Shared Reading-Myths are an extremely important part of the Greek culture. So, to enhance our social studies curriculum, we delved into reading some. We learned that these stories were passed down from one generation to the next, and have so much to tell. Our daily lessons had the students finding the mythical creatures, learning about the gods and goddesses, and figuring out the parts of nature or the world that they might explain. We pondered and discussed the lesson to be learned from the stories too. Using the Ipads twice, we enjoyed myths online.
Listening-A video of Persephone and another of Echo and Narcissus were very entertaining. Then, the students worked in teams to answer higher level questions about these myths. Some groups practiced fluency by reading the Readers' Theater version of Echo and Narcissus.
Skill-We're learning how common prefixes can change the meanings of words. A flip flap activity was used to provide practice with this skill. Then, to show our knowledge about possessive nouns, the students wrote sentences about mythical characters.
Response-Everyone could choose a myth from a collection checked out from our Media Center. After reading, a project showing how well the myth and its elements was understood was created.
Guided Reading-King Midas and the Golden Touch, Too Close to the Sun, or The Lesson of Icarus were myths read during reading group time. Learning new vocabulary words and the comprehension of the myths were the focuses of the lessons.
Word Study-Learning to spell r controlled vowels correctly continued this week. An additional kind of noun, possessive nouns, was added to the other types we've studied. "Picture Perfect" was a game which helped us understand how to distinguish between singular, plural, singular possessive, and plural possessive nouns. Lessons on the prefixes dis, re, pre, and non took place too.
Writing-To help us write a superb report on rocks, transition words and varying the beginning words of sentences were the skills of the week. The paragraphing skills of creating topic sentences, detail sentences, and conclusion sentences were introduced.
This week we worked to understand the part/whole relationship and the connection between multiplication and division. We are developing efficient strategies that lead to the big ideas of multiplication and division. Repeated subtraction, using a number line to count backwards in groups, and noticing the family or related facts were all strategies that will be helpful. Some of the activities that we experienced in Guided Math centers were picture graphing our favorite ice cream flavors, solving algebra patterns using a menu, understanding two step problems, and playing fun games to practice multiplication.
Here's a fun lesson that went along with the book, The Doorbell Rang. We learned that division is sharing.
We finished our rocks and minerals study by singing three different songs about the kinds of rocks, making a rock cycle wheel, watching review videos, and using study guides. Thanks for helping your child with this first unit.
We wish Kaylie a very happy birthday on Sept. 17th!
Our Mystery Reader was Ellie Griffis!
Quite a few of you need to return the Cobb County Performing Arts permission slips. If you don't choose to donate, we still need the slip so that your child can take part. We have actors that share the lives of Paul Revere, Mary McCleod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc. that are already scheduled to enhance our social studies curriculum. We will also travel to the Cobb Energy Center to see the ballet of Snow White in February. So, send those forms back ASAP.
Please sign the Patchwork Pinup book project sheet so that I know you are aware of its due date. Next week would be a terrific week to read the book for the project.
School Picture Day-Sept. 25th
Please check the Stem blog to learn about a cool opportunity, GYSTC Hands on Saturday Science, at KSU.
The first book project of the year went home today. It would be great for your child to finish reading the book over the break. Then, there will be no rush to meet the Oct. 9th deadline. Return only the little signature slip on Monday, Sept. 22nd.
Shared Reading-Understanding how text features help us with the comprehension of nonficiton books was our discovery this week. Table of Contents, photographs, maps, italic print, bold print, headings, graphs, glossaries, diagrams, and captions are the features we studied. Each day we went on a scavenger hunt looking for these features as we read The Changing Earth.
Literacy Centers-New Theme-Rocks in our Heads
Guided Reading- The skills of drawing conclusions and cause/effect were started. Books related to our science theme were used. Students are reading Rocks and Minerals, True or False, The Coolest Rock, or Rocks and Minerals. This group used the Ipads to read Rocks and Minerals!
Listening Center-All third graders love the Magic School Bus series so The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth fits into our fluency practice wonderfully. Students are looking for text features in this fun informational book and are reviewing how rocks are formed as they listen.
Response Center-At the response center we are learning which minerals are found in the regions of Georgia and are mapping where they're found as well as the uses of these minerals.
Skill Center-Each student is researching a rock or mineral. This week they are starting to take notes on a graphic organizer as they find important information.
Word Study-The word sort 4 pattern focused on r-controlled vowel sounds. Nouns were also reviewed. We are learning how to distinguish between common and proper nouns, and we're working on writing possessive nouns correctly.
Writing-Now that our narratives are complete, we are learning how to write an interesting article about a particular rock. TEACH is the acronym that helps to guide us. T-Topic, E-Explain the topic with true facts and information, A-add technical vocabulary about your topic and tell what it means, C-use connecting words and phrases to stay organized, and H-Have a super conclusion to your writing. Using reference sources, we're learning how to take notes so we won't be tempted to copy others' work.
It’s multiplication time! Understanding what each number in a multiplication expression represents is important. We have started learning about multiplication, modeling with pictures, diagrams, and concrete materials to help students understand what the factors and products represent. The following visuals will help you understand how we teach the strategies of multipication before the memorization of the tables.
Here are samples of a project we did on Friday.
The students had a ball learning about how to build a Greek column in our STEM lesson. The column had to be strong enough to hold a book and they were only allowed to use 1 sheet of paper and tape.
STEM Project for Science
What fun the students had in the creation of the Mineral Display Cases! And, here they are!
Our Mystery Reader was Katie Peters and our Clerical Mom was Melissa Adams! We appreciate the time you spent helping us!
We're halfway through the nine weeks and it's time to reflect on how close each student is to meeting his/her reading goals. I'm sending home the progress today. Some are over 200% in meeting the AR and reading log goals. Please help your child complete this task.
I highly recommend you attending the Math Workshop on Sept. 8th, at 6:30. Jennifer Hoyer always does a fabulous job presenting!
Parents of K-2 students will want to come to the workshop being given by Jennifer Hoyer of Academic Solutions on September 8, from 6:30-7:30 in the media center. The worshop is entitled How to Help Your Child with Math (for K-2). Be sure to put this workshop on your calendar.
Remember that we have Fall Break which begins on Sept. 13th.
Shared Reading-We finished the Latin American folktales book, and each day we charted the characteristics of the tales. Our best thinking was in the area of theme or lesson to be learned, and we easily found and described the successful and unsuccessful characters.
Literacy Centers-If you review the centers that were explained last week, you'll see how our reading time was spent. Sometimes, we will need two weeks to rotate through these centers, spending quality time perfoming the tasks that are assigned.
Reading Information-This week we took the SRI reading inventory in the Computer Lab. This test is one tool that is used to identify the reading range for independent reading as well as to measure growth in reading. I have told the students their Lexile Score. They should be reading books for independent reading close to that level. If you ever want to know the lexile measure, use this website https://lexile.com/ , enter the title of the book, and you will see if it's a good match for your child. Thanks for helping to monitor your child's choices.
Word Study-In spelling we sorted words by long vowel sound patterns at the end of the word. We also learned about nouns, especially working on distinguishing between concrete and abstract. A precious song on Youtube, The Noun Song, was fun to watch and sing.
Writing-This week we have learned techniques to improve our narrative writing. We've worked hard on the middle of our writings, learning to describe the details, add alliteration or onomatopoeia, and have an excellent ending.
Subtraction, subtraction, subtraction! Are you wondering why we're learning so many different strategies to solve problems? It's to ensure that our third graders develop number sense. So, using a number line, drawing place value blocks, and solving mentally have been lessons for making sure that the students can subtract fluently and accurately.
Science-The rockhounds of Room 253 are learning how rocks are formed. We made a model of a sedimentary rock, learned how volcanoes erupt to create igneous rocks, and are discovering how the rock cycle helps create metamorphic rocks. In our trip to the science lab this week we classified minerals by properties. Our STEM project was very popular with the students as they get ready to finalize and present their mineral display cases.
Fun At School
Mrs. Kelley showed us how to use the Cobb Digital Library in the Media Center this week. Then, partners went on a "Rocks and Minerals" scavenger hunt using Web Path Express, Pebble Go, and World Book Kids. What a great way to learn about searching for research!
Melinda Bailey helped with clerical this week. Our Myster Reader was Valerie Darling.
Very IMPORTANT!! The students need play dough for a social studies STEM activity on Tuesday. Please send it in on Sept. 1st. Thanks so much!
September 8-(Monday) 6:30-7:30 pm-2nd & 3rd grade-Parent Workshop-"Math" with Jennifer Hoyer of Academic Solutions.
Reading-Shared Reading-Our lessons were centered around folktales this week. We studied the elements of these fun stories, and did a lot of thinking about the theme or lesson learned in the tales. The big book, Folk Tales of Latin America, was used to teach how to compare and contrast within the same genre. A modeled lesson finding similarities and differences in "Rainbow Crow" and "Coyote Brings Fire" helped the students understand how to record their thinking on Venn Diagrams.
Literacy Centers-"Folk Tales and Trickster Tales"
Guided Reading-Rainbow Crow, Deer and Frog Run a Race, or a selection of folk tales from our Media Center were used for this theme. Making predictions, learning new vocabulary, studying characters and their actions, and monitoring comprehension were the skills taught.
Listening Center-Borreguita and the Coyote was used as a fluency practice. Then, the students read the parts of the tale in "Readers Theatre", focusing on using expression.
Skill Center-The students discovered what an adverb is and how to find them in sentences. Some students wrote an adverb acrostic poem. Each line had to include an adverb telling how, when, or where.
Response Center-A selection of tales is being used as the students create a Venn Diagram which explains the similarities and differences in two folktales.
Word Study-Adverb lessons included fun activities such as the How Now? game and “Tell More Toad” which gave the students a chance to act out verb-adverb combinations. In spelling we sorted words by long vowel sound patterns CVVC.
Writing-Now that we've learned about the genre of personal narratives, we are learning how to create an excellent story. Presented in our mini lessons, we are realizing that we need to choose a small topic, write a bold beginning, and use colorful language to interest our readers. A few more cursive letters have been practiced.
Mrs. Kelley, our Media Specialist showed us a power point expalining how we will use the Ipads. Then we explored.
Number sense and computational understanding is built on a firm understanding of place value. So, we learned many different strategies for addition. We used last week's lessons on rounding as we estimated sums. An open number line, the break apart strategy with expanded form, and using drawings of place value blocks were shown as alternate methods of adding. All of these can be compared, and then the students will use the method that is the most efficient for their learning style. The properties of addition were studied. Learning these helps with math fluency. A big part of our growth this year will be in the area of problem solving. The students were introduced to the Cobb County Math Rubric and practiced scoring one group's work from last week. We want to learn to explain the strategies used as well as do well on the computation component. During Guided Math centers the children rotated through different activities such as practicing skills on the Interwrite board and computers, small group lessons with me, playing rounding games, and using their talents to create a place value art project. The Number Talks topic was adding up when subtracting. Our mental math skills are improving.
The properties of mystery minerals are being discovered. Students sorted minerals by properties and observed their colors, shapes, and smells. This activity will be completed next week as they test to find other properties.
In Mrs. Huie's social studies class, students were introduced to ancient Greece. Why? This is where our system of government and democracy originated. Students are learning that democracy means that the people have a say in the government of a country. Students also began an interactive notebook in which they completed a political map of Greece and its surrounding areas. As the study continues, students will learn about the influence of Greek architecture on buildings in the USA (Parthenon and the US Supreme Court) as well as the Olympics and its influence on world sports.
Grace was our first Star Student!
Thanks for the Help!
Katye Whalen was our clerical helper. Her family also donated lots of Expo pens and books for use in the classroom. We appreciate the gift card and will certainly put it to good use.
Julie Lahti helped with our first Math Center rotation. She was impressed with your wonderful students too!
Mr. Gooden was our Mystery Reader today.
And a huge thanks to all of you for making my birthday so special. I loved the cards, beautiful yellow roses, yummy donuts, and gift card to Casabella! You are so thoughtful!
Ice Cream Social-It's tonight! 6:00-7:30
Parent's Night Out-Will be August 28th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Keegan's!
AR and Reading Goals-Some students have reached their personal goals set for the first nine weeks, and are reading maniacs. Others need to pick up the pace. Please look in your child's log and check the AR progress. Remember that you can go to the right under pages on this blog to see your child's tests and scores.
Social Studies-Mrs. Huie needs each child to bring in 1 container of play dough for a STEM activity by Sept. 2nd.