Community Three

November 20, 2015

Check Us Out!

Take a gander at what has been going on in Community 3!

When We Return...

Math

  • Finding Area
  • Moving towards Geometry


Reading, Writing, and Grammar will be woven into our project:

Native Americans//How Do We Learn About History?

  • Folktales, Myths, Legends
  • Narrative and Informational Reading and Writing

What We're Doing....

The Project

In our project our students have been researching prehistoric indian cultures. They have been working in groups and independently on gathering and organizing information in their project journals. With this information, each class is becoming an "expert" on a specific era (Paleo Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian). We have researched and created posters to put on an "informational board" in the hallway. Using the information provided by our "expert" students, the other classes in Community Three will be able to take a gallery walk among the informational boards to learn about the different Native American cultures.


Math

This week many of the classes have begun perimeter. We have used many different methods to teach this skill. Students have been working with various shapes and have been counting up the units to determine the distance around the shape.


Reading

We have been focusing on recounting or summarizing stories. We have also been learning about the characteristics of various types of folktales including, legends, myths, and fables.


Writing

We have been writing in our project journals about the various types of prehistoric indian cultures. The students have also been writing summaries about the different types of fables.


Language

The students are working on various language skills to improve their writing.

Ask Me About...

Have you ever asked your child what he or she did in school that day, only to hear them say: "Nothing," or "I don't know"? The questions below might help your child start a conversation about what he or she is currently learning in school.


  • How can we find the perimeter of the kitchen or our yard. What is perimeter and when might we use it?

  • How do we multiply a 1-digit number by any multiple of 10? (Examples: 4 x 30 or 8 x 60)

  • What do you know about Native Americans of Alabama? How did they get their food or shelter?

  • How can we learn about history?

  • What is a folktale? (or a fable, legend, myth, etc.)

  • How do you show or represent data on a pictograph?

Field Trip to the Archives

Community Three is excited to announce that we will go on our first field trip to the Alabama Department of Archives & History museum on December 9th, 2015. During this field trip, we will focus on Social Studies standard 13: Describe prehistoric and historic American Indian cultures, governments, and economics in Alabama. This includes Prehistoric-Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Historic-Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Creek indians.


We know many of you are excited and would love to join us on our trip; however, we are only in need of two volunteer chaperones per class. Chaperones will be determined using a lottery drawing in each class. This means that every parent showing interest before December 3rd will be entered into a class drawing. There will be a form to fill out and send back to school to show your interest in chaperoning. Each teacher, at random, will pick two names, determining the parents that will attend this field trip. We will have other opportunities for parents to join us on trips throughout the rest of the school year. We appreciate all the support each and every parent offers.


This trip will cost your child four dollars ($4). It includes the travel fees only, as, the museum trip is free. Please be on the look out after Thanksgiving for a permission form and additional information!