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This week we wrapped up our unit on writing fairy tales! The students each wrote three fairy tales over the course of our unit, and then chose their favourite one to turn into a final draft. They’ve worked hard on using narration, description, dialogue, punctuation, tense, dialogue, and paragraphs to create engaging and sophisticated stories. Many of them were very amusing, and the class was thrilled to wrap up the unit with a celebration of fairy tales and the stories they had written. You can watch some of the fairy tales from around the world that we learned about this week as well and see a couple of examples of the students’ fairy tales!
In the month of February we'll be learning and practicing how to write in cursive, and the class has been very eager to show off their handwriting skills! We've been working on a letter or two a day, and now that we have a repertoire of several letters they've really enjoyed putting the letters together to write words. The cursive letters are looking very neat and fancy in 3B so far!
Currently 3B is learning about classic and fractured fairy tales in our writing time. Fractured fairy tales are based on classic fairy tales, but the setting, characters, problem, solution, or some other element of the story are changed. The students have had great fun reading a variety of fractured fairy tales, and are working on their own fairy tale adaptations during writing time. We’ve been talking about how to write with cohesion, write with a clear story structure, balance narration with description and dialogue, and plan our scenes with story-planning booklets.
3B had been working hard in December on Christmas "important books" for their families. We focused on crafting interesting descriptions and making our ideas clear to our audience (who were the students’ families). You can see the original The Important Book below to see our inspiration. The class made the wrapping paper, cards, and everything, and were very proud of their creations. We hope you enjoyed their lovingly authored Christmas books!
This week some enthusiastic members of our class created a reader's theatre production of Beauty and the Beast at their own initiative. They worked on rereading to develop fluency, speaking with expression and phrasing, and accurately portraying characters when practicing the script for their acting productions. They created some beautiful class, and their classmates gave them a unanimous 5/5 stars for the production!
We’re almost done reading our most recent read aloud, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. The class has grown quite fond of the robot protagonist Roz and her gosling son Brightbill, and they are very particular about how I read Roz’s dialogue in the book (it must be strictly monotone with no expression). Some students have already started to read the sequel in our class, and we can’t wait to find out what happens to Roz at the book’s conclusion!
In the true spirit of this season, a local mom is organizing support for some of the long-term care centres by sending cards to the residents. Our class happily pitched in this week by writing cards to the seniors with notes of encouragement, and sweet tidbits of information about the students' favourite Christmas traditions and their artwork. In a year that has been particularly challenging for our community's older citizens, we hope it can brighten their Christmas!
Mrs. Barker is a grade three teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.