3H Class Newsletter
Police Dog Visit and Field Trips
This Spring, we've also embarked on a few field trips. On Friday, April 8, we visited the Planetarium at Rowan University to kick off our new science unit on Space. The following week, April 15, we took a walking trip down to Greenfield Hall to start focusing our learning from communities in the United States to our own community. In addition, on Tuesday, May 17, the PTA was nice enough to purchase tickets for all third grade classes to visit the Arden Theatre for a showing of The Stinky Cheese Man. The play's genre will be the perfect compliment to our final writing unit, fairy tales. Adventures like these help us create third grade memories that last a lifetime!
Field Trip to see "The Stinky Cheese Man" at the Arden Theatre
Tuesday, May 17th, 8:45am
40 North 2nd Street
Check Out What We've Been Learning!
Children were especially proud to learn how to multiply multi-digit numbers by other multi-digit numbers. We learned two strategies: partial products, which we call the "bowtie" method, and lattice. I've been adding videos of these strategies to our homework notes so if your child is ever having trouble using a strategy, feel free to see if there is a video on that night's homework note to help! Children actually learned lattice through discovery, by looking at a completed lattice problem and figuring out the method. I was impressed with how quickly children were able to grasp each of the tools and how eager they were to learn more. We took a minute in class, in fact, to think back to how daunting they would have seen math problems that solve with ease way back in September. Don't worry! I will also be teaching traditional multiplication to the class!
Reading: Children read two biographies recently. Children worked hard to identify main ideas and details in Young Thomas Edison. We followed that story with Jump!, a biography of Michael Jordan. Children worked to identify facts and opinions in that story, which proved to be a challenging task at times. Children also learned about Albert Einstein, Ruby Bridges, Wilma Rudolph, and Benjamin Franklin by reading picture book biographies and searching for facts and opinions in partnerships.
In our most recent story, The Science Fair, children worked on being close readers. We practiced being close readers by looking at characters' actions, thoughts, and words in video clips, short excerpts, picture books, and our shared text. We've also been practicing this skill in guided reading. One thing we highlighted about close reading is that good readers stop, reread, and examine parts of the story that give lots of evidence about the characters, setting, or plot.
We also recently learned to find causes and effects in Dogzilla, and we learned to identify non-fiction text features in A Tree is Growing. One important lesson we learned about non-fiction texts is why readers choose to read non fiction which is to learn and to remember the information. Non-fiction text features help readers do those two things. The non-fiction stories we've been reading also tie in perfectly to our informational writing unit!
A final goal we've set as is class is to really focus on being strong and engaged independent readers. Children have been working towards reading at least 1-3 books a week. On Fridays, children have been writing to me about their independent reading book.
Writing: We dove right into our persuasive writing unit by writing a few flash drafts about big changes we wanted to see in the world and smaller changes we wanted to see on our playground. Children were encouraged to discuss and brainstorm persuasive writing topics at home by looking for problems they see around them and thinking of potential solutions. Over the course of a few weeks, children worked on writing one persuasive speech of their choosing. Children examined strong speeches and learned what writing moves they could incorporate into their own writing.
Children are now working on their informational writing. We have some awesome topics in class ranging from sports like football, baseball, bowling, hockey, surfing, roller blading, archery, and soccer to topics like baking, embroidery, art, and even electric circuits. Children have loved researching about their topic and becoming experts. We've learned that a lot of information writing uses our narrative and persuasive writing moves to make it more interesting than just facts, facts, facts. One important goal we're working on a class is self editing and recognizing missed punctuation, capitalization, word endings, and misspellings on our own. It's a tough job!
Science: We completed our chemistry unit. We started by learning about physical properties of chemicals. Children worked in groups to identify five unknown, white household chemicals. Each science lesson children added a new chemical to each of the five unknowns and recorded the reactions they observed. Children used those reactions to make predictions about the unknown chemicals. Don't be surprised if you see your child looking through the household chemicals you have at home! In the end, children made concrete poems to display their predictions about the unknown chemicals.
Social Studies: We continued to learn about continents and countries. We're slowly zooming in our on world to learn about states. Children have really enjoyed figuring out their global address. They completed a "Me on the Map" project where children illustrate each part of where they live. It was a hit! Most recently, we've started to focus more on Native Americans. The students began learning about Native Americans back in March when we had a Lenape Lifeways Assembly. Now we're learning more about the Native American way of life and children are going to start a fun weaving project this week!
PARCC Testing Information
PARCC Testing Monday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 11
English Language Arts Test: Monday, May 2 - Thursday, May 5
Math Test: Friday, May 6 and Monday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 11
We have been/will be testing in the morning from Monday, May 2 - Monday, May 9. This typically happens from 8:55 - 10:45. We will be testing in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11. This will begin around 1:00 and go until the end of the school day.
3H Shelebration Performance
Friday, June 10th, 2-3pm
1 Lincoln Avenue
*In the event that an issue arises on that date, the performance will be rescheduled for Monday, June 13 at 2:00 in our classroom.
Important Upcoming Dates
May 2 - 11 PARCC testing
May 6 - Spirit Day - Wear your Central School gear!
May 12, May 19 - Battle of the Books Lunch Meetings
May 12th, 16th, 18th and 19th-ART GOES TO SCHOOL
May 13th-Interim “Send Home” Date (3:30 pm)
May 17 - Arden Theatre field trip
May 24 - Central School Spring Concert @ 7 pm
May 26 - Battle of the Book County Battle @ Central School
May 30 - No School - Memorial Day
May 31 - June 2 - Visiting Poet to third grade
June 6 - 10 Spirit Week
June 10 - Shelebration 2:00 in our classroom, Room 214 (make-up date June 13)
June 15 - Field Day!
June 15 - 17 Half Days
June 17 - Last Day of School
Poet of the Week Schedule
- Sage - Friday, May 6
- Henry - Friday, May 13
- Sam - Friday, May 27
Student of the Week Schedule
- Xander - Week of May 9
- Jocelyn - Week of May 16