Isaac Fox Elementary s THE MATRAS October 23, 2015 s Ph: (847)540-2815 s firstname.lastname@example.org s MINUTE A Summary of Third Grade Happenings Reading/Language Arts Reading This past week, we took a “sneak peak” into the various genre units we will be learning about for the year: nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The third graders learned about some of the elements and common characteristics of each of these. Next week, we will begin our first genre study: nonfiction! Writing During Writers’ Workshop, we have been immersing ourselves in a variety of literature to answer the questions: why writing is important? and why writers write? We learned that all writers have something to say, and they write as a way to communicate to their audiences. One of our favorite books we read during Writers’ Workshop was If You Were a Writer. The author had a powerful message to us as writers: writing doesn’t just “happen”. Writing takes time and needs to go through a specific process in order to ensure that it makes sense and is interesting. Quick Tidbits October 26-30th: Red Ribbon Week See attached flyer regarding the activities scheduled for the week! October 30th: Halloween Party! The kids will be changing into their costumes around 1:10pm. The parade begins at 1:30pm. Our classroom party will start after the parade. November 2nd: Homerun Reading Logs Due! November 6th: No School: Institute Day November 11th: No School: Veterans’ Day Mathematics The third graders have been learning strategies for adding and subtracting two-and three-digit numbers mentally, using place value to break the numbers into parts. These strategies are used so that they can add mentally, part by part. Please note, it is extremely important for adults to resist the temptation to introduce paper/pencil procedures for multi-digit addition and subtraction at this point. Currently, your child is developing strong number sense from doing calculations mentally and using strategies grounded in the base-10 number system. The familiar methods you learned in school will be taught and practiced later in third grade. Science The third graders had a great time learning about plant and animal adaptations. We did a fun experiment to learn how birds’ beaks are adapted to help it survive in its environment. Ask your child about our activity! A study guide was sent home on Wednesday with information about our upcoming test. The test will be on Wednesday, October 28th. . Social Studies We have been learning about various types of maps (product, political, road, and physical) and what we can learn from these. For example, we discovered that a product map provides us with information about what major products are grown or raised in a particular area. To wrap up our map skills unit, the third graders are going on a treasure hunt! We are using what we have learned throughout our study of map skills to create our own Treasure Island map and story.