Third Grade

What an active, vibrant, and busy first few months of school! And what an amazing group of third graders. Everyone is working hard, taking good care of one another, and having fun. At the start of the year, we focus our energies on learning the schedule, routines, and expectations and our efforts have certainly paid off. Read on for a sneak peek into our work in third grade:  
 
In math we've...

    - Calculated time to the nearest minute and represented elapsed time. (Please encourage your child to tell time to the nearest minute using analog clocks at home. This will help build up their confidence and ability to tell time quickly and accurately.) - Conducted surveys based on  topics of interest and represented data in bar graphs.  

    - Made sense of multiplication situations and developed strategies for solving problems. For example, students have put objects into equal-sized groups, drawn pictures, skip counted, used repeated addition, and drawn arrays. These strategies come into play as children represent stories with multiplication number models.  
 
In reading we've...

    - Identified common elements of *most* fictional stories (characters, setting, problem, events, solution). We watched this animated short to help us think about fictional story elements: Bridge Animation Short. As students read Realistic Fiction texts in small groups, they practice identifying these story elements.

    - Practiced citing evidence from the text to support our claims.

    - Practiced rereading, reading ahead, and visualizing the story in action when meaning is lost. 
 
In writing we've...

    - Developed our Silly Faces Stories into final drafts. This entailed editing, revising, receiving feedback from peers and teachers, and self-checking the overall quality of our work based on the writing rubric.

    - Drafted letters to our new pen pals from the Center School in Greenfield! We will write to our pen pals throughout the school year. 
 
In weather we've...

    -  Collected weather data in journals and made predictions based on patterns in the data.

    - Set up rain gauges at the front of the school to study local precipitation patterns.  

    - Studied the water cycle and different cloud types.

    - Identified non-fiction text features and talked about how each feature helps us as we read.  
 
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just need to check in.  
 
Best,  

Mrs. LaPlate