Kid artwork is the best. It just makes me smile! Last Friday, we drew and painted reindeer. They all look so different.
Wyatt was our super hero last week. He can often be seen being safe, respectful, and responsible. Thanks, Wyatt!
Our super hero last well was the super Patience. She could be seen wearing her cape (sometimes even home) as she came to the rescue to many. What a colorful poster!
If you ever need anything, just ask Remington the Super Hero! He is safe, responsible, and respectful. Way to go, Remi!
Thank you to Colleen Weesies and Wesco for donating popcorn so we can enjoy it while we watch Because of Winn Dixie today. The kids are so excited!
One of the many reasons I love to teach reading is because I also get to teach how to think about others, how to have empathy, which is such an important quality. During our character unit, we have been discussing how important it is in a book to feel what your character is feeling, to walk in their shoes. Some students are so good at doing this, while others need more help in doing this. We discussed how we need to have empathy, not just for the characters in our books, but also for the people around us.
As we continued to empathize with the characters in our books, we also added making predictions about WHAT they will do and also HOW they will do it. This requires thinking about what we know about our characters and how our characters are feeling to make a thoughtful prediction. Making predictions causes us to read thoughtfully and then we read more closely to see if our predictions were right. Here are some sticky notes that students put in our Jot Lot to show me their thinking about what they are reading. They were asked to make a prediction about what their character was going to do next and how they were going to do it.
Today, students turned their opinions into claims by providing reasons or evidence that support their opinion. We did a few together as a class and then students picked opinions from their own lists and provided three reasons that support them. They tried out a few, in search for the one claim that they have the strongest feelings about and the strongest reasons.
Today we started brainstorming ideas for opinion pieces we can write. Students were to think of issues or problems they had at home and form an opinion about them. For example, one third grader wrote under problem that she has to share a room and under opinion she wrote that she should get her own room.
After students started a list about home, we took a walk around the school to remind us of problems or issues students had with the cafeteria, hallways, classroom, recess, etc.
Students then chose one thing from their list and wrote about their opinion and reasons.
If you haven't already, please have a conversation with your child about what changes he/she wants to see in the household (later bedtime, less vegetables at dinner, not sharing a room, getting a pet), and then ask your child for some reasons that support his/her opinion. That will be a big help to your child!
Here are a few examples of students' lists from today. I love to read what they are opinionated about!
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.