Here’s what we’ve been working hard on in 3rd grade:
Writing: We have finished our unit on persuasive writing and we begin working on informational writing. Students will need to think of a topic they know a lot about and can teach to others.
Social Studies: We are nearing the end of our Michigan Economics unit. We have learned about natural, human, and capital resources as well as scarcity, opportunity cost, specialization, and interdependence!
Math: We have started unit 3 where we are working on measurement.
See the family letter that was posted. Multiplication facts should still be practiced daily!
Reading: We begin our study of informational text. We will be reading informational texts and observing their features. We will be working on using different strategies to read informational texts.
A FEW MORE THINGS TO KNOW:
- A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, December 4. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
- We have library on Friday this week. Please help your third grader to remember to return their books so they can check out new books.
- Multiplication Fluency Practice: We did not do a practice page last week due to our two day week. Your child should know what multiplication facts they should be practicing for the practice page this Friday.
- Early Release this Friday, December 1. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.
- Holiday Shop: Our class will go to the Holiday Shop on Tuesday, December 5.
- LOOKING AHEAD: Holiday Program is on Thursday, December 14.Kindergarten – 2nd grade will start at 6:30pm
3rd – 5th grade will start at 7:30pm
Social Studies homework:
Economics homework will be coming home tonight. It is due tomorrow (Friday). We have been studying specialization and interdependence as well as import and export. Students are to find five or more objects around the house and write where it came from.
New Math Unit:
We have started our new unit in Math. We will study measurement. Please click on the family letter below to read more information about what we will be learning.
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!
Our unit 2 math test will be on Friday! We will review in class today and the review page will come home. We will do more practice work on Thursday as well. Please help your third grader go over multiplication and division facts and word problems.
Throughout the last week we have been learning all about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan. Tomorrow, we will do a check-up to see how well we are learning them.
Please review these with your child. A chart will come home tonight to help your third grader study.
Peninsulas- upper and lower
Islands- Mackinac Island, Beaver Island
Sand Dunes- Sleeping Bear Dunes
Mountains- Porcupine Mountains, Huron Mountains
Bodies of Water:
Lakes- Great Lakes (remember HOMES)
Rivers- Grand River
Waterfalls- Tahquamenon Falls
Bays- Grand Traverse Bay, Saginaw Bay
A new HOMEWORK PACKET and spelling words are coming home today. The homework packet is due next Monday. We will have a spelling test on Friday.
A homework packet will be coming home tonight. Homework packets are sent home on Mondays and should be returned the following Monday. Most every packet will consist of: math pages, reading/math fact log, spelling practice.
Reading/Math Fact Log:
This is used to keep track of at-home reading and fact practice. Help your third grader make this a routine for continued progress in math and reading this year. This pink page will be returned each Monday. Flashcards or MobyMax can be used to practice math facts or any other kind of tool that works for your third grader.
Practice Spelling Words:
A spelling word list comes home on Mondays for the test on Fridays. At-home practice will be important in helping your child learn spelling patterns. Spelling City is a great resource and is linked to the blog. Another great way to practice is to use the words in writing sentences. Help your third grader to notice beginning/ending sounds or patterns as well as the vowel sounds a word is making.
We will have a test on the Core Democratic Values on Friday.
I told the students it would be on Thursday, but I have since changed it to Friday.
This assessment will cover core democratic values and applying them to public issues. A few review pages will come home today.