- WJ #2 Due: Tue, Dec. 13 by 4:15 pm
- WJ #3 begins Dec. 12th. Check out WJ #3- the rest of the WJs are posted
- Parent Report Card Reflection: Due Wed, Dec. 14 by email (refer to the email already sent)
- The Gift of Reading: Bring in a new, wrapped book by Tue, Dec. 13th (look for more details in an email)
- Pizza & Spirit Day (Wacky Winter Sweater): Thu, Dec. 15 & Fri, Dec. 16
- Winter Break: Dec. 19-Jan. 6
- Second Semester begins Mon, Jan. 9
Reading: We watched and discussed a book read aloud on YouTube called, The Last Stop on Market Street. Students discussed in small groups what beautiful means, what it means when people say something or someone is beautiful, what is inner beauty, and shared examples from the story and our own lives about inner beauty. We discussed when to speak up about unfairness and when to look on the bright side of situations. We also discussed how to know when to be grateful and the many themes of the story. At the end of the day, we shared what we are grateful for in our lives.
Writing: Third graders are being introduced to the 8 Comma Rules. We watched two Brainpop Jr. videos on "Commas in a List and Adjectives" and "Commas in Clauses." Students learned what is a clause (It has a subject and a verb) and the difference between an independent (a complete sentence) and dependent (fragment, can't stand alone) clause. Students learned that sentences are made up of clauses. We also learned about conjuctions (FANBOYS-for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). We will learn the function of different types of conjunctions and transition words. Once I've introduced all 8 rules, I will send home their practice sheet for you to review. Students are also making a flipbook with their individual practice of each comma rule.
Fourth graders reviewed the comma rules and showed what they remember from last year's lesson. I will send those home soon so that you can see what your student remembers and how to help your student practice in their writing at home. We have been learning how to change a telling sentence into a showing sentence. Students watched a Brainpop video on "Show, Not Tell" writing. M/Th group worked on changing existing telling sentences into showing sentences. T/F group practiced changing a telling sentence they wrote into a showing sentence after I modeled how to do that with my story. I'll switch these lessons next week. We only focused on the "small moment," not the entire story with a beginning, middle, and ending.
Math: Megan has been incorporating "Blended Learning" in her classes. She begins with Number Talks, specifically discussing a pattern or concept in math with the whole group. Then students move into stations: ST Math (individual learning online), small group with her teaching specific concepts grouped by student needs, and independent learning in which students apply what they learned. Students will show what they've learned about multiplication and division by completing a post-assessment next week.
Word Study: We discussed the difference between a dictionary and thesaurus. Students are working in pairs to explore a thesaurus and find synonyms of words that they seem to overuse in their writing. They will be creating a Thesaurus book with 20 words of their choosing.
Art with Mr. Mason: Sculpting with clay-divide clay in half
use carving tool to make eyes. Students were able to choose what they wanted to carve. Some ideas were: a turtle bowl, different animals, snowman, holiday ideas, etc.
Art with Cordula: Students learned about the artist Marc Chagall and studied his painting, "I and the Village." Students wrote a short peom about a positive memory and circled the nouns. Using the nouns, they began creating a pastel illustration of their memory.
Even though work journals are due in 7 school days (weekends are freedom), your 3 week winter break begins in 10 days! Make the remaining homeschool days filled with fun learning!