Friday, March 24, 2017

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class finished reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime, by Mary Pope Osborn.  Readers focused on making predictions and noticing when characters did or said what they thought they would, or when they were surprised by them. Students also read Arctic song lyrics and a “living” thank you note. We were able to finish Balto, our current read aloud, as well. A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors shared their Expert Books and finished their Arctic Reports.  Finally, the children wrote persuasive letters about a favorite character. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing a paragraph. 
Math: Mathematicians started a geometry unit. This study is vocabulary rich! After learning about two-dimensional shapes, the children looked closely at geometric attributes. They identified polygons, right angles, vertices, and sides.  Parallel lines and line segments were also created and pinpointed.  Straws and twist ties were used to construct triangles, pentagons, and hexagons, too. 
Theme: In social studies, the children focused on Inuit leisure activities like string games and story telling.  
Looking Ahead:
March 31st: Beach Day (Students can bring a towel, sunglasses, and sunhat for a special “beach lunch” in the cafeteria.)
April 3-7th: Spirit Week:
Monday:  Community Meeting
Tuesday: Inside-Out Day (wear clothes inside out)
Wednesday: Yarmouth Clippers Day (wear a Clipper shirt or navy blue and white)
Thursday: Mismatch or Mix and Match Day (wear mismatched clothing)

Friday: Hat Day (any hat will do)

April 7th: Family Learning Celebration from 9:15 to 9:55









Friday, March 17, 2017

A Peek At The Week

 Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class continued reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime, by Mary Pope Osborn.  We focused on retelling and comprehension strategies.  The kids also did some animal adaptation reading.  One task required them to read a passage with many missing words, and then use context clues to fill in the blanks.  A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors finished publishing their expert books. They also started to publish their Arctic reports. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing antonyms. 
Math: Mathematicians wrapped up Unit 7.  They sorted shapes based on their attributes, made estimations, created pictographs, and worked with line plot graphs.  
Theme: In social studies, the children focused on Arctic art.  They learned about Arctic masks and created Arctic clay sculptures with local artist extraordinaire, Kat Gillies.  
Looking Ahead:

April 3-7th: Spirit Week (more details to come)



Friday, March 10, 2017

A Peek At The Week

 Literacy: This week in reading workshop, the class started a Magic Tree House adventure into the Arctic while reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime, by Mary Pope Osborn.  We focused particularly on character development.  Readers noticed what kinds of problems the characters faced and what the characters wanted.  Jack and Annie are the main characters of this series.  They gave the children a lot to think about.  A session of TFK rounded out the week.  In writing workshop, authors put a lot of hard work into publishing their expert books.
Handwriting: The class focused on writing proper nouns. 
Math: Mathematicians spent the week measuring.  Students learned about meters and yards.  They measured their arm spans, height, shoe length, and head circumference in inches and centimeters.  They also measured and graphed their standing jumps.  
Theme: In social studies, the children continued to work on their Arctic animal tri-folds. 
Looking Ahead:
March 13: Optional Book Order Due

March 14: Arctic Sculptures with Miss Kat (Wear clay friendly clothes.)


Friday, March 3, 2017

A Peek At The Week



Literacy: This week in reading and writing workshop, students celebrated Read Across America with many Dr. Seuss inspired activities.  We went to a school wide community meeting wearing our Cat in the Hat hats, created and wrote about yil-iga-yakks, and read several books by Seuss, just to name a few.  The children continued writing informational pieces and edited their Arctic reports, as well. A session of TFK rounded out the week. 
Handwriting: The class focused on writing compound words and a poem. 
Math: Mathematicians learned more subtraction strategies, added with multiple addends, and created arrays. 
Theme: In social studies, the class worked on their Arctic animal tri-folds. 
Looking Ahead:

March 14: Arctic Sculptures with Miss Kat

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Peek At The Week

The two snow days certainly impacted our week, but despite the snowy interruptions, the children accomplished a great deal. 

Literacy: This week in reading workshop, students took their nonfiction reading assessment. The children also did a combination of reading and writing while researching their Arctic animal. The class really enjoyed reading all of the sweet valentines they received, too. A session of TFK rounded out the week. In writing workshop, authors continued to draft informational texts.
Handwriting: The class focused on writing compound words correctly. 
Math: Mathematicians continued to work on addition and subtraction strategies.  They also took their Unit 6 assessment and Cumulative Assessment. 
Theme: In social studies, the class became Arctic animal experts. 
Miscellaneous: We enjoyed Wacky Sock Day and many other 100th day activities today.  Students also learned a lot by visiting Mrs. Ney’s third graders on Wednesday. Our third grade friends shared their country reports with us. 
Looking Ahead:

February 18-26: Vacation