Thank you parents and care givers for ensuring your child had a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast on our M-Step days! Not to mention making sure iPads were fully charged. It is such a privilege to teach children whose education is fully supported at home too.
During reading, we spent time thinking about why authors make the choices they make when it comes to characters, plot, problems, and resolutions. How are each of those things related to each other? We even had some spirited debates about the characters in our books. Which one would make a better friend? Who is a better problem solver?
Your child must have all unit 6 Schoology work completed in math by Tuesday of next week. There should minimally be 1-2 tasks that can be completed at home on the iPad over the weekend. Feel free to contact me with questions.
We hope you enjoyed our Zoo Exhibits last week. The students worked so very hard on these projects. It is so meaningful for kids to see how the different subjects come together in a project like this. Hopefully you were as impressed as I was!
Lastly, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for spoiling our staff during this national Teacher Appreciation Week. We've had more than one visitor to our building this week who has commented on how impressively our community appreciates us. As if spending my days with your amazing kiddos weren't thanks enough......
Some important dates:
I wish you could hear the conversations that take place in our classroom book clubs. You would indeed be impressed by how deeply your kiddos are thinking about the characters in their novels. Kudos to you, third graders!
Thanks for encouraging your child to do their nightly reading of their book club books. It makes for our morning book club meetings to be much more productive for everyone.
We are continuing to plug away at our geometry unit in math. Unfortunately we will be taking a brief break from that work in order to take the M-Step later next week. That's ok, though. We can't WAIT show off our skills on that M-Step.....bring it on!
Speaking of M-Step, we have done some practice work on it this week. I have tried to stress to the kids that what matters is simply doing your best. As always. Parents, if you're wondering, the best way to prepare your child for this assessment is to ensure they get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.
Next week Friday we will be having an exhibition of the third grade STEAM project. The students have been working to create a zoo habitat for specific animals they have researched. More information will be forthcoming. We look forward to seeing you!
Some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars:
The students came back refreshed after spring break. Hope you're feeling the same! I think we are all ready to make that final push towards summer!
This week we saw how illustrations and words add to one another. Noticing this enables us as readers to better understand characters and what they're experiencing in our stories. Likewise, we discussed how authors PURPOSELY put secondary characters in a story and good readers must ask themselves "What role does this secondary character play in the main character's lesson? Are they an adviser? Sidekick? Challenger?"
Our trip to the Tri Cities Historical Museum was fantastic!!! A few pictures can be found on the PHOTOS page. We are so fortunate to have a quality museum right here in our local community. TCHM is a fabulous resource and, if you've never been, I would highly encourage you to visit it some rainy day.
We are moving through our self-guided geometry unit in math. Ask your child how they're feeling about it. Remember they can show you their work at any time.
Coming up on April 27 and 28 we are scheduled to take the state standardized assessment called the M-Step. The M-Step is an important assessment that helps to determine how your child's academic performance compares to that of other students in our state. If at all possible, please avoid scheduling any appointments for your child during the day on those two days. Let me know if you have any questions about the M-Step.
Here are some upcoming dates to mark on your calendars: