February 19, 2013
Welcome in Jesus name.
It is my prayer that our 3rd grade classroom would be a healthy learning environment for each student so that they can grow and develop into all that God has created them to be.
What a Joy and privilege it is to work with the 3rd grade students at Concordia University School, they are truly God's own dear children.
We have been learning Bible passages, prayers and most recently the 10 Commandments and the meanings to the commandments. The children are required to memorize the assigned verse and recite it to the teacher. I have informed the students that we call this, Memory Work.
" Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice."
For Faith development, this coming week, we will be learning about prayer and the different ways that we can pray to our God including Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Students are given the opportunity to talk to God in prayer everyday and are reminded that God always answers our prayers. The students participate in reading the Devotion and scripture lesson for the day along with singing and prayer. I assign this each day.
In Reading we are studying the book George Washington Carver, From Slave to Scientist. Each student has been given a copy of the book and we have read the first chapter together, along with talking about the illustrator and setting of the story. There will be vocabulary words that will be learned and the students will be tested on their knowledge of the meaning of the words. In class we will read aloud and silently. It would be helpful if the students could also practice reading at home at least 20 minutes each day which will enrich their ability to comprehend what they have read. The students are also currently involved in a Reader's Theater and are working in small groups, they will preform to their classmates in the next 2 weeks. Some of the topics that we are presenting are Gentleness, Cooperation,Team Work and Understanding.
Some of things we will be learning in Math this week are multiplication, division and multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers. We are doing ongoing assessment of Math Facts, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Also, the students daily work on story problems, telling time and geometry.
We are blessed to be able to work in the Computer Lab each work for an hour. The students have been working on multiplication, division, reading skills and even some music education.
Each week the students will be getting 18 spelling words to learn. We will work on activities during school to learn the words. It would help the student if you could practice with them at home. The 1st test will be given on Thursday, if the student gets 100% on Thursday, they do not have to take the test on Friday. On Friday the final test will be given and that score will be their grade for that unit. They also receive a packet that reviews the words and uses them in crossword puzzles, stories and word studies.
Our Social Studies unit has been most interesting as we have been learning about our Presidents that were born in February, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The students have also learned how to read maps, use a grid, measure a scale map and are now beginning to place the 50 United States on a map and will soon begin writing reports on the states.
In Language Arts we will focus on using correct grammar. Some of the topics we will be learning are; how to write complete sentences, how to give oral presentations, how to write narratives and penmanship. Our penmanship includes learning to write in cursive. We are learning about nouns, adverbs and adjectives.
One of our most recent accomplishments was the student's Animal Research Reports. Each student was given a rubric for the report and was taught how to research using different sources including the internet, books and encyclopedias. They not only wrote the report but also gave an oral presentation to the class. Their awesome work is displayed in the hallway for the other students in our school to glean information.