It sounds like a lot of fun things are happening this next week for all of you-according to the students who shared their plans for Thanksgiving Break:) I am very grateful for this awesome group of third graders and hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Important Dates and Reminders
- November 19-23 Thanksgiving Break
- November 27th-Giving Tuesday
- December 7th-Coffee with the Principal 8:15am
Daily Morning Meeting: Our morning meetings were cut short due to a short week, field trip and Cardiac Awareness Day so no awards were given but we’ll resume with awards after break.
Reader’s Workshop: We finished up our mini-unit on Trickster Tales and learned a lot about the elements of these tales. We continued with studying characters and their traits focusing on how a character changes from the beginning of the story to the end-and what exactly causes that change.
Writer’s Workshop: From the perspective of a turkey, letters were written to Farmer Mack Nugget pleading for him to not kill turkeys for Thanksgiving meals. Our inspiration for these letters was the book “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving”.
Math: We started Topic 4: Division-Using Multiplication Facts to Solve Division Problems. The students did really well understanding the relationship of division and multiplication by creating fact families. Ask your student to show you what the fact family is for 3,4 and 12.
Read Aloud: “Rules” continues to give us lots to talk about and this week it was whether or not Catherine was embarrassed about Jason, her friend in a wheelchair. Lots of great character analysis!
Social Studies: We loved our class field trip learning all about the Kumeyaay! We also researched, in groups, topics about the Native Americans of the Southeast. Each group researched either food, clothing, lifestyle, location/geography or shelter of these tribes.
STEM: There were three Thanksgiving STEM challenges the students explored and I’m always impressed watching third grade minds engineering things! The challenges were: To build The Mayflower (out of foil, styrofoam and tape) and see how many pilgrims (pennies) will fit in your boat before sinking, construct a Thanksgiving dinner table (dominoes and popsicle sticks) and see how much food will fit on your table without overlapping, and design a shelter for a turkey so that it is completely covered and out of sight to avoid becoming a Thanksgiving meal.
STEM Challenge Photos
Cardiac Awareness Day Photos