The Past Few Weeks: So Busy!

Each day I write down a “Daily Precept” for the kids to ponder. These come from the book/movie Wonder and a book titled Mr. Brown’s Daily Precepts. If that day’s precept doesn’t apply, I skip it and find another. But this one was so perfect for what we were reading in our Reading Workshop time.

The pics/descriptions in this post probably won’t be in order, but I wanted you to see all that we are doing!

As you all know, I wasn’t able to be at school this week. And I have also mentioned how sad that has made me! I miss your kiddos and being in the classroom. I’m excited to be back Monday!

Anyway… This white board shows many things. One, we analyzed characters using the book Miss Rumphius then transferred that to the story in their book. We also learned all about subjects and predicates! Our vocabulary words are also on this board (we did a lot of work with them).

To the right under the words “I Can,” I write down the objectives for what we will be learning that day for each subject.

If you look to the right on our Writing bulletin board, I have listed the Writing Process, which is what we have been working on learning about. They also started their personal narrative (which they are finishing this week). The students using their Writer’s Notebook for our writing workshop.

Here they drew pictures/wrote words about things that they love so they can turn here to find ideas for writing.

I don’t have pictures of other things in our English/Language Arts/Reading that we have been working on: spelling/decoding, vocabulary activities, some fluency, etc. These are mostly done in small groups!

For spelling and decoding (which is sounding out words) we have been working on long vowel sounds. The basics: a, e, i, o, and u + different spellings of e and a sounds (ee, ea, ie, ay, etc). This coming week we will be working on different spellings of the long o sound.

For vocabulary, we have been doing some different activities including different vocab foldables for the reading workshop notebooks, vocab 4-squares (a paper folded into four: word, sentence using the word, the definition, and a picture), and so much more!

A few weeks ago we learned about Literary Elements. This includes characters, setting, problem, solution, and events in order.

We used the books A+ Custodian and After the Fall to practice this together, then we read part of Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match in their books and practiced with that. They applied their learning by reading a book of their choice and filled in parts of a graphic organizer each day in their reading workshop notebooks.

I used similar drawings to teach nouns: common and proper. My son randomly drew a tree so I used that to review common and proper nouns. He also wrote the Daily Precept that day (it’s a really good one). Also, the book that we get those from is shown here.

We love math in our class, but I don’t have a whole lot of pictures!

Every day we do something called the “Math Meeting.” I feel it is SO incredibly beneficial because it’s daily practice of very important skills such as calendar, money, time, temperature, counting and skip counting, patterns, word problems, the number of the day (including ways to make that number with number sentences), and more!

Then I teach a lesson and we do a guided practice today and they take the back of that worksheet home to complete for homework.

Most of the pictures that I have of science and social studies have the kids in them! If you want to see those pics, let me know! I can send them to you.

Here, we were talking about what we know about states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and what they want to learn. After we learned about things, they filled out that last section. This is called a KWL chart. They had one of their own also.

We watched a lot of really great videos on Discovery Education, did some reading about it, and then did a really fun activity: Making Oobleck. The video that we watched before we did the activity is below:

It got a little messy, but the kids had so much fun. I have a LOT of pictures from this activity! But again, the students are in most of them!

One kiddo got a little overzealous with it. Haha. It’s okay, many students pitched in to help clean it up! I was super impressed!

The students also learned about science safety and created science notebooks! This week they learned about heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures.

For social studies, we have been learning a whole lot about communities! We started with learning about discussing what a classroom community should look like. Then, we learned about the different types of communities: rural, suburban, and urban. We watched some videos, read about it in their books, and did a fun “Community Carousel” activity. I wrote the different types onto big sticky chart paper and they rotated in groups to write different things that they know about that type. We also learned about community workers! At the end of all of this, they completed an acrostic poem including different things that they learned about (I told them they didn’t have to do “y” because I couldn’t even think of anything!).

Last week we learned about cardinal directions, reading maps, map scale, map key, and more! They finished that unit by creating a map of our town making sure to include the things that they learned about that. I will get those grades out soon!

I will be writing a post after this to share what will be happening this coming week!

Published by Courtney

I am the wife to Robert, mama to 3, and educator. I am a lover of nature and hiking, books, coffee, food, games, candles, blogging, journaling, holidays and changing seasons, and being with my family! We live on site at a Christian camp where my husband works. I teach 3rd grade at our local school!

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