Monday, June 3, 2013

Marvelous Monday

We began our morning with a class meeting.  First, every student had the opportunity to share any ideas they had for the next two weeks.  Then, we shared compliments.  This went longer than usual because the children were really building each other up by sharing detailed information as they thanked one another!!  It was truly inspirational!!  Finally, we shared challenges.  This didn't last very long!  :-)  All in all, it was a great start to our week!!

Next, the students got into their third grade newsletter groups and continued publishing their work.  I tried to limit interruptions, since students had shared, during our class meeting, that they felt stressed that they didn't have enough time to complete their work. 

I did meet with a few of the service project groups to review their production plans and determine what additional materials they will need.

After our warm up in math, I reviewed the bar graphs that each child completed, in class, on Friday.  Then, then students had a chance to explore a graphing web site

I had promised the class, two weeks ago, that we would not have homework this week or next.  However, if you want your student to do something, feel free to have them create a graph using the above site!

Following lunch and outdoor recess, in preparation for a whole group novel we will read, we used Wikipedia to learn about the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.  Then we began reading chapter 1 of David's Adventures at the Chicago World's Fair by Linda Sibley.

During our reading, we took a break to enjoy the 4th and 5th grade band and strings concert.

When we returned to class, we finished chapter 1 of the novel and I modeled connecting the title of the chapter to the text, describing how the main character had changed in the chapter and identifying the main idea of the chapter.  These are the skills we will work on as we read the book.

We will begin working on our service projects, tomorrow, in class.  We are in need of donations of
lollipops, pipe cleaners, colorful paper cups and white paper cups and plates.

Please send in anything you are able to donate!

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