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- Picture Re-takes - Wednesday, November 28th
- Report Cards Go Home - Friday, October 30th
- Conference Week - Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6
- No School - Friday, November 6
- Restaurant Night (Bad Daddy's) - Tuesday, November 10th
- Restaurant Night (Panera) - Thursday, November 19th
- NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break - Monday, November 23rd - Friday, November 26th
Spirit Week is this week!
- Tuesday 11/27 - Hat Day
- Wednesday 11/28 - Crazy Sock Day
- Thursday 11/29 - Jersey Day
- Friday 11/30 - Pajama Day
What We've Been Up To:
We finished Unit 3 (3-Digit Addition and Subtraction) and are beginning Unit 2 (Multiplication) this week. In Unit 2 students will:
- solve story problems involving multiplication
- represent problems involving multiplication using skip counting, number lines, arrays, and ratio tables
- develop efficient strategies for multiplication facts through 10x10
***Multiplication Fact Practice***
Students need to begin to practice their multiplication facts at home. The expectation is that all students have their facts memorized through 10x10 by the end of third grade. We will do fact practice activities in class as well, but it is very important that students practice at home, too. From now on we will be adding multiplication fact practice to our homework planner each day.
When students are practicing facts, have them practice one number at a time - for example, practice all x3 facts. Once they get those memorized, move onto x4 facts, etc.
DO NOT have students sit down with a large stack of flashcards in front of them and no plan on how to practice them.
We are in the middle of a nonfiction unit right now. We have spent a lot of time learning about nonfiction text features and understanding how they help us comprehend the text better. Last week we also worked on determining the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. We will continue with this work this week and begin to learn about the different nonfiction text structures including: compare/contrast, sequence, cause/effect, descriptive, and problem/solution.
We are integrating our learning of nonfiction texts into our opinion writing unit. Students have been working on an opinion writing piece about whether or not you should squish an ant if you come across one on the sidewalk. To introduce the project, I read the picture book, Hey Little Ant to the class. The story is about a boy who comes across an ant on the sidewalk and wants to squish it. The ant talks to the boy and gives him specific reasons for why he shouldn't get squished. The book ends with the question - "What do you think the boy should do?" The students spent two days researching information about ants, using nonfiction text on ants and different, kid-friendly websites about ants. After researching, students formed their opinions on the topic and planned out their opinion paragraphs using the information in their research to support their opinions. This week students will revise and edit their paragraphs and then type them. This will be our very first typed paragraph of the year! :)
I wanted to make election time relevant to the students, so we have been learning all about the United States government. By the end of our unit we will have learned about the purpose of government, the services our government provides, the 3 branches of our government, checks and balances, how laws are created, and the different levels of government including local, state, and national. The students are showcasing their learning by creating a "lapbook" with foldables about each topic mentioned above. Here is a picture of what it will look like.
The students have really enjoyed learning about our government. They have been very engaged and have asked a lot of questions. It's been awesome to see such interest in this topic!