Third Grade Tribune

News from 3L and 3R October 9th

Fall Festivities

We will be holding our Fall Festivities on Thursday, October 29. If your child would like, he/she may bring a costume to school on that day as we will have a small parade at 9:30 and then our party after at 9:45. The costume should be a simplified version, if possible, of what your child will be wearing for trick-or-treating, as he/she will have a very limited time to change before the parade. The costume should be one that can be put on over your child’s regular clothes. Also we won’t have time for face painting, and masks are discouraged as they may be a safety issue. I trust your judgment! We’re looking forward to a spooky, fun day. Thanks for your help!


In Reading we are finishing up our study of identifying character traits and using context clues. We’ve used a variety of texts to study character traits of fictional characters, as well as some real people in history, including Abraham Lincoln and Wilma Rudolph. Students have done a nice job identifying character traits, but still need practice and reinforcement to distinguish between a character’s traits and a character’s feelings. This week we continued using context clues to help us understand new words and even used ‘magnifying glasses’ to detect the meaning. Please continue to support your child at home when they are reading and completing their weekly reading log. The skill work on the reading log is a great tool to reinforce some of the concepts taught at school.

In English and Writing we are finishing our study of nouns and typing our informational paragraphs about an animal. Students have enjoyed using their Chromebooks to research and publish their writing pieces. It’s been a learning experience for many and I would encourage you to allow your child to practice typing on the computer at home. We will use our Chromebooks more as the year progresses and the ability to type well will be a valuable tool!

Students were given the Quarter 1 Reading Assessment this past week. Overall, they did a wonderful job focusing and trying their best. This was an important assessment, as it evaluates each student’s knowledge of the skills and concepts taught throughout the first quarter. I hope to see all of you at conferences so that we can discuss your child’s specific needs fully. Happy Reading!


The Unit 2 Chapter Test was sent home this week in Friday Folders. We reviewed the assessment together as a class and in small groups to celebrate our accomplishments as well as clear up any misunderstandings. I would encourage you to review the test with your child to reinforce key mathematical concepts.

Mathematicians are very excited about our next math unit - Understanding Multiplication. In this unit, students make sense of multiplication as finding the total number of object in all. They use drawings to combine equal groups, skip count on a number line, draw diagrams, and use arrays. As students solve multiplication problems presented in context, they make sense of the meanings of factors and products. Students look for and express regularity and repeated reasoning as the apply the Commutative Property of Multiplication to find products by using other known products.

Students have enjoyed using a variety of math manipulatives to model multiplication problems. Encourage your child to use objects found around the house such as buttons, pennies, Cheerios, or beans to reinforce the concepts of equal groups, jumps on a number line, and arrays.

Social Studies

Map skills will be our focus during Social Studies for the next two weeks. It is important that we recognize how to read, understand, and utilize scale as we examine the various maps that we encounter. Maps can be drawn to represent a variety of information. This information might include things such as roads, tourist attractions and campgrounds, or they might represent the latest weather patterns. The objects on a map are represented using symbols. A symbol is a picture on the map that represents something in the real world. Understanding these symbols requires the use of a key. Maps use a key, or legend, to explain the meaning of each of the symbols used in the map. These keys usually show a small picture of each of the symbols used on the map, along with a written description of the meaning of each of these symbols. Over the next weeks students will use the key parts of map to read and understand a maps; specifically political and physical maps.

Important Dates

October 16- Professional Development Day- No school for students

End of First Quarter

October 19- No School

October 23- Report Cards will be available on-line

October 28- Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 30- No school for students- Parent/Teacher Conferences