November 27 to December 1

December3, 2017
by Michelle Stodola

Hi Parents,

This week in Silver Knights we read the story The Harvest Birds and practiced drawing conclusions. We learned a great lesson from the story which was that even though others may not believe in us, we can still strive for our dreams and succeed.  For grammar we reviewed commas in a series and how to use commas in addresses. We also practiced identifying sentence fragments and figured out how to turn them into complete sentences. For writing we began drafting our The Great Christmas Fiasco  narrative stories. The students all came up with a variety of challenges that may occur during the Christmas season ranging from kitchen mishaps to toys that come alive. We will continue to work on these stories this week and will hopefully share them on Friday. Ask your child about their story! Additionally, on Friday we had our very first Flashlight Friday where the kids all snuggled up with a good book, flashlight, and partner to share in the joy of reading. The kiddos all enjoyed sharing their books with one another!

Math this week consisted mostly of practicing subtraction with and without regrouping and learning how to solve x9 facts. Our math book teaches the kids to multiply the number being multiplied by 9 by 10 instead and then subtract that number from the product. For example, if the problem was 9 x 5, you would go 5 x 10 = 50 – 5 = 45. I also taught them the finger trick to practice as well. Please continue to practice x0,1,2,4,5,8,9, and 10s facts at home with a focus on the x4 and x8 facts. I’ve noticed that the students are getting confused a bit with the books strategy to learn them and I know the more practice they get with them in and outside of school the better.

    In science we learned about consumers and producers in our environment.  We then learned about food chains and identified food chains starting with the producer, primary consumer, and secondary consumer. We realized that all consumers were living, breathing animals that can further be identified with a special name of herbivores (plant eaters), carnivores (meat eater), or omnivore (plant and meat eater). Finally, we talked about the connection between certain consumers as predator and prey. We watched a short video on National Geographic about predators and prey found in different environments. Next week we will be connecting what we’ve learned this week to what we’ve learned in the past about ecosystems. We will be completing a quick review of the different ecosystems that we learned about and identifying the producers/consumers in each and creating food chains that take place in each.

     In religion with advent coming up, I thought it important to start reflecting on Jesus and his life. We talked about the many names of Jesus and where we can learn more about him. We realized that we can always learn more about Jesus from our families and Church, but also from picking up the Bible and flipping to the Gospels in the New Testament. We talked about how Jesus taught using parables and we both read and watched some videos on The Lost Sheep and The Good Samaritan. We even acted out the lost sheep where the kids got into groups of three and built a fence using jenga blocks to protect their animals. When they left to get their snack, I took one animal from each group and hid it around the room for them to play hot and cold to find it. The kids were really excited to finally find their “lost sheep” and I told them that God is the same way with us when we wander off. God is always their to find us and welcome us back.

Have a great week,

Shelly Stodola

Third Grade

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