I can't believe we are now in April and that there are only four days to go before before Spring Break. That being said, there is a lot still to do and share about the activities and events that are going on in Room 210 during this shortened week!
During reading instruction, we will be focusing on several different types of Figurate Language that authors use in their writings. By using figurative language, writers can make their work more interesting, appealing or impactful. Some of the various types of Figurative Language that we will concentrate on include- metaphors, similes, alliterative, personification and onomatopoeia.
Your child will have the opportunity to select their own spelling words for his or her individual list this week. The children will select words from an established list or 3rd & 4th grade Dolch words. These words are common sight words that children should be able to identify and spell at this point in the year. Each child will be asked to select ten words that they might still need additional practice spelling. All lists will be approved by me because I want them to work on words that can elevate their spelling and expand their vocabulary.
Has your child shared with you that we are using Hydroponics to grow four different types of seeds? Hydroponics is the use of water and nutrients to germinate seeds without the use of soil or sand. Currently we are growing pea, bush bean, popcorn & sunflower seeds in our container garden. This week will will continue to evaluate and observe the seeds themselves, as well as the new plant that is quickly sprouting. Additionally we will create a timeline for the life cycle of a bean seed.
In social studies we are continuing to learn about civics and our U.S. government. The foundation of this unit is examining what citizenship is and how third grade students can participate in our community and make an impact within their own neighborhoods.
In math each classroom is continuing to work on expanded multiplication using more than just fact family recall. Specifically in 210 math, the students are working on double-digit multiplication. We are also reading & composing graphs and charts to record data. After break we will work on recognizing equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting them & simplifying fractions. By there end of the year we will work on long division.
Other news to share-
-Our 4th quarter Wax Museum project will be shared with families at report card
pick-up! Information and examples will be provided at that time.
-All conference times have been assigned and distributed. I stapled each child's
time in their assignment notebook. If that time does not work or if there is a
conflict please let me know immediately. There are limited spots available because
of the number of students in our homeroom. I can be reached at
-Picture retakes have been rescheduled for later in April 17th (see previous post).
-Attendance in school is extremely important for your child's success. Our
attendance rate in 210 is below the school's average. Unless they are sick, please
make sure that your child is present and on time.
As always it is a pleasure having your child in our classroom! I hope you all have a great spring break. I look forward to seeing you at our conference on Wednesday, April 19th.
With appreciation- Mr. Rosenstiel