What a busy time of year! I just have a few quick reminders for you. Report cards went home today. I also included a letter about Lexia with your child’s level.
Please send back the unit 3 math test once you have reviewed it with your child. I am required to collect all the tests and keep them at school. Thank you! I hope you found it helpful to see the test.
Dear 3rd Grade Parents,
On Tuesday I will be giving the unit 3 math assessment on area. I have sent home a review packet to help your child study. It is not required that your child complete the whole packet, but for some children it will be very beneficial.
I also want to remind you that by this point in the year 3rd graders should be approaching fluency in the 2, 10 and 5 multiplication and division facts. Thank you for encouraging your child to practice their facts.
Have a wonderful snowy weekend!
Below is a math update and basic fact clarification. I have had some questions, so I hope you find this helpful.
This week in math we are wrapping up the 2nd unit “Understanding Multiplication and Division.” In this unit students developed a basic understanding of these concepts, which they will further explore in our next unit on area. Please continue to have your child study his/her basic addition and subtraction facts if they do not have them mastered.
After the Thanksgiving break, I will begin to systematically teach strategies for multiplication and division basic facts. By mid-January, 3rd graders should be fluent in their 2, 10, 5, 1 and 0 facts. Many students are already beginning to learn their multiplication and division facts. I have attached is a sheet of the strategies used in class. The order in which the facts are taught are 2, 10, 5, 1, 0, 4, 8, 9, 6 and finally the remaining 3 and 7 facts. (We have briefly touched on strategies for the 2, 5, 10, 0 and 1 facts in class.)
Thanks for all you do to support your child in math at home and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
Below is an update on what is happening in math, reading and writing this week. Thanks for all you do to support your child’s learning at home!
Third graders are applying their multiplication and division skills to write and solve word problems. This week they will also be working on telling time to the nearest minute using the analogue clock.
Third grade readers are beginning a brand new unit called Reading to Learn. It focuses on important skills and strategies of reading non-fiction text such as identifying the main idea and supporting details and noticing different text structures. This helps them grow as readers (and writers!) of information. Students will continue to strengthen their fiction skills in targeted small groups and at home with choice reading.
This week in writing, third grade students are starting our information writing unit. They will learn the important strategies used to write information texts that are well-planned, well-crafted and well-researched. This week, the grammar focus will continue to be on pronouns, to clarify meaning. (A pronoun (I, me, he, she, herself, you, it, that, they, each, few, many, who, whoever, whose, someone, everybody, etc.) is a word that takes the place of a noun. (Joe saw Jill, and he waved at her, the pronouns he and her take the place of Joe and Jill, respectively.)
Lifetime Spelling Words
Review: when where why there their they’re one won say they would could
should our are again sure any many was were your you’re or very every
new: do does
Attached to the homework sheet today, is an explanation of the 3 ways your child has been taught to solve multiplication and division equations (equal groups, arrays, and open number line). It would be very helpful if you would ask him/her to demonstrate these methods for you. For example, you may want to ask your child to show you how to solve 4x6 using the open number line, or 20 divided by 4 using equal groups. Teaching another person is a very effective way to make new learning stick.
As always, I truly appreciate all you do at home to support and reinforce what your child is learning at school.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
It was nice to see so many of you at the Halloween Parade today. I appreciate all the delicious treats you brought for the class! Please see below for an update on what is going on in the classroom and reminders of upcoming dates to remember. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The third graders are very enthusiastic about learning multiplication. They have discovered that multiplication is really repeated addition (4x2 = 2+2+2+2). The first multiplication facts they will be practicing in class are the 2, 5 and 10 facts. If your child is fluent in addition and subtraction, they may want to start learning their multiplication facts.
Students are working hard to compare all of the mysteries they have read to figure out how mysteries “tend to go.” We’re also working on specific fluency (rate, expression, accuracy, phrasing) and comprehension (retell, inferring) skills in small groups.
This week in writing, third grade students will finish publishing ‘small moment’ stories. In doing so, they will continue their practice typing on the keyboard. This is an important skill for them to develop as they begin to publish more of their written work. The grammar lesson will be on sentence parts: subject and verb. (The cat ran away. subject: cat verb: ran)
Lifetime Spelling Words
review: when where why there their they’re one won say they would could should our are again sure any many
new: was were your you’re
11/1- Picture Retake Day 9:30-10:30
11/3- Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser
11/7- Election Day- no school for students
11/9- Veterans Day Assembly- 9:30 – 10:00
11/10- Veterans Day- No School
3rd Grade Teacher