Hello from 3rd grade! November was a busy month full of learning and class trips. We enjoyed learning about all of the many things that the Chester County Food Bank does for the community. We were given a tour and got to see the entire warehouse full of farm fresh produce as well as canned goods. We learned about how the food is harvested and cleaned and how the volunteers at the food bank use many of the fresh vegetables in the meals that they cook and deliver. We also had fun coloring and decorating boxes that will be used to package food.
We had a wonderful time with Tr. Charmagne at the Kimmel Center, listening to the beautiful music of the Philadelphia orchestra! We learned about the composers at the turn of the century and how the music that they created was influenced by famous artists throughout history such as Pablo Picasso.
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/ movie party. A hearty thank you goes out to Ava’s mom, for supplying the popcorn and cupcakes! 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.
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.
A Look Ahead….
Celebrating the Holidays!
Third Grade friends will be making paper stockings for a student gift exchange of small novelty items to celebrate the winter holiday. Please send items to school by Wednesday, December 17th. Our holiday party will be Friday, December 19th in the afternoon.
Language Arts Our focus in writing workshop has been grammar and punctuation. We have been learning the difference between common and proper nouns, and verbs. This coming month we will also learn about verb tenses. We have also been studying contractions. Our next writing assignment will focus on holiday traditions.
Third grade is divided into groups for guided reading. Each group gets to work on specific skills. One of the skills that all of the groups are working on this month is vocabulary. The students are learning how to use the context of the sentence to figure out the unknown word. In addition, if they still have trouble, we look up the word in the dictionary and use it in a complete sentence. We will continue to read in groups and work on various comprehension strategies.
Math Two 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 this month. 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, we will be adding and subtracting with expanded algorithms of 2 and 3 digit numbers. We also will continue to work on problem solving skills through word problems.
Social Studies As we continue to learn about communities, this past month we focused on the Pilgrims of Plimoth. Students learned how to make a historical timeline of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims first year in Massachusetts. We then did some technology integration with Tr. Scott and we are currently transferring the timelines onto a website called read, write, think. When they are complete, you will be able to view your child’s timeline. This month we will focus on Holiday traditions throughout communities and families.
Community Service - Be on the lookout for information regarding Goshen Giving.
12/17 Kids Care 3p.m. 12/18 Lower School Holiday Program grades 2-5 – 7 p.m. 12/19 Holiday Party 2:15 12/19 Holiday Break begins @ 3 p.m.
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