Reach for the Stars!
Noteworthy News for the Week of 12/2/19
This week we will conclude our ELA unit by comparing and contrasting three Alaskan mentor texts. We’ve been enthralled by these stories and feel as though we, too, have had an Arctic adventure! Later in the week students will show their understanding of the historical fiction genre by creating their own sequels to The Year of Miss Agnes. These performance based assessments are a way for students to show what they have learned as readers and authors! We then look forward to a nonfiction focus in which we’ll learn about various cultures and customs.
The students will work in pairs to solve a triple-digit subtraction story problem and share their strategies with the entire class. The mathematicians will explore the standard algorithm and practice using it to solve a variety of 3-digit subtraction problems. Students are encouraged to analyze subtraction problems prior to solving them in order to determine which strategies work best for each problem. We call the various strategies “flavors” in our class! In 3K we discuss the idea of using one "flavor" to solve, and another "flavor" to check our answers.
On Friday, the students will take part in a Bridges Unit #3-Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction Post-Assessment. Over the course of the last month students have worked hard through in-class activities, small group opportunities, class forums, hands-on work places, team notes and forming anchor charts displaying visual strategies to help build their knowledge on the concepts covered in our third unit. Back by 3K popular demand is our Jeopardy review game! We can't wait to partake on Thursday! Our focus continues to be on helping students grow and learn, therefore we do not place a percent or “grade” on the assessments. We use these as a way to measure growth and an opportunity to reteach concepts & extend student learning. Students know that they are welcome to use resources such as their team notes (in their class notebooks) and any other previous in-class or homework assignments that they feel would be beneficial while taking the assessment. At the end of every unit, families will receive pre & post assessment scores, along with the Bridges mastery scale. Thank you so much for your support.
Our Place in the World (Social Studies)
Panda Jar Celebration!
Moraine Township Santullano Gift Drive!
The third grade classes are sponsoring three children as part of the Moraine Township Santullano Gift Drive. This drive helps local families who cannot afford to buy gifts for their children. We have selected three children between eight and ten, so students can easily connect and relate to these children in need.
If you are able and interested in contributing money (no amount is too small) to help purchase gifts, please send in any cash donations. Please place any donations in an envelope with the word, Holiday, on it. In order to ensure time for shopping, the deadline is Friday, December 6th.
A special thanks to two parents from Mr. Seligman's room that have volunteered to purchase and wrap the gifts by Monday, December 9th. We appreciate your support in this special, festive, service learning project!