What busy weeks we've been having lately! With MCAS and April break right around the corner, the students have been working hard to finish up all kinds of units and assignments. They should be very proud of all their hard work! Please be advised that Grade 3 MCAS will be held on Monday 4/9 and Wednesday 4/11. I have sent home a list of things to keep in mind on test days, so please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Here are some updates from the past two weeks:
We spent some extra time polishing up our speeches about noteworthy people, places, or things and problems. We will be finishing our speech unit tomorrow, and taking a break from persuasive writing to focus on notebook writing next week. Ask your child about how they collected evidence for their speech! We had some great surveys and interviews going on in our class!
This week, we began the fractions unit! In this unit, students will learn how to:
MCAS preparations are finally coming to an end! Mario and his friends really helped us to gather all of the strategies the students will need to beat the test-makers! In addition to Toad, Piranha Plant, and Pipe, students were introduced to Star last week. Star helps us to remember to keep up our stamina while taking the test (refocus, notice when to take a break, take a walk, go to the bathroom, get a drink, meditate). We even got a special visit from my older brother who led us through a meditation session. The students are very excited to apply their new meditation skills to their stamina toolbox!
We have also begun to discuss poetry and some poetic devices. Everyone got to try their poetic skills out while writing their own poems about one of their favorite activities. Each student will add their poem to their own personal poetry anthology by the end of this unit. Ask your child about how poets use rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to give their poems a musical quality!
In preparation for the upcoming American Revolution unit, we are studying what life was like in Colonial times. We have researched the original 13 colonies, colonists' homes, food, education, clothing, children, and even started to compare 18th-century Boston to present-day Boston. Ask your child about some of the similarities and differences between the two!
Check out some pictures from our last two weeks together!
Have a great day!