In Writer’s Workshop, students have been taking their personal narratives through the full writing process. They each chose one of their personal quick-writes from their writing journal, then applied new writing techniques and strategies to enhance their stories. We are editing the drafts together, and all students will publish their final drafts soon. We are excited to share these with you!
During the month of November, we will be focusing on paragraph writing. Students will learn to write a topic sentence and include supporting details. Students will also be learning to write varied and complete sentences.
Students will also be learning about fantasy and realism. Our word work focus will be special plurals. Students will learn about possessive nouns.
Students are required to memorize their basic multiplication facts in this order: 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 9, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. Those students who have a complete understanding of multiplication concepts will be working in a challenge group with Problems of the Month, long multiplication, and creating multiplication games.
This month, students will be wrapping up their units on:
- Sun, Moon, and Stars
- Light, Energy, and Matter
- Structures of Life
The third graders are using the iPads as tools to demonstrate their learning in various ways. We have started using a program called, “explain everything” which allows students to record their “pen strokes” and voices which they can use to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts. Some students are also using Explain Everything to do book reviews. Additionally, we will be using the iPads as a means to practice and assess how well students are learning their multiplication facts.
Depth & Complexity
This Month’s Icons
Unanswered Questions - Students understand that there are many times when information is unclear, missing, or unavailable. They ask questions based on this missing information and try to
Rules - Students understand that there guidelines that help us structure our understanding of a concept learned. They will learn to construct rules that help us with this understanding.
This Month’s Icons:
Inquirers - Scholars are curious and imaginative. They ask questions and seek out knowledge, which leads to more questions. Learning is a lifelong process and never ends.
Persistent Thinker- Scholars ponder ideas and exercise intellect. They know it is okay to not always have the right answers and persevere through challenges.