1st Week of 3rd Grade

The students completed their first week of 3rd grade and I also completed my first week of 3rd grade. It’s been great!

We established important routines and procedures, engaged in a few icebreakers, and reserved a great deal of time to get started with our content. We read from the Wind and the Willows, built number bonds and arrays, studied magnetism, did some word study, and learned our first annotation symbols.

It’s been an amazing start.

Progress!

The kids spent their first three years at Gomm using this as a music room. I’m doing my best to make it the best possible learning space for 3rd grade outcomes. Although still a work in progress, I am confident it will be ready for kids beginning August 6th.

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Sprinting at the End

We finished the year with a burst. We completed our study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, a full unit on sound, multiple opportunities to identify claims, evidence and reasoning in informational text and the elements of plot in narrative (exposition, rising action, climax, and falling action.) We “stepped-up” to sixth grade with mini investigations of negative integers, area of parallelograms and right triangles, and finding rate. We also moved through several inquiry activities including Youcubed.org in which we learned about conjectures.  In other words, we ended the year the way we started it, by working hard.

Great American Day, 2018

I am not entirely sure how far back the Great American Day tradition goes but it was fun to continue what Mrs. Dunn, who retired last year, firmly established. Students picked a Great American and spent the last eight weeks researching the person. This was turned into a full report and then synthesized into a one-minute speech the students shared with the Roy Gomm community.