This week has been exciting for crayfish... with eggs, worms and pond learning, the critters sure keep us busy!
Homework is a little different this week. To celebrate the crayfish, we are working on a writing project. It should be coming home tonight - Look for a book with a green cover and white pages. The project is called "Diary of a Crayfish" and should document the travel of the crayfish from the crayfish point of view. Students have been working on this book in class and should be working on it at home this week instead of journal entries. There is a rubric in the back of the book to give students goals to shoot for as well as a word bank to help them with the academic vocabulary to include in the book. We have talked about the crayfish shouldn't be playing ipad, running a marathon, etc... It should be things the crayfish would typically experience.
Math so far seems to be going well. We took an informal survey of the kiddos and they seem really excited about the changes that have been made. Keep asking for those playbooks and to see updates on google classroom - there is even some new multiplication songs to help with facts!
Literature circles have new books (for most students) and they have a reading assignment due on Monday. Each child has a cloth pouch that should have their reading group book and their lit circle sheet in it. They have a reading assignment listed at the top of the sheet and the sheet is to be completed as well- due Monday. Groups will be meeting to talk about their book so it is imperative that readers have finished their work so that they can participate. This pouch should come back and forth with the student every day so that they can work on their reading/sheet at home or at school. This would be a great thing to work on during the read for 20-30 mins!
Speaking of the reading - hopefully you all got a November Calendar that came home yesterday. Its on a brownish colored paper. Some kiddos are not getting their planners signed, so we are trying to make it easier for families. This calendar can be kept at home through the whole month and should be returned before Thanksgiving Break. Hopefully this streamlines your signing - your child should be filling in any mins that they read on the chart and your signature is needed at the bottom. The reading goal is listed at the top.
We have started researching a new continent this week. Today we flew to Africa and got our passports stamped. Students will get to go to seminars on topics of their choice supporting their study of Africa and its culture. They will then work towards a research project of their choosing - more info on that later.
There is strep going around third grade. Please help your kiddo remember to get plenty of sleep, wash hands and dress for the weather.
Food Drive is happening. If you would be willing to send in things, please do. We will be keeping track of items brought in per class. Items for this week's collection items are chink pineapple, macaroni, condiments, shampoo and diapers. Money and other food items are always welcome as well.
We will be doing some things with the crayfish next week as well. Students will begin a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) project and be asked to work in groups to design a portion of their habitat in our pool using man-made materials. Examples of these materials include PVC pipes, yogurt containers, plastic plants, 2 liter bottles - anything that can withstand water and be washed before use. We will also be looking for some old washers/nuts/bolts to help items sink.