The Wise Guys are back in the swing of learning after Fall Break!
Shared Reading-Another week of myth reading entertained us! We close read "Prometheus and Pandora" this week. For a culmination activity to the unit, each team designed Pandora's box. They made the outside look tempting, and inside they thought of symbols or words that represent evil. Finally, one symbol was left to stand for hope.
Literacy Centers- More mythical texts were read as the students traveled to the centers which were set up before the break. We know how to pick out the mythical creatures, identify the gods and goddesses, recognize their character traits, and discuss what the myth is trying to teach us since delving into this genre.
Word Study-Word Sort 5 was another list of r controlled vowel sounds. We also studied the prefixes un and re which went along with our big words study. Each morning we practiced the rules for using quotation marks.
Writing-What does the fox say? An art and language arts project started with this clever song. We each wondered what the fox would say about the weather changing and fall's arrival. Quotes telling what the fox says were created. It's Fall ,written by Linda Glaser, was read as a model for excellent word choice. We definitely want to try to add vivid verbs and colorful adjectives and phrases to our own selections like she did. OREOs helped us learn what elements are important in opinion writing. O-state your opinion, R-give reasons, E-think of examples to support your reasons, and O-restate your opinion in a different way as your conclusion. Of course, we had to treat ourselves to a cookie while we brainstormed. The topic for the opinion writing is our favorite food.
Strategies for multiplication and division have been introduced and assessed. Please review the test which is stapled in this week's papers with your child. Next, we studied how to recognize the area of plane figures. First, we noticed how area is related to multiplication, and learned how this is used in the real world. Post-it notes were placed on graph paper to practice area. On Friday we played a game called Island Conquer to apply this skill in a fun way.
We completed our study of Ancient Greece and how the United States used their model of democracy to form ours. Next unit of study will be latitude and longitude. Get ready to know the equator and the Prime Meridian.
The STEM activity for this week had our students designing a tool to excavate minerals. The planning portion was completed with drawings showing the invention, and next week the tool will be made. Then, they will try it out on chocolate chip cookies, digging out the minerals (chocolate chips).
Thanks for volunteering!
Melissa Adams did the clerical work this week and Alicia Poage was our Mystery Reader.
I loved seeing you interact with your children at Math Night!
Thanks for supporting the PTA fundraiser. Our class goal is $1,650. The next pick up date is Monday, Sept. 29th. Send this picture to your relatives. How could they not support these darling kiddos?
will be on Friday, Oct. 3rd during specials!
Reading goal deadline is October 10th! Some students will need to read a lot these next two weeks to make the 750 page goal. I'm so proud of the many who have really surpassed their AR and reading goals. It warms my heart to see kids enjoying books so much!
Patchwork Pinup Project is due on October 9th!
Every Wise Guy is talented and should take part in this event!
Ask your child these questions -
Are you the next Taylor Swift?
Are you the next J.K. Rowling?
Are you the next Jay-Z?
Are you the next Ami Vitale?
Are you the next Amy Yakima?
If you are interested in Fostering Creativity in the Arts to Create the leaders of tomorrow, then participate in Reflections this year at Shallowford Falls.
"Hi Parents! Our Fox Trot Fundraiser is off to a GREAT start! The kids are excited about their classroom incentives and even more excited about helping raise money for our school!! Remember this is the ONLY fundraiser for the PTA for the year and will set the PTA budget. The funds raised through the Fox Trot Fundraiser will provide many of the supplemental classroom materials that are critical for our children to get the incredible education they receive at Shallowford Falls!!
PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATION ENVELOPES INTO SCHOOL, TOMORROW, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th for our very first count day!! Your envelopes will be returned at the end of the day for your child to continue fundraising over the weekend! We only have 3 count days before the Fox Trot on October 3rd!
A test on Greece will be given on Friday, September 26th. Students have a study guide that went home today, September 22nd. Please look it over and help your child prepare. There will be a written component on the test and this is included in the study guide. This written component has to do with the Parthenon and our Supreme Court building. There is also a Venn diagram for students to compare Greece's direct democracy with the United States' representative democracy. Students will bring their Social Studies textbooks home this week. Please make sure that the textbooks come back to school by Friday, September 26th.
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.