Room 16

December News

Classroom Party: Friday, December 18th

Our party is set for Friday right after lunch. We will begin with ornament making and then a potluck meal. Afterwards, we'll close the day with a fun game of dreidel. Look out for an email regarding party supplies, treats, and food ideas soon to be sent out by our room mom.

White Elephant Gift Exchange: Friday, December 18th

We will be having a white elephant gift exchange. Needed is one wrapped, but unlabeled gift. The easiest gift choice is something from home that your child no longer plays with, but feels any third grader would still enjoy. Unwanted toys, puzzles, and games in good condition are often the easiest choices. Other popular gifts include ornaments, and markers. It’s O.K. to bring something new, but it is not necessary. Every child will participate whether they bring a gift or not, but the more gifts brought, the more fun!

Information Writing

We are taking information writing to the next level in 3rd grade. We are learning the strategies and techniques information writers use as we write about C.L. Smith Elementary together as a class. In addition, every writer has selected his own topic to write about and will apply the same the strategies. The topic selected is one the writer considers himself to be an expert on since research is not a major factor. However, a writer may research if he wants to in order to make his writing more interesting. Examples of past topics/titles are as follows: How to be a Good Babysitter; Donuts; Different Types of Forts; Sandwiches; Volcanoes; Spiders; Daily Five; and How to Make a Braid.

Part of the writing experience is learning how to use a writer's notebook to list ideas, take notes, draft, and practice revising. Later, each writer will transfer his draft on to paper made especially for this genre. It will be a lot of fun!!

Science: Variables

We will soon begin the second of three experiments. The first experiment helped lay the foundation of establishing a controlled experiment by identifying potential variables, establishing a standard system and isolating the experiment to one variable. This second experiment will show how reliable data can be used to make accurate predictions. Our 3rd graders will have a lot of fun learning this by making paper cup boats and loading them up with passengers (pennies). Later we'll graph our data and trade boats with other science teams. Using a graph, each team will make a prediction of how many pennies these boats will hold and then test their prediction. It's a sight to see.