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3rd Grade News - January 2019
3rd Grade News - February 2019
In March, we will be spending time reading picture books of various genres. Students will be guided to think more deeply about a text. They will think, talk and write about the relationship between characters, the climax of the story and the lessons the author is trying to teach us. This work will support students to work independently as we are in our Test Prep Unit of Study.
Please continue to support your child at home by ensuring that they read every night. Students should be reading both fiction and nonfiction independently. Additionally, they should be discussing the characters in their reading and begin to notice patterns to grow an idea and make claims about the characters with text evidence.
In writing workshop, we will begin our unit on Persuasive pieces. Students will organize and categorize information to support their arguments. Students will learn how to include their opinion with words throughout their writing to make their argument more convincing.
Students will be practicing reading, writing and math skills in both home and school. Please support your child and guide them as needed at home with homework.
In our math unit, Perimeter, Area and Polygons, students will learn to measure and order shapes by perimeter, find the area of regular and irregular shapes as well as identify polygons. Students are strengthening their understanding of measurement tools. Students are encouraged to share their mathematical thinking and always check for accuracy.
This month third graders will be learning about the geography, culture, and history of several African countries.
Mrs. Birchfield continues to support the English Language Learners in 3rd grade. The NYSESLAT is fast approaching! The speaking portion of this test begins right after the ELA test in April.
In Science, we are continuing our investigation into sound. Students will explore their ability to discriminate sounds. They will listen to sounds made by objects dropped into a drop chamber and attempt to identify each object from its sounds.
Students will also develop a code by assigning letters of the alphabet to a selection of objects. Using this sound code, the students will send messages to one another by dropping a series of objects into the drop chamber.
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In March, third grade artists will practice making an animal from modeling clay that can stand up using coils and balls. Their final assignment will be remaking the animal out of air-dry clay and painting it.
Third graders will continue to work on B flat and F sharp (these are more difficult notes). They will learn more songs with the eighth-note rhythm. They will be introduced to a new note: E. They will also be introduced to the sixteenth note rhythm.
Kickball Unit- Beginning the basic skills of kickball utilizing the gross motor skill of running and agility during running the bases.