Well, the time has come to learn about time in math. We have been reading time on an analog clock and deciphering between the minute hand and hour hand. Students have been picking this concept up rather quickly, as it's actually not a new one for them. With the common core standards in 3rd grade though, we do have to focus on elapsed time as well this year. Third graders will be expected to count elapsed time to the nearest minute, so the most amount of time they will have to calculate is 59 minutes. We'll save the hours for 4th grade!
In language arts, we have been focusing on author's purpose for writing stories. We always use the slogan "Author's purpose is as easy as P.I.E! P = Persuade, I = Inform, E = Entertain. There are other reasons of course why authors write, mainly to teach a lesson based on fables or fantasies. This week, the students read an animal fantasy titled Tops and Bottoms in which a lazy bear gets tricked by his neighbors, the sneaky hares. The lesson learned (or taught) was that the author was teaching them a lesson on not being lazy. The bear eventually figured this out by the end of the story. A test was given on Thursday online, so results can be found on PowerSchool. A spelling test was also given. Please be sure to check the Family Times sheet when it comes home on Fridays, as it includes the following week's story, vocabulary, grammar skill, and spelling list on it. It is beneficial to the students to help prepare them for what is coming the following week. The refrigerator door may be a great place to post this.
In social studies, we have been wrapping up the exciting Pioneer unit. We will finish next Monday! Students have been working on problem-solving skills in groups. Not all challenges have been easy and tough questions have to be thought out, decided upon, and put down on paper. Along with this, diary entries have been written. Many of these are posted on the student blogs. Feel free to drop a comment on their blogs. We have to follow three steps when leaving a comment. Here they are: 1. State what you liked about the blog. 2. Add your own information about what you know about the blog topic. 3. Ask one question that you would like them to try to answer. This keeps the bloggers thinking further on their writing piece.
Thank you to all the parents that showed up with Halloween treats on Wednesday. It was much appreciated! I was extremely happy with how focused the class was this day.
Thanks for all you do!