Ms. Looney's October Newsletter
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In Writing Workshop we began the school year studying various forms of poetry. We collected poems we love by reading through our enormous collection of poetry books. We learned that poems evict different emotions when we read them and how to write thoughtful responses to the poetry we read. We examined different types of poetry, including haikus, couplets, cinquains, but our favorite was free verse! One of our most memorable experiences was getting in our class roller coaster and writing a free verse poem about taking a roller coaster ride. Students used their incredible imaginations, creativity, and tapped into their senses to write this wonderful class poem together. We have also learned our new word study activities and undercurve cursive letters. We will begin descriptive writing this week and learn to write descriptive color poems and paragraphs about small moments in our lives.
International Dot Day & Mystery Skype
In honor of this day, I was able to connect our class with a teacher in New Zealand and an author in Canada using Skype for Educators. In the morning, we had an amazing SURPRISE! We watched a video from a Year 3 class in a different country who celebrated International Dot Day yesterday. They gave us clues about their geographic location and we eventually found them in Christchurch, New Zealand! Watch the video we made for them below. They found us at The Episcopal School of Dallas! In the afternoon we Skyped with guest author, Lee Edward Fodi, who shared his passion for writing and reading and encouraged our students to unleash their creativity.
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We have learned about number patterns, how numbers are related, what tools to use in math and how to use them, money, and elapsed time. Unit 2 will cover number stories, problem solving, addition and subtraction algorithms, and temperature. Unit 3 will cover measurement of length to the nearest inch and centimeter, perimeter, area, diameter, and circumference.
Our Excitement for Science is Exploding!
Which candy will fizz the most in a cup of soda?
Preparing for our science EXPLOSION
Which candy will make the biggest explosion in a 2 liter bottle of soda?
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Third Grade is Going Global
In Social Studies, we have learned about our place in the world and started studying the continents. Third graders learned their continent groups complete with "Rocky" theme music. They were so excited! Each child got one of their top three choices and we have all seven continents represented in our classroom. Children are collaborating with their continent groups to create a landform rap about five landforms found on their continent. Landform rap videos will be posted on Vimeo when they are finished! I am excited to see how the children demonstrate their knowledge of landforms found on their continents and showcase their musical talents in their rap videos! I am also looking forward to their "Continent Presentations" on Friday November 7th. Please save the date for this exciting day! I know our Third Grade Globetrotters will amaze us with all they have learned about the world.
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From Ms. Bryan
Tuesday September 23: Back to School Night 4:30-6:00
Friday September 26: Early Dismissal 11:45 PM
Monday September 29: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Dallas Farmer's Market
Wednesday October 1: Lower School Eucharist
Thursday October 2: Marathon Family Kids Run 7:30 AM
Wednesday October 1-Friday October 3: Lower School Book Fair
Friday October 3: Lower School Conferences
Friday October 10: Elizabeth Anne Worsham Visiting Author, Katie Klise
Friday October 17: Spooktacular Carnival
Friday October 24- Monday October 27: Fall Break -ENJOY!
Friday November 7: 3rd Grade "Continent Presentation Day" 12:15-1:15
Happy Birthday McKenna! September 19th
Happy Birthday Grant! October 14th
Happy Birthday Alexander! October 22nd