"Time flies when you are having fun," and we must be having fun in third grade because it is already December! Third graders did an awesome job completing their first ever standardized test, the CTP4. They did so well in fact that they earned themselves a pajama/pizza party. A hearty thank you goes out to Tr. Tom for his generosity and help with the party! A great time was had by all the kids as they finally had a week to relax and enjoy after a strenuous week of testing. We even got to watch The Tale of Despereaux, a movie all the kids loved.
For community service this past month, we were busy collecting leaves, pressing them, and making a collection of beautiful placemats to be used by the residents of Bellingham.
Language ArtsOur focus has been writing stories of thanks and things that we are grateful for as well as family and holiday traditions. Some of us are even close to publishing our stories.For reading we are learning how to pick out "just right books." Each student will be given their own book box to decorate and store their 3 "just right books." We will be using these books for sustained silent reading as well as personal conferences with me.
The students have been very busy working on Dictionary Skills. Who knew that Flat Stanley had so many vocabulary words? Third grade is learning how to look up the word, locate the proper definition, and use it in a sentence. In addition to individual conferencing, we will also read in groups and work on different types of comprehension strategies.
MathTwo important words for math: "math facts!" As we continue with our topics in math, it is super important that you continue to work with your children at home to help them to memorize their math facts. Start with addition and subtraction tables up through 10. We will be starting Math Fact Fridays. On these days I will be quizzing each child to see how quickly they can state the fact. No finger counting allowed!In addition to math facts, our topics are getting more difficult. An excellent web site that can help you/your child with what we are studying is Kahn Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ this is a free website and includes a plethora of information that can be quite helpful.
Social StudiesI am happy to announce that Flat Stanley has arrived. The students enjoyed sharing their Flat Stanley journals and pictures that they worked on over the summer. As a refresher, we read Flat Stanley again. We also have been working on this in Language Arts as well. Tr. Scott has been helping us to integrate technology into our Social Studies unit which focuses on the study of Communities. We each made a new Flat Stanley and took pictures of him around School. We will then learn how to upload him onto our class Flat Stanley project web page. Our goal is to swap our Stanley's with a school in Canada so that we can learn about "communities" in Canada.
Important Dates12/4 Health Screenings12/18 Kids Cares 3-4:1512/19 Goshen Friends Holiday Program 6-812/20- Holiday Break 3p.m
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!Tr. Missy
Graduates of Quaker elementary schools know themselves and are able to recognize the strengths of peers. Because they are effective communicators and creative problem solvers at an early age, the fifth graders approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are “ready” in every sense.