Third Grade Newsletter
We are approaching mid term here in the 4th quarter already with the school year winding down. Mid term is Aril 21st, and third graders have been working hard. We recently finished up Iowa Assessments, and the third grade teachers would like to thank you for everything you do for your child during such an important time.
In science, students just finished up an ecosystem project that they did with a small group. The students did a great job with them and their posters were very creative! We have recently started a new social studies unit that goes over different cultures in the communities. I enjoy this unit because the students learn a lot about the different cultures around the world.
As the school year winds down, the students are still hard at work learning skills to help them comprehend what they have read. We started working on inferences. This is a skill that will be mastered in the upper grades, but as third graders, they are introduced to finding clues to support an inference or conclusion. The kids have continued mastering the skills of sequencing, finding key details, using context clues, stating facts and opinions, and finding cause and effect. We have read many different types of stories from informational stories to fables. As we finish up our year, we will continue focusing on these skills to prepare the students for fourth grade reading. In English, we are beginning to learn about adjectives and adverbs. The students are working on using these words to make a more exciting sentence. Please encourage your child to continue to read for AR. We have the rest of April and then May goals. It is important that they read at least fifteen minutes a day. This amount of time can make a huge impact on your child’s reading! Happy reading!
Third graders have just two more math units of study to complete before the end of the year. These units will deepen and apply the students’ understanding of multiplication, division, measurement, and attributes of shapes. They will learn to display measurements in graphs and frequency tables to analyze and compare data. Third graders cannot forget to keep working to achieve their year-end multiplication goal of learning the facts through 10 X 10. It is a challenging task, but everyone has been putting forth good effort. Congratulations to those who have already accomplished this task. Some are close and with continued work on their table “monsters”, they can make it happen. Even two or three minutes at a time during TV commercials, while traveling in the car, etc. will be beneficial. Don’t forget to check out “Splash Math” X’s facts component at home as well as many other computer sites that students have used at school and are familiar with. Remember that school days are going by quickly and academic responsibilities still need to remain a priority for a few more weeks. Keep up the hard work and let’s finish the school year strong!