Third Grade News

January 2017

Mark your Calendar!

Tuesday, Jan 10th - Zaxby's Night

Monday, Jan 16th - MLK Holiday - NO School

Friday, Jan 20th - Inauguration Day! Wear Red, White and Blue

Friday, Jan 20th - Report Cards Come Home

Tuesday, Jan 24th - Math parent night 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 26th - All American Skate Night

Friday, Feb 3rd -PTA Bingo Night 6:30 pm

Reading Rocks

This month we will be reviewing some previously taught skills. Students will review how to find the main idea and supporting details, characters and character traits, and using context clues to find the meaning of words. Students will be building upon these skills in the coming months as they prepare for deeper comprehension of texts.

*One thing to work on at home is building reading stamina. Encourage your child to read the same book from start to finish over a few days.

Writing for Success!

Our next unit of writing will be opinion writing. Students will learn to organize, draft and publish a paper that will share their opinion on a topic and give reasons to support their opinion.

You can help at home, by having your child write you letters for things they might want or not want to do. They must include firm reasons to support their opinion.

Grammar Fun

The students will begin working on understanding the difference between simple, compound, and complex sentences. Our ultimate goal is to have all students using these different types of sentences in their everyday writing. As you have probably noticed, this is part of each of our writing rubrics under the “style” section.

Below you will find clarification on the types of sentences:

A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought. Example: The dog barked.

A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a conjunction. The conjunctions are as follows: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. Example: The dog barked, and the duck quacked.

A complex sentence has an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses. A complex sentence always has a subordinator such as because, since, after, although, or when (and many others) or a relative pronoun such as that, who, or which. Example: The students are studying because they have a test tomorrow.

Math Corner

We have begun our unit on geometry with a focus on quadrilaterals. Students are required to sort quadrilaterals based on one or more attributes. For example: A square can also be classified as a rectangle because it has 4 right angles. However, it can also be classified as a rhombus because it has 4 equal sides. Students will be working to complete a vocabulary page throughout this unit which will include all of the many attributes of these shapes. They will also learn to partition (break apart) shapes into equal parts to form fractional pieces.

*Look for information regarding a test for the week of January 23rd.

Investigating Science

Fossils will be our next unit. The students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago and investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models/replicas. The students will explain how fossils are formed and uncovered. They will construct fossil models and identify examples of extinct species and how scientists study them.

The Fossils vocabulary words are as follows: amber,cast, excavate, extinct, fern fossil, fossil, imprint, Mastodons and Woolly Mammoths, Megalodon, mold, Paleontologist, petrified, prehistoric and trace fossil.

The quizlet has been created and the link is posted below:

This week we worked strictly on the vocabulary words and the images of each. Each child made their own vocabulary study sheet to use throughout the unit. These should be in their binders. We will use the lab books in class to go over the fossils unit. Once we complete the unit, the lab books will come home to use to study as well.

Social Studies Update

Students will learn the following Historical Figures for the third quarter in this order:

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson. Students will focus on each hero for 2 weeks and a quiz will be given on each one. Remember, you can get to any of the american hero books via eclass.

Word Study

Our prefixes for Unit 3 are as follows:

vid, vis - to see

port - to carry

fin, finit - end, limit, term

mov, mot, mobit - move

graph, gram - to write or draw

Please check your child's agenda book for a full list of words for each unit.