Isaac Fox Elementary s THE MATRAS March 11, 2016s Ph: (847)540-2815 s firstname.lastname@example.org s MINUTE A Summary of Third Grade Happenings Reading/Language Arts Reading As we continue to study characters in fiction texts, we are recognizing that some characters are more complex. They face conflicts and experiences that may cause them to change over the course of the story. The third graders are learning how to recognize when and why characters may change over time. We are also learning how fiction writers bring their stories to life by using rich descriptive language, as well as figurative language, to create vivid images for their readers. Writing Over the past few weeks, the third graders have been collecting ideas for their nonfiction writing. Last week, the third graders learned what nonfiction writers think about as they consider possible topics they want to stick with and publish. They used these strategies to select their topic for their writing piece. This week, we began the collecting stage of the writing process. In this stage, we will focus on ways writers research their idea, explore different aspects of a topic, and gather relevant information from different sources. The third graders will use this information collected to develop and draft their writing pieces. Quick Tidbits -March 11th: Progress Reports sent home -March 25th – April 2nd: Spring Break! in Mathematics Most classes wrapped up Module 7 with a test today. We will be skipping ahead to module 10 for our next activities. This module covers some math concepts which will be seen on PARCC and we want to ensure they have exposure to these concepts prior to taking the test. We will make our way back to modules 8 and 9 after we complete module 10. PARCC Info The first of two PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers’) tests will take place in April when we return from Spring Break. The primary purpose is to provide high quality assessments of students’ progression toward post-secondary readiness and success. March testing is a performance based assessment that will consist of a total of 5 tests; 3 reading/language arts based tests and 2 math tests. Because the tests are taken on the computer, we are spending time in class preparing students for the format of the test. They are learning how to navigate through the on-line testing environment. Below is a link for you to view samples of the assessment. There is nothing that your child needs to do to prepare for the test at home except simply coming to school well-rested and with a positive attitude. More information will be coming home as we get closer to testing. parcc.pearson.com/ Science Tuesday, the third graders had the opportunity to explore states of matter and light even further during Enrichment Day. The P.T.O. provided a day of activities experimenting with several concepts related to each of our current units of study.