Happy chilly November! The link above gives you a snapshot of our week told in photos. The video is of our science focus. We are coming to an end in our Earth and Me unit. We discussed what runoff and erosion are and how our farmlands may be impacted. The photos show students collecting runoff water from our mock farm. After 4 trials, they compared the amount of runoff and erosion that occurred and brainstormed how we might slow the process down to save our topsoil. Other photos show an oil spill simulation activity. Each student became a drop of oil from an oil tanker spill. By rolling a die, they traveled from station to station finding out what was happening to them on their journey. We also read the book, Oil Spill, which provoked a strong discussion from the students on how these spill impact our environment.
In math, we are using our multiplication and division strategies to solve multiplication tables with missing factors/products and word problems. Friday we began writing our own multiplication stories, which we found to be a challenge. We will have a topic test before Thanksgiving break.
In reading, we are preparing to teach Mrs. Burke’s second graders all the strategies we learned in our mystery unit. This past week, we learned these strategies can be applied to reading any fiction book–not just mystery. Our hope is to show our expertise to the 2nd graders and help them become excited about mystery. We certainly had many students come to love this genre!
In our writing, we are learning the difference between opinions and facts to help us write a class opinion speech. This is tricky for 3rd graders because they often believe that if they feel a statement is true for them, then it is a fact. 🙂 Many examples are helping with this confusion. The opinion speech we are working on is: We believe 3rd graders deserve an extra recess. Eventually, each student will select his/her own topic and create an individual opinion speech.
TEAM with Deputy Smoes on Tuesday (discussion on safety for all of 3rd grade)
School Store Wednesday
Morning rehearsal (Wednesday) for the Veteran’s Day performance-we will be out of the building until approximately 10:30
Thursday morning: making of pasties to experience the meal of the miners of the 1800s (letter will be sent home on Monday)
Thursday evening performance at the high school
Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 20 and 21) 1/2 days
Wednesday, November 22-24 No School
November 27–report cards sent home in homework folders
November 28–field trip to Holmes for a presentation on the early copper mining days