3rd Quarter Review

The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!

Projects

This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.

Famous Americans Projects 

Collaboration

Collaboration

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American's life

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the final products

Some of the final products

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects

Investigating the properties of minerals

Investigating the properties of minerals

Research and collaboration

Research and collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students investigated and made fossils

Students investigated and made fossils

100th Day of School
We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

Read Across America Day
Students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

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Narrative Writing

Our first writing unit was personal narratives.  We read examples of personal narratives and students learned about writing “seed stories.”  This strategy teaches writers to zoom in on a small moment within a broader topic.  Here’s one of the anchor charts we made in class about seed stories:

Seed Stories Anchor Chart

Here are some examples of student pre-writing (or brainstorming) to plan ideas for seed stories:

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Another skill students learned was how to organize their ideas into paragraphs.  We looked at example’s in the books we read and then students learned the rules for paragraphs.  Here’s the anchor chart we made in class:

Paragraph Rules Anchor Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s examples of students using paragraphs and editing their writing with paragraph proofreading marks:

Additionally, students learned about how to write a great beginning to hook their reader, how to organize their writing by telling the story bit by bit, and how to make their writing more interesting by including sensory details and dialogue between characters (“write the character’s exact words”).

We also learned about similes and wrote “Fall is…” Poems using similes.  Those poems are now displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway outside our classroom.

Fall Poems Bulletin Board