3H Class News

February 8, 2016

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Math: We wrapped up Unit 4. Children focused on learning to measure in U.S. Customary and Metric Units, creating line plots, converting measurements, making ballpark estimates, and borrowing and carrying while subtracting. In our new unit, Geometry, children have been learning about the properties of polygons such as quadrangles and triangles, lines, line segments, and rays, and angles and angle measures.

Reading: Children read two biographies recently. Children worked hard to identify main ideas and details in Young Thomas Edison. We followed that story with Jump!, a biography of Michael Jordan. Children worked to identify facts and opinions in that story, which proved to be a challenging task at times. Children also learned about Albert Einstein, Ruby Bridges, Wilma Rudolph, and Benjamin Franklin by reading picture book biographies and searching for facts and opinions in partnerships.

In our most recent story, The Science Fair, children worked on being close readers. We practiced being close readers by looking at characters actions, thoughts, and words in video clips, short excepts, picture books, and our shared text. We've also been practicing this skill in guided reading. One thing we highlighted about close reading is that good readers stop, reread, and examine parts of the story that give lots of evidence about the characters, setting, or plot.

Writing: We dove right into our persuasive writing unit by writing a few flash drafts about big changes we wanted to see in the world and smaller changes we wanted to see on our playground. Children were encouraged to discuss and brainstorm persuasive writing topics at home by looking for problems they see around them and thinking of potential solutions. Over the past few weeks children have been working on writing one persuasive speech of their choosing. Children have been examining strong speeches and learning what writing moves they could incorporate into their own writing.

Science: We will be starting our new chemistry unit. We started by learning about physical properties of chemicals. Children are working in groups to identify five unknown, white household chemicals. Each science lesson children add a new chemical to each of the five unknowns and record the reactions they observe. Children use those reactions to make predictions about the unknown chemicals. Don't be surprised if you see your child looking through the household chemicals you have at home!

Social Studies: We continued to learn about continents and countries. We're slowly zooming in our on world to learn about states. Children have really enjoyed figuring out their global address. We've been working on a "Me on the Map" project where children illustrate each part of where they live. It's a hit!

Nonagon - They Might Be Giants | TMBG
Kate shared this video in class while we were learning about the prefixes that help us name shapes with all different sides. We loved it!

Upcoming Poet of the Week Dates

  • Nate Kovach - Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Case Hurly - Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Cassidy Maeyer - Friday, February 26, 2016
  • Chase Carle - Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Pia Gruebler - Friday, March 11, 2016

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Congratulations to all of the kids in 3H who were a part of the Strings concert. You were AWESOME!

Upcoming Student of the Week Dates

  • Eli Hougah - Week of February 8, 2016
  • Ave Ippolito - Week of February 22, 2016
  • Michael Furia - Week of March 7, 2016
  • Logan Wood - Week of March 14, 2016
  • Fiona Keenan - Week of March 28, 2016

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 8th-Interim Reports available in Genesis

  • February 11th 9:55 3H Book Fair Time

  • February 12th-Valentine’s Day party, Room 214, 2 PM

  • February 15th-School Closed

  • February 16th-School Closed PD Day for Staff

  • February 24th-Community Meeting 9:30 am

  • February 25th-Talent Show all families 7:30 pm Auditorium

Flocabulary - Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)
We watched this video to help us remember the parts of a story. It didn't hurt that kids got a chance to dance too!
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We've been talking a lot in class about doing the right thing and focusing on being kind to one another. I shared this image on our morning message and we talked about its meaning. Being respectful, thoughtful, and kind are topics that we'll continuously discuss in our classroom so that we can continue to build a strong and supportive classroom community!