I hope you are enjoying yet another snow day! Yesterday, we FINALLY earned a special day after doing 20 perfect transitions. The kids voted and decided that this Friday, we will have pajama and stuffed animal day!
Please note that progress reports will be sent home Wednesday, March 21st. If you would like to view the rubrics used for grading, please visit the Important Information page and follow the given links.
Here are some highlights for this week:
We are well underway with our opinion writing unit! Students have been working to generate lists of problems and noteworthy people, places, or things in our school or community. Every student has selected a thesis to write a speech about. Each day we learn new strategies to improve our speeches, with the goal being to convince our audiences to agree with our main point. Some of these strategies include: considering and talking directly to your audience; asking your audience relevant questions; gathering evidence through interviews, surveys, or research; and organizing information into categories. We will continue to write these speeches over the next few weeks.
The third graders have been really enjoying our Pilgrim unit! Last week, we studied the Mayflower Compact and learned about what life was like about the Mayflower from various perspectives. We were even treated to a rap by some of the kids which summarized the key points of the compact. This week, we will be wrapping up this unit by studying about the daily lives of Pilgrim girls, Pilgrim boys, and Wampanoag boys.
In math, we have returned to a multiplication and division unit. By now, students should be fluent with their 2's, 5's, and 10's facts. We have been learning different strategies to help when solving for the product of larger equations. For example, 8x7=56 could be broken into two smaller, simpler equations: (4x7)+(4x7)=56. This week's math homework will be copied version of pages 231 and 237, which include extra practice with perimeter. For extra multiplication fact practice, please visit the Important Information page to follow the links to some math games!
This week, we will begin to prepare for MCAS! We discussed the similarities of MCAS and Super Mario Bros., some things that I'm sure your child would love to tell you about! Each day I will introduce a new character and relate it to a different "power up" to use while taking the MCAS. Stay tuned for some pictures of our Mario themed classroom transformation! If you would like to practice some MCAS-style questions at home, please follow this link: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/practice-tests-ela/
That's all for now,
My apologies for not updating our website more frequently. We have just been so busy in third grade!
Before break, everyone finished presenting their book talks. Students got to choose a realistic fiction book to read from our class library, and worked to put together a presentation that highlighted the great parts of their book. I've included some snapshots in the slideshow at the end of this post!
We've had a very eventful past few weeks. Before February break, we celebrated our published informational writing, did many fun Valentine's activities, and hosted a Wampanoag educator in our class. We learned so many great things about the Wampanoag culture, and found it very interesting to hear about their way of life from a true Wampanoag perspective.
Since break, we've started our new opinion writing unit off with a bang by writing persuasive speeches! As a class, we decided to write speeches to convince Mr. Dingman that Dallin needs a student-friendly newspaper! I'm sure your child would love to fill you in on some of the strong reasons we came up with to support this opinion. Mr. Dingman came to our class yesterday to listen to our speeches, and he was so impressed! The Dallin Newspaper idea is officially a go!
If you have time, flip through this slideshow to see some of this awesome stuff in action!
That's all for now,
Hello 3M Families!
It was so nice having a long weekend, but really great to be able to get back into the swing of things with the kids. We had a busy few days this week, and are looking forward to some exciting things happening in the next few weeks!
We decided to set our first personal narratives aside and begin applying all of our skills to a new piece of writing. It's amazing to see these writers' skills improving in such a short amount of time. We are able to create seed ideas for stories, write fast and furious, and use different tools to revise our writing to make it the best it can be. We are learning from some other great writers such as Karen Hesse, Cynthia Rylant, and even a ballerina, Misty Copeland. I can't wait to see how our final drafts come out!
In Reading, we have been working hard while using clues from the text in order to make predictions. We have also been learning about how providing evidence helps to make our ideas stronger. We discussed our progress on our reading logs, and we all agreed that we could try a little harder on them. Now that they have the skills to provide evidence, I'm challenging them to do it as much as they can, especially when they're filling out their reading logs!
In Math, we have been rehearsing our multiplication facts. At some point next week, I will be giving an assessment on facts containing a factor of 1,2,5, or 10, so students know to be rehearsing these facts extra! I've added a new math game to help with this to the "Important Information" page; here is the link: Count & Compare. We have even begun to think about division and how it is related to multiplication. Stay tuned for our class-created book filled with story problems using both operations!
Finally, we are finishing up our first Social Studies unit on Massachusetts with a special focus on Arlington landmarks. Some of you may even be lucky enough to receive a postcard telling you all about these landmarks! Next week, we will begin our first Science unit of the year, kicking off our studies on Cycles of Life.
That's it for now! Have a great weekend,
Hello 3M Families and Friends!
We have just finished up the month of September, and have officially gotten most of our routines down! We are able to transition quickly, we know how and when to do our jobs, AND we constantly receive compliments on our hallway behavior! Woohoo!
This past week in Writing, our class worked really hard to perfect their Curriculum Night letters. Hopefully you enjoyed reading them as much as the kids did on Friday morning! I'm hoping most of you got a chance to read some of your child's writing inside of their Writer's Notebooks. We started to pick "seed ideas" to grow on and transform into final drafts. We've been challenging ourselves to add "juicy details", dialogue, and descriptive language. I've been so impressed by the writing going on in our class, and can't wait for you all to celebrate their final pieces when they are finished!
In Math, we learned about a new way to represent multiplication equations: arrays! Arrays serve as a visual to students to help them think in terms of rows or groups while practicing their fact fluency. We have been cutting and labeling our own individual kits of arrays, which I will be sending home on Monday to finish up. Like I mentioned at Curriculum Night, I have attached a link to the game Factor Pairs. This game provides practice with viewing arrays, and identifying the products of several factor pairs! I will post more games to the "Important Information" page as I teach them!
In Reading, we have continued to practice our reading stamina. I will admit that I have been pretty strict with it. We read as a whole class, and the second I see any eyes wandering up from their books, I stop the timer. So far, our maximum reading stamina time has been 15 minutes, but the goal for third grade is 30 minutes. Please encourage your child to practice their reading stamina at home by finding a comfortable spot, picking a "just-right" book, and having a calm body.
Finally, in Social Studies, we have been practicing our map skills, and learning about different cities, towns, and landmarks in Massachusetts. We even took a "Train Tour" through Massachusetts, where we watched informational videos about the New England Aquarium, Salem, Lowell, and The Basketball Hall of Fame. Ask your child about their favorite stop on the train tour so far!
That's all for now! Have a great week everyone!
Hello Third Grade Families!
Getting to know your children these past few weeks has been truly amazing. We've been working hard to build a strong and positive classroom community, and I'm looking forward to it becoming even stronger as the year goes on!
We have done so much together already! We have read aloud many books such as Oh, The Places You'll Go, Miss Rumphius, First Day Jitters, and Come On, Rain. We even voted on our first chapter book to be read aloud, resulting in us starting The Name of This Book is Secret. This book is full of cliffhangers and leaves our class begging for more! Our class has been challenged to make it to 30 minutes of reading stamina (reading with our eyes glued to the pages with no distractions). So far, we've only made it to 10 minutes, but I have a feeling that this might be our week to make it to 30! To expand our reading interests, we participated in our first ever book tasting on Friday! Hopefully you heard all about it over the weekend. I have attached some pictures at the end of this post!
We personalized our very own writer's notebooks, and began writing some of our first narratives in them! This week, we will begin picking some seed ideas, and transition toward the editing stage of the writing process. I am so impressed with the detailed writing I've been reading, and can't wait for families to get a sneak peak of the writing at our Curriculum Night on Thursday!
Much to our young mathematicians' delight, we have been working on multiplication, and representing equations with pictures and groupings. This week, we will begin our investigation with arrays and area. Keep an eye out for our first math homework that will be going home tomorrow, and will be due back the following Monday (10/2).
Finally, we have been able to put our map skills on display as we are finally finishing up our own neighborhood maps! This week in social studies, we will begin embarking on a train journey that will lead us to discover many landmarks and cities around Massachusetts!
I look forward to seeing most of you at Curriculum Night on Thursday, where I will fill you in on some more third grade happenings!
Have a great week and see you soon!
Hello Third Grade Families!
I want your child to start off this school year with some books that they are excited to read, and for that, I need your help!
When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. The more your child reads, the better they will do in school and in life.
Scholastic Book Club is a resource made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality, age-appropriate books chosen by Scholastic for prices as low as one dollar!
The best part? You will be helping our class when you order: Scholastic matches each order you place with FREE BOOKS for our classroom to share!
Thank you for helping your child become a successful reader, and please email me with any questions or concerns!
Enjoy these last days of summer!
Go online to: scholastic.com/newparent
Look up my name: Marissa McLellan
Or enter our Class Code: RB9F4
Follow the instructions to place your order online by: 9/30/17
Hello third graders and families! I can't believe the new school year is almost here! I have been busy all summer getting everything ready so we can have the BEST YEAR EVER! I am so excited to meet everyone and to hear about what you did over the summer. I also can't wait to hear about what books you have been reading! I just finished the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and it is one of my new favorites. Learn more about me by checking out the About Miss McLellan page!
Take some time to check out our class website! I have already attached some information about this school year, and I will be posting weekly updates about what we are doing in class, upcoming events, and weekly reminders. Our classroom supply list and welcome letter are included in the Important Information page. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in September!