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Week 14

November 17, 2019 by Melinda Santos

We’ve made it to the week before Thanksgiving break! Students worked so hard this past trimester and I hope they (and you!) will get to decompress and enjoy some down time during the break.

This past week, both the 3rd and 4th grade classes earned enough marbles for their class rewards. Fourth grade got treated to an ice cream sundae party while 3rd grade enjoyed a popcorn party with some toppings of their choosing.

The 4th graders did an amazing job during our mock trial of Alexander T. Wolf (the big bad wolf from the 3 little pigs). We used the trail as a hands-on way to learn about point of view and how characters/people can have different perspectives based on their life experiences, beliefs, and opinions. The jury came back with a not guilty verdict after learning Mr. Wolf’s point of view was based on his natural animal instincts!

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

Science: Students will be completing a STEM activity tasking them to build a turkey trap after listening to the story How to Catch a Turkey.

Writing:  We will be devoting 3 days this week to finalizing our personal narratives. Most students have begun typing their final draft after taking their piece through peer and self editing. I can’t wait for you to see how hard these kiddos have worked on this piece of writing! When it does get sent home, please keep in mind that I do very minimal editing to their piece as I want their writing to be a true reflection of their own writing abilities at that moment in time. I am assessing to see how well they are able to use and apply all the skills we have covered. In cursive we will be working on the letter M.

3rd Grade ELA: Using our mentor text, Turkey Bowl, we will reflect on how the characters change throughout the story and what factors lead to those changes. Additionally, we will practice using commas in a series. This week is reading buddy week so we will get the opportunity to read with them before the break! During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and work on their reading strategies. I will also be pulling each individual student to review their beginning of the year MAPS data and do a check in to make sure we are on track for our mid-year MAPS test.

4th Grade ELA:  Using our mentor text, Turkey Bowl, we will reflect on how the characters change throughout the story and what factors lead to those changes. Then we will swing back to summarizing, making sure to include all essential information. Additionally, we will practice using commas in a series. During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups for their novel studies and book clubs. While students are given ample time in class to complete the assignments and reading that go along with their novel studies, I have allowed them to take home their book if they’d like to read their assigned chapters as part of their 20 minutes of reading homework. If they choose that option, I have reminded them that they are responsible for bringing the book back to class so they can refer to it during our group discussions. I will also be pulling each individual student to review their beginning of the year MAPS data and do a check in to make sure we are on track for our mid-year MAPS test.

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • Mid-years MAPS testing for reading will be the week of December 9th.
  • 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