--Photos by: Mason
This has been a great start to third grade! I am loving getting to know your wonderful children! We are getting used to the new year, new procedures, and new friends, and they are all adjusting beautifully! Your kids are making maps of South Carolina and they are turning out great! They learned to critique each other to make their maps better, but to still be kind and helpful in the process. They are writing beautiful small moment true stories about their lives and it gives me great insight into their characters. In math, we are reviewing place value and addition and subtraction concepts and playing some fun games to do so (as you can see in the pictures). Finally, during our reading time we have been learning what a third grade reading workshop looks like and what readers do. Your children are already working hard in third grade and I am so proud of them! Enjoy your long weekend!
--Photos by: Mason
We went to the computer lab and we wrote stories with the kindergarteners. First, we picked a kindergartener. And we looked at their stories and wrote them on the computer. Then we put pictures with the parts of stories. Then, we saved it and we played games with the kindergarteners on the computer. It was fun with the kindergarteners.
So... we have gotten a little behind on our blogging, your kiddos have been working SO hard in class! We've moved on and through rocks and minerals in science, which the kids did a great job with! We learned that humus is the best kind of soil to grow plants in, but clay can work pretty well too. Next up is slow and fast changes to the earth (slow: erosion, etc; fast: volcanoes, earthquakes, etc). In writing we are beginning to learn how information writers write like teachers and the kids are thinking about what they know enough about to teach on. We have a math test and a science test next week so we are working hard on wrapping up those units. Have a great weekend!
(Top photo by Holly, bottom photo is a reader's theater about rocks)
We are making new writing this week. It's when we really get to think about what happens in our minds and we just write a story about what happens. We also learned a new math game this week: Go Collecting. It's kind of like Go Fish. In social studies we are learning about the Native Americans, the explorers, and how slavery was like for people. We got our pictures taken this week.
We've been learning about the explorers that came to the New World. We finished our masks about the three different Native American tribes. We worked on our lengths today. We measured our feet and we found out that nobody's foot is a foot. We are going to do a book review on our author study books. In writing we worked on drafting our stories.
For math we've been playing Capture 5, Close to 100, and Make a Dollar. Some of them are challenging and very fun! In writing we've been working on new stories and small moments. In social studies we had a big social studies test and lots of students got lots right and a little bit of the students will get to try again on Friday. We've done tableaus for Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Sandhills, Inner Coastal Plain, Outer Coastal Plain and Coastal Zone. See if you can guess which picture is which region! We've been working on Author Study on picture books in reading and there are a lot of students remembering their author's name!
We have been working hard in math, social studies, homework, and in our specials. We've been getting lots of compliments this week! We've learned how to be writers, readers, and mathematicians. We've been working on writing in our writer's notebook. We've started reading in groups and learning about each other. We've learned games in math and being mathematicians in the games. We've learned about different parts in our state. It's been a lovely week this week.
This week we have been working on writing pieces and it's something important that's happened to us. We have been working on controlling our body, voice, and mind. We have been working on our maps of South Carolina. We have gotten a lot of compliments. We've been working on what readers do. In math we have learned about sticker station. We are using stories about Sticker Station and people go there and they buy certain numbers of stickers. We have had a lot of fun in specials. And we're having a great day in third grade!
Mrs. Schley and her third graders.