We had a super busy week! We are working hard on all of our units and we are already starting to produce some amazing work! Here are some of the highlights:
We worked hard to generate our hopes and dreams for third grade. We are still working to come up with a list of rules for our class which will be displayed throughout the year. We also began sharing during morning meeting. So far students have brought in instruments to play, shared about exciting news, and shared cool new gadgets. I'm looking forward to listening to more students share about things that are important to them!
After learning about things that come in groups, we started focusing on skip counting and exploring multiples of numbers between 2-10. Students can use pictures, number lines, and equations to represent multiplication word problems and are beginning to solve related multiplication problems.
We are working on building better reading lives at home and in school. We have compiled a list of important things to us when reading:
- choosing a comfy spot to focus in
- finding someone to talk about reading with
- reading books you love
- reading books like they are gold.
We started learning about how writers capture a small moment and write a lot about it. It's taken a little while for us to generate story ideas, but using strategies like listing important people or mapping an important place will definitely be helpful to keep our ideas flowing. I've been very impressed when reading the amount of detail and feelings your children have been putting into their writing already! I can't wait to see what their finished pieces will look like!
We spent a lot of time working in teams to explore different types of maps, compare and contrast older and modern maps, and we are still practicing using cardinal directions to describe location. This week, we are shifting our focus from maps to important landmarks and places in Arlington and Massachusetts. We will be learning about places such as The Jason Russell House, Old Schwamb Mill, The Minuteman Bikeway, and more! Stay tuned for some pictures of our explorations!
We will be starting regular weekly homework next Monday (9/24). Students will receive a double-sided math page, a reading log, and optional word study to be completed and returned by Friday. I will discuss this in depth with the class.
I've attached some sideways pictures!-- I can't get them to display in portrait mode :(. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy them regardless!
Have a wonderful week,