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Mrs. Renfroe 10/6/19

October 6, 2019 by Janet Renfroe

Hello! We had a great week in third grade! Our class worked with Mr. Kelly on Wednesday and Thursday to learn how to properly and safely use the 3D printing lab. Students were able to create table mascots with their group partners. Our class has completed their training and is allowed to use the lab during the school day. I have also told the class that I will incorporate the software program that Mr. Kelly recommended on their May Do list.

In projects we wrapped up our camouflage unit. Students finished creating and then presenting their animal creature that used elements of camouflage to survive in it’s habitat. The animal creations are displayed outside our room. Please check them out if you happen to be down our way!

Our class catch me jar winner from 3rd grade is featured below. This student was recognized for going above and beyond. Well done!

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

Projects:  We will wrap up our investigation of adaptations by performing an experiment using different tools as “beaks.” We will begin a new unit on heredity and discuss inherited versus acquired traits.

Writing: I’m so glad we took the time to review and practice how to make our sentences complete! It really showed in their writing this week. Since we took our time to review it, I will be setting high expectations that they continue applying this skill and I will be asking them to fix their sentences if they are incomplete. Additionally, we will continue on with our personal narrative unit and practice writing strong conclusions. We are also focusing on having neat handwriting! I’ve let the students know that if they can’t read what they wrote it means I won’t be able to read what they wrote. They will be asked to redo their work if handwriting is too messy.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will review pronouns and learn how to identify when and why a character’s feelings or personality changes during a story. Our mentor text this week is The Raft. 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 review different types of pronouns and learn how to identify when and why a character’s feelings or personality changes during a story. Our mentor text this week is The Raft. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  This week 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 forms went home on Thursday for our October orders. Orders for this month must be placed by October 30th. Our class code for ordering is V8KG9.
  • October 12th is the pumpkin decorating event for both 3rd grade classes. We hope to see you all there!

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

Mrs. Renfroe