Third Grade Warrior Newsletter
Our Learning Goals This Month:
This month we will become experts on narratives by reading multiple stories and understanding their structure. We will be able to describe the setting and how the characters affect the plot. Later in the month we will begin to write stories based on the characters we've met in our reading. In Fundations, we'll continue to build on last year's work as we strive to become stronger wordsmiths.
How can we become effective citizens in our local community? This is the question we'll address this month. We'll learn how citizens work together in a democracy to solve real problems. We'll learn more about local government, the voting process, and develop group problem solving and communication skills.
This month's science unit focuses on weather and climate. We will be examining patterns in the weather and climate to predict future weather conditions. We will then apply our knowledge of climate and weather to study natural weather hazards (such as flooding or lightning strikes) and create designs that lessen the impact of those hazards.
Our year begins with fundamentals as we apply our knowledge of place value to 3 digit numbers. We'll use number line strategies to decompose numbers (take them apart and think about the value of their digits) as well as algorithms to estimate, add, and subtract. Nightly homework should focus on building speed of facts recall (fluency) to zoom through addition and subtraction levels in our new math facts program. Please play games as they are sent home to reinforce this critical understanding.