Last week Keri was our super hero. She proudly wore her cape and presented her beautiful poster. Thank you, Keri!
If you haven't had the chance to check out sample problems from the M-Step yet, you may want to check out the link below. In class today, we will be looking at a few more sample problems for third grade language arts.
We finished reading the book Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. The kids seemed to really enjoy it. I wanted to show them this picture of Kate with an original artwork by the illustrator of the book. This picture never made it into the book, but it is Despereaux on the edge of the dungeon steps, contemplating going down to the deep, deep downs to rescue the princess. He had just lost his spool of thread.
Today we are watching the movie and writing an opinion piece about which is better, the book or the movie.
Today we read an article that talks about banning sledding. We read through it once together. Then with a yellow highlighter, students read through it again on their own and highlighted any parts that would support allowing sledding. After we discussed that, students read through with a different colored highlighter and highlighted any parts that support banning sledding.
Students then talked with kids at their table about their opinions on banning sledding. They had to back up their opinions with reasons from the article.
Next, students filled out a box and bullets paper. Their opinion statement goes in the box and they list their reasons, using parallel structure for each bullet.
They are getting so used to organizing their opinions this way that they are getting very quick at doing it.
Tomorrow, they will be writing a letter to the editor of the Beacon to explain why they are in favor or against the proposal of banning sledding. I told the kids that it was made up, but they had to pretend that Whitehall and Montague are thinking about banning sledding on all city properties.
Mrs. Ellis's Class
Learning & laughing our way through third grade.