This week continues our regular schedule including a 9:00 am daily Zoom meeting and a 2:00 pm Q&A Zoom meeting. Lessons and tests fill the week in Language Arts and Math. Next week, we will meet with Mr. Gould’s class for our third grade class party via a Zoom meeting.
In this week’s work, we will be wrapping up unit 7 in language arts. Students have been exploring forces that create changes on the Earth, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. This week, students will read two short texts about emergency preparation. They will read to identify the author’s purpose in writing and will locate details that help show that purpose. Our vocabulary work will involve reading compound words and determining their means by breaking them into their component parts. In grammar work, we will continue to learn about using prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students will work on completing writing projects and will have opportunities for independent, free choice writing. I will schedule small writers’ celebrations with students through the week, so they will have an opportunity to share a piece of their writing with a few classmates.
In math, we are finishing up our study of fractions. Students are developing an understanding of ways to compare fractions with the same numerator or denominator. In addition, they are learning to represent fractions as part of a whole shape and as points on a number line.
As this is our final week of class, we will he having unit assessments through the week. I’ve included the dates for each assessment below. You can help support your child by reminding them to take their time on assessments, and to make sure to double check that they have answered every question.
As I begin to arrange class lists for next year, please keep in mind that Mr. Gould and I work together to design around what we, the classroom teachers, know about all the students. Three important criteria for us include and are not limited to the following factors. First; we strive to list two academically and gender balanced classes. Second, we mix up our two classes to provide students opportunity to work with other students. Third, we place students with a friend. Please, know that I work closely with my grade level partner to design classrooms that will foster success and compatibility.
NEXT WEEK, Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st are the dates when school books and devices are returned to school. You should have already received a SignUp Genius invitation to select a time to drop off books and devices. Let me know if you have not received the invitation. The time slots are designed with social distancing in mind. Drop off is a ten minute appointment window with a ten minute gap in between appointments. When you arrive, please enter through the gate closest to the classroom. I will be there to direct you to tables designated for the drop off of all items outside of the 3A classroom. Summer materials which include a math packet and reading list will be available along with your child’s art portfolio and any additional items from the classroom.
In closing, thank you for the lovely messages and Harlow’s gift card this past week for teacher appreciation. I appreciate your year long support especially these past eight weeks. We’ve been a good team at guiding these kiddos throughout the year and finding success with online distance learning. Your children have grown in many ways academically, socially, physically, and spiritually this year. I’ve enjoyed every minute and I’m pleased to say they are ready for the next step.
Let me know about their future successes! I know there will be many! Have a great summer!
- May 12th; Math Unit 6 test
- May 13th; Share Your Favorite Book Day
- May 13th; Language Arts Unit 7 Vocabulary test
- May 14th; Language Arts Unit 7 Reading Comprehension Test
- May 15th; Language Arts Unit 7 Writing, Revising, and Editing Test
- May 15th; Last Day of Online Distance Learning
- May 18th – 21st; Turn-in any Loose Ends Assignments/Tests
- May 19th; Virtual Class Party 9:00 am
- May 20th – May 21st; Return books and iPads. Click here for making a SIGNUP GENIUS appointment.