Hello 3M families! I can’t believe it’s almost been a whole month since I’ve posted. With break and the crazy weather days, time sure has flown. I hope everyone had a wonderful break. I loved hearing all the stories of places they went, presents they received, and everything they did.
Last week, we reviewed and caught ourselves up from break. The kids absolutely blew me away on Friday. I’ll be posting about that later this week. Here’s what’s going on in 3M this week…
Today we had a great discusson on Fantasy vs. Realism. This is the anchor chart we made together as a class:
We also used my favorite movie, “Despicable Me”, as an example of a story with both realistic and fantasy elements. It actually worked perfectly. Feel free to use the language on the anchor chart to discuss this concept with your child.
After our discussion, the kids had time during workshop to practice what we learned. In their own independent reading books, they found at least 3 examples of fantasy or realism. Some even found examples of both! Here are two students’ post-it notes. Can you guess if it is your child?
I’m SO impressed with how well they already applied their new knowledge!
On Wednesday, January 15th and noon we will be watching a live webcast by the authors of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” We are so excited!
The kids have been loving to write non-fiction pieces during Writer’s Workshop. I have two girls who are writing a book all about Wolves. They’ve been researching for weeks and are making a picture book full of facts. I can’t wait to see the final product.
Tomorrow we will be starting to talk about our animal research projects. These will be done at school. We will be planning, researching, and publishing our pieces over the next few weeks! I’m excited to see what the kids produce.
In math, we are continuing to learn about the patterns of multiplication. Today we explored two online options fo the multiplication table. Feel free to use these resources when practicing math facts or completing homework!
Please make sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts with your child! It is important that they build fluency with the facts in order to answer more difficult problems.
If you are in need of flash cards, let me know! I have plenty and am more than willing to share 🙂
**Report cards will go live on Home Access on January 17th
**We will be MATH MAP TESTING tomorrow from 9:00-10:20. Our Reading MAP TEST will be Wednesday the 22nd from 9:00-10:20. I’m excited to see the progress the kids have made!
Reader’s Choice Question:
**What are you proud of as a reader?
**What did you do as a reader over Christmas break?
–Parents feel free to answer as well!