Happenings in Third Grade

Late October Edition

Everyday Math

We will be beginning Unit 3 in Everyday Math which focuses on linear measurement and area. Concepts include measuring to the nearest inch, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch, as well as, the nearest centimeter, 1/2 centimeter and millimeter. Children will be reviewing perimeter and area, and learning about number models to find the perimeter of polygons (add all sides) and area of a rectangle and square (length X width) .

Don't forget that Everyday Math Online has homelinks, access to the Student Reference Book (SRB) and math fact practice.

We will have a timed math fact test in the near future. Xtramath.org is a great way to be ready for this type of test.

ELA- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Together We Can is our next theme in reading. In this 6 week unit we will also be focusing on Fact or Opinion, synonyms and antonyms, main ideas and details, nouns, as well as compound words.

Robust Vocab and 4-3-2-1 are tested weekly. Unlike in second grade, students will need to be able to use Robust Vocabulary correctly in a written sentence on weekly quizes. We continue to work on comprehension and finding information in the story (text) to prove our answers. These 4-3-2-1 comprehension checks help prepare our students for the PSSA.

Other Happenings

Music--Children will be learning to play the recorder.

Gym/PE--Children need sneakers to participate in gym.

Recess--Be sure your child has a coat for recess. We go outside unless the weather is in the 20s.

Lunch--Talk to your child about buying snacks.

Ask your child to explain the Lunch Café to you. Many children are able to practice daily skills online when they are finished eating.

Study Island--Study island is a program used in the classroom and at home to practice skills we are focusing on in the classroom. This program is linked to the Common Core standards which are the set of skills a child needs to learn in each grade. Students can always get extra practice on these skills by logging in at home.

100 Club--It is so exciting to hear about all the students who are joining in the 100 Club!

Just a heads up that next semester all students will need to complete a book report.

iPads in the Classroom

We have used a few iPad apps in our classroom. Most are free and can be used at home as well if you have a tablet.

Pic Collage is similar to a bulletin board. We use this in class to describe robust vocab.

Quick Math is a fun math practice game. Children can choose the operation and it will track their improvement.

This week children will be introduced to the Scholastic Magazine app. Be sure to ask about it.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival will take place Friday. Children should bring costume to school in a bag. Please do not send any weapons or frightening accessories. Masks are not permitted.