Isaac Fox Elementary s THE MATRAS December 4, 2015 s Ph: (847)540-2815 s firstname.lastname@example.org s MINUTE A Summary of Third Grade Happenings Reading/Language Arts Reading We continue to explore nonfiction text structures. Understanding these structures help us as readers determine important information and deepen our understanding of a topic or subject. We have also been learning how nonfiction writers use a lot of very specific vocabulary words in order to teach their readers important information about their topic. Often times, these words may be unfamiliar to us. We discussed how important it is for us to monitor our reading and we discussed strategies we can use when what we are reading doesn’t make sense. Homerun Reading Logs for second trimester were sent home earlier this week. I shared with the third graders the new reading requirements. 700 minutes is the new benchmark for a homerun. Please remember that it is your child’s responsibility to fill out their logs and complete the back page activity. Writing The third graders are in the drafting stage of the writing process. Drafting is the time in the writing process when we think about how we are going to organize our piece and how we can make it sensible for our readers. To help us to do this we are working on how to balance out the beginning, middle, and end of our writing, to ensure that we have just the right amount of information in each part to make sure our message is clear and well thought out. Mathematics All classes tested on Module three. Our next module focuses on building from the third graders prior experience in Module one with 2 and 3 digit numbers and extending to 4-digit numbers. They will be reading, writing, locating numbers on a number line & comparing and ordering numbers. Social Studies This week, we packed our suitcases and headed off on an adventure to travel the globe and learn how different countries celebrate the holiday season. Our first stop was Australia! The third graders loved learning about the six white boomers. We also made a stop in Holland. Next week, our travels will continue to Israel, France, Italy and Germany! Science We have started our new science unit, “States of Matter”! Our first activities have focused on recognizing that all objects are made of matter. We also have worked on classifying various examples of matter as a solid, liquid, or gas. Growth Mindset Teaching and modeling a growth mindset is one of our goals at Isaac Fox. Last week, we spent time reviewing the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. The third graders worked on how they can change their words to change their mindset. I am sending home today a resource you can use at home to help reinforce what we have been discussing at school. Quick Tidbits December 19th–January 3rd: Winter Break!