Coach BLeggett

Coach BLeggett

Friday, October 19, 2012

Curriculum Update October 22-26

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend. Please remember the solar house project (house and write up) is due on Tuesday, October 23 when the students return back to school. Please make sure this stays a student project so they can apply what they learned throughout the solar energy unit.

The spelling test will be on Thursday this week because I will be presenting at math conference on Friday. I will send the new spelling list home on Thursday so they can have it over the weekend, along with their graded spelling test.

We will continue Theme 13, Week 2 in Rigby this week. We are still focusing on the government theme of, "We the People." The vocabulary for this week is justice, govern, candidate, politics and authority. We will continue to use the comprehension strategy, "Monitor Understanding." These are these the students do before, during, and after reading to help them better comprehend the text. (rereading, making connections, inferring, predicting, creating images, asking questions, synthesizing and summarizing.

The spelling lists for this week is a study of pronouns.
list 1: himself, them, itself, she, our, yours, mine, they, their, anyone
list 2: anybody, whichever, whose, everyone, which, someone, several, either, yours, another
list 3: quad (four) quadrangle, quadrant, quadrennial, quadriceps, quadrilateral, quadrisect, quadruped, quadruple, quadruplet

We will continue to work on our descriptive writing this week. The students wrote picture poems and are turning them into word mosaics. They will begin adding more figurative language in their writing and using powerful verbs. 

The students have received letters from their pen pals in New Jersey & Texas. They will be writing them back this week. 
We will continue our unit on time this week. We will be looking at units of time, elapsed time, and working backwards with problem solving to figure out a problem. The topic 12 test review will be on Friday with the test on Monday.
We will continue our unit on government. The students have been learning about the different branches of government. The students will apply what they have learned by making government trees. We will be talking about elections and campaigns. Students will nominate students for a class election. These students will campaign and read their speeches on Monday, October 29. On November 6, we will have our third grade class president election.
We will continue our study of stars by making constellation art projects. Then, we will begin a study on weather. We will be observing, describing, and recording daily seasonal weather changes and learning about different types of weather.
Have a fantastic week!

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