I hope you are enjoying yet another snow day! Yesterday, we FINALLY earned a special day after doing 20 perfect transitions. The kids voted and decided that this Friday, we will have pajama and stuffed animal day!
Please note that progress reports will be sent home Wednesday, March 21st. If you would like to view the rubrics used for grading, please visit the Important Information page and follow the given links.
Here are some highlights for this week:
We are well underway with our opinion writing unit! Students have been working to generate lists of problems and noteworthy people, places, or things in our school or community. Every student has selected a thesis to write a speech about. Each day we learn new strategies to improve our speeches, with the goal being to convince our audiences to agree with our main point. Some of these strategies include: considering and talking directly to your audience; asking your audience relevant questions; gathering evidence through interviews, surveys, or research; and organizing information into categories. We will continue to write these speeches over the next few weeks.
The third graders have been really enjoying our Pilgrim unit! Last week, we studied the Mayflower Compact and learned about what life was like about the Mayflower from various perspectives. We were even treated to a rap by some of the kids which summarized the key points of the compact. This week, we will be wrapping up this unit by studying about the daily lives of Pilgrim girls, Pilgrim boys, and Wampanoag boys.
In math, we have returned to a multiplication and division unit. By now, students should be fluent with their 2's, 5's, and 10's facts. We have been learning different strategies to help when solving for the product of larger equations. For example, 8x7=56 could be broken into two smaller, simpler equations: (4x7)+(4x7)=56. This week's math homework will be copied version of pages 231 and 237, which include extra practice with perimeter. For extra multiplication fact practice, please visit the Important Information page to follow the links to some math games!
This week, we will begin to prepare for MCAS! We discussed the similarities of MCAS and Super Mario Bros., some things that I'm sure your child would love to tell you about! Each day I will introduce a new character and relate it to a different "power up" to use while taking the MCAS. Stay tuned for some pictures of our Mario themed classroom transformation! If you would like to practice some MCAS-style questions at home, please follow this link: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/practice-tests-ela/
That's all for now,