Third Grade Tribune

News from 3L and 3R April 5, 2016


Before Spring Break, students worked hard on determining point of view in reading. Using nonfiction texts, students identified the author’s point of view and how their personal point of view differed from the author’s. During this study, students had the opportunity to take a stand on different topics and support their own point of view with evidence from text and personal experiences. Since our return from Spring Break, students have been working diligently to prepare for their upcoming English Language Arts AIR assessment. Next week, students will begin working on point of view in fiction texts, as well as reading our final class novel – Charlotte’s Web!

In writing, our focus has been on using correct paragraph format and writing opinion pieces. Students have practiced supporting their opinion on a topic with evidence from nonfiction texts. As authors we’ve learned the importance of supporting your opinion with substantial evidence in order to persuade your reader to agree with you. Before Spring Break, we concluded our study of prefixes and suffixes. Students worked together in class to apply their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of different words. They also engaged in a game of Jeopardy to practice these skills! Next week, students will begin studying homophones - words that are pronounced the same as another word but differ in meaning, and may differ in spelling.


Mathematicians worked hard in the classroom developing an understanding of perimeter and area. Perimeter is the distance or length around a two-dimensional object or shape. To deepen our understanding of perimeter, mathematicians wrapped string around the edge of a textbook, cut it, and then measured the string. The length of the string showed the distance around the book or perimeter.

Area is the amount of space taken up by a two-dimensional object or shape. Mathematicians used blocks to cover the space inside various objects such as their desk and math notebook. We counted the total number of squares needed to cover the space to determine the area of the object. Tiling objects allowed students to determine area first by counting, then by using repeated addition, and last by multiplying.


The start of fourth quarter brings back lab coats, beakers, and the joy of science! 'Forms of Energy' is the title of our first science unit. The simplest definition of energy is "the ability to do work". Energy is how things change and move. It's everywhere around us and takes all sorts of forms. It takes energy to cook food, to drive to school, and to jump in the air. Energy can take a number of different forms such as heat, electrical, sound, light, and magnetic. Students completed several experiments to discover energy first hand!

Important Dates

April 6th- ES Spring picture day

April 7th and 8th- Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 8th- No school for students

April 12th: Ohio State Testing- English Language Arts Part I

April 13th: Ohio State Testing- English Language Arts Part II

April 19th: Ohio State Testing- Math Part I

April 20th: Ohio State Testing- Math Part II