--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 had a pep rally for our big test. It was really fun because cheerleaders from Northwestern came and the Bearcat from Rock Hill High came and the teachers did a play. We also painted a mural about South Carolina. It was really fun. We had college students help out.
When we learned fractions, it helped us learn how to do equivalent fractions when we did the Lucky Charms on St. Patrick's Day. We did the centers when we go around and do all the stuff like putting fractions together to make a whole. On the left they are making fractions and on the right we are cutting the fractions.
We have been learning about World War II. In science we have been making instruments to help us learn about sound and pitch.
All chaperones for upcoming field trips have been selected via the lottery system and notified. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being so willing and eager to support our class in this way. I wish I could take you all on the field trips and I'm so sorry that I cannot, but I just wanted you all to know how grateful I am for your support. You all are the greatest!
This week we've been working on the Civil War and we learned that some people thought the battle was kind of interesting so they would make a picnic and sit on their rooftop and watch it. We also have been learning in the Civil War that many people in the south allowed slavery and many in the north did not. It's really interesting because just hearing about it's the most bloodiest war of all but in the first battle at Fort Sumter only one horse got killed. We also learned that in the Civil War it was kind of difficult because a lot of people and slaves weren't being treated fair.
In math we learned how to count by 3s, 6s, and 9s. The most difficult part about it was kinda the 9s because some people knew how to count by 9s and some people didn't. We started also in math multiplying like adding up 10 5 times and that would give you 50 which is the same as 10 x 5=50.
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.
When we made sweetgrass baskets, we took a long time. But when they finished, they looked great! We first started with a starter one and all you do is stitch and weave. The tools you use is a nailbone. It is made out of metal. The baskets are made out of sweetgrass (as in the name) and palm with a little pine needles.
The students have been working SO hard on their author study projects. This week they got to present their projects to the class. The kids are loving reading books recommended to them by their fellow classmates. Each student researched the author, read 2 books by the author, answered questions from the book, wrote to the author (we already got two responses!), created a photostory "book review" of one of the books, drew themselves in the style of their illustrator, and presented what makes their author unique to the class. Their pictures will be on display in the hall soon with a QR code to their photostory, but for now, here are their pictures with their self-portraits. I think they turned out SO great!
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)
Mrs. Schley and her third graders.