This week we our genre is folktales. Students will have the opportunity to explore the characteristics of a folktale. They will look for “Once upon a time” or Long, long, ago,” importance of the number 3, good vs. evil, happy endings, repeats phrases, problems that need to be solved and magic. We will read one as a class, in small group lessons, and with our study buddies.
Our comprehension strategy will focus on visualization. The class will engage in some activities to help them visualize while they are reading. Sometimes when you read, the writing helps you focus on something. Your brain can see it clearly, as if you were right there. Not only can you see with your mind, but sometimes you can smell, taste, hear, and feel as well. We can call this visualizing, or making mental or sensory images.
While reading our folktales, we will work on our comprehension skill of problem and solution. Folktales have problems and end with a solution so this will tie in nice with this skill.
The class will continue to write sentences that are fluent. With Groundhog’s Day coming up, we will write a narrative through the eyes of the groundhog! This writing activity is very engaging and connects the students with the upcoming event on February 2nd!
During grammar lessons this week, we will work on action verbs. Students will write various sentences with action verbs in them focusing on the Angry Birds turning them into Angry “Verbs!”
Our spelling pattern this week is r controlled vowels.
We begin our unit on fractions this week! Once students have completed this chapter, they should be able to answer the questions, “How can fractions be used to represent numbers and their parts?” In each lesson, we will build upon this question. Our focus this week will be unit fractions, parts of a whole, and parts of a set.
We will finish our unit on soil and energy this week. Reduce, reuse, and recycle will be our last lesson and students will complete a review later in the week. The test will be next Thursday, February 5th.
Students will begin learning about the history of Brecksville, what life was like back in the 1800s and how times have changed. We will begin by creating a timeline of events that have occurred from the 1800s-present day. Volunteers from the Brecksville Historical Society will be here on Friday afternoon to share with our third graders what life was like in the past.