It was great to be back to a regular routine and get back together. We continue to work on two major projects: our animal research and Art and Writing. My goal is to have everyone done their Art and Writing project by the end of the week.
In Math, we started multiplication. In grade 3, students need to understand what it means to multiply and what it means to memorize the times tables. We talked about the 0, 1, 2, 10 and 11 times tables and the number patterns in each. In grade 3, students only need to memorize the facts up to and including 5X5, but of course we will go further if we can. Ask your child how we did mental math today because this is certainly something that can be done at home to practice.
This afternoon we continued to work on our clay elephants.
It is a rather short week so we are hoping that our two projects: Art and Writing and Research is finished this week.
It was our class' third drumming session--fun.
For math, we will have today and tomorrow to practice addition and subtraction with regrouping and the test will be on Wednesday.
This afternoon we finished our clay project of an elephant.
Wednesday afternoon: students will hand out valentines to there friends, play electronic games, and share a snack with a friend. Those that would like to bring a snack are welcome to--nothing has been organized for the whole class.
Reminder that Wednesday is our last day until Feb. 20
Many students enjoyed a tasty pizza lunch and then stayed in the classroom to do some quiet activities as it was too cold to go outside.
The final push to finish our Art and Writing project happened this morning. About 10 student have now completely finished. Ask your child at what stage they are at.
We worked on another problem this morning. Mr. Fred was putting up 24 chairs in equal rows. What are the different ways he could do this? The most solutions we discovered were 8. A similar problem could be done at home using a different number.
After gym and music we watched Bill Nye's video on Amphibians. Ask your child to tell you 3 facts they learned about this group of animals.
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Valentine exchange the afternoon of Feb. 14
After a couple of days of not being here it was great to be back. I missed this class! From all reports they were excellent and hard working.
It was a busy day. This morning after gym we did the letters Tt and Vv in handwriting.
For math, it was continued work on addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. This afternoon lots of hard work was done on our research projects. We had two students share: Hawksbill Sea turtle and the Giant Squid. Ask your child 3 facts they learned about these two animals.
Reminder-- Fun Lunch tomorrow.
Valentine celebration Wednesday, Feb. 14--everyone brings their own snack to share with a friend.
Can you believe that it is February? Looking at this month it is going to speed by. Next week is the only full school week this month--crazy!!
We continued with our Art and Writing project and we are getting close to finishing this. Two students completed it today. Our goal is to have everyone finished by the end of next week. Ask your child where they are at and do they need to bring it home to work on?
In math, we discussed a variety of subtraction fact strategies and then talked about and wrote up criteria for problem solving in student language. Continue to practice 2 digit and 3 digit subtraction questions at home where regrouping (borrowing) is necessary.
This afternoon was gym and music.
We ended our day discussing and showing different ways to show their research magazine project so that it is creative and organized.
We also talked about how the students would like to celebrate Valentine's Day. Most of the students would like to have an electronic party in the afternoon. So on that day they are welcome to bring their own device from home with parent permission. They would also like to bring their own snacks to share with a friend.
Oh my goodness, 5 students were away today due to illness. I hope that everyone is feeling better and for the rest of us we need to stay healthy. Lots of washing of hands is in order.
This morning we worked on our Art and writing project. This week the writing focus is adding descriptive language to the basic sentences that were written last week. We identified the nouns in the sentences and then added 2 adjectives for each. We also showed them how to use a thesaurus to find descriptive words.
For math, the focus has now shifted to subtraction. The class did 5 minutes of basic facts and then they had a pre-test of 2 and 3 digit subtraction with and without regrouping. A small group know how to regroup so this will set the direction for our math instruction for the next couple of weeks. At home it is a suggestion to work on subtraction facts. Mathletics is a great resource for this. Thank you to parent council for paying to have our subscription renewed.
The students continued to work on their animal research. This week they are turning their facts into complete sentences and developing a paragraph with those sentences.
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Since there is no school tomorrow today felt like a Friday. We had our usual art and writing session. Today for writing the students wrote three sentences about their painting from their imagination. What is happening today in your painting, what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow?
In math, we debriefed the problem from yesterday and several students showed a solution they came up with. Then we did a game called, Around the World, using subtraction facts. We shift our focus to subtraction next week.
The afternoon it was gym and music followed by some growth mindset videos about not giving up and learning from the mistakes we make.
Reminder that there is no school tomorrow.
For math we did a problem based on the book, Spaghetti and Meatballs. A family is inviting people for dinner. There are 32 people coming and they have to arrange tables so that everyone can sit. The children were asked to find as many table arrangements as possible to accommodate everyone. Students used manipulatives, drew pictures or wrote out their solutions.
This morning we worked on the handwritten Rr.
Worked continued on our animal research project. Many students are now ready to start typing out their facts in sentences. I noticed some students took their notebooks home to continue working.
No school on Friday, Jan. 26
Report card envelopes need to be returned—I am waiting for 3 more. S-----, C-----, A----
In math, we did another check to see how the students are doing with addition with regrouping and YEAH, most everyone is able to confidently and accurate do this skill. We will be moving onto subtraction with regrouping next week.
Lots of enthusiasm and focus during our Art and Writing session. Today our writing was about feelings, either what they could touch or the emotions of being in such a setting. I can say that the student reproductions are almost better than the original art. We will put these on display during our upcoming conferences in March.
Gym and Library this afternoon followed by Science, We looked at the features of non-fiction books. Further work was done on magazine covers and fact gathering.
No school on Friday, Jan. 26
Report card envelopes need to be returned—I am waiting for 4 more. R-----, S-----, C-----, A----