Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade Classroom News
01/27 – 1/31
We had a fun and spirited Catholic Schools Week! It was great to see many of you at Mass and at our open house last Sunday. Thank you for supporting us!
Reading: We continued reading, The BFG by Roald Dahl. Students are practicing reading fluency by choosing to read aloud. We are having great discussions as we analyze the main characters. This week, we focused on finding examples of how Roald Dahl shows through his writing instead of tells.
Writing: Students completed their first fictional narrative story! They put a lot of thought and care into their stories as they followed each step of the writing workshop process – Plan, edit, draft, then publish. This week, we will begin to apply feedback to write another story. We focused on how to show not tell when writing. We analyzed mentor sentences from authors we love and practiced taking telling sentences and re-writing them to showing sentences.
Math: This week, we worked on mastering x 8 multiplication facts. We continued our routine to help us master multiplication facts. Every week, we will focus on one or two facts. In class, we will work on memorizing those facts through a variety of different games and activities. At the beginning of the week, students will make their own “fact ring” which will have all the multiplication problems for that fact (0-12) as well as a skip counting card and a card with the “trick” to that fact. Students will use these rings in class as well as at home. As a part of their homework, they should be practicing 10 minutes each night of that fact. They may choose to use their fact ring, the fluency worksheet I send home, say them aloud to you or a sibling, or another way of their choice. On Fridays, we will assess their progress towards mastering that fact. Next week, we will study x 9 facts, then move on to understand more about division.
Religion: This week we reviewed the 10 Commandments and discussed what each commandment looks like for us as 3rd graders. Students discussed with their classmates practical ways that they can live out the Commandments in their lives today. We also attended a Benediction lead by Father Crispin. We reviewed that Benediction means blessings and that during a Benediction, we are blessed with the Eucharist by the priest. Students were encouraged to bring their prayers to Jesus during this time and come with an open heart to receive God’s love.
Science: This week, we continued our unit on weather. We worked to identify hazardous weather and critically examine solutions to problems caused by that weather. Our class is working on being stewards of the environment and has started a bottle cap collection project as an effort to re-use the plastic water bottles in the hot lunch program. My hope is that the students feel empowered and that even as young people, that they can make a positive impact on our environment.
This week, we also attended the 4th – 8th grade Geography Bee. We cheered on our schoolmates, admired their bravery and learned more about the world’s geography.
On Tuesday for Volunteer Appreciation Day, we spent time reflecting on our gratitude towards all the volunteers that make our school run! We expressed our gratitude by making cards for all of you, parents! Thank you for all that you do to support our school.
This week we worked on the Auction Art project a couple times. Thank you to Temry Caneday and Megan McCarthy for your leadership on this!
On Thursday, we celebrated Vocation Day by inviting parents into our classroom to share with us how they are using their gifts and talents from God in their career path. Thank you to Susan Turner and Maggie Diefenbach for sharing your journeys with us!
On Friday, we celebrated our St. John spirit by dressing up in our school colors and showing our Eagle pride! We spent time with our 6th grade buddies and participated in the big Homecoming Games assembly in the afternoon.
Dates and Reminders:
St. Valentine’s Day Cards – Students are welcome to bring Valentine cards for their classmates. If they choose to bring in cards, I ask that they bring one in for everyone. Please leave off any food/candy from the cards. Students can bring their cards into class on Thursday, February 13th. We will pass them out that day. I have sent home a class list of names for spelling reference.
- Thursday, February 6th – Progress Reports go home
- Wednesday, February 12th – All School Liturgy – Dress Uniform
- February 14th, 17th and 18th – No School, Mid-Winter Break
Thank you for your partnership and support!