January 31st- Third grade checkout in learning commons. Children need to arrive before 7:30 in order to have time to select a book and checkout before 7:45.
February 3rd- Performing Arts in lieu of specials.
February 10th– STEM/Career Day. If you can possible donate any of the materials listed below we will be forever grateful. The children LOVE STEM day but it takes supplies for over 700 students in order to have the activities.
|Scotch Tape||Working Christmas Lights|
|Pipe Cleaners||Small Plastic Cups|
|Bottles of White Glue||Construction Paper|
|Empty Water Bottles||Cardstock|
|Rubber Bands||Insulated Wire|
|D Batteries||Wire Cutters|
Reading- We are well into Because of Winn-Dixie, the children amaze me with the details they remember from the story and how they are able to go beyond the words on the pages to describe the characters. They will be grouped into new reading clubs on Monday! There are three selections and children will be placed in a group based upon Lexile. Our books are Charlotte’s Web, The Chocolate Touch, and Freckle Juice. Charlotte’s Web is available from Scholastic for $1 and The Chocolate Touch is available for $3, Freckle Juice isn’t available at this time. If you would like to order a book for your child to keep at home you can email Mrs. Brooks at email@example.com to see which book your child is assigned. Amazon does have Freckle Juice but it is $5.99 for the book and $4.99 for the Kindle edition. We will have Edomodo questions on these books in addition to Winn-Dixie. We will finish Winn-Dixie before the February break, I hope to be able to show the movie before we go on the break. I have noticed that some of the students are not answering the questions in Edmodo or they are only answering some of the questions. If answering through Edmodo is too difficult they can submit their answers on paper. I will inform them of this option on Monday. We post the questions on the board before we read the chapter in class so they can copy the questions from the board.
Eagle Eyes are due on Monday, we had a long list of students that had one due, hopefully everyone listened and looked at the board to see if their name was posted.
Vocabulary words for chapters 10-12 were handed out on Friday. As usual, four squares on the choice menu are due on Friday and the assessment will be on Friday. They have been doing well with their assessments, hopefully they are utilizing their new words in their speaking and writing.
A Scholastic book order will be placed the morning of January 31st (Tuesday). If you wish to place an order you can go online and order or send in payment along with the paper order form that was sent home in Thursday folders. Our class code for Scholastic is NBX43.
Writing- Last week the children worked on a bold beginning for their animal paper. This week we will begin composing the body of the paper using the information they have gathered. They will work independently, in small groups and with the teacher to organize their information. We hope to finish the first draft this week so we can make corrections next week and publish. We would like for them to draw a picture of their animal so we can post them in the hallway with their writing. Their next assignment will be to select one of the people we study in Social Studies to do a research paper on them. We will use these papers for our wax museum during the Garden Gala in May.
Grammar- Our mentor text this week is The Rough Faced Girl. It is an Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story. The children are doing a wonderful job with the mentor sentences. Their skills using higher level synonyms increases each week. In reading, they will do a compare/contrast with The Rough Face Girl and a traditional Cinderella story. Below is a link to a Youtube video of the book being read aloud. I will also put the link on Edmodo.
Specials for the Week:
Tuesday- PE (wear sneakers)
Wednesday- Health(wear sneakers)
Friday- Performing Arts
Math: We continued our study of fractions by looking at wholes as fractions. Students made the connection that in a whole, the numerator and denominator are equal. Students then looked at models of more than 1 whole and interpreted them as fractions, noting that a fraction greater than a whole would have a numerator that is greater than the denominator. I am amazed at the connections they have been making and the high level of conceptual understanding they are demonstrating. We also began our exploration of number lines by plotting fractions on a number line. This really helped the students to see the relationship of fractions to a whole. They were able to see that a proper fraction is less than 1 because it has not yet reached 1 on the number line.
Social Studies: We continued learning about FDR and one of the greatest obstacles he had to overcome: paralysis. The students participated in a group activity in which they had to complete a task that required them to get information from their classmates, without leaving their chair. The students found it challenging and were able to make the connection to FDR and how difficult it would have been for him to run the country with a disability.
Small group reading and writing: This week in reading we are going to focus on sight words and writing silly sentences. Our spelling words this week are ant, brand, and, van, plan, bang, clang, sang, thank, drank. This week all of our words have the glued sound (an). Please talk with your child about their spelling words and help them with learn to read and spell these words. In writing this week we are continuing to work on our 5 minute quick write activity, the kids are doing so great writing for the time and coming up with neat stories. They love to share what they have written with the class. I love hearing them. We are going to read Tar Beach this week and use this mentor text to learn about life in the 1930’s. I am looking forward to a great week with these awesome kids. Love, Ms. Dorsett