In Mrs. Liversedge’s class we have spent the last two weeks learning about main idea and supporting details and character traits. We used specific details from a story to describe a character. We had a lot of fun discussing and really diving deep into how a characters actions tell about them.
We also focused a lot on close reading nonfiction text to find the main idea and details that support it. We read a story called Gentle Giants of the Grassland. It is a story about giraffes and their traits. Did you know that a giraffe can kill a lion in a single kick? This was just one fun fact that we learned while reading.
We have since moved into reading fables, folktales, and myths. Fables are usually stories that have an animal that can talk or act like a human and tell how something came to be. Myths usually have gods/goddesses or spirits. In each of these types we learn a lesson or a moral.
Fractions have been a HUGE topic in math. We have partitioned them into equal pieces, named fractional parts, placed them onto number lines, compare them, and even had to find their equivalence. We loved it all but found that comparing them is very difficult.
We also had the Rotary Club come to visit our classrooms. They came and brought us new dictionaries. each student got one of their very own. We have been using them to work on our center and spelling work. Thank you Rotary Club! Please see our article in the newspaper!! Thank you again Mrs. Hawman!
Local Rotarians Encourage Learning with Dictionaries
Apache Junction, AZ, November 6, 2014 – On Thursday, November 6, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon distributed dictionaries to approximately 400 third grade students in the Apache Junction Unified School District and Avalon Academy. Sharon Stinard, who has spearheaded the program for the last two years, explained that the Rotary Club #1256, District 5510 has been performing this service to the community for about four years. “The impact on students won’t be known for years to come,” stated Stinard, “but we hope that the dictionaries will open a whole new world of words for students and enhance their love of learning through the experience of having their very own dictionary.” Twelve Rotarians participated as presenters, while others sorted and prepared the books for distribution.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.
Superstition Mountain Elementary teacher Elizabeth Liversedge commented, “We are very excited for our dictionaries. My class loved having [Rotary] visit! They have already used their dictionaries to find the definitions to their spelling words.”
Name an equivalent fraction to 3/6.