Third Grade News Update
It is amazing how fast this school year is flying by! We are into our third quarter already! In reading, the students have been focusing on some very important comprehension skills. We have spent some time working on cause and effect, inferencing, and main ideas/supporting details. As the year continues, we will continue to dig into these very important skills. The students have also spent some time working on their fluency and accuracy while reading. We have practiced a couple of readers’ theaters and performed one to different classrooms. As I always say, it is so important that your child reads at home. Research has shown that as little as twenty minutes a night makes a huge impact in your child’s ability to read. With that being said, AR will continue throughout the rest of the school year. This is a fun way to get your child to read. As for English, we finished up our chapter on nouns, and we have started looking at verbs. We will be learning about the different tenses of regular and irregular verbs. Happy reading!
Most recently in math, third graders have been working on understanding and implementing strategies to help learn multiplication facts. Using “helper facts” to add or subtract a group, doubling, breaking apart a factor, or working from square products are some of the students’ new strategies. As students are progressing in learning the facts, they are able to enjoy games such as Multiplication Top-It, Baseball Multiplication, and Beat the Calculator. These games encourage accuracy and speed in recalling the multiplication facts and motivate students to pursue automaticity. The scope of multiplication strategies will soon be extended to determine products when one factor is a teen number. Coming up later this month, students will be learning to relate their previous part-whole understanding of fractions to visual and symbolic representations using standard notation while also beginning to explore fraction equivalence. Finally, third graders are really looking forward to celebrating the 100th day of school this week with special treats and activities in math class.
In social studies, we wrapped up a Native American unit right before Christmas break. Students learned about the different regions in the US and the Native Americans that lived in those regions. We focused a lot on why and how location would determine what people ate, how their houses looked, and what they would wear. The students wrapped up the unit by doing a group poster and presenting them to their classmates.
Science class has been full of engineering and magnetism! The students are currently in the middle of their second Foss Kit for the year that focuses on a lot of hands on material. The students receive a lot of hands on time with magnets and how they react to certain objects. We then turn our focus on engineering and building. The students recently created their own wheel and axle system. When they mastered the wheel and axle they created a cart, which applied the learning of a bearing. The third graders really enjoyed this and recently had a cart contest on distance. We will wrap this Foss Kit up mid February and begin a Life Science unit. Beginning fourth quarter we will start another social studies unit travel to the West! Great things are happening in third grade, and we are excited for things to come!