In reading, we have been working on identifying text type. I do not want the students to rely on the pictures to determine text type. They often think that if the pictures are drawings and not real photos then it must be fiction, but this is not always the case. I want them to use the elements on the chart below to identify and prove text type. We have this exact chart on display in our classroom.
In math, we have continued practicing all of our ways to add. We have also moved onto rounding. Students should be able to round to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred.
48 rounded to the nearest ten is 50.
463 rounded to the nearest ten is 460
524 rounded to the nearest hundred is 500.
We have used number lines to help us round. We think about the tens or hundreds our number is between and use our midpoints (numbers that end in 5 or 50). We also refer to the rule: 1-4 you round down, 5-9 you round up. Chanting this song also helps us remember:
Chanted to the marching cadence of “Sound Off”
Rounding’s not that hard to do.
Let me tell the rules to you.
For the digits five through nine,
Round that number up the line.
For the digits four and less,
Round that number down, oh yes!
Chorus (chant twice)
Round up! (Five through nine!)
Round down! (Four and less!)
Enjoy the videos below with your superstar! They will review the steps we take to round to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred. We will be taking our addition/rounding test this Thursday.
Our spelling scores have taken a bit of a dip. I had fallen behind in grading, but will be sending the past 3 spelling tests home on Wed. Oct. 29th. Our class averages are as follows:
Unit 1 Week 5 = 13.5
Unit 1 Review Week = 13
Unit 2 Week 1 = 12.5
The Superstars have set a goal for their spelling test this week. They would like to achieve a class average of 14. I KNOW that with a little hard work and some extra studying we can reach this goal!
Hat day was a GREAT success!! The Superstars helped me collect, organize and count the money. Students were responsible for thanking the Elmwood staff and students for their support. We raised a total of $214!!! (we received an extra dollar the day after the event). We had families who donated extra money and students who donated a dollar without even bringing a hat to wear. Our class was blown away by our community's generosity! Funding for our 3rd grade shirts is coming along! Our next fundraiser will be a Gum Day in November.
Our Fall Festival is this Friday from 12:45-3:00. We will be doing games, activities and snacking from 12:45-2:00. Then, we will get ready for our Reader's Theatre performance. Our performance begins at 2:15 and all are welcome to attend. However, please do not arrive prior to the performance if you have not signed up to help with the party. Too many bodies in the room during our activities will make for chaos :) The Superstars will be performing The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything as well as Piggie Pie. Check out the book trailers below...