I've got a busy weekend ahead, but I wanted to share a few things.
Hi folks! I have been so busy enjoying the fall weather these past few weekends, I haven't had much time to post updates! I hope you are enjoying this weather too!!
We are excited to learn about our new saint of the month: St. Thomas Aquinas! We will also be learning about the virtue of studiousness. This is a great trait that many of our students already possess!
We are also presenting Mass this week, so we hope to see you at church on Thursday!
I'm REALLY excited about how well our math is going. We are working hard to train our brains to think differently. It is hard, but we are making progress. I got some neat place value chips to add to our math lessons, and I think that it has been helpful for the kids to actually manipulate the pieces. Right now, we are focusing on mental math. It basically focuses on making 10's when adding and subtracting. So, for example:
67 + 54
To add this mentally, we will steal 3 ones from 54 and add them to 67, making it 70. Then, we simply add 70 and 51 mentally to find our solution.
For the few students who still struggle with their basic facts, this has been a little tricky, but hopefully it will become easier as they strengthen their math skills. I would suggest practicing basic addition and subtraction facts at home - specifically facts that add up to 10 (for example, 1+9, 2+8, etc...) On First in Math, there are lots of "Ten" games, especially in the bonus games. I suggest the "First in Tens - Addition", "First in Tens - Subtraction", and "Ten Wheels".
We've had a hard time making time for social studies. We have been able to work our way through two of our newspapers, but have had little time for anything else. This makes me super sad because social studies is my favorite! I'm hoping to spend the rest of this week working on the maps the kids started last week - they look awesome and we need to finish them so we can show them off!
We will be taking our field trip to Seney National Wildlife Refuge next week. I'm so excited for the program that they've put together for us. The students may bring a cold lunch (with their names labeled) or can order a cold lunch from the kitchen. I'll be taking a count later this week.
Also, ALL missing/incomplete work MUST be complete in order to attend the field trip. I make it a point to give the students adequate time to complete work (both in class and as well as with flexible deadlines to allow for completion at home). Students choosing not to complete assignments will need to stay at school to ensure that all missing work is caught up.
Here they are! I could hardly believe they had it ready to recite in less than a week!
We finished our first unit in ELA this week! This week's theme was "Trying New Things", what a great topic for a new school year! We read a few great stories to support our theme and worked on using context clues to discover the meaning of new words, and also how to use the character, setting, and theme to help us better understand a story. We also did some research into new ideas! The students each chose something they'd like to try and researched how to do it! They even created brochures sharing what they discovered. Our main story this week, "Charlie McButton Loses Power" was a narrative poem, so we also tried our hand at writing our own and came up with some great couplets. AND, we also recited our first poem of the year. It was called "O Sailor Come Ashore" and the students did amazing! I couldn't believe they had it memorized and ready to go in less than a week! I'm going to get it on video this week and will share when I do! (My camera was dead when they performed it!)
Also, we've been playing Spelling City quite a bit lately and the kids are really seeming to like it. We are currently in the free trial period which is set to expire soon. I'll be paying to keep the pro-edition that we're using now, and if anyone wants to chip in, let me know. There's so many fees and fundraisers and pictures and book sales going on that I'm not going to require it, but I'm not going to turn down anyone wanting to help either! (It works out to be about $3.50 per student.)
Our Week in Math
We finished up our chapter on place value and moved right along to our next topic: Number Patterns. This should only take a few days, from which point we'll be moving onto rounding for most of this week. The kids are doing a pretty good job with the fast-paced nature of Singapore Math, so I hope we can keep it up! Keep encouraging your child to play First in Math at home too! It is great practice!
This week, we learned more about our monthly saint, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton! We were so excited to learn all about America's first saint (AND patroness of Catholic Schools)!
In science, we kicked off our study of living things. The students learned all about what all living things need in order to survive. This week, we'll be continuing that thought and digging deeper into how animals get shelter from their habitats and how they defend themselves. (And this week's work *MAY* involve worms!)
We started our first Social Studies Weekly and I think that we're going to really enjoy these new resources! We focused on the different types of maps and how they are used. We'll be continuing that through this week as we work to make some of our own maps!
Month in Faith
Love & Mercy
Since this is the Year of Mercy, we will be spending the first week of each month learning about mercy. This week,, we focused on covenants and how those are a sign of God's mercy.
This week in science, our focus was thinking like a scientist. The kids did a great job coming up with things that scientists might think about, and things they might do - like taking chances and making mistakes! The kids seemed to enjoy cycling through the stations so I hope that this system works well for them!
We didn't have a ton of time for social studies this week, but we were able to fit in a lesson about where in the world we are! We read Me on the Map and thought about where we fit in on the map! The students are currently working on a flipchart project that will zoom in on where they are on the map! We'll continue working on geography next week and will start the first of our Social Studies Weekly! This is my first year using them and I am really excited to share them with the students. I think they're going to really enjoy them!
Welcome back! It is hard to believe that the summer is already over! We had such a great first day and I'm so excited for all of the adventure that awaits us this year. We got through most of the boring first day rules, expectations, and such and had time playing a game of BreakoutEDU! I was so happy to see how well the students got along and what great thinkers they are!! I'm probably more wore out than the kids, but there are a few things I want to point out.
Hi! I'm Mrs. Erickson and I am the 3rd grade teacher at St. Francis de Sales. To learn more about me, click here.