Happy New Year! We have now been back in school for three weeks since the winter break and as of the end of the day on Friday, January 26th, we will have had 90 days of school. Time is flying by so quickly!
Here are some updates . . .
ELA: Students are working on editing, revising, and publishing their Fairy Tale writing. Look for these stories on your third-grader’s Seesaw ePortfolio in the near future. Students have enjoyed creating their own characters, settings, problems and happy endings for their fairy tales. The challenge for most students was to separate “story writing” from “fairy tale writing.” Ask your third-grader, “What makes a story a fairy tale?”
Next up in writing . . . a persuasive/opinion unit. Students will be writing on a topic they feel strongly about, is important to them, something they believe in or even something they are strongly against. Our unit will focus on how to write in a way that convinces their readers to agree with them or ‘take their side.’
Please encourage your third-grader read aloud to you for part or all of their 20 minutes of reading homework each night, then discuss the reading. We are still working with students on getting beyond simply retelling a story and being able to discuss what they have read (practice making connections, observations, inferences, questioning, predictions, etc.) with their peers and teachers. It also important for students to read books that are ‘just-right’ for them to read on their own and not something they are reading just because their friends are reading it. Please keep in mind, while many children can read a book well, they may not be understanding what they have read.
Math: Please read this post by Mr. King to see what’s happening in third-grade math.
Unit of Inquiry: We will be starting our new unit of inquiry next week, Sharing the Planet.
Consumption of resources has an impact on the environment.
Lines of Inquiry:
– Resources that are used in production of goods
– Disposal of waste (recycling, biodegradability, disintegration)
– Impact consumption has on the environment
The unit will be kicked off with students collecting their non-organic waste January 29th – February 2nd and keeping a “Garbage Collection Journal” to reflect on the experience of how much waste they produce as just one child in the world.
Read this letter about the garbage collection learning experience.
We welcome anyone as a guest speaker who can talk about recycling and/or how we affect the environment as consumers.
Other happenings next week:
Third-grade classes will not have Art for next six weeks, but for one of their Art class days, each class will have swimming.
Grade 3 classes will begin swimming on the following days beginning next week (the week of January 29th):
Wednesday – 3BE, 3CK, 3KJ, 3IC
Friday – 3WA
Read this letter from Mr. McKinney, the aquatics director, for more details about swimming classes.
Winter Field Day
Winter Field Day is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd, weather permitting.Students need to wear warm clothing (snow gear).
Grades 3-5: Winter field activities are from 1:30pm-3:00pm.
From Mrs. Alzamora’s section in the AAS Weekly Newsletter:
Next Friday will be a busy day at school. Student council is sponsoring a sports-themed dress-up day and we will have our winter field day. Please ensure that your child comes to school ready for outdoor fun! The PTO is still looking for volunteers to help with our winter field day. Click here if you’re interested in helping out.