Team Third Grade
Mrs. Behm, Mrs. Komar, & Mrs. Frye
November 22, 2019
We wanted to take this moment to thank our amazing parent community for supporting our third grade team. Your consistent encouragement of having your child read every night and engage in their math practice is making the difference. Have a restful and joyful Thanksgiving as we come to the end of our first trimester of school!
In Language Workshop, we have learned from many authors, illustrators, and each other, the importance of community and relationships. It was wonderful unpacking and discovering so many important messages, themes, and lessons from these books. In fact, our deep conversations lead us to put into motion the valuable lessons we were learning. Our third graders took on the challenge to follow a character’s lead, Katie in the book entitled One Smile, to do simple acts of kindness in class, in school, at home and or in their community that could create a ripple effect of compassion.
The students’ focus to lean into their community didn’t stop there. After reading the book, Grandfather Gandhi, they learned the importance of peace and self control. The students then generated productive ways to problem solve and put into action ways that can lift up the community and not break it down. Here’s a snapshot of the trails of their thinking:
Language Workshop Continued
The theme for our next unit of study for Language Workshop is inquiry. The students will unpack what inquiry is and how it can be used to problem solve. Their wonderings and curiosity will hopefully spark their intentions to search for the answers to their questions that unfold.
We are continuing on with our unit on multiplication! Students are eager to try different strategies as they are exploring this new concept. Some strategies include repeated addition, equal groups, and making arrays. Ask your kiddo what their favorite strategy is! Next week, we jump into solving word problems using multiplication. We will talk about what to look for in the problem and the important parts that we need to solve! After break, we will look at the connections between multiplication and division as we work hard on building fluency in 3rd grade!
As we continue our study of the continent of Europe, we are focusing on the geography. Students got to travel to Europe through Google Earth and notice many of their special features. For example: peninsulas, rivers, coastlines, mountains, plains, nearby seas & oceans.
Save the Date:
The 3rd grade music concert and showcase of excellence is coming up on Tuesday, December 3rd. Please mark this important date on your calendar. See you then!
2:40 Dress Rehearsal in gym
6:00 Showcase of Excellence in 3rd Grade Classrooms
Music Concert to follow in gym