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Week 8

October 5, 2019 by Melinda Santos

Lots of hands-on learning is happening here in 3rd grade! Students finished creating and then presenting their animal creature that uses elements of camouflage to survive in it’s habitat. I was blown away with the creativity and thought these kiddos put into this project! They are also wrapping up their last couple weeks in Lego Robotics by creating some interesting robots that they can program to move.

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.” Then 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.

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 ?
  • 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!

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

I’ve been so impressed with how well the kiddos have taken to the traditional algorithm of addition and subtraction. We are continuing to practice this skill with larger numbers, as well as work through story problems. We are using bar models to help us make sense of the story problems. Bar models will be used in math for years to come- so this is just the beginning. Nevertheless, they’ve been doing a great job with them. 
If your student struggled with an earlier concept, like place value or rounding, I am meeting with them on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The goal is make sure they’re proficient with these skills before the end of the trimester. 
Continue to practice those multiplication facts at home! Our next unit focuses on multiplication and having that prior knowledge will really help as we move forward. Please be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have about math!