Third Grade Thanksgiving lunch is tomorrow at 12:20!
Also: The deadline for turning in items for the 3rd grade "Winter" Basket is also tomorrow. The baskets will be auctioned off at the annual PTA Holiday Shoppe. The items requested are: fleece blankets, fuzzy socks, slippers, hot chocolate, candles, hand warmers, and winter hats, gloves, and scarves.
Students were so excited to crack open their geodes on Thursday. Hopefully they all made it home safely. Today students are bringing home crystals that they grew in science lab from a mixture of Borax and water. Their crystals should be taken out of the plastic bag and dried to avoid molding.
Here is a quick look at what we will cover this week:
Social Studies- Today we learned to identify the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains on a US map, and we started our famous people study with Paul Revere. You will receive a newsletter tomorrow with some background information and fun facts. (We have already studied the branches of government, but on Thursday Judge Rob Leonard will be visiting to explain the Judicial Branch and his role in our local government. This is part of a program called "Court 2 You".)
Math- Two step word problems. We will be working in small groups and in centers to practice this difficult skill.
Reading- Students are practicing using context clues to determine the meaning of words that they don't know. If your child asks what a word is as they are reading work together to decode the word and search around the word for clues as to what is means. We are learning to look for definitions, examples, pictures, or synonyms and antonyms near the word in the phrase, sentence, or paragraph.
Writing- The students are using what they have learned about soil to write an informational piece about Herman the Worm and his travels through the Three Sister's Garden at Addison Elementary. They are using a fictitious character, but focusing on informing their audience about the color and particle size of each type of soil that Herman might find in the garden.
Spelling- Unit 11 need, far, hand, high, year, badge, bridge, ridge, judge, fudge, rage, huge, page, stage, cage, charge, range, sponge, bulge
We are enjoying the new laptop cart!
This week in room 204!
I have a goal to be better about blogging and sharing information about what is going on in our classroom. Thank you for understanding that, when it doesn't happen, I am busy making sure all the "goings on in the classroom" are "going on" :0). Here is a breakdown of what we are covering in each subject this week:
Science: We have been talking about Weathering and Erosion. Ask your student if they can tell you the difference between the two or give you a few examples. There are a lot of videos on Youtube that you could watch together about weathering and erosion. We will have a test on Friday. I think you will be impressed with how much they can explain.
Math: We are working on multiplying and dividing by 3 & 4 this week. At home students can be working with flashcards, First in Math, and counting by 3's to prepare for the 3's times test this Friday. This nine weeks we are focusing on two step word problems.
Reading: We are learning about non-literal language including Idioms, Similes, and Metaphors. Our phrase for the week is "Don't be Amelia Bedelia; understand non-literal language." At home you could think together of a list of idioms we use everyday without realizing it. Ex. It's raining cats and dogs.
Writing: We are working on narrative writing. Last week the students worked hard on developing their main character and setting. Today they mapped out a story plan including a problem their character will face. Tomorrow they will begin writing their stories. Ask your student about their character. They are really enjoying the creative writing process and sharing their work!
Spelling: List 10- almost, live, page, got, earth, prince, dance, fence, piece, peace, leave, twelve, glove, solve, prove, tease, choose, cheese, loose, wise.
November 12- progress reports (only for students possibly receiving a 1 on any area of their report card)
November 18 - Thanksgiving Lunch
I have taught for 6 years and joined the Addison family in January of last year. I was so excited to return to the school I attended for 4th and 5th grade.
Wednesday- Math Lab
Practice 4's to the tune of Frere Jacques
Practice 6's to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus