It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of September. I’m looking forward to the month of October as all of the rituals and routines we’ve been working on in September will pay off-plus some of my favorite units are taught in the fall (Classification of Animals and The Earliest Americans). It’s going to be a fun month!
Upcoming Dates and Reminders
- OTA Movie Night-September 28th at 6pm Hope to see you there.
- Jog-A-Thon Friday, October 19th Keep working on getting those pledges. This is one of OTA’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Also, be sure to turn in your child’s Jog-a-Thon t-shirt form by October 1st. This can be found in the Jog-A-Thon packet that went home last week.
- Volunteer Packets If you plan to volunteer at OTA, you must complete the volunteer packet that includes getting finger printed. If you have already completed your packet, please make sure your verification of car insurance is current.
- Extended Learning has been posted for Q1. All projects are due on Friday, November 2nd which is the last day of the first quarter. Please keep projects at home until that date.
Daily Morning Meetings: This week our focus word was RESPONSIBLE and our mantra was “I do my best in my work and tasks”. We talked a lot about what it looks and sounds like when you are responsible-especially when it comes to being in our classroom. We also had two circles where we had to focus our attention on what it means to walk in another person’s shoes and how would it feel if somebody did to you what you did to them.
Reader’s Workshop: We talked about how readers can use sticky notes to write down what they are thinking, wondering or connecting to while reading By writing their thoughts on a sticky note and placing it in their book on the page that really got them thinking, students were able to discuss and share their thoughts about their book with their tables.
Writer’s Workshop: We planted more seeds in our notebook about how writers use their five senses. We brainstormed an event/place/person and used our five senses to describe that. We are also beginning our Friendly Letter Unit and learned the parts of a friendly letter.
Math: We completed our unit on graphing and took our first math assessment. Today we began our Multiplication Unit by playing a fun game called Circles & Stars.
Read Aloud: We are getting very close to the end of Sideways Stories from Wayside School. That book has everyone highly focused and wanting to read more:)
Social Studies: This week we introduced our first group project, chose roles within our group and worked together to research a continent. Each team is responsible for a set list of criteria found on their rubric that describes exactly what needs to be done to earn a specific grade. Teams did a lot of research this week, gathering information they will then put on a large map they create together. They’ve been doing a great job!
Art: This week we made an Array City so it was an art project that combined the elements of line and shape but also included math. Students created buildings whose windows were arrays (4×2 or 6×2 for example) to practice that conceptual understanding of multiplication.
Music, From Ms. King: This year the students in 3rd grade are starting ukulele. The skills we have worked on so far are: 1) Identifying parts of the ukulele, 2) playing 1 finger chords (C Major, C7, A minor) and 3) playing 4 and 8 beat strumming patterns to music.
This week I’d like to recognize Roxy, Maya, Jacob and Reece for showing how RESPONSIBLE they are in their work, tasks, and choices. Congratulations to these students, your class is so proud of you!