Catholic Schools Week!

February4, 2018
by Michelle Stodola

Hi Parents,

We had an awesome week celebrating catholic schools with lots of fun games, togetherness, and charity work! I’ve included pictures from each day on the blog into their own separate days because I just took too many pictures this week. I also want to give a big thanks to everyone that came to our Open House on Thursday! Every child in our class had someone there to celebrate the day and I know it meant a lot to them to have you there.

In Silver Knights this week we started reading some chapter books! The students each picked a Magic Treehouse book to read and enjoy. They will finish their books up this week and get into book club groups to share their favorite moments, connections, and summaries. We also worked on our fluency and creativity this week by putting on some plays for those who could make it to our Open House. The kiddos all got into three groups and put on three separate plays for our guests. They were called Tops and Bottoms (from our story last week), The Veggie Thief, and Jack and the Beanstalk (from a previous story we read this year). It was so much fun seeing the students working together practicing, creating props, and getting their acting down just right for their big debuts 😊

In math this week we are continuing to work on fractions and multiplication. With fractions we are working on how to identify whole fractions and halves and from there how to identify equivalent fractions. It is a bit tricky but I’ve told them so was elapsed time when we first started. If they keep trying and practicing it, we’ll get it soon enough. As for multiplication, we have been working on mastering the different ways to show a math fact – drawing arrays, counting on, repeated addition, and creating equal groups. We practiced our hardest facts with the help of some apple jacks and created multiplication charts to put up around the room. Keep practicing your facts at home. This can be done through many ways: math fact war, mobymax math facts, simple paper and pencil. You would be surprised how many kiddos just want you to write a bunch of facts down on a piece of paper for them to solve the old fashioned way.

In social studies we continued working on learning the regions of the United States. Each student picked a different region to research its climate, vegetation, landmarks, and major land forms. After they finished filling in their note-taking sheets, they got their region to decorate and labelled its’ states, land forms, and landmarks. They then wrote  up their findings into an informational piece of writing that was posted next to their region. Come on in and check it out if you ever have the time.

In religion we read the Sermon on the Mount and talked about the importance of Jesus’ words to the crowd that day and how we should have a strong relationship with God by praying and talking to him every day. We also talked about how we can make our enemies our friends and what Jesus would want us to do if someone was being mean to us or a friend. I also want to extend a big thank you to everyone who donated cleaning supplies to the Freedom House this week! We really appreciate all of your kindness and your ability to set a wonderful example to your kiddos by giving to those in need. Finally, this week the third graders will lead Mass. If you can make it we would love to see you there!

Thanks for all that you do!

Shelly

Third Grade

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