Hello Third Grade Community,
Thank you so much to those who continue to check out the blog. It’s been awhile since I’ve made an up to date post on here, so we’re past due for a proper update! 🙂
This week in Reading:
We’re on week 5 in Reading Street, which means students will take their unit test next week. As you should have seen on the Family Times, we have been working on a lot of reading strategies:
Author’s purpose, text features, generalizations (a new one!), inferring, and so on. This week, we are working on cause and effect. I gave students a silly example that they no longer can state “dunno” when I asked them questions such as, “Why didn’t you do your homework? ” The not completing homework is the effect of a situation. A lot of times a student will answer, “dunno.” Being a great reader and a smart third grader means understanding the world around you. We should be able to find the cause of a result.
- I didn’t do my homework (effect) because I misplaced it (cause).
- Suzy went to bed late (cause) so she was tired the next day (effect).
- There was lots of litter on the ground (cause). Therefore, Mrs. Best’s class picked it up off the ground (effect).
Please make sure students are reading nightly and completing homework. Also, please check your child’s folder for graded material. I find students recycling their work and they have been told all work goes home once checked. This way, you are aware of the progress your child is making and can see mistakes, comments, and corrections that are being made in class.
We are continuing to work on division. Today we took a quiz. From these results, I will be able to determine what skills need to be retaught. Students have been learning numerous methods on how to solve a division problem. Feel free to break out the coin jar, get some marbles, or other tangible items that students can divide up into groups.
In Science, we will begin talking about the three types of matter and exploring the changes in matter.
We will continue learning about communities and how communities change over time, especially the changes we see and have seen in Cincinnati. I also want to tie in how the industrial revolution played a key role in making changes over time. This will help prepare us for our upcoming field trip on March 23rd.
Bonnie’s Plants Challenge:
Our third graders are so fortunate to have the opportunity to care for a living cabbage plant! Today, students received their very own cabbage plant with a flyer on how to carefully care for the plant. Students were told how important it is to take care of a living thing. In addition to raising some yummy cabbage (great for slaw or sauerkraut), Bonnie’s Cabbage Plants will give a student a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship! It’s not too early to start planning for college! It’s simple! Just take care of the plant, and at harvest time, weigh your plant with the picture and send me a copy of the picture, along with your child holding the plant (Yes, your kiddo will be in 4th grade when it’s time to harvest:). All of the directions are on the flyer that went home. I recommend hanging this on the fridge or in an area that can be easily referenced.
That’s it for now! Make it a great night!
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