Team Third Grade
Mrs. Behm, Mrs. Komar, & Mrs. Frye
September 13, 2019
Essential Question: How does change influence a community?
The theme for our first unit this year focuses on community. We will be reading and unpacking picture books that reveal characters who have made a difference in their community by their actions. Our students are learning how to listen well to their classmates' thinking as well as use various conversational moves that allow and invite deep thinking to unfold collectively. It has been a wonderful experience, thus far, to see how our third graders are able to construct knowledge and build upon each others thinking as they embrace and analyze each story. In addition to their active participation in large group conversations, they are also making their thinking visible about the characters, illustrators’ and authors’ intentions in their thoughtful logs. We are looking forward to a ton of learning and growth ahead as our readers begin to engage in books they love!
In Reader's Workshop, we have been learning and building good habits of selecting books that give us something to think and talk about as well as books that will keep us engaged and growing. We are beginning to keep a class reading log of the types of books we are choosing to read and this week we are launching our Book-in-a-Bag program that will help to build our reading stamina and love for reading. We are so grateful for your support in carving out the time needed each day to nurture and develop our young readers. Reading is about making meaning. What a gift of time to use toward building our brightest and most engaged learners, thinkers, noticers, and researchers.
We began our first few days by getting to know students as writers and learning what good third-grade writers do and don’t do. Then we started our first unit on personal narratives. We have been learning how to zoom in to write small moment seed stories instead of big watermelon stories. Thank you for helping your son or daughter to decorate their writing notebook and list ideas to write about! This is a big help when they encounter writer’s block.
Our Second Step lessons revolve around the social-emotional learning of our third graders. This past week, we have had three different lessons such as how to be a respectful learner as well as how to ask for things you may need. Skills for learning that are enforced throughout our classes include focusing attention, listening, being assertive, and using self-talk. This vocabulary is used throughout Rose Glen! You may notice some home links that are sent after we complete a lesson. These are simply to stimulate discussion between you and your child. Home links are not homework however, we do encourage you to sit down and complete them.
Please take a peek at our class schedule. It may be helpful if you are scheduling any appointments so you can find a less disruptive time. Also, each room has a different library day. Mrs. Frye’s class goes on Tuesdays, Mrs. Komar’s class goes on Wednesdays, and Mrs. Behm’s class goes on Thursdays. All library books will be due two weeks after that check out day.