Welcome to 2015. I hope you all had a joyful and peaceful Holiday vacation. December was a whirlwind of activity. Depending on what reading group your child was in they either finished reading Muggie Maggie, Flat Stanley, or The Homework Machine. We worked on various reading skills such as fluency, context clues, decoding multi-syllabic words, and comprehension strategies. Ask your children which book they read and have them tell you a summary about their books. In writing workshop and grammar we made pronoun pepperoni pizzas, and learned about plural nouns. While pronouns seemed easy, we learned that when there is more than one in a sentence, they can be tricky to identify! We also wrote about gifts of giving for the holidays. In math, some of us continued with 3 digit addition, expanded algorithms, and word problems. Others began work on multiplication. We also began our math fact Friday timed quizzes. In Science we began our observations and exploration of the life cycle, of seeds, plants, flowers and cones. We put on our googles, pulled out our magnifying glasses and compared seeds of different types of fruit. We observed which fruits have more seeds, and we made predictions about why the fruit forms around the seeds. We did experiments with celery and food dye to understand and to see how water travels up the tiny tubes in plant stems in order to feed the plant. We even learned about how sugar is made in plant leaves and learned how to work as a community of learners to physically sequence the cycle to help us remember the order. Last but not least, in social studies we have been reading stories about holidays and holiday traditions around the world. We also learned about timelines and how they are important to understanding a sequence of events. In the classroom and the computer lab, third graders made a timeline of the journey of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims first year in America.
A look ahead...
Math We will finish up our topic and 3 digit addition and subtraction and move into/continue with multiplication. We will focus on multiplication as repeated addition, Arrays and Multiplication, the Commutative Property, and writing Multiplication Stories. Math fact Fridays will continue. Quizzes will be given orally this month. Please remember to spend at least 10 minutes a day reviewing math facts with your children. Even though we are starting multiplication, third graders still need to know their addition and subtraction facts too!
Reading Reading groups will continue this month, however, the groups may change.
Grammar We will continue with our study of verb tense, and prefixes and suffixes.
Writing Writing Workshop will focus on "How to" paragraphs. For example… how to make hot chocolate. Third graders will learn to write directions in sequential order. They will be expected to use clear descriptive words, complete sentences, and proper sequence of steps and details. After they have written and published their paragraphs, they will present these steps to their peers.
Science We will continue learning new vocabulary and study how animals and their habitats grow and change.
Important Dates 1/5- Classes resume 1/14-Kids Care 1/15- All School Gathering- 10 a.m. 1/19- MLK Holiday- School Closed- Day of Service
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