Math Investigation 1: Things that come in groups
Our first investigation this week was to understand that multiplication involves repeated addition of equal groups. Students examined and identified mathematical information in multiplication such as the number of groups (factor), the number in each group (factor), and the number of objects in all (product).
We began our second investigation today, where students will define and compare sets of multiples. Students found multiples of 2, 5, and 10; and worked on noticing patterns in the multiplication. We will continue with investigation 2 next week,
Writer's Workshop: Narrative writing
Our first writing task included a 'cold write' (writing pre-assessment) to enable me to get to know your children as writers. We also began to learn strategies for finding ideas for true stories, and our first was 'Think of a person who matters to you, list small moments, choose one, and write the whole story.' Students also established their writing goals, and met with their writing partners. I am excited to see the works this bright class of writers produces!
Each morning, our class will have Readers' Workshop for about an hour. Reader's Workshop consists of a short whole-group lesson, independent or small-group work, and finally an opportunity to share our learning. Each lesson will have a purpose, and students will apply that purpose to their independent work.
This week, we learned the importance of building a powerful reading life by finding good-fit books within reach and reading books like they are gold. We shared examples of our texts with each other, and started a reading log to keep track and see patterns in our reading.
On Wednesday, September 6, I will assess each student individually on reading fluency and comprehension. I am looking forward to learning more about your child as a reader!
Inquiry and exploration
Inquiry and exploration is a time in our classroom where student have opportunities to become immersed in a special project. Inquiry and exploration is cross-curricular project-based learning based upon student choice, and addresses many Social Science, Science, ELA, Writing, and Math Standards.
Students have been exploring our classroom, beginning to develop questions and do some groundwork for inquiry-based learning. During the year, students will have the opportunity to explore areas of interest, which I will facilitate and align with our Illinois Learning Standards. This week, students had an opportunity to 'explore with a purpose': Students will be guided to develop essential questions, evaluate sources and use evidence, communicate conclusions, and take action.
I am very, very excited to see what this year's students will do to make the world a better place!
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Mrs. Karrin Burns
Third Grade Teacher
511 Park Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
(708) 366 - 7340 x 8026