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# Mrs. Renfroe 10/13/19

October 13, 2019 by Janet Renfroe

What a busy and wonderful week we had! In third grade we wrapped up our unit on heredity and genetic traits. Here are a few pictures from our heredity activity where students worked together to create and pass down various genetic traits during our bug lab.

Both 3rd and 4th grade earned their trip to Maverick. This was the first time for 3rd grade and the excitement felt by all is perfectly captured in the picture below! Both classes were well behaved and showed exceptional manners. I am very proud of how hard they worked to reach their reward!

Our class catch me jar winners for 3rd and 4th are shown below. Both students went above and beyond in class. Well done!

Our 3rd grade pumpkin extravaganza was a success! Thank you to everyone that came!

For this upcoming week, we will be working on the following skills:

Projects: We will begin our Forces and Motion unit this week. Students will investigate Newton’s First Law of Motion and will be doing hands on activities all week to see the law in action.

Writing: In writing we are still focusing on complete sentences and making sure punctuation and capitalization are being used. Slowing down and taking time to write neatly will continue to be part of our focus as we move forward. Students will learn how to identify different types of personal narratives and the purpose for each. In cursive we will be working on the letter I.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will identify problems and solutions in fairy tales and review how to make contractions. Our mentor text this week is Princess Hyacinth. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will also begin meeting with me in small groups to learn about and practice their spelling words.

We will be using Words Their Way, which focuses on identifying which spelling rule each individual student needs to work on, then providing them with words that help them understand that spelling feature. They will be given a list of words that they will be working with for about 2 weeks. It is important to remember that, unlike traditional spelling lists, these specific words are not to be memorized, but rather the specific rule they follow is what will be focused on. For example, my group that is starting in diagraphs will be learning how to distinguish between the sounds “s”, “h”, and “sh” make in different words so they can understand when to use “s” versus “sh” when spelling a word. This program is a great continuation from the spelling “chunking” system that they learned in 1st and 2nd grade.

4th Grade ELA: Students will identify problems and solutions in fairy tales and review how to make contractions. Our mentor text this week is Princess Hyacinth. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will also begin meeting with me in small groups to learn about and practice their spelling words.

We will be using Words Their Way, which focuses on identifying which spelling rule each individual student needs to work on, then providing them with words that help them understand that spelling feature. They will be given a list of words that they will be working with for about 2 weeks. It is important to remember that, unlike traditional spelling lists, these specific words are not to be memorized, but rather the specific rule they follow is what will be focused on. For example, my group that is starting in diagraphs will be learning how to distinguish between the sounds “s”, “h”, and “sh” make in different words so they can understand when to use “s” versus “sh” when spelling a word. This program is a great continuation from the spelling “chunking” system that they learned in 1st and 2nd grade.

REMINDERS:

• Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday.
• Please have your student bring an Oasis approved jacket/sweater to school each week. It is getting chillier outside and can get cold within the classroom as well. Be sure to label your child’s items!
• If your child has a game or extracurricular activity, I would love to come and show them my support. Please let me know when and where so I can try to make it ?
• Scholastic book order’s for this month must be placed by October 30th. Our class code for ordering is V8KG9.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful week!

Thank you,

Mrs. Renfroe