As of 3/15
What a short week. I'm disappointed that we didn't get a chance to do everything I had originally planned. Figures crossed for no more snow days.
Math: We transitioned into our unit on data and graphing. Students have enjoyed creating their own surveys, collecting data from their classmates and practicing reading and creating graphs. Students seem confident with reading bar and pictographs and we continue to work with line-plots. Next week students will have the opportunity to practice measuring with centimeters and inches and creating line-plots with the measurement data.
Writing & Grammar: Students are practicing planning their ideas using brainframes (graphic organizers) and then writing clear responses. We continue to practice a variety of grammar skills each week. This week we focused on differentiating between there, their, and they're as well as noticing the differences between wives and wife's. Both are still tricky for many students. In spelling students are working with individualized word lists to develop tricks that will stick. Ask you student which words they're working on and what trick they are using.
Reading: Students completed the assessment for the non-fiction unit and used the assessment to identify strengths and weakness. Students were honest in reflecting about what is still tricky for them, and we will find ways to practice more. Next week we will begin a unit on habitats that integrates science concepts of adaptations, food-chains, and environmental change on animals and habitats with lots of reading and fact collecting. It's a nice follow up to the reading unit of student on non-fiction.
Science: We started our Mystery Mammal unit this week. So far students have looked at our example animals "coyote" and "grey squirrel" and analyzed mammal skulls. Students are looking at various skulls of unknown animals and looking for clues that might indicate what the animal is.
Reading is a key part of homework
Students should be reading 20-30 minutes every night. This is key to maintaining and developing solid reading skills. Another reading assessment period is approaching. I look forward to hearing the progress each child has made this year.
March 29th - 3rd graders will participate in Techsplorations
Techsplorations is an annual favorite. This interactive presentation allows students to explore the concepts of tension and compression with hands-on activities and simple builds. Students can apply what they have learned during our science lessons about materials, active forces, and experiment with different materials.
Even though it looks like winter, spring conferences are just around the corner. Use this link to sign up for a time that works for your family.
Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation- Tuesday, May 8th
This is a third grade highlight. Mark your calendar, fill out and return the permission slip and consider joining us. PERMISSION SLIP BELOW
Early Release days for spring conferences and MCAS start in April.