# The Groovy Mon-STAR Times

### Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Nov. 13

## Writing Workshop

## Grammar Review

Workshop review: Ask your child if they can...

- name the 5 parts of a complete sentence.
- produce a simple and compound sentence.
- use coordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence.
- explain the function of nouns in a sentence.
- use abstract nouns in a sentence.
- form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
- explain the function of pronouns in a sentence.
- explain the function of a verb in a sentence.
- form and use regular and irregular verbs.
- form and use simple verb tenses.
- produce sentences where the subject and the verb agree.
- explain the function of adjectives in a sentence.
- form and use comparative and superlative adjectives.
- use the articles a, an and, the correctly
- explain the function of adverbs in a sentence.
- form and use comparative and superlative adverbs.

## Getting ready for Paragraph Writing!

## Because of Winn Dixie

**Our first novel study is almost over.**We will finish reading Because of Winn-Dixie next week. This is one of my favorites and the boys and girls have learned a lot and applied many reading strategies while enjoying this great book.

I can refer to parts of a story and describe how each chapter of the story builds upon on another.

I can explain my point of view and how it might be different from the narrator's or character's point of view.

I can distinguish between first and third person narrations.

I can use sentence level context clues to find the meaning of a word or phrase.

I can describe major characters in a story and explain how what they do effects what happens in the story.

I can identify the time, place, and environment and how it could effect what happens in the story.

I can explain an author's purpose for writing a story or passage. It is as easy as P.I.E.

I can explain the main events that happen in a story.

I can determine the lesson or moral (theme) of a story.

## Readers use clues to help identify the author's purpose.

## Cooperative Learning

## What is cooperative learning?

2. The teacher's role changes from giving information to facilitating students' learning.

## Five essential elements of cooperative learning in the classroom.

- The
**first**and most important element is Positive Interdependence. (Students must fully participate and put forth effort within their group) - The
**second**element is individual and group accountability. (Members promote each other's success) - The
**third**element is face to face interaction. (Each student has an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the content being studied) - The
**fourth**element is teaching the students the required interpersonal and small group skills. (Social skills that must be taught in order for successful cooperative learning to occur.) - The
**fifth**element is group processing. (Group processing occurs when group members (a) reflect on which member actions were helpful and (b) make decision about which actions to continue or change.)

## Geography

- Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes.
- Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.
- Local communities change over time
- Primary sources such as artifacts, maps and photographs can be used to show change over time.

## Unit 3 - Exploring Multiplication

Students build on what they know about addition and subtraction to solve and represent multiplication and division stories. Students use drawings and number sentences to represent solution strategies and reasoning.

- Complete open number sentences involving multiplication (e.g., × 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 and

× 4 = 4 × 3; × 4 + 1 = 13 ). (Algebra 3) - Represent multiplication and division problems in stories, drawings, and number sentences.
- Multiply and divide using mental math strategies (e.g., reasoning, repeated addition).
- Solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.
- Represent solution strategies for problems involving the multiplication facts using number sentences and drawings. (Algebra 4)
- Represent solution strategies for problems involving multiplication facts for the 5s and 10s using number sentences and drawings.

**After lesson 3 in Unit 3, we will be taking a break from the daily Trailblazer lessons to dive deeper in our understanding of multiplication. We will work 2 days on each fact family 2-12. We are doing this because multiplication is a key concept of 3rd grade mathematical learning. We want students to be able to demonstrate mathematical understanding, as well as, procedural skills.

## Strategies for Multiplication Strategies are used when students have not yet mastered their facts and/or are working on a more challenging math problem and need a visual for solving. | ## Arrays- A Student Favorite I find many of my students can quickly jot down an array to solve a fact they don't know, or when they need to show their thinking. Misconceptions can occur when arrays are connected to a word problem. Remember that arrays are organized in rows and columns. The first factor in a multiplication sentence is the row and the second factor is the column. | ## Why does it matter?The commutative property says 2x3=3x2, so why does my teacher tell me my answer is wrong when I write the wrong fact? When we are working in fact memorization or basic problem solving, the order only carries the purpose of getting a product. However, when we are solving a word problem, the order of the numbers demonstrates a child's understanding of the meaning of those numbers. When I explain this in class, I draw a picture, (which the kids find very humorous). So I invented the "GET" method, so students remember the first number is the "G," number of groups, "E," number of items in EACH group, and "T," the total (or in multiplication, I remind them it is called the product). |

## Strategies for Multiplication

## Arrays- A Student Favorite

## Why does it matter?

*The commutative property says 2x3=3x2, so why does my teacher tell me my answer is wrong when I write the wrong fact?*When we are working in fact memorization or basic problem solving, the order only carries the purpose of getting a product. However, when we are solving a word problem, the order of the numbers demonstrates a child's understanding of the meaning of those numbers. When I explain this in class, I draw a picture, (which the kids find very humorous). So I invented the "GET" method, so students remember the first number is the "G," number of groups, "E," number of items in EACH group, and "T," the total (or in multiplication, I remind them it is called the product).

## Sequence of Units in Trailblazers

If you would like to review work or see what is coming, you are always welcome to log into the website and access the digital lessons, or ask your child to bring home their text book. Vocabulary should be reviewed and is located in the math journal. The DPPs (Daily Practice Problems) can also be reviewed and brought home after completion in class.

**Unit 3: Exploring Multiplication**

**Unit 8: Exploring Multiplication Patterns**

**Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division**

**Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume**

**Unit 9: Parts and Wholes**

**Unit 11: Analyzing Shapes**

**Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns**

FYI***I will be resetting all of my math student accounts to multiplication so their fact practice will be directly reflecting the class work. If your child is already working in or passed multiplication, their account will NOT be reset.

## Mrs. Oduyoye

## Mrs. Chalk

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