We still have three weeks of school left (but who's counting???) The kids are pretty much "done" (if you know what I mean), so this is the time when I really have to pack the plans full of good stuff to keep 'em moving.
We are finishing up our novel study of Frindle, by Andrew Clements.
I bought a class set of these books from Scholastic awhile back when they were $1 each. (LOVE those deals!!) This is a great end-of-the-year read because the characters in this book are in the 5th grade, which my students are getting ready for. Nick is quite the character and my students can relate to him. It's so funny to listen to their discussions about the choices he makes and some of the things he tries to pull on his teacher, Mrs. Granger.
In writing, we will be writing letters to next year's 4th graders. We are working on opinion writing, so these letters will be my students' advice on how to prepare to be a 4th grader. It's always so interesting to read what they think!
On Wednesday, we have our class list meeting. This is where we sit with the teachers of our incoming students and tentatively choose a class. The teachers talk about the strengths and areas of concern for each class, then we choose a class that we feel a connection with. Honestly, there is so much growth and change that happens during the summer between 3rd and 4th grades that many of the concerns disappear and we start fresh in the fall.
On Thursday, we will be celebrating Wisconsin's birthday! We have been working on a month-long research project called "Come Visit Wisconsin" and will finish up on Tuesday. So on Thursday, we throw a birthday party of Wisconsin and sample all kinds of Wisconsin foods -- cheese curds, cranberries, Sprechter root beer, bratwurst. The kids love it!!
That's it for this week! I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day! Please take a moment to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our wonderful country.