Week 39

Happy Friday! It looks like it should be a beautiful weekend, so go out and enjoy! We had a busy week, but the students (and teachers) had a fantastic time learning. Both 3rd and 4th graders began working on their adapted fairy tales. The students have come up with some really creative ways to change their stories, but still keep with the feel of their original fairy tale. We have worked on these tales in many different phases and steps, and cannot wait to get to the finished product! We have also started our unit on extreme weather. The students got to see the types of extreme weather in different areas of the world. With this information, they are working in small groups to act as extreme weather experts. Each group chose a country to research, and investigate the types of extreme weather the country has. On May 24, 25, and 26th, the groups will present to the class in the role of extreme weather experts to educate their peers. Everyone seems excited about the research and the idea of presenting to their friends. The 4th graders continued to work on decimals and understanding how they compare to fractions. They also had a chance to play a fun decimal game with cards! Our week ended with a field trip to Old World Wisconsin. It was interesting to feel like we went back in time to the 1800’s, and to watch a blacksmith in action.

Next week, the 4th graders will take their test on decimals and move on to a new unit on geometry to finish up the school year. Both 3rd and 4th grade students will finish their fairy tales by the end of the week, and turn them in on Friday. They seem to be really proud of their work, so make sure to ask your child to share their tale with you! We will also be finishing our research on extreme weather in specific countries and begin preparing for our presentations. NWEA testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:55- 11:10. In writing, we will be working on our end-of-the-year writing prompts. Your child had their writing prompts from the very start of the year in their portfolios (they took all papers home after Portfolio Night), so it will be wonderful to see how much they have grown!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Save the Date: PBIS Celebration June 2nd from 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, May 13th  —Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up 9-11am
                                         –Organic Plant Sale at PC Farm (7th Grade Bake Sale) 10-1
Tuesday May 16th – NWEA testing from 9:55 to 11:10
Wednesday May 17th –  NWEA testing from 9:55 to 11:10
Monday May 29th – Memorial Day -NO SCHOOL
Wednesday May 31st – Illinois State Beach field trip (all day)
Friday June 2nd – PBIS celebration/last day of school

3rd grade Math

We will continue working on geometry from now until year-end. Students will focus on recognizing shapes, their attributes and the categories of shapes. Students have learned what a polygon is and examples of different types of polygons. Students have also studied a very important group of polygons called quadrilaterals. We have spent a lot of time learning the different types of quadrilaterals and their attributes. We will continue reviewing this in class. There will be an assessment of what we’ve learned so far on Monday. This week’s focus will also include angles and triangles. Students will continue working on division in their fast math exercises (rocket math). Students should also have a good night’s rest and a good breakfast for the NWEA math test on 5/16. Thank you!

Mrs. Larson