In 3rd Grade, one of our goals is to help your child find their “voice” so, this week, we looked at opinion and persuasive writing. As a class, we brainstormed some ways to convince our librarian to add more magazines. Next, your child did a flash write to create a persuasive speech to present to the librarian. The kids practiced these with each other and polished them up to include details and facts….and then Mrs. Goodman and Mrs. Lewis arrived in our room! Several brave scholars read their opinion speeches to the two, who graciously agreed to find ways to bring more magazines to our school! Annika came up with the idea that we could donate our own gently used children’s magazines, so we ask you to look around and send any extras kid’s magazines (Nat. Geo for kids, Boy’s Life, Girl’s Life, Zoo Books, etc.) you might have.
The next day, I took the class for a walk around Old Mill with the intention of looking for areas they think could use some change. The kids furiously took notes as we explored the playground, hallways, multi-purpose room, quiet zone, and school entryway. Upon return, you should have seen the pencils flying as your child selected an issue they felt passionate about and began to write a new opinion/persuasive essay. Some of the topics? Brighter and more kid friendly lunch table umbrellas, a new paint job on the “Buddy Bench” to make it friendlier, more play structures, condiment dispensers to replace wasteful ketchup and mustard packets…stay tuned, we are about to change the world!
In science, your child selected a weather event and conducted research to create an informational brochure or poster. Check out their work in our hallway! This activity is one of the summative assessments for our weather unit. Because the children were able to have voice and choice in this activity, they were incredibly engaged and the end results are fantastic!
Next week, your child will bring home the Unit 6 multiplication/division math assessment. Our next unit spirals back to fractions. We will also begin practicing for the state testing that will happen in mid-May. I will show the children how to navigate the test environment, and then they will have the opportunity to take several practice tests in class. I will soon send home the web links so you can hop on the site to see what your child will be facing. Please don’t stress or let your child get too concerned about the assessment. Yes, I want your child to take it seriously and try their best, but please keep in mind that the test measures only ONE aspect of your child’s skills and abilities, and is a snapshot of what they can do on a particular day. Results will be sent to your home in September.
International Night was a rousing success. What a fantastic way to learn about the diversity and cultures of the Old Mill community! Our Jump Rope assembly on Friday was a blast, and we are proud of our own Emily for hopping up on stage and for persevering in order to learn how to do the “pretzel” one-legged jump rope trick! Thank you, PTA, for another fab assembly.
Have a wonderful weekend!