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Week 9

October 13, 2019 by Melinda Santos

Another exciting week is in the books! Third grade ended last week with a hot chocolate party and celebrated some fall fun at the pumpkin painting party. I am so blessed to have such a great group of students AND parents this year. Thank you for making the time to come out and allowing me to have some fun with the kiddos outside of the classroom!

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

Projects: We will begin our Forces and Motion unit. Students will investigate Newton’s First Law of Motion by doing hands on activities all week to see the law in action. We will be using the 3D printing lab for the first time this week as well!

Writing:  Students will learn how to identify different types of personal narratives and the purpose for each. Students have shown TREMENDOUS growth in writing complete sentences and we will continue to practice and reinforce those skills throughout the entire year. We are also discussing how to improve our handwriting. In cursive we will be working on the letter I.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will identify problems and solutions in fairy tales and review how to make contractions. Our mentor text this week is Princess Hyacinth. 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 identify problems and solutions in fairy tales and review how to make contractions. Our mentor text this week is Princess Hyacinth. 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.

REMINDERS:

  • Help our class earn books from our wish list by purchasing books for your kiddo through Scholastic (https://www.scholastic.com/home/). Be sure to use our class code when ordering VY888. They have LOTS of dollar deals and the latest Dogman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
  • 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!

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Santos