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WELCOME TO THIRD GRADE!
I am very excited to start the new school year with my new group of Chomka Chums. We have an exciting year ahead of us!
- Dates to remember: December 6, 2017- performance reports December 7, 2017- parent conferences December 13, 2017- Holiday Concert at the high school December 22, 2017- beginning of holiday vacation
- Students are doing a wonderful job in math mastering the concept of multiplication. We are currently working on problem solving.
- Our nonfiction unit continues in reading. The students are applying the strategies they are learning to their independent reading during reading workshop.
- Our next writing project is an animal research report. Students will learn to read to learn, record notes and write a report from their notes.
- Our new science unit has arrived. We will be studying Water and Climate.
- Our Native American unit is just about complete. Our next unit will begin in January. I look forward to talking to everyone at parent conferences. Remember the students do NOT have school on that day, December 7, 2017. I wish everyone a happy, joyous, healthy holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
- Students are excited about Veteran's Day this year. We are expecting some visitors to our classroom that are their family members as well as veterans. We are very proud and thankful for their service to our country.
- There isn't any school on November 16, 2017.
- Reading: Our new reading unit is about reading nonfiction texts. Students will learn about topics, main ideas, and important details about a variety of topics. They will also learn strategies to help them comprehend nonfiction texts. It is read differently than fiction texts.
- Students will be assessed in reading during the month of November. This will determine their current reading level. This is so students are instructed at their instructional reading level.
- Math: We have reviewed addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will begin multiplication this month. Everyone is excited to learn this new concept in math.
- Writing: Students spent the beginning of the year writing personal narratives. We are currently writing poems. Our next writing unit will pertain to nonfiction writing.
- Science: We have completed our study of seeds. Amazingly we grew vegetables from seeds without soil. Ask your children about their classroom plants.
- Social Studies: Students are working in groups to study Native Americans. The two topics are the Hopi and Iroquois Native Americans. They will be learning about their homes, money, jobs, and food sources.
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your families.
- Students have successfully adjusted to their new third grade classroom. They are following the routines.
- I am proud of the Chums. They are being kind, caring, and helpful. The students learn a new word each week to build their character.
- Some children need to improve their self control so that they are listening during instruction and are quiet at the correct times of day. Please remind your son/daughter to remember when quiet is expected: when someone is speaking, during work periods and when walking in line.
- Everyone would benefit from practicing subtraction facts.
The unit of Reading Longer Texts is the focus of our current reading unit. Students are learning strategies to comprehend longer stories and/or chapter books.
I am proud to say everyone met their reading goal of 45 minutes of reading each day.
Addition and subtraction with and without regrouping is the focus of our math lessons. Students are completing equations through the thousands. They are also learning to round numbers to the nearest 10 and hundred.
Personal Narratives are the stories being written in our classroom. Children learn the skill of story writing, story elements and sequencing of events as they write stories familiar to them through personal stories. We completed a study of nouns, adjectives and verbs. We will revisit the parts of speech often throughout the year.
Communities and global awareness are the topics in Social Studies. Students learned about the 3 types of communities and are currently focusing on the town of SMithfield.
Everyone loves the science activities each week. We are studying seeds and learning that all foods with seeds are fruits.
All students behaved very well on the fire drills we have practiced this year.
No School on Monday, October 9, 2017. We will learn about Columbus before the holiday on the 9th.
Enjoy the new season of Autumn in the upcoming weeks.
- Students will learn the expectations and routines in their new classroom.
- The Common Core State Standards guide our instruction.
- Behavior expectations are based on a school wide matrix that teaches the expected behaviors in all settings within the school.
- Students are expected to be:
- OPEN to learning CARING RESPONSIBLE SUCCESSFUL
- Homework will begin the week of September 5, 2017.
- The math unit is focusing on Place Value. Students will be learning to compare and order numbers through thousands. Following our study of place value, students will be adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers with and without regrouping.
- The Launching Unit in reading focuses on the reading routines which teach children how to become good readers, who like to read a variety of genres.
- Fundations' first unit is focusing on short vowels.
- Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
- Please read and return all school forms promptly.
- Please contact me with any concerns or questions.