Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday...The Heat Wave Begins!

Yesterday was field day, so I didn't post!  The students had a blast, though!  Mr. Lee put on a great, fun-filled day, as usual!

As the title of this post suggests, the nest few days promise to be hot and humid...YUCK!  Please dress your child appropriately!  We will be going out for recess.

This morning the children began their day with Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Dodson, in the media center.  They were able to check out books but PLEASE help your child remember that ALL books are due back this coming Monday, June 3.  Thanks, in advance, for your help with this!

When they returned to class, we learned all about blogs (wink, wink...)!!  Actually, I did share a flip chart about blogs because we are learning about the various forms of informational reading/writing, and blogs are one form.  After sharing the flip chart and discussing vocabulary such as, post, link, comment, I showed the students one way to set up a blog (per student request).  If your child is interested, blogger (this site) is free or you can Google, "starting a blog" to get other Internet sites.  As always, feel free to contact me with comments or questions!

Next, we reviewed several options available to the children to publish their third grade newsletters.  Some of the options included links avoidable on the newsletter Live Binder, Microsoft Word and Micro Soft Publisher.

This afternoon the children will complete their rough drafts for their group's newsletter and begin exploring the publishing options with their group.

In math we reviewed how to calculate the area and perimeter of a rectangle.  Next, we wrote the "must haves" for a pictograph and a bar graph in our math journals.  Then we used a flip chart to build and interpret a pictograph.  There is a pictograph worksheet for homework.

Following lunch and outdoor recess the students worked on their third grade newsletters while I continued with my informal reading assessments.

Finally, at the end of the day, the students chose production groups.  In their groups they began to discuss what good they will produce for the children in the pediatric oncology center at Johns Hopkins.  Some groups even began identifying the materials they will use and the steps they will follow.  By tomorrow afternoon. all groups will have completed this!  My goal is to begin producing goods next Monday!  :-)

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