Third Grade News
Thirty boys and twenty-six girls make-up the 3 sections of this year’s third grade. Being departmentalized for the first time in the 3-5 wing, these third graders see Mrs. Atwood each day for science or social studies, Mrs. Coble for language arts, and Mrs. Millikin for math. Early in this year everyone is learning the responsibility of keeping daily “take-home” folders for homework and completed work. This organizational folder will then be replaced next year with a daily planner.
Party committees have been organized for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Easter in which each student serves once during the year on refreshment, movie, and clean-up groups. Everyone is already looking forward to the first party!
Millimoney auctions have quickly become a favorite end of the day experience on B-2 days. Millimoney can be gained during any class period. Students can spend incentive millimoney they have earned on items up for bidding during a live auction. Students can even bring items from home for selling if a parent has given permission.
PBIS is another school-wide incentive with rewards for demonstrating appropriate behaviors in all aspects of the school setting. Each Friday students have a chance at a prize drawing and periodically a K-5 celebration is held for students’ PBIS achievements.
During these first few weeks in Everyday Mathematics, students are reviewing and demonstrating skills and concepts that they have previously learned. They will continue building on those foundations throughout this year. Students have worked on skills involving number sequences, number grids, analyzing and displaying data, identifying chance events, calculator routines, equivalent names, and time. Board games and computer programs directly connected to these mathematical skills are regularly implemented into the math period. Parents are so appreciated as they support their child in getting the daily homework connection completed and returned to school. Each month students will be challenged to learn a multiplication table. September is the month for the 2’s table. Some students have already demonstrated proficiency. It does take practice both at school and at home to accomplish the goal. Hopefully, each student will put forth a best effort.
The school year has started off with a bang! In third grade reading, we are already digging into some important comprehension skills. We have started by comparing/contrasting two similar stories, analyzing right there and on my own question, restating a question within an answer, and how to use context clues when trying to figure out the meaning of new words. As we continue the quarter, we will continue focusing on these skills, as well as working on sequencing and main idea/supporting details. With September coming to an end, the first month of AR is almost complete. Next Friday is September’s final day to quiz for AR. It is important that your child reads for twenty minutes every night. Research has proven that this small amount of time spent reading creates stronger readers. The first few weeks of spelling is reviewing spelling patterns that contain short vowels and long vowels. These are great weeks to get into the routine of studying the spelling words nightly. In English, our first unit focuses on what sentences are and the different types of sentences. This week, we will be spending some time working on the parts of a paragraph. By the end of the week, the students will be writing a paragraph focused around a story we read in reading.
Science is off to a great start with the FOSS Kits that the students are working on daily. The third graders are currently working on “Water and Climate.” They are really enjoying this and learning a lot of things about water. FOSS Kits are really exciting because it is all hands on material. The students are directly involved with all of the experiments. We try to do one experiment a day if time allows. While doing each experiment the students are taking notes, observing data, and analyzing data. I enjoy doing the FOSS Kits with the students because it keeps the students involved and is great for all learners! I am excited to see what this school year brings as we are off to a great third grade start.