Mrs. G's Classroom News
May 1, 2015
We did win the pizza party AGAIN! As a group, we really know how to come together and make things happen. We take pride in being a wonderful classroom with students who are creative, unique, bright and warm-hearted. We just need to show it all the time!
Introducing Anchormen Brendan, Liam and Logan announcing our classroom news on Mrs. G's youtube channel!
We have started our expert topic non-fiction text pieces. We brainstormed ideas we thought we knew a lot about and made a table of contents with chapters we want to cover on our main topic. We also learned how non-fiction is usually written in three different ways - descriptive, sequenced and comparative. We started our descriptive chapter using a web graphic organizer and illustrating our own diagrams of what we described to be downloaded into the website final publication. The students are excited and so am I. I love this unit! We will be celebrating the completion of this writing assignment with family and friends at our "Website Gallery Dessert Night". This is tentatively scheduled for June 9th at 6:30pm in the media center and computer lab. It is not a required event. It is just a way for us to celebrate the students' hard work with yummy dessert! More information will be coming home soon!
This week we finished spelling unit 23. I have lightened the load of activities for spellingcity due to the many other common core language skills and activities I would like to fit in before the school year is over. This week we reviewed how to use the homophones its, it's, lets, let's, there, their and they're. We also tackled the difficult skill of identifying simple, compound, and complex sentences. We did center work, played games and took an edmodo snapshot to see if the new concept sunk in.
In reading workshop we go into our new non-fiction reading groups. We learned how to paraphrase information we read and how to pick out the main idea of paragraphs. Students are reading their reading group non-fiction text and a choice non-fiction text. We have been discussing the non-fiction text features that are found in this type of text and how they help us better understand the information that is being presented.
Upcoming Events (So much to do, so little time!)
May 7th - Poetry Day - Bring in your fav poem
May 7th - Pizza Party - Bring a drinkMay 11th - All Third Grade begins to review for M-Step
May 19 & 20 - Third Grade M-Step Testing ELA
May 25th - No School
May 27 & 28 - Third Grade M- Step Testing Math
June 9th - (Tentative) Website Gallery Dessert Night
June 10th - Last day of school 1/2 day