And that's a wrap on trimester 2! I cannot believe we are officially in the last trimester of the school year. The last few weeks, we have been very busy!
With RICAS testing beginning April 3rd, we have been reviewing comprehensive test taking strategies. The focus in class always has been and always will be on third grade standard; however, with this being the first year that these students will be taking RICAS, we have been getting familiar with the format of the tests, how to go back into an article to find the best possible answer, process of elimination, citing textual evidence to develop an essay on a given topic, etc. I fully believe that the more used we get them to the format and how to tackle this type of assessment, the less stress there will be on this on the day of testing. Please let me know if you have any questions!
In Math, we finished up our chapter on area and perimeter and have moved on to fractions. This week and early next week, we are focusing on parts of a whole and parts of a set.
I By mid week, we will be moving on to fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions.
In Reader's Workshop we finished up our unit on Folktales and Fables. The kids did a fantastic job identifying character traits, showing what each character in a fable learned, as well as a moral for specific fables.
In Writing, students have been working in groups researching countries: Ethiopia, France, Iceland, India, Germany, China and Spain. Research is completed and now students are working on each typing a subtopic, such as places to visit, food, culture/interesting facts and will be putting it into a complete group essay. Upon completion of their essays, students will be taking what they have learned and creating PowerPoint presentations in Library with their groups.
In Social Studies, we have been studying communities. Thank you for sending in recycled materials to create urban, suburban and rural communities! I may have had a breakdown internally during the construction phase, but the end products came out pretty great!
A study guide for our community test went home on Tuesday and was reviewed in class Wednesday. After the review, we completed flash cards. All of this went home on Wednesday afternoon. The test will be on Wednesday. Please make sure they review a bit each night! Thank you!
Have a great weekend,