It’s hard to believe that we are already into week #3 of school and I am really excited to be working with such a wonderful group of children. I’ve enjoyed watching them adjust – so quickly- to new routines and classmates and I predict this to be a fantastic year!
We have jumped right into our first cycle of learning which involves our first word study test completed and sent home. Throughout the week, the students spend a small part of each morning completing activities to practice the word study skill being focused on. This week, the grade 3’s will think about words with the short i,u and o sounds and Grade fours will focus on the long i sound.
In Language, we have begun our first cycle with the big idea: How does a good reader respond to a text? Students have set the learning goal of: We can answer questions about a text using a complete and well written answer. Some criteria for success in this area are:
1. I can think about what I read and how it can help me answer the question presented.
2. I can look for evidence in the text to use in my answer.
3. I can write a high five answer (more on this).
4. I can add some of my own thoughts into my writing. I can reflect on what I have written.
5. I can edit my work with COPS (ask your child what COPS is!).
Through clear goals and criteria, students will practice responding to a text in a written form throughout our 6 week cycle. Our goal is for everyone to practice bumping up their answers to a level 4.
Student use the model of a “high five” to organize their writing. The thumb represents – restating the question. The next three fingers represent: support from the text. The final pinkie represents: a closing statement and reflection. That’s a “high five”!
In Math, we are continuing with patterning with various attributes: shape, size, colour, position, number. We will be moving on to representing numbers in a variety of ways.
Our first science unit will begin this week.
Grade 3: Soils and Plants
Grade 4: Rocks and Minerals
Thank you to everyone that sent in their parent homework letters. I enjoyed reading them and gaining some more insight into their personalities and goals for the year.
Another thank you to everyone that sent in supply donations for the class. We now have many sets of markers, crayons, pencil crayons which we will happily use throughout the school year. The kleenex and disinfectant wipes will also be useful during the long winter. Many thanks!
I hope to see everyone this week at Meet the teacher, this Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:15.
Here’s the plan for this week:
Monday, September 16th – Day 5
* See my new word study words
* Bring a Toonie for Terry
Tuesday, September 17th – Day 1
* Phys -ed
Wednesday, September 18th – Day 2
* Phys- Ed
Thursday, September 19th – Day 3
*Music, Drama, Dance
* Meet the “Creature” night!
Friday, September 20th – Day 5
Word Study Test