We have a lot of exciting activities happening at Armstrong over the next week. Please see below:
-Please begin sending in your Thanksgiving meal donations. These are due by Thursday. We will be gathering in the small gym on Friday to assemble Thanksgiving meal bags for Brother Bill’s.
-Wednesday, November 14th: PAWS meeting at 7:15am in the Sky Flex Space
-Friday folders are coming home today (Monday) since we did not get them on Friday due to our field trip. Please review all work sent home and sign for last week. Return folders tomorrow.
Last week (and this week) in:
Math: We are on our way to learning everything about division! My goal is to have our test on Friday to show everything we know so far. Students still need to be practicing their multiplication facts at home!
Writing: Last week we continued on with our expository essay unit. The students just chose their own big idea that they want to write about and are coming up with reasons that explain this big idea. This will lead us to our first expository essay. Students have been working on composing an expository essay about their big idea or thesis statement. We have been composing mini-stories and lists that support our thesis and reasons. We discussed that in order to be an essayist, you must have good content and good form. The analogy we used is that a cake could look beautiful on the outside, but the taste, what’s on the inside, matters just as much. We've looked at mentor texts, exemplars, and checklists to understand what the students have learned in third grade and what they are expected to learn this year. This has been a crucial part of building our writing life!
Reading: Last week we wrapped up our first bend in our non-fiction reading unit. I must say that the class was a little hesitant (and a little disappointed!) when we began focusing only on non-fiction, but I have seen them do a 180 recently and develop a love for non-fiction. We chose topics of texts that were interesting to each student and also chose some challenging texts that we can grow from. We discussed how to determine text structures, how to figure out unknown words, changing our lenses when reading hybrid texts (non-fiction that may have narrative stories weaved in with expository essays), and how to tackle the hard parts of non-fiction texts. We began our second bend in our non-fiction reading unit last Thursday and have started to dive into research in non-fiction.
Science: Students created a mystery box and explained how a detective could use inferencing skills to solve mystery box evidence. In our yellow folder this week you should see graded writing from science lab come home. There are notes written by Ms. Webb that students will need to review.
Social Studies: European Explorers