Only one more week till Christmas break. Is your shopping done? How about baking? Wrapping? Socializing? Mine neither.
We are continuing to learn about measurement in math. Students are working with both standard and metric units of measuring length, mass, distance, and time. Thanks to Madeline's grandma ("Abuela") for coming in to help us with our measurement centers today! Next week we begin to study elapsed time, a tricky concept for many.
We will wrap up our unit of studying literary characters next week. Students have been practicing empathizing with characters, anticipating their next moves, questioning why they make certain choices. It really makes for deeper understanding of literature.
Reminder, baggie books are due back Tuesday the 15th.
On Wednesday of next week, we will be live streaming our class over the internet. Students will be reading their final drafts of their personal narratives aloud. More details will be forthcoming, but for now please mark your calendars for December 16th at 2:30. We will be broadcasting live and need you to tune in. Spread the word to anyone you'd like!
Finally please feel free to join us for our Christmas party Friday the 18th at 2:35. A special thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help make our party fun and successful.
It's beginning to look a lot like..........well, you get the picture. Even during this busy (most wonderful?) time of the year, room C4 is focused on learning, learning, learning!
A new math unit began focusing on units of measurement. Ask your third grader to tell you all about King Gallon and his kingdom. We also spent some time measuring by inches, half inches, and quarter inches. The idea that measuring to the NEAREST quarter inch or half inch was difficult for the kiddos. Many had a hard time. Here is an illustration of why:
When measuring the pink dot to the nearest 1/4 inch, it is closer to 3 inches than to 2 & 3/4 inches. The idea that 3 inches equals 2 & 4/4 inches (therefore making it the nearest quarter inch) was a tough one. Just an FYI.
We are really focusing on the characters in our books. Students are noticing how characters grow and change. That means that we must revise our own opinions of those characters as we read. We are also working at feeling empathy with our characters.
Students began chunking their personal narrative writing pieces into paragraphs. We are breaking our narratives into 4 parts (first, then, next, last). Paragraphs will change each time a new part of our story begins.
Your child should have brought home their gift from Santa's Workshop on Tuesday. Thanks to all of the parents and friends that were able to come help out with that!
Finally, report cards come home on Friday. Please sign and return the attached letter from Mrs. Peets. The report card itself is yours to keep.