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Week 13

November 11, 2019 by Melinda Santos

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend as we remember all the veterans who have served our country. Last week was our last week of the first trimester and it’s hard to believe how fast time is flying by! We continued with our engineering unit by building bridges that could support the weight of several “bears” all while staying within an assigned budget and using limited resources. It’s always amazing to see how many different ways one project can be accomplished!

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

Science: This week, students will be tasked with creating a container that can keep a piece of ice from melting. They will continue to follow the same guidelines established in our previous engineering projects with a budget they must stick to and specific resources to build with. We will measure each group’s ice cube at the end of the day to determine which container was the most successful at insulating the ice.

Writing:  Students worked very hard to finish up first drafts of their personal narratives last week. We began to self-edit last week and will continue to edit and revise this week using our peers to help us refine our writing further. In cursive we will be working on the letter L.

3rd Grade ELA: Using our mentor text, Two Bad Ants, students will discuss what factors influence a character’s point of view and how different perspectives can change how the same story can be told or written. We will also review the articles “a”, “an”, and “the.” During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and work on their reading strategies.

4th Grade ELA:  Using our mentor text, Two Bad Ants, students will discuss what factors influence a character’s point of view and how different perspectives can change how the same story can be told or written. We will also review the articles “a”, “an”, and “the” with a focus on when to use “a” versus “an.” During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and discuss our novel studies.

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are on Friday, November 15th. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for a conference time if you would like to meet to discuss your student’s progress. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044FADA92EA7FC1-parentteacher
  • If you or any family member or friend is interested in coming to read to either class as a “mystery reader,” please email me and I’d be happy to schedule a time. Thank you to all those who have already come in! They have thoroughly enjoyed the element of surprise and trying to guess who will be next 🙂

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 continued working with multiplication, division and word problems.  We are working on linking pictures and bar models to our multiplication and division.  We also completed an end-of-trimester assessment to ensure that we have remembered everything we’ve learned over the past 12 weeks.  Next week we will begin multiplying multi-digit numbers.  This is a 4th grade standard that I’m confident this group of students can handle.  If you are interested in meeting with me next week during parent teacher conferences, please email me and let me know.  I’m happy to set up some time slots to meet with 3rd grade parents.