This week we are reading a Cherokee folktale- Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun. This folktale gives an entertaining explanation on why we have daytime and nighttime. We will examine the character traits of the main character- Grandmother Spider. Throughout the year, your child has analyzed various characters and was then ask to identify his/her character traits. Your child has had to support his or her reasoning by citing text evidence. It also is a wonderful example of the literary technique of personification.
We are also beginning our persuasive/opinion essay writing unit. On Monday and Tuesday we will examine various persuasive essays written by third grade students. As a group, we will then evaluate what components are included or missing in the essays. Additionally, in cooperative groups we will create a class anchor chart for the students to use for their first essay. During our weekly grammar lessons the students will be introduced to prepositions. They will understand what they are and how they are used. Our spelling pattern of the week is suffixes- ful & able.
On Monday, your child took their Structures of Life unit assessment. They took notes last Monday and Tuesday and had a week to study them. Starting this week, we are blasting off to space! Our last science unit of the year is entitled- Sun, Moon & Stars! We will examine the importance of the sun, characteristics of the planets, & properties of stars. This unit is unique because it provides learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.
In social studies we will examine various artifacts, events and landmarks from our nation's past and present. We will analyze their importance in our nation's history and development. Specifically this week we will discuss the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and Armistice Day.
Last week we used our writing instruction time to research our Wax Museum person. This week I will send home two sheets that could be included on your child's board- Why I Chose This Person & Three Important Facts sheets. Our due date for this project is May 25th. Our open house will be during the first week of June and your will get a formal invitation.
Even though we only have 30 school days left for this school year, we have SO MANY new things to learn and explore! Please continue to check your child's assignment notebook and make sure your child is completing his or her reading log.
Our spring NWEA assessment is quickly approaching. Once our class has our assigned time I will post those very important dates on this blog. This assessment is a very important component of CPS's third grade promotion policy.
Have a wonderful week! Mr. Rosenstiel