Well, now that the Kansas State Assessments are completed for the 3rd graders (which they did an AWESOME job at), we have been focusing on items that are not tested that will help better prepare the students for 4th grade.
In math, we have started focusing on fractions. So far, we have learned how to make parts of a whole and parts of a group along with finding equivalent fractions. We finished up the week on Friday by making fraction faces, in which the students learned how to draw a symmetrical face that is above and beyond the stick figure face they are accustomed to. They learn how to use halves, thirds, fourths, and eighths in order to make these. It was a fun activity that the students enjoyed and did a fine job at. Maybe you could learn a thing or two about this idea!
In reading, we finished up a story titled Happy Birthday Mr. Kang. It's about a man who moves to the United States when he is a young man and was a noodle chef at a Chinese restaurant in New York City. He decides for his 70th birthday that he wants to retire and get a song bird, specifically a hua mei. He takes his grandson to a park to join other collectors of song birds. He enjoys writing poems and relating the bird's caged life as his "caged life" working for so many years at the Chinese restaurant.
Science time was spent learning about different parts of weather and the water cycle. We will continue this concept through next week as well as start on our biomes projects. This year's class is going to focus on the four different grassland biomes of the world such as the North American prairie, the South American pampas, the Eurasian steppe, and the African Savannah. There is a rubric for them to follow and resources will be provided to do this in-class project. Presentations will be done the last week of school in May. It takes a lot of time for this creative process.
As always, enjoy your weekends and stay safe from the upcoming forecasted weather!
Thanks for all you do,