Miguel was our super hero last week. He can be found being safe, respectful, and responsible. Thanks, Miguel!
Last week Aveanna was our super hero. She proudly wore a cape, and we loved filling her bucket on Thursdsy.
We often start a new writing unit with generating lists- whether it is for a personal narrative so we are generating a list of moments we've had with people, an opinion where we are making a list of changes we want made, or an informational piece where we generate a list of topics we know a lot about. In this unit, students will become the teachers as they teach me and a small group of students about a topic. Students will not be researching this topic, so they will be writing from what they already know. I enjoyed looking over their shoulders and listening in to the excitement as they made their lists. It looks as though we have experts on many different topics!
Students then pick any topic from their list and just started writing all they know about it. It is interesting to see what they already know about writing informational pieces when we do this. Some just write bullet points, others write in a paragraph with ideas not necessarily connected, and some divide their information up into paragraphs. We are going to try out a few ideas from our list before committing to just one for the rest of the unit.
After practicing each question individually, students got in small groups and read a nonfiction book at their level, while focusing on asking the three big questions. They jotted answers to the three big questions on sticky notes as they read and sorted their notes on the board according to the questions . It was a great way to share their thinking and see what questions was the easiest/hardest for them to answer.
Wade is our super hero this week! He can often be seen with his cape billowing out behind him.
Maddox is making good use of his time by reading while he waits for the bus.
First, students filled out a Venn Diagram as they watched a movie about present day lumbering.
After some discussion and sharing with others, students organized their thoughts using a box and bullets organizer. Many students remembered to used parallel structure when naming their reasons.
Then, it was time to let them write their essays and show off their awesome opinion writing skills!
Feedback was then given to students to let them know what they got and what they still need to work on.
We will begin our unit on informational writing after spring break!
Last week, Aiden rocked the cape as he was our super hero of the week. His poster was very color coordinated! Thanks for sharing, Aiden!
Dylan was our super hero a couple of weeks ago. He wore his cape proudly and made sure to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Thanks, Dylan!
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.