We LOVED seeing Mateo, Poppy, Aska, and CJ perform in the OTA Talent Show this morning! It was so awesome seeing our classmates on stage today.
Important Dates and Reminders
- May 10th: OTA Talent Show at 6pm
- May 12th: Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing 3rd Grade Mamas! Enjoy your day:)
- May 15th: OTA Spring Concert 3rd-Middle School at 6:30pm (see below for details)
- May 20th-May 30th: CAASP State Testing-if you would like to sign up for snacks during our testing window, you can do so HERE. Thank you to all who have signed up!
- May 27th: Memorial Day, no school
Daily Morning Meeting: Our word for the week, which is also our Core Virtue for the month of May, is WONDER. Our mantra was, “I delight in beauty and mystery because I wonder”. We talked about and visualized how an attitude of wonder can make learning exciting and fun-being curious opens our minds to new ideas and taking on challenges.
Reader’s Workshop: This week we focused on inferences and how you can use clues from the text, what you know (schema) and questions you have to come up with what the author is trying to say without saying it. This is a tricky concept and through mentor texts, as well as task cards and examining scenarios, we have been working on our inferencing skills.
Writer’s Workshop: When writing personal narratives, it is the author’s job to paint a word picture. We examined what this concept means by drawing a picture of “a cabin in the woods”. Then, we drew another cabin in the woods this time by listening to the way in which I painted a word picture (by looking at a photograph of a cabin in the woods) for them with descriptive, sensory language. The difference between the two pictures made it very clear how important it is to paint a word picture to help the reader visualize. We are now examining the ways to end a narrative with the first being a reflective, or circular, ending. By reading a mentor text using this ending strategy, we practiced writing reflective endings to our own stories.
Math: We practiced finding the perimeter of shapes and reviewed area. We then completed our Quadrilateral unit with an assessment and now we have begun our Time, Capacity and Mass unit. We have started examining and practicing ways in which you can tell time on an analog or digital clock. For example, 9:25 can be read as nine twenty-five or as 25 minutes past nine. Next week we begin elapsed time.
Read Aloud: The Penderwick sisters find themselves continually apologizing to Jeffrey, the snooty lady’s son. He keeps overhearing one of the sisters talking badly about his mom so the girls decide to apologize and make him cookies. Things go terribly wrong when the cookies are broiling in the oven and then their littlest sister ends up in a field where a bull resides…and rumor has it, this bull has gored a man!
Social Studies: This week we learned all about the colonists. This is such a fascinating part of our country’s history and be sure to ask your student about the Lost Colony (Roanoke Island). They were very intrigued:) We heard all about the failed attempts by the English to settle land in the New World, Jamestown and John Smith, Chief Powhatan and his daughter Pocahontas, fires, “the starving time”, “you don’t work, you don’t eat”, the House of Burgesses, cash crops, the Carolinas, and slavery…just to name a few things. The curriculum connections we are making to our musical are awesome!
Our musical is going as planned and we are having fun with the music and becoming familiar with the play itself. Next week we will begin to identify the parts we want to play and scripts will be put in to the hands of those with speaking/solo singing parts. For those wanting to be involved in other ways, some of those roles are ushers, program design, set design, stage hands and everyone will be in the chorus. I’ll have a better idea of the date for the play once we get our parts solidified. It will be in June, most likely the last week of school, but I will confirm that in next week’s blog post.
Music, from Ms. King: We’ve been preparing for the OTA Spring Concert which is Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30pm. Come and see your child play their ukulele, watch the orchestra perform and enjoy our rock band groups! Student call time is 6:15pm at Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town (2540 San Diego Ave.) See you there!
Celebrations!Happiest of Birthdays to Brighton who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday. We hope you had the best day!
Congratulations to Reid, Wyatt Mc., Roxy and Betey for showing WONDER this week. These students were curious, they took delight in the challenges and mysteries of learning and they kept a positive attitude because of that wonder. Your class is very proud of you all!