- Friday, October 4th - Cottonwood Carnival
- Monday, October 14th - Friday, October 18th - FALL BREAK!
Today was Prize Day! The kids had a blast! They played in the huge inflatables, including the "Wrecking Ball," enjoyed Kona Ice, and participated in the grade-level foam party during their recess time. Check out some pictures below!
This week students worked on addition and subtraction strategies for three-digit numbers. We also worked on estimating and understanding when we might use this skill in the real world. Students practiced rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred.
We began book clubs this week. Students are excited about their books! The kids will read a book with a group of classmates and participate in discussions about the story elements, character development, plot, etc. This is always a great motivator for the kids and it makes reading fun and engaging. This is also a great way for students to get authentic practice with using the reading strategies that we have been working on in class.
This week we began writing our first true opinion/persuasive piece. Students read a debate from our Storyworks magazine titled, "Should Chocolate Milk Be Banned From School Cafeterias?" After reading both sides of the argument and listing the evidence that both sides presented, students formed their own opinions about this topic and began planning out their essay. We learned that one way writers can work to persuade their readers is to add personal experience to their writing. Students worked hard to revise their writing and add experiences that make them seem like experts on the topic. We will finish these pieces next week and TYPE OUR VERY FIRST ESSAY of the year! :)
- Spelling Homework (due next Wednesday) - Lesson 5 (Long i)
- Wordly Wise - Lesson 4 test will be Friday, October 4th
In order to begin learning about the five regions of the United States, students need to be expert map readers! Therefore, this week was all about reading maps. Students practiced using the different parts of a map including the key/legend, scale, compass rose, etc. After showing mastering of these concepts, we got experience working with political, physical, population, and precipitation maps. We will continue this work next week, too!