Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 26-30

Don't forget the spelling bee tomorrow! Progress reports will come out this week. Please note reading and writing grades are based on limited grades. Students will have plenty of grades the rest of the nine weeks.

Writing
We will be story mapping familiar books this week using the story arc. Students will use language such as backstory, initiating event, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. We work in whole and small groups discussing where the initialing event start, how do we know this is the climax, and what the motivation was in the story. Students will get a chance to free write during writer's workshop.

Spelling
Students will get new spelling words this week. Students will also have the spelling bee tomorrow for students who wish to participate.

Reading
We are discussing character traits and how characters change throughout the story. Students will help me determine what events in the story changed the character. We will read books such as Thunder Cake, Each Kindness, and Recess Queen.
I am just about done with DRA's. (just one or two more to go) I'll start book clubs with the students this week. My goal is for students to have a goal while reading,  track their own thinking, and have meaningful discussions around the text. Students need to have text clues to support their thinking.

Social Studies
Students will finish learning about Helen Keller, Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. Students will create their flip book on these women and how they showed good citizenship.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 19-23

Writing
We are finishing their choice piece this week. We've discussed how to plan our story (using the story arc) story tell, and conference with a peer. This week our lessons are focusing on paragraph writing. We've discussed paragraph writing for non fiction and will focus on how to write fiction stories in paragraphs.

Reading
We are continuing to track our thinking. We will use our thinking to compose a reader's response letter. Students will need to include a short summary of the book, their thoughts with text clues, and what they thought about the writing. We will write a reader's response together before they write one independently with my DRA's. I'll share their data with you during our parent conference.
I almost done 

Spelling: We will have our second spelling test this Thursday.
Please note, spelling bee words will be sent in the Tuesday folder today. This is optional. If your child would like to participate, we will have the pretest next week. The top ten spellers from the grade will move on to the Wichester Spelling bee.

Social Studies
We will study people from the past who have exemplified good citizenship such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, and Clara Barton. Students will watch Brainpops, read books, and find information from the Social Studies Weekly.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 12-16

I hope to see you all at curriculum night on Wednesday! Third grade will be in the cafeteria starting at 6:30.

Writing
This week students should have picked an idea to write from using their idea list or another idea of their choosing. We are taking each day to work on a piece of their story. Monday will work on planning out their story, either with a story arc or web. We will move on to writing the rough draft of the story and then conference with a friend to revise/edit the story. I hope to have the story done by Friday although if the kids need more time, I'll extend the deadline to next week.

Reading
We have focused heavily on reading strategies and what good readers do while reading. We will continue this but use our thinking to write a readers response. This will be a review from last year but we will discuss how we can make our responses more in depth from second grade. My DRA assessments will continue this week.

Social studies
We will wrap up citizenship on Monday. Students will then write a paragraph about "good citizenship". Students can use their notes from the past two weeks. We will move into digital safety for the rest of the week. We will discuss how to be safe online while on the computers.

Genius Hour
Hopefully by now, students have chosen a topic/question for their project. Students will start researching their topic on Friday. If students are still having a hard time picking a topic, I plan on pulling a small group together to help them out. My plan for this Friday is for students to start their research.

Spelling
Words will be past out on Monday. Their next spelling test will be on Thursday of next week.

Monday, September 5, 2016

September 6-9

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend!
 

Writing
We are still working on story telling and ideas. Students will have opportunities to share stories with each other. Students will also brainstorm memories that are sad, happy, exciting, scared, etc. By the end of the week, students will pick one idea from their idea list to write about. This will be their first writing grade.

Reading
This week we are continuing from last week. We will continue to track our thinking and discuss what readers do before, during, and after we read. Students will practice this strategy during their independent reading time. I will continue with DRA testing this week.

Spelling: Our first spelling test will be this Thursday. 

Social studies
We will be wrapping up good citizens this week. Students will be working in groups. They will be reading different parts of our Social Studies weekly and teaching  the class about their parts while the others are taking notes. This will be a grade. I will be looking for group work, determining the main points from their section, and their note taking skills. This assignment will wrap up next week.