Class News

Class News 2017-18

November


Math:  

Students completed Unit 1 which gave us time at the beginning of the school year to review concepts we already knew.  This included how to add and subtract with a number grid, rounding numbers to the nearest ten and nearest hundred, and not only interpreting data on a bar graph, but creating bar graphs, as well.

In Unit 2, students learned about extended facts for addition and subtraction.  Additionally, many of our lessons involved learning strategies to solve multi-step number stories, including concepts with multiplication and division.  Our knowledge of arrays was used to divide larger quantities of objects into equal groups, and we even learned how to interpret amounts that were left over which were the remainders!

As we enter Unit 3, students will be applying estimation skills for addition and subtraction of multidigit numbers.  We will also be learning different algorithms to add and subtract two and three digit numbers to find exact answers.  We will also be learning strategies for remembering multiplication facts, by using known facts, to learn and master more difficult ones.  In all of our math units, we focus on being able to clearly explain how we answer questions both orally and in writing.  Learning for alternate ways to solve problems is a way we can always challenge ourselves with our math skills!

We have also begun learning our multiplication facts which is a very important focus for the entire third grade school year.  We need to make sure we practice with our flashcards and on IXL to master these facts before we get to fourth grade.


Sciene


Our first rotation in science is a unit focused on forces and motion.  The third grade “scientists” will measure  how long it takes an object to move as well as understand that the faster the object moves, the less time it takes to cover the same distance.  

The students will engage in “hands on” activities to provide them with real life experiences while learning how to collect data that provides evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of a given object.  

Students will also practice asking questions to determine the cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between to objects not in contact with each other.  


Reading  

We are excited to continue our work with the character study in Unit 2.  Through our class shared book, we are creating mental movies in their minds, using their schema to make deeper connections, and using clues embedded in text to help us make strong predictions about the characters we meet in the text.  Students are also meeting with their reading partners to discuss their thinking as it relates to the characters in their books.  Through the aid of sticky notes, the students are able to “stop and jot” their thoughts and note when their characters begin to change.  The children are using the Work of Readers model as a guide to strengthen and document the changes that their characters make from the beginning of the story to the end.    


Writing:

The students in third grade are finishing up their first piece of the year.  They are so proud of their personal narratives that describe an experience that is a turning point moment in each of their lives.  The children have learned to write about the scenes leading up to this moment by using a story mountain to organize their thoughts.  The strong feeling of the turning point moment is "stretched out" so that the reader can truly understand the feeling of this experience.  Once described, the children were encouraged to express the lesson learned from this experience and this was also included in their personal narratives.  We celebrate each student's writing by displaying the writing pieces for classmates to read and respond with positive comments and praise.


We are now ready to embark on our next writing unit in which we will learn how to write about the characters we meet in our stories.  The third grade writers will become “literary essayists” and use evidence from the text to support their thoughts and themes that they discover while they read.