Wow, what a busy month we had in January! As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun…In January we learned how to write in sequential order by practicing with Oreos! We learned transition words such as first, next and last. Then we wrote the order in which we ate our Oreo cookies. Some of us liked to take them apart and lick the icing then eat the cookies, while others liked to eat the cookie all in one bite, some even liked to twist off the cookie and pull of the icing and roll it into a ball. Who knew there were so many fun ways to eat an Oreo cookie! After we practiced our writing in sequence we then made sequential comic strips of “how to eat an Oreo cookie.”
In social studies we combined language arts and technology integration to start our Biography research project. We learned about the Wright Brothers and Helen Keller and we all practiced doing “sticky note” research in order to help learn how to locate important facts.
In math we finished our unit on subtraction and finished the first unit on multiplication. We also have been working on our timed math facts quizzes. Some of us are able to complete 50 mixed subtraction and addition facts in 2 minutes, while others are able to complete their facts in 4 minutes. Please keep practicing math facts with your children for faster recall.
In Science we have been busy learning about the life cycles of plants and animals and have done observations with plants and eggs.
Here is a look at some of the things we will be studying this month in third grade…
Third Graders will continue to study and learn multiplication facts. The factors that we will be working on this month are 3,4,6,7 and 8. Also, the students will learn about the distributive property, as well as learning to multiply with 3 factors.
Please continue to study math facts at home with your children. If you do not have a set of flash cards, they can be found at the dollar store or the dollar bin at target. Also, there are a variety of math games that reinforce facts on-line. Some sites that you may want to look into are www.abcya.com, www.mathfactcafe.com, and www.adaptedmind.com.
This month third graders will read Chocolate Fever and The Chocolate touch. We will work on comprehension strategies, decoding strategies and vocabulary. We will compare and contrast the two stories using Venn Diagrams. We will also work on our fluency by adding Readers Theater into the mix!
We will continue with our journal writing as well as learning to write chapter summaries to the books that we are reading. Third Graders will also work on letter writing skills as well. This aids in connecting reading and writing skills to the community.
We will be making connections between social studies, reading and writing and technology as we read biographies of notable African Americans, as well as Presidents and other famous Americans and their contributions to the communities around us. The end product will be a research report that third grade will publish on-line on a web site called mystorybook.com In addition be on the lookout for an at home biography research project that engages the entire family!
Friday 2/10- All School Valentines Dance
Thursday 2/14 - Valentine’s Day Party 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 2/15- Kids Care-3:00-4:15
Friday 2/17- Monday 2/20- No School (Presidents Weekend Holiday)