Here’s what’s happening in 3rd Grade:
Writing: We are finishing up our realistic fiction writing. We have learned to think of an experience in our own life and add new, realistic parts to make the story interesting. We have made up characters and learned to use character traits. We continue working on Show not Tell. We used a story mountain to plan for our writing.
Social Studies: We are finishing up our unit on Michigan History. We will be learning about how Michigan became a state. Our unit test will be next week.
Math: We have been working on addition and subtraction. Much of this lesson has been review, but we have also learned about rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. Our unit test will be next week.
Reading: We have started our Series Book Clubs. Each student is in a group and they have a daily reading assignment that must be completed for them to meet and discuss with their group. The groups discuss the questions and predictions they have as well as what the character is doing and how they change in the story.
Please continue a consistent routine of reading 20 minutes (5 days a week) and math fact practice (at least 5 minutes/5 days a week).
A new homework packet is coming home today. The assigned pages are: HOMEWORK 3-13 and HOMEWORK 3-14. Students should only do these pages (not the Remembering pages on the opposite side of the page). The packet is due next Monday, Jan. 16.
As always, students should continue their daily reading and math fact practice.
Spelling words should be practiced throughout the week as well.
A note about math facts: As we enter into the last half of our third grade year, the expectations increase in that students should be gaining independence with practicing their facts and mastering them. This is an expectation as we move into more difficult math concepts. We do not always practice during the day at school, so it is expected that students are consistently practicing at home. This builds confidence, progress, and mastery.
Thank you for your support!
We have been learning about The Three Fires- Ojibwa, Potawatomi, and Odawa. We have read, highlighted important information, and have answered questions.
The homework for tonight is to complete the reading and chart for Odawa. It will be due tomorrow (Thurs. Jan. 5)
We enjoyed our Polar Express Party today! Thank you to all who donated supplies and volunteered. We appreciate it very much! Check out the video!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break!
It will be so important for your third grader to continue reading and math fact practice over the holiday break. Please remind your third grader to log on to MobyMax to work on math facts (or use flash cards) as well as continue with their daily reading.
Consistency is key in making progress!
Thank you for your support!
Our math test will be on Monday (not Friday). We will review on Friday and the review pages will come home. It would be very helpful to review telling time to the hour/minute and elapsed time word problems over the weekend.
25 minutes after 8
35 minutes before 9
Elapsed time word problems:
Grace went to Grandma’s house at 1:30. She stayed there for 2 hours and 25 minutes. When did she leave Grandma’s house?
Lisa leaves for practice at 4:05. She returns at 5:25. How long was she gone?
We will not have a new homework packet this week. A homework page may come home later in the week, but no regular packet.
We will not have spelling words this week or next. We are doing some activities in class with Christmas spelling words.
***Don’t forget to prepare a wrapped box to send in along with a small gift (pencil, eraser, stickers, etc.) for our Christmas party.
With the cold and snow, please make sure your child brings all their snow gear to school- coat, snow pants, gloves, hat, boots. It would be so helpful if you put your child’s name on their winter clothing. This prevents our Lost and Found from piling up! Also, make sure gym shoes are kept at school. Thank you!!
Our Holiday program is tonight at Fair Haven Church. Third graders will need to report to their classroom (100 Wing) at 7:30 pm. It will be a great program!!
Check the School Blog for more information.
For the first time ever, we are going to have audience participation for our final song this year! The students are very excited to share this experience with you, however, in order to be ready to join in on the fun, we are asking families to download this free jingle bell playing app PRIOR to the holiday program on their phones if you will be attending the 3rd-5th grade performance. THANKS!!
iJingle Bells (John Slater) is available on iPhone
Christmas Jingle Bells (Bytza Entertainmet) is available for Android
We will have our Economics test tomorrow (Friday 12/9). We have reviewed in class and the review sheet should come home tonight.