Can you believe that September is already over?! This year is flying by already!
Here are some highlights of the learning that's been going on in third grade:
I am noticing that students are becoming more and more familiar with their multiplication facts! Moving away from memorizing facts and timed tests, we are focusing more on using strategies to break bigger equations up. Some strategies students should independently be able to use include:
- representing equations as things that come in groups
- skip counting
- making rectangles with dimensions representing the factors of a multiplication equation
We've been thinking a lot about how to build the best reading life for ourselves. Last week, students began reading the same books in and out of school, tracking their reading progress on their reading logs, setting goals, and practicing some comprehension strategies using our new read aloud, Stone Fox. I'm also thrilled to announce that 10 students submitted Scholastic Book Orders which allowed our class to pick out 3 sets of free books AND $20 additional dollars to spend on anything we wanted from the catalogue! Thanks so much for helping to make that possible! Books should arrive at school by the middle of next week!
We've been writing a lot lately, working hard to develop personal narratives into pieces of writing that capture a storyteller's voice using dialogue, sound effects, and detail. Students have been working with writing partners, tracking their progress using a rubric, and stretching their writing out to add all kinds of details. I can't wait for you to read some of their writing at Curriculum Night this Thursday!
Last week, we embarked on a Train Tour of Massachusetts, making stops in several notable towns and cities including Boston, Salem, Lowell, Worcester, and Springfield so far! Students have been watching videos, engaging in discussions, and working to create an interactive map filled with information about each place we visit.
We began our third grade word study curriculum by thinking about words that have closed syllables( ex. cut, dig, lap) and words that have closed syllable exceptions (kind, bolt, mild). Ask your child to explain the difference to you! This week, we will explore words that follow the 1-1-1 rule --> 1 syllable, 1 vowel, 1 consonant after the vowel.
For this week's math homework, students who have not finished cutting and labeling array cards from last week will take those home to complete. Students who are finished with this will play Factor Pairs which is linked on the Extra Practice page of this site. Students will continue to read for at least 20-30 minutes each night, filling out their reading logs as well. Students will also be encouraged to complete the optional word study homework. The Tic Tac Toe spelling sheet is also linked on the Extra Practice page.
I hope to see most of you at Curriculum Night this Thursday!
Have a wonderful week,