We had a visit from a teacher/librarian named Mr. Schu who travels to schools around the country to promote reading. We had fun reading along with a new book similar to Piggie and Gerald.
On Friday we met with our Fourth Grade Buddies in Mr. Manning's class. Each student is partnered with one fourth grader. We will meet with them about once a month to do fun activities.
The class brought home their Data Binders this Friday. Please look through the work with your child. All papers should be kept inside the binder. Please sign the first page and return the binder on Monday.
Reading Logs are due next Friday Sept. 29. Please add up the minutes read each week and write the total at the bottom. Please have both child and parent sign the form as well. We will have a "Game Day" party if most kids bring back their logs (includes technology devices).
We started learning about how to retell stories. We discussed reasons why we might need to retell and brainstormed story elements. We focused on characters and how we can visualize and describe them. Groups wrote character traits for famous cartoon characters. Students picked one character from our read aloud book, described them, and created that character using paper plates and construction paper.
We finished learning about parts of speech. We reviewed verbs and learned about adverbs. We discussed how a genre is a type of writing. We focused on the first stage of the writing process: prewrite. Students are using the writing process to complete a paper describing their favorite body part (hair,eyes, hands, etc.).
We learned the difference between open and closed syllables. An open syllable is when the vowel does not have a consonant following it and it can say its name. A closed syllable has a vowel enclosed by consonants and has a short vowel sound. We practiced saying, sorting and writing these.
Our learning goal this week was to know the place value position of three-digit numbers. We started by exploring strategies to count hundreds of straws. Groups identified that counting groups of 10s was a helpful strategy. We worked on representing hundreds, tens, and ones with base ten blocks and in number form.
Monday we celebrated Constitution Day (it was actually on Sunday). Students learned why, how, and when the constitution was made. We started a unit about air. We learned that the atmosphere is made up of air. After learning that wind is moving air, students used straws and cotton balls to create wind and race with a partner.