What a short week for the Wise Guys! Hope the kids were able to play in the little snow we had!
Shared Reading- We finished Hikaru's Toy Troubles and learned how he designed a maglev system. This will help us as we design our own system next week. On Friday, we started a new theme which will have us comparing and contrasting the themes of the books written by Allen Say. We practiced comparing and contrasting the characters' point of view as we watched Our Walk in the Woods.
READ ALL DAY-Lots of reading welcomed everyone back today! We had parents read books that went along with each subject area!
On Monday the students solved a fractional parts math problem, and I will evaluate growth shown using a rubric. We also worked on data representation and line plots. New centers for guided math have been started with a focus on line plots and area/perimeter.
As you can see, the students investigated the properties of magnets. This goes right along with our magnet STEM activity next week.
We entered student writings recently in our school's writing fair. And, Maeve's informational writing was chosen as our class winner. Congratulations, Maeve!
Julie Lahti was our Clerical Helper
Melinda Bailey was the STEM/Science Lab Helper
Read All Day Volunteers-Cheryl Afshani, Ellie Griffis, and Anneke Smith
Peter Pan performances-Friday-6:30, Saturday-6:30, and Sunday Matinee-1:30
Social Studies Test on Eleanor Roosevelt will be next Tuesday.
Shared Reading-Hikaru's Toy Troubles was our focus book which introduced the children to transportation engineering. This enriches our STEM project which is coming up next week when the children design a maglev system. What a great way to learn about magnets and engineering!
Guided Reading and Literacy Centers - During this short week, the students continued working on projects related to our Wetlands centers.
Word Study- A review of subjects, simple, complete, and compound as well as starting a new word sort on words that end in y.
Science: Our travels throughout the regions of Georgia has come to a close. Your child has learned that different climates, soils, environments, and ecosystems exist in our state. The adaptations that plants and animals make to survive in these regions are fascinating. We reviewed these standards by playing "Scoot" to practice test questions, learned about the Atlantic Ocean habitat, and used a reciprocal learning activity. Next on the agenda is a study of magnets.
Thanks to Our Volunteers!
Cristina Bozocea was our Mystery Reader this week!
A few more field trip permission forms need to be returned. Thanks for taking care of this as soon as possible
We'll have "Read All Day" on Friday, Feb. 27th. All of our work will be centered around books and reading.
The Drama Club has put a lot of work into their production of Peter Pan. Your kids would love to see it next week. Tickets go on sale in the lobby.
Reading goal deadline is March 11th with 750 pages/30 boxes on the chart and the personal AR goal completed.
#1Water Moccasins and informational articles were read to teach the students how to research when backing up opinion writing. Each day, my modeling led the students through the process of thinking of three reasons why you should or should not fear this creature. Then, the references sources were used to show how details support the reasons.
#2A Wetland Habitat and Wetlands were other nonfiction selections to enhance our study of the Coastal Plains region of Georgia.
The Wetlands centers are in full swing. Here’s a review of what we’re accomplishing.
Guided Reading-Two groups are reading Newts and Salamanders with students comparing and contrasting these amphibians. They can create an interview of the animals, use an H comparison organizer, or make a poster sharing the importance of these creatures. Deep in the Swamp is a rhyming book about life in the Okefenokee. The back of the book gives further information about this habitat's living organisms. Students are choosing two plants and two animals to learn more about.
Listening Center- All Eyes on the Pond was used to increase fluency and to enjoy the pond dwellers’ view of this ecosystem. Students are pairing up to read poems about wetland creatures afterward which helps build fluency as well.
Skill Center- All about Alligators was read after using a KWL organizer. Students are using reference guides to help them take a stand, “You should, or should not fear alligators.”
Response Center-Each child chose an endangered or threatened animal in Georgia. We are researching to find out why they're in trouble and what's being done to help them. Once the research is completed, students are sharing what they learned in a "Will We Miss Them?" wheel book.
Word Study-Unusual plural words were studied. Capital letter rules were revisited.
Writing-Another opinion writing is being drafted. The students are deciding if you should or should not fear alligators. This week research to back up their opinions was gathered. Next week, we'll get started with the piece.
Partitioning spaces into fractional parts can be tricky for third graders, so we practiced that standard this week. Continuing with our study of comparing fractions, we added a real life application to our work by measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch. Would you please let your child use a ruler and measure items around the house to the nearest 1/4 in? More practice will ensure that they understand all of those fractional parts on a ruler. Our summative assessment on comparing fractions was given on Friday.
This week we studied the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR is remembered as our longest serving president. He lifted spirits during the Great Depression with “Fireside Chats”, telling Americans that they had “nothing to fear but fear itself”. He battled the effects of contracting polio by tirelessly working to strengthen his legs, and successfully hid his disability from the American people during his many terms as president. FDR also implemented a series of policies called the “New Deal” to help bolster the U.S. economy. Finally, he collaborated with other world leaders during World War II. He died shortly after his fourth term election.
A speaker from the Cobb County Water System, Mike Kahle, spoke to our class during STEM/Science Lab. He highlighted animals and their adaptations in the regions or Georgia.
I really enjoyed the ballet on Thursday, and hope that your child was enriched by the experience. For many, it was the first time they had seen a ballet performance.
I really enjoyed the beautiful flowers, fresh fruit, sweet cards, and the yummy luncheon for Teacher Appreciation Day!
Julie Lahti was our Clerical Helper and Ellie Griffis started our new read aloud book as Mystery Reader.
Please return the Tellus Museum field trip forms and money as soon as possible.
Shared Reading-Along with Louis Braille and George Washington Carver, we read about more folks who persevered. On Wednesday, The Watcher and Me..Jane taught us about Jane Goodall and the work she has accomplished. Then, we found out that other countries have worked to improve human rights too as we read about Nelson Mandela. All of the choices of children's biographies have shown us that one person can make a big difference in our world. Hopefully, we'll be reading about your child's successes one day!
Guided Reading-A continuation of the biography literacy centers was on the agenda.
Writing-Biopoems and scripts for our Chatterpix project kept everyone busy. It was wonderful to see how the students could summarize what they read, choosing the most important events in a person's life. Technology was used daily as we recorded scripts, remembering to add expression for interest, or typed up the poems.
Word Study-Unusual plural words were sorted and practiced.
The week started with another problem solving activity which will be scored using the Cobb County Problem Solving Rubric. Comparison of fractions was the standard it tested. I'm so proud of the way that everyone has improved, remembering to draw pictures, write number sentences, and explain the strategies used. How fun it was to play games that comparing fractions,from Hershey Kisses Checkers to Fraction Golf! The students have learned to use a number line to compare, but do best when they use the fraction factory pieces.
Science: Our study of the Coastal Plains was filled with different activities. We read Marsh and Swamp, Watching Jeff Corwin’s video in a Louisiana swamp was not only a great way to see animal adaptations, but was funny too. What fun the students had working in groups to create a power point slide show about a Coastal Plains topic! However, we'll need more time to complete it.
Teams designed green houses this week. They planted seeds and we will keep them in the green houses until time for planting in the garden.
Happy Birthday, Matthew!
Star Student, Kristen!
Thanks to Our Wonderful Volunteers!
Ellie Griffis and Julie Lahti helped the students with the Chatterpix project!
A class list was stapled to the weekly papers. This was to ensure that no one is left out for valentines. The students can bring the Valentines on Friday. We will do an art project to make our Valenting holders this week.
This coming Thursday, February 12th, all of 3rd grade will leave the building at 10 o'clock to travel to the Cobb Energy Center for part of Cobb's Performing Arts. We'll see Snow White. We will return around 1:00 PM at which time we will have lunch. Make sure to send in a snack with your child that day. We'll have snack before they leave.
Dioramas are due on Tuesday, Feb. 10th.
Check the AR progress of your child by looking under Accelerated Reader on the pages side of the blog. You child knows his/her log in.