We have been very busy in 3F! Lots of important paperwork came home in your child's orange folder this week. Many graded assignments, including rubrics, as well as a mid-trimester Learner Behavior Progress Report. Every student received one in their orange folder. Please take time to review these reports with your child, sign and return by November 2nd. Please note, these are not final grades! This is about half way through the trimester and it is a good time to make us all aware of what we are working towards and what plans we need to make to be successful. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to write me a note on the back or email.
Thank you to all of the families who have sent in generous supplies for our pumpkin activity on Tuesday! We have about 6 volunteers coming in to assist...it is going to be amazing! The children are so excited!
In Writer's Workshop, we are finishing up our final personal narrative for the trimester. This narrative is based on a fall activity that they participated in with family or friends. Lessons we have focused on and will be looking to see come to life in their writing are:
-An interesting lead (emotion, dialogue, action or description)
-Characters and setting
-Descriptive details (adding adjectives to describe our nouns)
-Dialogue, speaker tags and putting "said" to bed by choosing other words.
-Show don't tell (Instead of saying "I was so angry" focus on describing what you look like/how you act when you are angry
-A satisfying ending (reflection, a hope/wish, lesson learned or a decision)
-revising and editing
We will be typing our final copies! After we complete personal narratives, we will be moving on to text-based narratives.
In Math, we finished up subtraction through the thousands with and without regrouping. They did really well on this chapter assessment! This week, we focused on how to represent multiplication with equal groups, repeated addition and arrays to help the children have a better foundation of what multiplication is before we dive into the facts.
As we finish up our introduction to what multiplication IS, it is time to start thinking about how we can help our students become fluent in their multiplication fact recall. I have very vivid memories of my father driving us home after sports, firing off multiplication problems to the back seat, "What is 7x8?" "What is 9x6?" As painful as it was for the both of us, I can say I have my facts memorized, thanks to him! I will do as much as I possibly can at school with fact recall; however, they are going to need to do a decent amount of time each night on memorization at home. I will be switching XtraMath from addition and subtraction to multiplication. Their log-ins for Xtramath can be found on the front page of their planners. On here you will also see a log-in for Prodigy. Prodigy is an amazing, interactive video-game like math resource. The students go on quests, solve common core math problems and "battle" each other through solving problems correctly. They kids are so invested and interested in this website! Check it out!
**Some students have asked if they could bring in multiplication flash cards to practice during reset time--absolutely! We have a few sets already, but feel free to send some in for your child, too.
In Reader's Workshop, we have been focusing on Character Traits to get ready for our big Pumpkin Project. During this project, students will be choosing a character from their novel to represent on a pumpkin. They will be thinking hard about character traits that they found in the text to help them decorate it. There will be a writing portion included, where they will describe their planning and design for their pumpkin, as well as what character traits they were representing and why (citing text evidence).
We have officially wrapped up science for the trimester and have now switched to social studies.Our first unit this year will be on the three branches of government This unit on government is placed in this trimester primarily because elections take place at this time of year. Students’ background knowledge of rights and responsibilities serves as the foundation for their understanding of the structures of power and authority in their local government. Third graders will be responsible for the standards on local- and state-level government.
Thank you for all that you do to support your child. It does not go unnoticed!