Third Grade Rocks

Folsom ES Jan 11th-15th


Baby it's cold outside, brrrr! Please help us all enjoy our outdoor recess time by making sure your child comes with the appropriate attire. Jackets, hats, mittens and long pants help to make this cold time of year fun outdoors. Thanks for your help!


New unit: Fractions! We have been working on understanding what a numerator and denominator represents, and identifying the fraction when given a pictorial model. Next week, we will move into fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions. Below are the acquisition skills - these are what you can have your student work on/practice at home if you would like to provide them with additional support:

  • Pictorial models, including strip diagrams and number lines, to represent fractions greater than 0 and less than or equal to one with the denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.
  • Given a specified point on a number line, determine the corresponding fraction greater than zeroand less than or equal to one with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.
  • Represent fractions of halves, fourths, and eights as distances from zero on a number line.
  • Represent equivalent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 using a variety of objects and pictorial models, including number lines.
  • Explain that two fractions are equivalent if and only if they are both represented by the same point on a number line or represent the same portion of a same size whole in a pictorial model.

We will continue to expect the students to practice their multiplication facts for atleast 40 minutes per week. Please check with your student as to how his/her teacher has asked that they log their weekly minutes. Next week (Jan. 11) we will focus on the 6s in class. The students will have their weekly timed quiz that Friday, the 15th.

Thank you for your support!

Equivalent Fractions for Kids
Fractions on Number Lines - v2


Reading - We are beginning to look at poetry in a variety of ways. As we study poetry, we will focus on the following things:

-Making Inferences

-Understanding the Author's Purpose

-Find the meaning of words

-Text Structure (rhythm, rhyme, stanzas, lines, etc)

-Figurative Language (simile, hyperbole, personification, metaphor, etc)

-Imagery (how do the words create a mental picture for the reader)

Writing- Students will be focusing on making interesting leads or hooks and closing with a circular ending. We will also support poetry by not only reading poetry but learning how to write it! Your young author will be rhyming in no time!

Grammar- Students will continue parts of speech and using punctuation, like commas, to make their writing easier to understand.


Students will identify and compare a variety of landforms and explore some ways that landforms can change. Students will learn that Earth’s systems continually interact at different rates of time affecting the shape of the Earth’s surface and that Earth’s surface is continually changing.

Social Studies

We have been focusing on participating in our government and what civic responsibilities are. Next week, students will understand that our civic duties lead us to contribute to the greater good and to stand up for what is right. We will be researching Dr. Martin Luther King as a Civil Rights Leader and be able to identify what qualities he had that made him an outstanding citizen!
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President