Another chapter has ended and a new one is going to begin for Mr. Crawford. Hopefully through my guidance, he has been able to acquire the skills necessary to become a masterful educator. I know I've learned lots from him! The students are already talking about how they are going to miss having him around. I've had to turn the potential "sad" day into a happy day! We have done this through an end-of-the-day celebration with cards and presents. The students have truly enjoyed having him lead them through much of the first semester of their third grade year. I would also like to say that without the wonderful support of the parents we have in our classroom, that none of this would be possible! Thank you very much!
Some of his fruits of his labor most recently included the class successfully passing the chapter 4 math test over multiplication strategies. This was his final math instruction. I must say that he did a fine job! Next week we will be continuing with chapter 5 which is algebra. We will be solving for a variable such as this: 8 * b = 16 b=2. What the students don't realize yet is that this is nothing more than division. I really enjoy this new common core math series. It really doesn't allow for "water skiing" over a topic, but instead makes students "scuba dive" into a topic. Lots of depth, explanation of their thinking, and real-world problem solving skills are what the common core are all about.
Reading next week will be focusing on expository non-fiction for two days. This will be taught with online resources about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Blog topics and various activities will be assigned for the students to work on during the language arts block. No spelling or reading tests will be given during the two-day week. We will return after Thanksgiving break with a story about volcanoes.
Social studies has been used to teach about various Native American tribes in the U.S. When the students return to school after Thanksgiving break, we will transition back in to science with fast and slow changes of Earth's surface. Think weathering and erosion on this.
I hope this 5 day break for the students finds them spending quality time with family, friends, and good eats. I know I will! Be safe, be healthy, and be happy. There will not be a newsletter for next week.