"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin
Wow, looking back on September the third grade really hit the school year running! We were actively involved in sharing ideas and thoughts to help make up our classroom expectations. 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.
This month we will finish our reading of “Third Grade Angels” by Jerry Spinelli. 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. Later in the month we will break into groups and work on various reading strategies such as fluency, decoding multisyllabic words, and context clues.
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 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 continue to 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?
L’ Shanah Tova. Happy New Year to those that celebrate Rosh Hashanah! We learned that this is an important Jewish Holiday. It is a time for Jewish people all over the world to reflect on the past and what good things that they would like to do for themselves and others in the New Year. Our class came up with our own list in the picture below of good deeds that we could do for our “New Year” in third grade!
This month we will be busy collecting and pressing leaves for the colorful, fall placemats that we design for the residents of Bellingham.
Important Dates for October:
We provide a quality education where children are empowered as learners.