Writing: Learning Comes Alive
Our authors will reflect on their growth from our first writing unit and publish their personal narratives. Please join us on Wednesday, October 18th for Learning Comes Alive from 9:40-10:30AM. This will be a wonderful time for you to see how writing workshop works and to hear your child’s published piece read aloud.
We will begin our next unit, Informational Writing, on Thursday. This unit will be integrated with our science and reading units.
Reading: Reading to Learn
This week in reading we will continue to determine the importance in expository (nonfiction) texts. We will build on last week’s work of identifying the main idea and supporting detail and will introduce organizing our thinking and learning from our nonfiction books. Readers will become experts and teach their reading partners what they learn from their books. We will also set goals to help us improve our expository reading.
It is very important readers are reading a variety of nonfiction books during this unit. The texts can be books, magazines, or articles. Please make sure your child is also reading nonfiction books as much as possible during their daily reading homework.
In our first few lessons we will continue measuring time using clocks and number lines. 3A mathematicians will be introduced to kilograms and grams, we will practice measuring on digital and spring scales. We will use manipulatives to build a kilogram and then decompose it to explore the relationship between the size and weight of kilograms and grams. We will also be marrying math and science by building a water clock!
Science: How the World Works
We will explore the central idea, “Scientific discoveries can often lead to new and improved technology.” We will start with our first line of inquiry, “Qualities of a scientist.” 3D scientists will investigate through hands-on experiments and will be given open ended challenges to solve. Students will be assessed on the science skills of observing, questioning, (re)designing, and explaining.
Spellers have been placed into focus groups based off of their spelling needs, during word work students visit other classrooms or one of our specialist for word work instruction. Groups have different word sorts to identify and practice patterns in words. Each week your child works with a new word sort highlighting specific spelling patterns. They will learn the words & pattern then practice it throughout the week with games, activities, and identifying their pattern around the room & in their reading.