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Week 12

November 3, 2019 by Melinda Santos

What an interesting week! Between the power outage and Halloween, we had quite an eventful week! The students looked adorable in their costumes and really kept it together for nearly the entire day on Halloween before letting lose at the party 🙂 A big thank you to all the parents who provided food and supplies for the party and for the volunteers who helped set up, clean up, and run the game stations. Thank you for all that you do!

As we’re wrapping up our last week of the first trimester, I will be sending out a link to sign up for parent-teacher conferences which will be held on Friday, November 15th. It is not an obligation to attend, but if you’d like to discuss your child’s progress I’d be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.

This upcoming week, we will be focusing on the following skills:

Science: Students did a wonderful job as engineers last week designing a boat that could float and carry at least 2 marbles, all while staying within a budget and using only the materials provided. We will continue our engineering unit this week by following the same guidelines (predetermined budget and basic supplies) to build a bridge that can hold several pennies. I can’t wait to see what ingenious designs they come up with this time!

Writing:  Since we lost some time last week from the power outage day and Halloween, students will continue using writing techniques we’ve learned to finish drafting their personal narratives. Then we will use self-editing and peer editing to polish our writing. In cursive we will be working on the letter K.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will learn how to identify facts and supporting details within our nonfiction mentor text (Creature Features) and how to use coordinating conjunctions to join to independent clauses. 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 review skills and begin their reading strategy groups.

4th Grade ELA:  Students will learn how to identify facts and supporting details within our nonfiction mentor text (Creature Features) as well as the different elements found in nonfiction vs. fictional texts. Our grammar focus will be practicing how to use coordinating conjunctions to join to independent clauses. 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 review skills and begin their reading strategy groups and/or novel studies.

REMINDERS:

  • The Book Fair is open this week and all classes will have the opportunity to go throughout the week. My 3rd grade class will be going on Tuesday morning at 8:30am. The book fair will also be open on Thursday night from 6:30-8:30pm for Family Night.
  • Veteran’s Day will be observed on Monday, November 11th. There will be no school that day so enjoy the 4 day weekend!
  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Santos

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

This week in 3rd grade math we have been working on the relationship between multiplication and division. The students are finding missing factors in multiplication, as well as working through story problems, and drawing pictures to show division. Having a strong sense of math facts in really helping the students with these concepts. Next week is the last week of the trimester. We will be having a quiz on multiplication and division, as well as an end of trimester assessment to make sure that the kiddos have held on to the concepts taught earlier in the year. We set a goal for all 3rd graders to master their multiplication facts of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 by the end of the first trimester. Our next goal is to master ALL of our multiplication facts by winter break! I’ve been so impressed with how dedicated the children have been to their math facts! Please keep up the hard work in your home!