Third Grade News
First of all, thank you to our third grade parents for your attendance at our recent conferences. Certainly, that opportunity for face-to-face communication between school and home can be a very important part in supporting a child’s success at school. We, as teachers, look forward to conferencing again in February, but always know that we are available to be contacted with questions or concerns at anytime.
Good things continue to happen in this 2nd quarter which is underway. Students have been performing well in math, and several students have already met their AR goal in reading. Teachers realize our successes at school depend a great deal on parental support from home. Seeing that homework is completed and setting aside time to read are often directed by parents. Thank you for your efforts and please continue that support and encouragement as the year goes along.
Currently, in Everyday Math, students are working in a unit on mathematical operations. Children use place value to develop and practice strategies for addition and subtraction of 2-and 3-digit numbers. Common uses of multiplication and division involving multiples of equal groups, equal sharing, and equal grouping is helping to link the two operations. Also, representing multiplication using arrays and then using these representations have been helpful in solving multiplication stories.
The third month of Accelerated Reader is wrapping up. I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! In reading, we continue to work on some important comprehension strategies: cause and effect, noting key details, character traits, sequencing, context clues and fact and opinion. We are in the process of preparing a readers’ theater to present to different classrooms over some fun Thanksgiving poems. The students are very excited about this, and they have worked very hard on their fluency through this process. In the month to come, we will begin work on inferencing. This is a very challenging skill for most third graders! They have to use clues from their story to come up with an answer. Even though your schedule at home gets very crazy this time of year, please set aside fifteen minutes for your child to read every night. Research has shown that this small amount of time can make a huge impact on the success of your child’s reading.
In English, we are finishing up our nouns unit. Our next section is focused on verbs and how to use them correctly within a sentence. Our spelling has been looking at different vowel combinations to make some common vowel sounds. Spelling contracts do come home on Monday, and I ask that you study with your child four times throughout the week. When your child brings their signed contract back on Friday, they receive a PBIS ticket as well as a little treat.
Over the last couple of weeks, the third graders have been learning about how an election works and past presidents. Each student has been assigned two past presidents that they will be researching, making a poster, and presenting to the class. We plan on presenting the posters right before going on Thanksgiving break, so we can get started on another science unit before Christmas break arrives! Our next science unit we will be receiving physical science FOSS kits: “Motion and Matter.” These kits will be available to us for nine weeks with lots of classroom activities and hands on. The school year is going by very quickly! Enjoy the holidays!