In reading, we finished up the classic, Stone Fox. Every year I try to stay dry-eyed as I read the end, and as usual I failed completely! The heart wrenching ending took everyone by surprise, and this led to a great discussion about why we love to read and the ways books touch us. Some books become Beloved Books, and your child selected one of their favorites to create a digital book report. In the structure, I asked the kids to introduce the book, the setting, the main characters, the problem (action), the resolution, and then give their personal opinion or recommendation. We spent 3 days working on these and you can watch your child’s video on Seesaw. The next step will be a written book report in the same format.
Our math challenge this week was practicing division story problems using manipulatives and remainders. This is a fun activity for the kids, and something you can practice with them. Example; a team of 30 children want to put kids in groups of 4. How many full groups will there be? How many kids will be left over?
As I read with each child to assess their current reading level, I am impressed by the growth the class has shown as a whole since the fall. It’s clear that we have a class of readers. If your child has not caught the reading bug yet, try reading to them, with them (alternating paragraphs), and even try mixing up genres. 3rf graders love learning about their world and kid-friendly informational text can be very well received. Harry Potter is enjoying a second wind in our class and this is a great book to read along with your child. At least 20 minutes a night is the battle cry!
I am so proud of our COURAGEOUS Student Council rep candidates. Nash, Dayze, Will, Eloise, Siena, Annika and Ava confidently presented well-written speeches to the class. The votes rolled in and we congratulate Will, Annika, Ava and Siena who will represent our class in teams for the fall and spring! Eloise will be the year-long sub. Meetings are held 2x a month during lunch. Way to go to each and every candidate who took this bold step!
Finally, best day ever happened this Friday. Our class got to meet their 1st grade reading buddies! We will share the joy of reading with our little friends a couple times a month. This is the first time our group of kids get to be the “Big” kid!