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Sunday, May 24, 2015

3rd Grade

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 Click on 3rd Grade Links to learn more about our curriculum, visit our blog below to read about our current units of study, or take a peak at our calendar below for important upcoming dates.
 
 
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    Posted by 3rd Grade Teachers at 10/16/2014
    Earth Week!
     

    Happy Earth Week!  Wednesday, April 22 is trash-free lunch day.  This week, 3rd graders will be collecting reusable shopping bags to donate to AFAC.  On Monday, April 27, 3-5 graders will be watching the Earth Week movie "Monkey Kingdom".

    European Explorers and Famous Americans Research Project
     

    Students are researching the biography and life of a famous European explorer or famous American.  We are using the websites for research on the "3rd grade links" tab, and will be writing a research report about this person.  In mid-May, students will take on this person in a Wax Museum.  We hope you will join or museum to see all these famous people in action as they come to life.  Tentative date is May 15.

     
     
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    Get conversations started at home by discussing these current learning topics, or practice what we are studying if your child is absent.
     
    Reading
    In reading groups we are learning how to summarize what we are reading.  We are also focusing on nonfiction text features, and discussing the main idea and important details.  Ask your child to make connections to their reading that they are doing at home.  In independent reading, we are responding to books we read when not in reading group.  Students can do this my writing me a letter about what they read, or doing a "think mark", where they describe 4 ways they they were thinking during their reading, whether it's from making predictions, connections, or learning new words or ideas from "context clues".  
     
    What you can do at home: Ask your child to write you a letter responding to the reading they are doing at home.  Ask them to include points about what they are thinking, predictions they are making, connections, and questions they are pondering.  Ask your child to draw conclusions about characters or events in books they are reading.  Most importantly, have them read, read, read.
     
    Writing
    Students have been gathering many ideas for writing stories through great books.  Each book offers a new idea for writing.  Some ideas for writing that we've drafted stories from so far are: People I can write about, Memories from my life, or A story with a character that's similar to me.  As we use books to discuss how to be a writer, our ideas section will grow.  It's also ok to be working on several stories at the same time.  Students have been learning how to revise their writing by focusing on improving vocabulary, adding sensory details, and working with writing partners to share ideas for improvements.
     
    What you can do at home: Ask your child to think about one of the ideas they have in their ideas section or that we have discussed to write a story.  If your child is on vacation, have them write about that vacation, and include specific details about it.  This can also be done as a diary or journal.
     
    Social Studies
    We are recently learned about the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome, and Mali.  We are currently learning about European Explorers and Famous Americans.
     
    What you can do at home: Visit one of the many great monuments in Washington DC to see our government in action (Archives, Capitol, Mt Vernon).  Look at maps on pamphlets, GPS systems, and books to discuss them.  Have your child create a treasure map with a title, key, and scale.  Ask your child to make connections between ancient cultures or connections to our culture.
     
    Science
    We recently learned about Simple Machines and Earth & Moon Cycles
     
    What you can do at home: Ask your child to tell you the phases of the moon when you see the moon at night.  Ask them to describe the effects that rotation and revolution play throughout the day and year.
     
    Math
    We are learning fractions and probability.  
     
    Review:
     
    Place Value
    Standard form - 172, 304 
    Expanded form - 100,000 + 70,000 + 2,000 + 300 + 4
    Word form - One hundred seventy two thousand, three hundred four 
     
    Comparing Numbers < > or =
    Line up your numbers vertically to compare each place value.
    32,454
    32,502  
     
    What you can do at home: Visit the "3rd Grade Links" on the left and practice some of the math activities.  For place value, we are learning up to the hundred thousands place (100,000).  Students should be able to write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form.  Provide them one of those expressions, and have your child complete the other ways to express it.   Explore the fractions websites, and practice multiplication "drill practice".
     
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