Isaac Fox Elementary s THE MATRAS March 24, 2016s Ph: (847)540-2815 s [email protected] s MINUTE A Summary of Third Grade Happenings Reading/Language Arts Mathematics Reading During our study of fiction writing, we have been learning that fiction writers set a tone for their stories by using words and illustrations to reveal their feelings about a subject. By choosing very specific and intentional words and illustrations to accompany their text, writers can help their readers feel emotionally connected to the characters in their stores in a more significant way. Last week, we began module 10. The first portion of the module is exploring the measurement of area using multiplication to calculate and solve problems. We also are learning to use the distributive property to multiply and calculate the area of composite shapes. We have also been learning that readers of fiction need to read closely to note how story elements contribute to the big idea or theme of a story. Figuring out the moral or theme of a story is like putting a puzzle together. We need to look at all the smaller pieces we’ve put together before we can fit in the last piece and appreciate the big picture. The third graders brought home their April Homerun Reading Logs today. Hopefully, they shared with you the new reading requirements for third trimester. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading. In order for your child to become a stronger reader, they have to be reading on a consistent basis both at home and at school. Writing We continue to collect information for our writing piece. The third graders have learned that no matter what subject you write about, you can choose a lot of different ways to write about it, depending on your purpose and audience. After break, we will begin drafting our nonfiction piece. Drafting is the time when writers take all they know about their topic and put it all together in a clear structure so it is easy for readers to understand. PARCC Info Testing will begin after break. Our testing schedule is the following: Tuesday, April 5: 8:40-10:30 Wednesday, April 6: 12:45-2:30 Friday, April 8: 12:45-2:30 Tuesday, April 12: 12:45-2:30 Wednesday, April 13: 8:40-10:30 Thursday, April 14: 12:45-2:30 Friday, April 15: 8:40-10:30 During these two weeks, our Specials’ Schedule will be different and our lunch times will change slightly. The third graders had an opportunity to explore practice tests twice. The purpose of us spending time exploring these was to familiarize the third graders with the format of the test and the tools and features of the test they will need to use during the test, (i.e., logging on to the testing site, highlighting, using a scroll bar). parcc.pearson.com/ Quick Tidbits -March 25th – April 2nd: Spring Break! - April 4th: Homerun Reading Logs Due!