We had another active and engaging week in 3rd grade.
Writing: The children used graphic organizers to help them prepare to write an opinion piece about school uniforms. They will complete their paragraphs this coming week. I saw some great ‘rocking beginnings’, wonderful supportive/relevant reasons tied together with fabulous transition/linking words, and clincher/conclusions bringing it all home.
Reading: We continued our all class reading of Fish in a Tree . This is an excellent book and has led to wonderful class discussions about learning differences, treating others with respect, taking risks, and embracing our uniqueness. This next week we will start to delve more into the rich characters in this book and the complexity of their actions.
Book groups are going well. This week the children practiced the comprehension skills of “summarizing”, “connecting”, and “compare/contrast”.
Math: The children spent the week practicing rounding with a number of engaging activities. They did “roll/make/expand/round” games, a scoot around the classroom, challenge by choice activities, and wrapped up the week with a rounding/place value assessment. This coming week we will begin 4 digit addition.
Social Studies: Our Native American projects are well under way. On Friday the children pulled out clay, fabric, cardboard, computers, poster board, tons of creativity. I can’t wait to see the finished projects this next week.
Religion: In religion we are learning about utilizing the thinking parts of our brain to help us becoming “deciders rather than doers”. Ask your children about Buster and Myg, this next week they will meet The Professor and Miss Hipp.
In addition to our “Brain Talk” lessons we had an engaging classroom discussion about how we can “Speak-up and Stand-up” for what is right! The children came up with phrases they will use when the encounter gossip, rumors, or unkind comments. I will be creating a poster with these phrases, look for it on our door in the next couple of weeks.
Art: On Friday we had our first parent led art class and it was wonderful. Jen Bergman taught the students about Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and the pop art movement. The students had the chance to start working on their own pop art self-portraits. We will finish these this next week and will have them on display for everyone to enjoy. They are really cool.
We have an all school Mass this Wednesday- it is a Dress Uniform day for all students.
Enjoy this beautiful weekend and feel free to email me with any questions!