We've been very busy finishing up some units these past few weeks! Here are some of the highlights:
We started thinking about division! Working with story problems, we have been practicing to identify what information we know, what we are looking for, and what operation to use. Students are able to independently use cubes and pictures to help them visualize story problems and should be able to represent division using at least 2 types of equations ( 3 x 6 = 18 is the same as 18 divided by 6 = 3). Last week, we created array haunted houses (using arrays to create the windows). We even drew some special friends who are protecting our haunted houses every day as they hang in the hall (see picture below)!
Today was our first day working on our new unit on Data, Graphing, and Measurements. For the next few days, we will be collecting and organizing data, thinking of questions we want answered, and recording what our data teaches us.
We have been learning about the importance of thinking about our reading, and students have been pushing themselves to write about their reading on their stop and jot sheets. We have done a lot of hard work around asking questions about the text and author's purpose, making predictions, sketching "mind movies", and gathering information as we read. If you read with your child at home and would like to continue this work with them, please visit the Extra Practice page to print off a stop and jot form!
We all started to write a new personal narrative which will bring together all of the strategies and storytelling techniques we have learned throughout the unit. These pieces of writing are some of the strongest I have ever seen from third grade students and I can't wait for you to read them at our writing celebration! This will be taking place sometime in November.
We started our first science unit of the year! In this unit, we will be learning all about seeds, the life cycle of a plant, and heredity. We have already had some great hands-on experiences including dissecting pea pods to analyze their seeds, and today we dissected all different kinds of fruit (thanks to your amazing fruit donations). We were excited to learn that a pomegranate can have 436 seeds while peaches, plums, and avocados only have 1 seed! Next week, we will continue investigating different properties of seeds.
This week's homework includes a double sided math page focused on multiplication and division story problems, continuing to fill out a reading log, and optional word study practice. This week, the Book Fair is running in the library! I can't wait to see what amazing books your children take home!
That's all for now! Have a great week!
Enjoy some (sideways :( ) pictures from the past couple of weeks!