# The Barton Banner

## Where Learning is an ADVENTURE!

Welcome back everyone! We are off to a GREAT start! The first few weeks have certainly been a blast! We kicked the year off with a fun project, "Third Grade Rock Stars". Check out some of their amazing work!

Our third grade students have spent several days learning about the various ways to make this the BEST reading year yet, to include: book buzz talks with partners, choosing books within reach, recording and studying our reading behaviors and much more. We will soon enjoy our time sharing ideas about books with our Reading Buddies. These third graders continue to build reading stamina, staying engaged with their books for longer periods of time! Please continue to practice reading at home each night as well. Any time spent on this will certainly pay off. 20-30 minutes/night is all it takes!

## MATH CORNER

Wondering how to better support your child with their math work at home? Visit the link below for a wealth of information and resources regarding our 3rd grade math curriculum. http://www.sgfcsd.org/academics/math-corner/

Our year in third grade begins with developing a strong sense of the meaning behind multiplication and division. We now have a series of strategies for representing and solving multiplication and division problems. We're even learning about some of the Properties of Multiplication. Feeling a little rusty, but want to help your child...visit the link below (if you have a free moment) to freshen up on the distributive property! When teaching this concept to my third graders, we use pictures along with the equations to represent the "Break Apart" strategy.

## Math Workshop

The biggest challenge that we face when teaching math is meeting the needs of ALL students. Teaching math is certainly not a one-size-fits-all type of process. So, I have structured our lessons so that I can work with smaller groups of students at various times throughout our math block. This model ensures that each of my students is getting a greater amount of individualized "teacher time" to strengthen new math skills and concepts.

## YOUNG SCIENTISTS AT WORK

First up, the Water Cycle...we have a really fun experiment planned for this, where students will model the process of Condensation, Precipitation and Evaporation. Pictures to follow!

We'll also spend some time exploring the reasoning behind the different varieties of apples. Students will sample some apples, while learning about inheritance, traits and selection within nature. It's going to be DELICIOUSLY fun!

## September Words

again, because, could, favorite, have, into, off, people, said, they, until, very

### 60 Tanglewood Drive

#### South Glens Falls, NY

Students will shop during their Library time! :)