group creature. Students practiced responding to their classmates with feedback including a compliment and a question.

Science: We began our science unit all about magnets! We will spend the next month studying how magnets work as well as the engineering design process. After learning about magnets through many interactive, fun inquiries and non-fiction scientific articles, students will design a solution to an identified problem using magnets. This week, we took a close look at the scientific investigation process by group reading text and using the glossary to define vocabulary words. We explored the phenomena of magnetic property by making breakfast cereal “goo” and using a magnet to pull the iron through the goo. We analyzed the iron content through reading the cereal’s nutrition label. We also observed and hypothesized through a tin can, paper clip and magnet experiment. Students sorted objects in our classroom that are magnetic and non-magnetic and explored the north and south poles of a magnet by making a compass.

Math: This week, students worked on mastering 4-digit addition. We will begin 4 digit subtraction after Thanksgiving.

Religion: Our class learned about the circle of control – some things we can control and some things we cannot control. As a whole group, in partners and independently we identified and reflected on many examples of things that we can control and things we cannot control. Then they filled in our class circle of control which we will keep up as a reminder as needed. We also practiced readings for the Liturgy that our grade and our buddies are leading together on Monday. We also made our Grandparents and Special Friends welcome cards for our special day together on Thursday.

 

Dates and Reminders: 

  • Nov 19th – Dress Uniform, All School Liturgy – We are leading this Mass with our 6th grade buddies
  • Nov 21st, Nov 22nd, Nov 23rd – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 27th – Photo Retakes
  • Dec 7th – Dress Uniform, All School Liturgy
  • Dec 13th – Trimester 1 Report Cards go home

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Edwards

 

 

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