Dear Families of Room 23,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful break. I enjoyed my time off with family and friends, but it feels good to be back at school with my third graders and into the swing of things. I’m so lucky to work with your children every day.
Thank you to all of you for the generous holiday gifts. You made me feel very special and appreciated. I hope you received my thank you notes. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
Also, thank you to the parents who contributed to making our holiday celebration so much fun. The students loved the projects and definitely enjoyed the trail mix during our movie. We couldn’t do these amazing things without you!
Please read below for details by subject and let me know if you have any questions.
Reading: We continue our Character Studies unit. Students have been busy writing paragraphs about one character’s traits and comparing two characters in one text. We will work toward comparing characters across texts. Students are learning the basic structure of a well-written paragraph using a topic sentence, including evidence from the text, and writing a strong concluding sentence. We completed our reading of Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo and are now enjoying Make Way for Dyamond Daniel, by Nikki Grimes. We’re having fun learning this new character and comparing her to Opal from Because of Winn-Dixie. Students are also doing similar work in book club groups. Our read aloud of Quinny and Hopper, by Adriana Brad Schanan continues.
Writing: Our holiday traditions project will end this week. Students practiced examining, learning to read, and learning from, a variety of nonfiction texts. They took notes, synthesized their information into key paragraphs, and have created a final project. Most students chose to create posters, a few have created Google Slide presentations. Students will practice and finalize presentations tomorrow and present to the class on Friday.
Social Studies: We will begin our “Rules and Laws” social studies unit next week, using Martin Luther King, Jr. as inspiration to understanding citizenship, community, how our government works, and how people have worked for freedom. We will move into a U.S. Government classroom simulation as well. Our work in library class will focus on U.S. Symbols to complement this unit.
Math: We began Unit 4 this week, focusing on measurement and geometry. We’re talking about polygons in terms of their classification and also learning about perimeter and area. Students need to continue to memorize their multiplication tables so that multiplication facts become automatic. Students are currently working on x3, x4, or x6.
Science: We will conclude our mini unit on weather today. We have examined phase changes, the water cycle, weather maps, and severe weather. We’ve enjoyed tracking the weather and trying to predict weather that is coming based on the data that we collect such as temperature, air pressure, humidity, and wind direction. Students will begin the “Weather and Climate” unit with Ms. Diamond this week where they go into detail about how weather and climate effect ecosystems and the organisms within them.