We finished up our reading of Third Grade Angels and learned how to organize our answers into written responses to reading comprehension questions. We are all really good at tracking our reading with our fingers or pencil erasers. Third graders are now reading in groups and each group is reading a different book and working on a different set of reading skills that will enhance each student’s comprehension and fluency. Some of the skills that we covered were looking at internal and external character traits and seeing how those traits helped to shape a character, comparing and contrasting characters, and story mapping. In the next month we will continue story mapping, locating important events, and sequencing of events as well as the main idea.
Spelling and Writing
Third graders are doing awesome in spelling! They are now accountable for the spelling words that they learn. We will be focusing on long e , short u, and contractions. Specifically, we will focus on the different spelling patterns that make up those words. Third Graders are working at being good inspectors and proof reading their journal entries for punctuation and spelling mistakes before conferencing.
In writing workshop, Third graders have been learning about sentence structure and how to identify the subject and predicate in a simple sentence. We also worked on adjectives and are currently learning about verbs and verb tenses. We are learning how to write a monster story that has a problem and a solution with 2-3 important events. Third graders are working on graphic organizers that help them to tease out the information that they will need to make their stories complete. They will then be able to take these pieces and synthesize them into a published work of art!
In Math we have been focusing on addition and subtraction meanings and properties. Do you remember the associative, commutative and identity properties of addition? Some new vocabulary words that we have learned are addends, difference, fact family, and equation. Our minds have also been engaged learning how to apply our knowledge of tens and ones, and how to break apart numbers for mental math! Up next we will be rounding, estimating sums and differences, and making sense of addition and subtraction equations. Please continue to work at home on addition and subtraction facts through 12. If your child knows those facts well, then start practicing multiplication facts.
This month in Social Studies we focused on the geography of communities and how renewable and non- renewable resources shape how and where communities develop. Moving forward Third grade will begin to study about early communities in America and Westward expansion.
Dates to Remember:
11/5 – All School Gathering 11/6 – Parent/ teacher conferences 11/7 – No School- Parent/Teacher conferences 11/12 – Kids Care 11/24 – Lower School Family Meeting for Worship – 10a.m. 11/26 – 11/28 Thanksgiving Holiday
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.