If you missed the MLK video this week, the link is below. I slowed it down so it is easier to watch and read. 🙂
This week in math we have been working on quadrilaterals and learning about the “attributes” of each quadrilateral. Our week has been filled with vocabulary such as: polygons, parallel sides, convex angles, concave angles, as well as all the quadrilateral names. Students are creating a book of quadrilaterals using their iPads. When we finish, we will display them on Seesaw. Next week we will take our test and begin our next topic on finding perimeter of shapes.
In reading, we completed our unit on nonfiction reading. We learned strategies to help us retell narrative nonfiction–especially biographies, and looked for the life lesson we can learn from that person. Our next unit will be using fiction, where we focus on characters. Students will have the opportunity to read in book clubs as well. I also want to announce that EVERY child has completed the Read Around Michigan Challenge!!!! Yay!! I am so very impressed that it is January and every child has completed the loop. All are continuing on the journey for a 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th loop! Soon, I will hold a small celebration to honor all the hard work that went into reaching this goal. We will be having treats all made in Michigan of course!
In our writing, we drafted our introductions to our persuasive speeches and used checklists to help edit and revise our writing. Next week we will be drafting our conclusions and writing our final copies for presenting.
This week we learned about the early French explorers who came to Michigan. We also learned about the battle between the French and British called, “The French and Indian War”. Michigan history has been fascinating for our class.
Today we were able to visit the 4th grade arcade and play many of their self-designed and self-made games using concepts of simple machines. The 3rd graders will have this opportunity next year!
We have started our district assessments in both reading and math. I will be using this information to help me determine how to best help your child continue to grow the remainder of 3rd grade. The boys and girls have worked hard and have had a positive attitude about testing times!
Have a wonderful weekend!