Lincoln School Open House: Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Lincoln Elementary School Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th. This evening meeting is for parents to learn more about the curriculum and activities in Third Grade. I hope to see you there! The schedule is as follows:
6:30-6:55PM- K-2nd Grade classroom presentations 7:00-7:25PM -PTO and Principal presentation- In Auditorium 7:30-7:55PM - 3rd and 4th Grade classroom presentations
And we're off!
This week, we started instruction in our core academic areas. *See the end of this week's newsletter for some fine print to tell you more about what we are learning!
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!
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, the number in each group, and the number of objects in all.
We will begin our second investigation Tuesday, and 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,
Each afternoon, our class will have Readers' Workshop for 90 minutes. 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.
In September, 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 'begin thinking about how they will define our classroom community. 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!
The safety of all students in D90 is always our top priority. This includes ensuring our students with various food and other allergies are kept safe when at Lincoln. To support this effort, The D90 Allergy Committee comprised of school nurses, parents, community members and administrators have worked to compile an inclusive recommended list of student classroom snacks and treats to be served at parties. Should you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Mr. Godfrey or Mrs. Godellas.
If your child is the youngest in the family, he/she brought home the student handbook last week, All family members must sign and return the acknowledgement page. If you have not returned that page, please do so soon.
Sign up for your student's digital portfolio
Please sign up to view your child's portfolio via Seesaw with the link I sent via email. Very little paperwork will be sent home this year; you will need to download the Seesaw Parent App in order to view your child's work.
*The Fine Print
Writer's workshop: Crafting True Stories
This unit focuses on composing true stories independently, and covers the following several Common Core Standards in 3rd Grade writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language (click here to see the list of standards covered).
Reader's Workshop: Building a Reading Life
This unit focuses on helping students fashion their own identities as people who care about, seek to comprehend, and make meaning from reading. This unit covers Common Core Standards in 3rd Grade Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language(click here to see the list of standards covered).
To start this reading unit, the students took a pre-assessment. They listened to and read and story called Abby Takes Her Shot, then answered some questions. The students today self-assessed their work as a group. We will take the assessment again at the end of the year to see how much reading comprehension has improved. Students are bringing home a copy of the self-assessment and their work today to share with you. Please be aware that students are NOT EXPECTED to meet the objectives at this point; the rubric shows what they should know at the end of their 3rd grade year.
Mathematics: Understanding Equal Groups
This unit focuses on understanding the meaning of multiplication, modeling multiplication using arrays, and understanding the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. These are the benchmarks we will be working on for this unit:
Benchmark 1: Demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division as involving equal groups. Benchmark 2: Solve multiplication and related division problems by using skip counting or known multiplication facts. Benchmark 3: Interpret and use multiplication and division notation. Benchmark 4: Demonstrate fluency with multiplication facts ×𝟣, ×𝟤, ×𝟧, and ×𝟣𝟢. Mathematical Practices MP1, Makesense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Family letters are sent home at the beginning of each investigation, and explain the big math ideas, and give some ideas for families to work on at home. Next week, I will also give your child his/her password to the online portal of our math curriculum, Investigations. Students can work on math games at home to reinforce what we are learning in the classroom.