Reach for the Stars!
Noteworthy News for the Week of 2/24/20
This week we’ll continue to work with distinguishing between adjectives and adverbs!
We’ll also be continuing to make inferences! Through poetry and realistic fiction texts, we’ll be able to use our inferencing skills to better identify the theme of these pieces. Our third graders are hard at work reading between the lines!
After delving into the tall tales of Paul Bunyan, analyzing a collection of Aesop’s fables, and reflecting on short stories with strong central messages, students have been exposed to enriching texts that have made quite an impression on us, as both readers and authors! Our mentor texts allowed us to learn about these special literary genres! We loved identifying the many forms of figurative language that help to make these tales more descriptive! We were also able to really discuss and consider an author’s, reader’s and a character’s point of view. We look forward to digging deeper to integrate this new knowledge with our opinion writing! Students continue to embrace this form of writing and support their claims with reasoning and evidence. This week students will be asked to consider two mentor texts and form an opinion piece depicting which one has the stronger central message. This is a unique way for them to continue to strengthen their skills in the reading & writing connection!
Building Dictionary Skills
This week students will continue to apply what they have learned about the relationship between multiplication and division. They will also take part in a hands-on "Create a Zoo" project based learning opportunity to apply what they have learned about area and perimeter. As we often discuss in our math conversations, we use math every single day in our lives!
On Friday, the students will take part in a Bridges Unit #5-Multiplication, Division & Area 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 fourth unit. 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!
Water & Climate (Science)
Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Week at Sherwood School!
We have a dress up day theme to go along with a Dr. Seuss story each day for students and staff during Dr. Seuss Week/Read Across America Week:
Monday 2/24: Cat in the Hat: Crazy Hat & Hair Day
Tuesday 2/25: I Am Not Getting Up Today: Pajama Day
Wednesday 2/26: Wacky Wednesday: Backwards/Mismatch Day
Thursday 2/27: My Many Colored Days: Favorite Color Day AND Guest Reader Day at Sherwood
Friday 2/28: The Foot Book: Silly Sock & Slipper Day
Six Flags Reading Opportunity!
Panda Jar Celebration!
The Stars of 3K celebrated with their Choice Time celebration this week! They also set their next class goal...an extra class recess. I admire the way that the class works hard to earn their pandas and fill our jar! I am so proud of the many positive choices students are making throughout the school day! 3K shines!