Week of February 12 to 16

February18, 2018
by Michelle Stodola

Hi Parents,

We had another great week at school! In the Silver Knights we worked on contractions and even had contraction surgery. We also made homophone valentines where each student got a pair of homophones to draw a picture of and write about. We also started a new story on Thursday called Aero and Officer Mike. It is a nonfiction story about a police dog’s life. We focused on determining authors purpose both for the overall story and on why the author chose to include certain paragraphs. Additionally, we started writing informational pieces on a famous landmark or natural wonder. The students all enjoyed researching their topics this week and will move on to pulling it together into paragraphs next week.

In math this week we continued to focus on fractions through the use of pictures and the number line. We drew different fractions of a whole and quickly realized that whenever the numerator equals the denominator it equals one whole. Determining halves are still a little tricky but we’ll keep working on them throughout the rest of the year. We also did a fun graphing and perimeter and area activity with candy hearts on Valentine’s Day. The kids had a lot of fun!

In science we finished up researching our planet that we are going to teach the class about. We also learned a bit more about the moon and the astronauts that took their first steps on it. We watched a video of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon and talked about how there is no wind on the moon so the flag that the astronauts put up doesn’t move, and their footprints are still there intact. We will start building our solar systems on Monday.

In religion we  started talking about Lent and how it is a time for us reconnect with God through prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. The students all chose two areas that they thought that they could work on these next 40 days to grow closer to God. We also practiced Stations of the Cross this week. Thanks to all who could make it! Also, ABVM rummage sale is this Friday and Saturday. Now is the perfect time to have your third grader go through their old books, toys, and clothes that they may no longer use anymore and donate them to our school’s rummage sale.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Shelly Stodola

Third Grade

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