Wow, looking back on September the third grade really hit the school year running! We were actively involved in getting to know each other. We played games, answered surveys, and did a variety of fun “all about me…” projects as a way to learn about our new and returning students. We have slowly taken our time to learn the structure of the day, class procedures, routines, and how to transition between classroom activities and our specials classes. From these experiences we are learning how to be model citizens in our classroom and school community.
In September we read fun and engaging books such as First Day Jitters, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, The Name Jar, and 26 Fairmount Ave. Third graders learned how to visualize their reading by making mental pictures in their heads. We also practiced a lot of “text to self” connections. This was especially fun to do while reading 26 Fairmount Ave. Looking ahead, third grade will transition into guided reading groups. We will work on comprehension strategies, character traits, and character comparisons. We will also continue to work on text to self and text to text connections.
Writing Workshop continues to thrive. Students are beginning to use their own brainstorms to generate topics to write about. We will continue to have peer and teacher conferences as a way to talk about our writing and to help acquire ideas to enhance our stories. We will also be working on punctuation at the beginning and ending of sentences. Students will also learn about sentence structure with an emphasis on the subject and predicate of a sentence.
This month we will wrap up place value and continue building on number sense through mental math. Students will learn about the associative, commutative, and identity properties of addition. Rounding numbers, estimating sums and differences, patterns on a hundreds chart, and adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers will also be taught.
In Social Studies, we will study properties and features that make up communities. We will begin to explore answers to questions about communities such as: how land shapes a community? How and why communities are different from each other? What resources are needed for communities to develop? Community Cares
The addition of our Stem Bins and Stem challenges have been a huge success for all of the students. We have been busy thinkers and engineers figuring out the best way to build our structures. We have also been practicing how to be good partners as we work in teams to solve some of the challenges.
This month we will be busy collecting and pressing leaves to use for the placemats that we make for our friends at Bellingham to enjoy.
Important Dates for October:
10/7 - In-service Day for teachers- no school for students
10/10 -Columbus Day- No School
10/12 - All School Gathering at 10am, third grade will present…parents welcome!
10/12– Kids Care- 3:15-4:15
Week of 10/24- CTP4 Standardized testing practice
10/31 - Halloween Celebration