Mrs. Kirchner's 3rd Grade Leaders
January 11, 2016
Leaders in Our Classroom!
What Is It?
A cause and effect analysis is an attempt to understand why things happen as they do. People in many professions—accident investigators, scientists, historians, doctors, newspaper reporters, automobile mechanics, educators, police detectives—spend considerable effort trying to understand the causes and effects of human behavior and natural phenomena to gain better control over events and over ourselves. If we understand the causes of accidents, wars, and natural disasters, perhaps we can avoid them in the future. If we understand the consequences of our own behavior, perhaps we can modify our behavior in a way that will allow us to lead happier, safer lives.
Injury and Death
(Teacher Vision, 2016).
Why Is It Important?
One of the primary goals of education is to create empowered, analytic thinkers, capable of thinking through complex processes to make important decisions.
Whether students recognize cause-and-effect relationships or not, they are affected by them every day. Students experience them in their own lives, see them occur in the lives of others, read about them in both narrative and expository texts, and are asked to write about them. To be successful, students need to be able to clearly recognize these relationships so that they are able to think analytically in their personal and academic lives. Without the ability to identify these relationships, students are at risk socially and academically. They will not understand actions and consequences or be able to understand or describe phenomena at a deep level. (Teacher Vision, 2016).
Also, we will be beginning division at the end of the week. Please note that it helps (a lot) to know multiplication facts when discussing division.
We are doing a "quick" multilication assessment daily. I am hoping that this will help strengthen their fluency!
Overall, they did a fantastic job on their spiral review this past Friday. There were a lot of simple mistakes, so we discussed double checking our work.
A few things that we foused on this last week:
1. Writers have to think about their audience. Who are they trying to teach? Are they teaching to a person with little background knowledge on a subject. Or are they trying to teach to an audience that is an expert. These questions are important because it helps us focus on the information we provide in the text.
2. Writers need to conduct research for areas of their books that need more information. Sometimes it is during these times, we discover our misconceptions about a topic, or we learn an idea we had never thought about previously.
Writing and reading are connected, so this has been an exciting journey writing these books! It helps us to be better readers when we have had to look at it from the perspective of the writer.
Next Week's Homework (Week of January 18th)
The homework discussed below will go home this Friday (January 15th), but I thought I should address it now.
Since we don't have school on Monday(Holiday) or Tuesday (Workday), I gave a little extra math homework. I hope they are all very proactive and use this time to help them sharpen their skills! Please ask if you have any questions.
Assistant Manager: Johnnie
Line Leader: Alicia
Lunch Count: Kenzie
These students worked exceptionally hard this past week!
Who Is Bringing in Snack?
Just in case it has been mentioned at home... (Sorry!)....I brought in a Keurig coffee machine, so I told them IF they brought in a cup with a lid and hot chocolate I would allow them to make a beverage during the day. I figured it was only fair that if I got to enjoy a warm drink during a cold day, they should be able to as well!
What is for Lunch?
Tuesday: Chicken Fingers or Salisbury Steak
Wednesday: Macaroni and Cheese with Grilled Franks or Diced Ham
Thursday: BBQ Quesadilla or Hamburger
Friday: Cheese Pizza or Chicken Nuggets