I hope everyone is doing well, and enjoying our beautiful weather! Here are a few classroom updates for you.
Field Trip to Bonneville Hatchery and Tanner Creek-Tomorrow is our field trip! We will be hiking along Tanner Creek this year, instead of Eagle Creek. Tanner Creek is right next to Bonneville Hatchery, so we will not need to bus to another location. We will view salmon in the hatchery, as well as at the creek. We look forward to this experience of seeing real live salmon in the wild, as well as at the hatchery. We have been studying their life cycle pretty extensively so this is quite exciting! It is supposed to be very nice in the gorge tomorrow, however, it will be windy. Please remind your students to wear boots and coats. It’s possible that it may be muddy along Tanner Creek, so I advise wearing boots you don’t mind getting muddy and wet! We’ll be gone all day, and will be outside for nearly all of it, so dressing appropriately-in layers-is key! 🙂 Students need to bring a lunch (and snack) with them as well (unless you’ve pre-ordered one via the permission slip). Thank you for reminding your child to not bring candy or electronics, as they can be really distracting!
Salmon Eggs– Our 3rd grade salmon eggs are here. We have received Chinook salmon eggs to care for and watch hatch! We’ll observe them in their first 3 stages of life-egg, alevin and fry. We estimate that ,this process will take until December. When they finally lose their yolk sac and “button up” and become fry, we’ll need to release them so that they can hunt for their own food! We’ll release them at Memorial Park, in the Willamette River at an after school field trip. It’s tough to predict exactly when they’ll be ready to release, so we won’t be able to give a lot of notice for when we’ll release. Thanks for being on the lookout for a Class Dojo message or email when the time comes!
Writing– We have finished our narrative writing unit, and are beginning our persuasive writing unit. This unit will end in our class giving speeches. Opinion writing (and providing reasons and examples to support your opinion) is a big piece of the third grade Common Core State Standard. Any support you can give your child about referencing EVIDENCE to support their claims will be really helpful, and carry through to their writing.
Reading-We also have recently finished our first unit in reading, where we worked on setting up ourselves for success this year, and reinforced some important foundation skills. We are very excited to be starting our next unit, Mysteries! We will be really honing in on envisioning and making high level predictions in this unit. Students practice predicting using details from earlier in the book, and revising predictions as we find out more information. We are having a lot of fun being “detectives” in our own “just right” mysteries, as well as our class read aloud, “The Absent Author” by Ron Roy.
Math– We are continuing our work with data and graphs. It’d be really helpful to show your kiddos where and how you use data in your adult lives, in and around the house or community! We will also be touching on some measurement-measuring length in both metric and imperial measurements.
Inquiry – we are continuing our ecosystem and interdependence unit, and are focusing on salmon! We have learned so much! It’ll be a real treat to see whole life cycle in motion tomorrow on our Field Trip! Next, we’ll be transitioning to Oregon geography.
Spelling– We finished our last round (two-week long) of spelling words on Friday. Spelling tests will be coming home as soon as I document misspelling errors. We have begun a new round of words this week at school, and have begun sorting them into categories and practicing generalizing the new spelling rules introduced. These words will be sent home next week to practice at home as well, and we’ll have our next spelling test on Thursday, November 9th. Normally, we’d have it on Friday, but there is no school on Friday.
Social Emotional Learning– We have been focusing on the idea that different people may have different feelings about things. Students have been practicing noticing body and facial cues that give clues to how someone is feeling, and practicing showing empathy for others when appropriate-thinking, “How can I help? What is the kind thing to do?” We’ve been practicing identifying others feelings and using “I Messages” to solve conflicts. Most times, it’s a conflict that stems from a misunderstanding.
We are also working on showing self-control and respect for others (when is an okay chat and share out, and when we need to be really listening to learn from one another and show our respect). Reminders and reinforcement of these important skills and follow-up conversations you can have with your child are always helpful. 🙂
As always, thanks for your partnership this school year!