Dates to Remember...
- Wednesday, September 5th - Picture Day
- Friday, September 7th - Run4Funds Run Day
- Monday, September 10th - Cardboard Challenge
- Friday, September 14th - Run4Funds Pledges Due
- Monday, September 17th - Field Trip - Denver Walking Tour (more info to come)
- Friday, September 21st - Run4Funds Prize Day
Last Thursday, students participated in our very first THANKFUL THURSDAY. This weekly activity is designed to foster a thankful and appreciative culture in our classroom. Our lives can become so busy and hectic that we sometimes forget to be thankful for what we have and for the people in our lives. Research suggests that there are tremendous benefits to practicing gratitude. Practicing gratitude:
- increases happiness and life satisfaction
- reduces anxiety
- makes us more resilient
- strengthens relationships
- promotes forgiveness
- creates a community where people feel connected
***I provided thank you notes for the kids this week, but our class will be in need of thank you notes throughout the year. If you have some extra thank you notes and envelopes lying around the house, our classroom would love to have them! :)
WHAT WE'VE BEEN LEARNING...
Last week students worked on solving addition and subtraction word problems/story problems. We discussed and practiced how to "dissect" a word problem (take out the important information.) To assist us in doing so, we created a chart in our math notebooks that lists keywords that tell us when we should add and when we should subtract. On Friday, we began looking at ways to solve two-step word problems. We will continue this work this week.
*Students did a great job completing their math homework and bringing it back to school last week! :)
This week we learned that readers should not be passively reading a book. A lot of high level thinking should be happening as we read! One of the things that expert fiction readers do is give themselves a comprehension check after they finish a chapter. They use 3 questions to help them think about their reading:
- Who is in this part?
- What just happened?
- Does this fit with something that already happened, or is this new?
We finished our first writing assignment as third graders! Students planned, drafted, edited/revised, and wrote their final copies of their paragraphs about their favorite holiday or favorite sport. Now that I have a baseline for where all the students are as writers, we will begin to break down the important parts of a paragraph and learn how to make our writing even better. We began this work on Friday as students learned different strategies for writing more interesting topic sentences. Next week we will dive further into transition words/phrases, conclusion sentences, and how to add more details and "spicy" vocabulary to our writing.
We finished Lesson 2 of our spelling program, and began Lesson 3 (long a pattern). Students should be practicing their spelling words each night to prepare for their weekly spelling tests on Thursdays.
Last week we also began our vocabulary program - Wordly Wise. We will spend two weeks on each lesson. Each lesson consists of 10 vocabulary words. Students will learn the meaning(s) of the words and complete multiple exercises for each lesson. Wordly Wise tests will be EVERY OTHER FRIDAY -so our first test will be this Friday.
Students finished their picture timelines and each group presented their project to their class. This week we will learn about people who were important to the history of Denver. Students will work in groups to learn about and research a famous person, and then present their findings to the class.