The children have worked so very hard during our five days of Milestone testing!! We will be celebrating on Friday with our Sundaes and a Movie party!!! Your child may also bring a small electronic game and a stuffed animal to enjoy:) Thank you so much for sending in your party donations:) The children have written in their planners what they would like to bring, and Mrs. Vola will use our class funds to purchase our ice cream:) Thank you so much again for all of your support during testing… by ensuring early bedtimes, healthy breakfasts, and for being an encouraging cheerleader!:)
We are so happy to be back on a regular schedule tomorrow, and instructional highlights for the next two weeks are below. Enjoy the rest of your week and when your child arrives home today be sure to include a big hug for a fantastic job during testing:) Please remember to access our specials schedules in the pages section at the top of our class webpage.
Instructional Highlights for the week of April 16th and April 23rd:
Reading Workshop: We will continue our nonfiction research clubs on our chosen animals. We will explore different text structures, such as comparison / contrast, cause/ effect, and problem/solution as we synthesize our two nonfiction animal texts with our club members. Our written synthesis responses will include essential synthesis elements for third grade, such as use of clear text structures and signal phrases.
Writing Workshop: We will begin our fairy tale unit as we begin by completing our character/setting maps. We will read several fairy tale anchor texts and will discover techniques that fairy tale authors use to captivate our attention, to develop characters, to elaborate settings, and to teach us an important lesson.
Math: We will finish up our geometry unit this week as we identify vertices, angle sizes (more or less than 90 degrees), and characteristics of quadrilaterals. We will construct quadrilaterals that meet certain criteria and group into like groups.
Cursive and Grammar: We are going to begin to write short paragraphs and famous quotes in cursive daily as this is a fourth quarter standard.:)
Science and Social Studies: In science, we will continue our unit on the three types of heat transfer. In social studies, we will revisit our three branches of government (Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches). We will dive deeper into our study of the three branches as we compare and contrast responsibilities of each branch and learn the benefits of the system of checks and balances.