So, if March comes in like a lion, say like... an ice or snow storm, then will it go out like a lamb, right? We can only hope! It's hard to believe next week is the last week before Spring Break with all of the winter weather talk buzzing around! BUT, we still will enjoy our week and have a few things in store! (See the "Other Announcement" section)
We will begin wrapping up our unit on persuasive writing next week. We will work on revising our introductions, writing a strong conclusion, and then we will take the end of the unit/quarter prompt on Wednesday. Students will pick something they feel strongly about and try to persuade their reader using the knowledge they have gained this quarter.
We have started talking about biographies in our whole group reading lesson and will continue with that next week. I will be focusing on wrapping up a few reading groups and working on reading assessments during our guided reading groups.
We took our Unit 5 Post-Formative. This is not the end of the unit test. This test shows where the students are at this point and what they have learned. Although, our lessons have been more hands on and the class has probably enjoyed them more, the skills are much harder and we still have quite a bit of work to do. Next week, we will be working on equivalent fractions. Students not only need to be able to recognize equivalent fractions but be able to change common fractions (such as 1/2) to an equivalent fraction to add. (We worked on this last week) Here is the standard that shows us what we need to learn and work on:
At this point, we probably will not test this unit this quarter. These standards should show up on the 4th quarter report card, as we are not ready to test and move on out of this unit yet.
Today, we had our class store! It was an exciting time as students came up to shop! We had some thoughtful shoppers and some impulse buyers! Prices reflected a much higher number than what was expected. We talked about this was due to "supply and demand" and those wonderful items that everyone wanted, were in low supply, so they had a much higher price. Although, we will start to move on out of our economics unit, we will continue to do our "Classroom Economy" through the month of March.
*Book Fair is open! The Book Fair is up and running! Students may visit the Book Fair before school, during recess, and on most days after school after 4:00. Students need to check in with their teacher first (if it is at a time when students are being dismissed to the classrooms), have morning work and their agenda filled out, and money to shop. (This is to avoid extra traffic and just wandering around) It will also be open on Family Reading Night, which is this coming Thursday, March 6th!
*Picture Day is this Tuesday! We will take spring individuals and class pictures!
*As mentioned before, Family reading night is Thursday! Hot dogs and hamburgers start at 5:30 and activities at 6:00! Come join us for an evening full of literacy activities and Charlotte's Web!
*Half Day on Friday! School will release at 12:40. Happy Spring Break!!!
But who is counting, right? After this long, extremely snowy winter, these warm days have made me anxious for spring to come and STAY!
Here is what is going on next week:
We have continued to talk about poetry this week! We have been learning all types of poems and have been writing and publishing. Next week, we will wrap up our poetry unit and talk about writing friendly letters and then work on writing persuasive/opinion speeches once again as the end of the quarter nears.
This week we have been talking about comparing fractions on a number line. There is a fun little quiz type activity linked to my webpage under "Student Links" if your child wants some extra work with this skill at home! Next week, we will continue to talk about fractions, adding fractions, and equivalent fractions.
This will be our last week of economics and our "Token Economy". Our school store will be this coming Friday. (The 28th) We will talk about public goods and services and supply and demand this week.
Have a great weekend!
Alright...I know I misinformed you all about the Penny War! (And had a nice typo in my email. That's what I get for trying to do laundry in the middle of sending out a last minute email!) When I sent the email, we had been told that was still the last day. Then it was extended. I am so sorry about confusion! The Penny War CONTINUES until Tuesday. Pennies and dollar bills count FOR us and silver coins against us (or "take away" from our total). Right now, we are winning, but Hillenburg's class has had the weekend to dig up some coins...both good and bad! The winning class in each grade level wins an extra P.E. with Coach J. So, check the laundry room and the coin tray in the car and see if we can stay in the lead. I keep reminding the students that even if we don't win, everyone is helping out toward a good cause!
Here is what is in store for the week:
Writing: We will continue to work on some persuasive writing, but we will also get to explore some poetry toward the end of this week and next! Toward the beginning of the week, we will work on organizing our information into paragraphs. This is something we do every unit, but we'll hit on it again, as well as adding more information to our writing.
Reading: We will finish "The Kidnapped King" this week in reading. After we finish this unit on mysteries, we will get to do a little poetry in reading for the rest of this week and next! Poetry is such a fun unit to explore and unfortunately is no longer a part of third grade standards. We are ahead of where we need to be so we will take this opportunity to explore a little poetry and have fun with it!
Math: In math, we are still looking at fractions
1) Students will look at pieces of a fraction and combine them to make a whole.
2) We will also look at expressing whole numbers as fractions
3) Comparing fractions that have the same numerator or the same denominator.
We will cover these major points this week. These three will last all week because there are some fun activities that we will get to do to explore fractions this week! We will make pizzas and students will have to add toppings to different parts of the whole and we'll get to play "Trashcan Basketball" and count how many shots out of 8 they make (and record their score in fractions). And we will not have math on Friday due to the half day.
Spelling: I will send home a list tomorrow of names of students in our class. Students can use this list to make out valentine cards if they choose to pass them out. I do ask that if they pass out some, they make a valentine for each student in our class.
Reminders for the week:
On the topic of Valentine's Day, a reminder that our party will be Friday from 10:15-11:15. Students can make a box , use one from a previous year, or use a bag. They do NOT have to have a box.
If you signed up to donate for our party, THANK YOU!! And, you may send your items any time this week. We will enjoy ice cream floats and a little activity before the students head to lunch that day at 11:22.
Remember, Friday the 14th is a 1/2 day and students will be released at 12:35.
I think that is all for the week! Have a great week and let's all hope that winter is on his way OUT OF TOWN. (For good!!!).
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!