## Miss Gentile's Third Grade Blog

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### October 12, 2014

October12

We are only 3 weeks from the end of the first marking period! I’m amazed how quickly this year is going already. Last week we had a WONDERFUL time at Brubaker Park. Students were in groups and traveled to various stations created and run by high school students on agriculture topics. There were many stations and among them were a stream study station, a soil station, a tractor station, and even an animal station! I was so proud of the students I saw  participating in their groups throughout the morning.

Reading: In reading, we used the reading Street text Supermarket to focus on comparing and contrasting as well as background knowledge. The students learned about how people in Early America got their food compared to how we do it today. We had some really great conversations about it! The comprehension test and spelling test taken last Friday will be graded and sent home on Tuesday to be signed and returned. In small groups, we read an article which compared alligators and crocodiles. The students were really interested in the nonfiction piece and completed a Venn diagram to show the similarities and differences between the two reptiles. This week we continue with comparing and contrasting with new articles, stories, and stations!

Writing: With our busy week, we only had time for 3 days of writing instruction. The students are preparing for their first writing sample next week. We focused on peer editing and practiced with our paragraphs from a few weeks ago. The students did a fabulous job working cooperatively with peers to discuss grows and glows. We also talked about how to read a writing prompt and spent some time looking at the writing rubric used to grade their pieces. Our focus for the coming weeks will be descriptive writing and word choice.

Math: In math, we started division! I am so proud of the students for showing such positive attitudes with the new skill. We have looked at sharing equal groups by drawing pictures, using array, and using fact families. I have stressed the importance of practicing multiplication facts at home each night as we continue with division. The more comfortable the students are with multiplication, the easier division will be!

Odds & Ends:

No school, Teacher In service – 10/13

National School Lunch Week – 10-13 to 10-17

Fire Prevention Program – 10/22

End of 1st Marking Period – 10/29

Conference schedules will be sent home this Friday. Please sign and returns those as soon as possible. Report cards will be given out at the conference.