It’s hard to believe this year is coming to end, it has FLOWN by. I know many students (and families!) are looking forward to fun summer plans, or simply getting to spend more time together and relax.
Although we have limited days left together, we are still doing a lot of learning! We’ve just finished up researching, and comparing and contrasting countries around the world, and are starting “Readers Theater”. Students will practice reading a part from a script (we’re using “fractured fairy tales”-stories that are slightly altered versions of classic tales), until it sounds as though they’re speaking. This has so many benefits!
“Readers Theater helps to….
- develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
- increase comprehension.
- integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
- engage students.
- increase reading motivation.
- create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
- provide a real purpose for reading.
- provide opportunities for cooperative learning.”
And, of course, it is SO MUCH fun! We’re beginning tomorrow by reading all of the scripts, and deciding on which story and role we’ll play. We’ll spend lots of time reading, practicing, and acting before putting on our final performance next week.
In math, we’re exploring more complicated multi-step word problems, reviewing and using all the various problem solving strategies we’ve learned this year, as well as learning about liquid measurement, and mass.
In writing, students have just wrapped up their letter to their 4th grade teacher. Their thoughts and reflections on their 3rd grade year were so kind, they brought tears to my eyes! I feel truly grateful to have been a part of their year-it has been an amazing one. We will be starting a 3rd grade memory book, and writing about some of our experiences this year.
We’ll also be rotating amongst the 4 third grade classrooms to learn some exciting inquiry lessons including lessons on forces and motion, engineering bridges, civics and government, and weather! They’re sure to be a lot of fun, and VERY informative. We have just finished our unit on Portland, and bridge engineering. Students will demonstrate what they’ve learned in a culminating STEM project where they build a bridge from gumdrops, and toothpicks and test the load it can hold!
Most students have finished their end of the year assessments-CONGRATS! I am beyond proud and amazed by everyone. Every child brought their A game-they really went slow, showed their best thinking, and PROVED what they knew how to do. We celebrated with our popcorn, stuffed animal, pajama and Magic School Bus party a couple of weeks ago. 🙂
Reminder: All of the Library books are due to the school library! Notices went home today, so please send the books back or payment for lost books or the actual book repurchased.
We do have Field Day on Monday, June 11th. Time is TBD. Please plan accordingly – water bottle with your child’s name on it, hat, sunblock, sneakers, etc.
Lots of items will be going home next week with students, as we clean up our classroom. Please send an additional paper or reusable bag (or a few) for your child to bring home their items in.
Please check the Lost and Found, it’s quite impressive!
Our last day is June 14th and dismissal is at 10:40! It’s a special day for us to say goodbye, celebrate our learning, and spend some time reflecting on our year before summer vacation. Report Cards will go home that day as well.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae