We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and found time to relax with family and friends. December is an exciting month in the heart of a child and a very special time to be among these children!! Please read our newsletter for more information about this busy month!
December 10- Dining night out at Hawthorne’s
December 17- Holiday gift for custodians due
December 19- Holiday Parties, last day of school before Winter Break
-Third grade has decided to join a holiday project to show the cafeteria staff and custodians at BWE how much we appreciate them! We are collecting money until Dec. 17th and we will divide it out evenly among the five staff members in the cafeteria and our three custodians. If possible, please send cash. If you feel more comfortable writing a check, please make checks out to Shayle McIntosh (third grade parent volunteer).
-Please remember to continue checking your student’s grades in the Parent Portal and data notebook. This way there are no surprises when progress reports and report cards come home. If you have questions about how to login to the parent portal please contact the office.
-Thank you for donating pre-packaged snacks for our character education lesson on giving to those in need!
-The science fair is coming up in January! We would like for ALL students to participate in this. Students will receive two extra credit 100s in science and 1 extra credit 100 in Language Arts for participating. It is never to early to start working on this!
Reading: Series books
Students are continuing to work on following characters, this time through series. All students have a book series they are working to read at home and at school.
-Students are working to build their reading stamina to keep up with the pace of their reading group.
-Students are working in book clubs to lift their level of inferring about characters.
-Students are reading second, third, and fourth books in a series to revise and grow theories about characters
-Students are comparing and contrasting characters and themes between stories
*We will begin non-fiction reading work after the break.
Ways to support your child at home:
“Tune-in” to interesting words.
-After each chapter your child reads, ask them to tell you at least 1 new word that they came across. Ask them what they think this word could mean.
-Students should use one of our 6 strategies to help them determine the meaning of these words. We have given students bookmarks as a quick reference with these 6 strategies on them that they are expected to keep in the book they are reading. These should be coming home with them at night.
-If time after time students are answering that they did not learn any new words, they are either not “tuning” in to these words or not being challenged enough by the books they are reading.
Vocabulary Strategies we use in class:
In order to determine the meaning of a word, students are applying the following strategies:
1. Reading around the word (ex. The sapphire sparkled like the ocean. The deep blue jewel was wonderful to look at.)
2. Context Clues- visualizing what is happening in the story (ex. The wind was blowing and people were screaming, and in all of the hullabaloo the little girl was lost.)
3. Word parts (ex. Noticeable= able to be noticed)
4. The word gives you a clue (ex. Tumbleweed= a weed that tumbles)
5. Prior knowledge (ex. The dragon unleashed the fire that burnt down the castle.-I know unleashing my dog means to let it go, so the dragon must be letting out the fire)
6. Replacing the word with one that will fit in its place (ex. John put on his robe and slippers and ambled into the bathroom. What would fit where ambled is? Try walked.)
Writing: Persuasive Writing
We have begun our persuasive writing unit. Students are beginning this unit by writing book reviews. Students will shift their persuasive reviews of books into persuading parents to get or do something they would like.
*A great website to read sample book reviews is http://www.spaghettibookclub.org
Math: Unit 5
Students are beginning Unit 5 which dives into a study of equal groups and multiplication and division. Students will develop an understanding that we use multiplication to combine a number
of equal groups and that we use division to split a quantity into equal groups.
We teach multiplication as repeated addition and division as repeated subtraction, but it is still important students begin to master their multiplication facts. We will be assessing their mastery of these facts each week, so please practice these with your student at home. By the end of 3rd grade, it is expected that students will have quick and accurate recall and use multiplication combinations from 0x0 to 12 x 12.
Students will use skip counting and repeated addition to solve multiplication problems and will apply repeated subtraction strategies for division.
To solve 3 x 6 = n
3+3+3+3+3+3= 18 OR 6+6+6=18 OR 3,6,9,12,15,18
To solve 18 ÷ 6 = n
18 – 6 = 12
12 – 6 = 6
6 – 6 = 0
→ We subtracted 6 three times until we got to 0 so our answer is n=3
*A great website for fact practice: multiplication.com
*A great app for fact practice: Multiplication Genius
Science: Solar System
-Students will continue to explore that the Earth is part of a solar system that includes the sun (the closest star to our planet), planets (Earth is the 3rd planet from the sun and unique because it is a living planet), and many moons.
-Students will explore the difference between rotation and revolution and will realize that the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes day/night and our revolution around the sun is what causes the changes in seasons throughout the year.
-Discovery Place’s inflatable StarLab will visit us at BWE in January. More details will be coming home soon about this!