We attended a concert today with the honors ensemble, band and chorus from Wayland High School. It was so fun and the music was FANTASTIC! Students watched the strings portion with extra interest and awareness. Have a great weekend!
Students were told to convince me today as to why they should have an afternoon recess. I was pleased to read some compelling arguments and happy to see that students remembered to apply some elements of writing they learned in second grade. Our first major unit of study in writing is opinion writing. Students will learn some new mnemonics (POW and TREE) to help them organize their writing and to build upon what they learned in grade 2. Be prepared to read some strong arguments for some "hot topics"!!!! :)
Today I began to teach students how to monitor for meaning while they read. Reading comprehension is a critical skill students need to learn and will use forever. We talked about how in third grade we continue to read for fun but also read to learn. The goals of this unit are to:
What a wonderful day to be outside harvesting our Loker Garden! Many thanks to Mrs. Johnson and all the parents who helped us learn more about our crops, composting and cleaning vegetables. We are so excited to eat our own vegis at lunch soon.
Today as I looked around the room at students working happily in small groups, it hit me that we have become a productive team. The first 6 weeks of school is all about setting the tone, establishing routines, learning expectations and developing relationships with peers and teachers. Today was the first time Room 9 felt like home away from home and it made me so happy.
Today we spent time learning about sentences. Most students could identify a complete sentence but did not know the characteristics of one. Students learned that:
1. Almost all sentences have a subject and a predicate (verb)
2. All sentences are complete thoughts
3. A sentence makes a statement, asks a question, gives a command or shows strong emotion
4. A sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark or an exclamation point.
Today we launched our science unit of motion and matter. Our Focus question was: What happens when magnets interact with each other and paperclips. Students set up science journals, wrote a hypothesis, gathered materials and began to investigate. We discussed the terms: pull, push, attract, repel and gravity. We will continue the investigation Monday.
Today students wrote a paragraph practicing the use of descriptive language. They chose to either write about a fall activity or a sports activity. Students brainstormed with a friend then wrote. I was very impressed with the imaginative use of language. Students shared with a friend and a few exemplars were shared with the whole class. I am so excited to develop writing skills this year in Room 9!
Come back often to see what's up in Room 9 and see pics too!