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Mrs. Renfroe 10/20/19

October 20, 2019 by Janet Renfroe

We had another great week in third grade! Students enjoyed learning about Newton’s First Law of Motion last week and I promised the students I would include the link to the music video that we used in class. It’s silly, but helped the kids catch on fast and they are pro’s on inertia now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGnbiBvyl2w .

Included below are a few pictures from our Inertia Tower activity. Students had to work together to construct a tower using paper cups and blocks. They then had to remove an index card from each section of the tower without tipping it over. It was challenging and the students had to really communicate and work together to figure out the best way to accomplish the task!

We also started our reading buddies program with 7th grade. Every two weeks we will be meeting up with Mrs. O’Flaherty’s class. Third grade students chose a seventh grader this past week to be their reading partner for the remainder of the year. Student’s take turns reading to each other and we will be incorporating other activities and goals as we go along. The kids loved having the “big” kids in our room and are excited about this new adventure.

Our catch me jar winners from 3rd and 4th grade are featured below. Both students were recognized for going above and beyond in the classroom. Well done!

This week, we will be working on the following skills: 

Projects: We will continue our Forces and Motion unit. Students will investigate Newton’s Second and Third Law of Motion by doing hands on activities all week to see the law’s in action.

Writing:  Students will use all the techniques we have discussed to write their own personal narrative. Students have shown growth in writing complete sentences and we will continue to practice and reinforce those skills throughout the entire year. We will continue to discuss how to improve our handwriting. In cursive we will be working on the letter J.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will learn how to use foreshadowing and flashbacks to develop predictions about a story and how to correctly use quotation marks. Our mentor text this week is Substitute Creacher. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet 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 learn how to use foreshadowing and flashbacks to develop predictions about a story and how to correctly use quotation marks. Our mentor text this week is Substitute Creacher. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet 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:

  • Scholastic book order’s for this month must be placed by October 30th. Our class code for ordering is V8KG9.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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

Thank you,
Mrs. Renfroe