Sunday, October 9, 2016

Curriculum Update

We are continuing on in our study of the life of Abraham and we are beginning to see the choices Abram had in his life. We have been mapping out when he has followed God’s lead and when he has followed his own. We are learning that even though Abram is a hero of faith, he is not perfect just like us. This week, God will destroy Sodom and test Abraham’s faith. We will write down some examples of when we have been tested in our own lives!

Bible Memory-Psalm 23 (version has been printed and will be in your child's anchor folder Monday)

During reading workshopwe are enjoying our new mentor text, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo in our Understanding Characters Reading Unit.  What a master storyteller she is!  The kids are enamored by the main character Opal, and I am amazed at how she captures the attention and wonder of all readers.

We wrapped up our unit on Building a Reading Life last week. you will see a notebook grade come home. This grade is a reflection of how your child is doing during their reading workshop time. I grade notebooks after each unit we study.

This week, my teaching points will focus on taking what we know about Opal, Winn-Dixie, the preacher, and growing ideas about them, paying attention to character's actions, noticing when they act differently, and then changing our thinking as we read and process more information. We will take these teaching points and respond to them in our own reading notebooks. I can't tell you how much I love this unit.  To see kids tap into this type of critical and higher order thinking is not only crucial, but important as they prepare for the years ahead.

Our writing workshop I think we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for our personal narrative stories. This week we will double check our introductions and endings, then we will use an editing checklist to put the finishing touches on our writing.  There will be time spent on understanding what a complete sentence is as well!

In word work/spelling, we are working on Unit 4.

Core Words: often, together, asked, house, don't
Skill: the spelling pattern /ough/


Continuing our work with multiplication and division! This week we are practicing 2’s,5’s,9’s, and 10’s while learning our 3’s and 4’s this week in multiplication facts. We will continue to representing story problems related to these facts using “Math Mountains.” Understanding the relationship between multiplication and division is certainly and important connection for your child to make; I will continue to direction instruction towards this concept as well!  

Homework: There is a home this week on 9’s. Look for the pink paper to come home Monday. 

Classifying Animals is what we have been working on. We had an exciting lab on Friday in the new science room (Old Art Room).  We had to observe, make a claim, and record our thinking about goldfish. We poured cold water into its’ environment and watched how it reacted. This observation will carry us into our first few lessons this week on what it means to be cold-blooded or warm-blooded. Then we will continue learning about the 3 remaining animal groups: birds, reptiles, and amphibians. 

These boys are learning about mammals by reading what Polar Bears do

These goldfish allowed us to test their reaction to cold water in their environment

Third graders were excited for their first lab in the new science lab room

Putting our lab norms to practice by learning to work collectively!

Specials for the week

Monday-#4: Spanish/P.E./Library
Tuesday-#1: Music
Wednesday-#2: Spanish/P.E.
Thursday-#3: Art

Friday: #4: Spanish/P.E.

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