In math, your child made a small critter or two using grid paper, then calculated the area and perimeter of their little friend. Who says math has to be dry and repetitious? Check your child’s homework folder for their Unit 4 math assessment. Based on the results, we reviewed several tricky key concepts this week, so the test may not be a true representation of your child’s current skills. Report cards (next week) will be a more accurate reflection of ability.
Our literacy focus this week was on poetry; reading for fluency, understanding phrasing, writing poetry and memorizing some for fun. The kids had a ball memorizing the Shel Silverstein “Snowball” poem, and enjoyed reading the “Snowman” poem in a round. If you haven’t checked out their Seesaw performances, please do. They are so cute! These activities served two purposes, academic instruction and a chance for me to assess fluency.
I am so proud of the earnest effort your children put into their expert books! Listing all the tech and writing skills we covered in this project would take pages. Your child is welcome to put any finishing touches on their book this weekend. If you help, please make sure your child can replicate whatever you are teaching them…sit beside them and make this a learning experience for your 3rd grader. I care less about the finished product than the actual learning along the way. I will print these up next week, and we will move into our biography/heroes reading unit.
Green Team kids (most of our class!) sat in on a lunch presentation by Choice Lunch to learn about the waste and recycling of their product. There is a lot of waste. Many excellent questions were asked by the children, and as a group we will brainstorm ways to make some changes. Thank you so much for sending in reusable utensils and food in low/zero waste containers. Old Mill is currently recycling Ziploc and snack bags, but we hope to be better stewards of the land by reducing what we throw away. Thanks for your thoughtful support!