Today, we wrote persuasive letters to Mr. Leone explaining why we think we should be chosen as a snow day announcer. The third graders came up with some creative reasons why they should be chosen and what they will say on the announcement if they are chosen. The children are excited to hear who will win the competition and have the privilege of announcing a snow day.
GCS is collecting non-perishable food items for the Goshen Pantry. If possible, please send in something from the list below, or any non-perishable food item to donate to people in need. This collection will end on December first. Thank you!
Possible Food Items
Crackers, Juice, Breakfast bars, Cereal bars, Brown rice, White rice, Canned fruit, Chicken or beef broth, Corn muffin mix, Tuna fish, Soup, Pasta sauce, Raisins, Oatmeal, Instant boxed potatoes, etc.
This week, the third graders have talked a great deal about making predictions while they read. This is an important skill that helps students better comprehend the stories that they read. Below is a screenshot of the envisioning and predicting section of our reading rubric. It shows the progression of expectations for students envisioning and predicting as they move through second, third and fourth grade. The students have spent time reading over this section of the rubric and they are working on making predictions that not only tell what they think will happen next, but that will also tell what they think will happen within the main character. Another important focus is for students to be able to explain the reasons for their predictions using evidence from the text, their life experience, and what they know about how stories tend to go.
A group of students worked together to make a batch of playdough during indoor recess this week. They are looking forward to making more colors and playing with their dough during future indoor recess days. If you happen to have old playdough tools or cookie cutters that are collecting dust, please consider donating them to our class. Thank you!
On Thursday, GCS celebrated Veteran's Day with an assembly followed by lunch with some of our local veterans. The third graders completed a craft to give to the veterans to show their appreciation for all they have sacrificed for us and our country. Here are a few pictures of students working together to trace and cut out many hands to give a lasting round of applause to our heroes.
In writing, the students have been working on improving their stories by including dialogue to help reveal more about a character, to move the action along, and to paint a better picture in the reader's mind. They have also been learning many of the rules that go along with properly punctuating and using dialogue. This is a difficult concept, and one that we will continue to improve upon as the year progresses. Here are some images of slides we used in class to help us understand dialogue. Also included, are some photos of the students working in teams to piece together and correctly punctuate sentences containing dialogue.
We did it! We reached our goal of 1,000 coins! I believe the exact count was 1,082 coins. With help from Mrs. Quinn's class, we counted the coins in our bucket by placing them in groups of 10 and then combining groups to determine how many hundreds, tens and ones we had. After that, the students added each group's total together to determine the exact amount of coins donated. This week we will determine how much money we collected and decide what charity will receive our donation. Stay Tuned!
Wednesday, we celebrated Unity Day at GCS. Our class, along with students and staff district wide, dressed in orange to show that we stand together for kindness, tolerance, and acceptance. The third graders wrote acrostic poems to show what kindness means to them. Also, we read Mean Jean the Recess Queen and Bully Beans, and discussed how to stand up for ourselves and others when we are in difficult social situations.