News from Room 3
December 14, 2014
Students explored measurement by examining an inch, and seeing how many square pattern blocks (which were an inch in length), fit into a foot. Students then measured different objects in pattern blocks and in inches with a ruler, to show that both measurements were the same. This week, we will practice measuring in centimeters and we will introduce the tape measure as another tool used for measuring.
We will begin Unit 5: Addition and Subtraction in January. Unit 5 focuses on the following key topics:
- Fact Power
- Open Number Lines
- Number Stories and Number Models
We have also been working on the skill of summarizing. We discussed that a summary should be in our own words, and should use character names and tell the most important events in a story in sequential order. We also discussed that we don't want to use the word "said" in a summary, as it isn't important to include what characters specifically said. We have been practicing writing summaries together in guided reading groups, discussing as a group what is important to include from a story and what we can leave out.
Our vocabulary words we have focused on the past couple of weeks have included: coach, imaginary, tryouts, practices, uniform, starting, fluttered, recognized, snuggled, giggled, peered, and vanished.
Writer's Workshop and Social Studies
We dove right into our next writing unit, which has been book reviews! We began this short unit by reading several book reviews, and made a list of "noticings" of what is included in a book review. Students noticed that book reviews tell about the beginning and middle parts of a book, but do not give away the ending, includes their favorite part and why, favorite character and why, who they recommend the book for, a star rating, and a reason for their star rating. Students also noticed that book reviews often grab the reader's attention by opening with a question, and ending the summary with a hook, to get the reader to want to read the book to find out what happens.
Students selected a book that they wanted to review and wrote their summary for their book first, without giving away the ending. We then looked at opening with a question, and grabbing the reader's attention. Last week, we wrote our second and third paragraphs. We will work on revising our book reviews this week for word choice, and students will begin publishing.
In January, we will begin our next unit, which will be an author study of Laura Numeroff books.
We are continuing to read different versions of the Gingerbread Man. This week, we will read a few more versions, and students will choose two of the versions to compare and contrast with a venn diagram. We will then decorate gingerbread houses on Thursday!
Thank you for all of your support and help with these fun holiday activities! Your supply donations and volunteer time is greatly appreciated!!
Friday, December 19: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Winter Show
December 21-January 4: No School (Winter Break)
Wednesday, January 14: Early Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.