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    Posted by 3rd Grade at 7/21/2015
     
     
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    Get conversations started at home this summer by discussing these current learning topics.
     
    Reading
    We will be doing lots of great reading this year!  We are focusing on "Reading is Thinking"!  We do lots of thinking while we read.  We make predictions, make connections, visualize (movies in my mind), and have questions.  We have been analyzing non-fiction features, such as headers, captions, glossay, and an index.  During December and January, we focused on Main Idea and Details of both non-fiction and fiction, and students will be able to summarize what they read.  This spring, we focused on drawing conclusions about characters and events.  In April, we begin our reading of biographies.
     
    What you can do at home: Ask your child to make predictions, connections, and what they are visualizing in their head as you read to them, or in a conversation after they have read independently.  Ask your child to point out some details about what they read, and the main idea that all those details fall under. Have your child frequently summarize what they read to you.
     
     
    Writing
    Students will be gathering many ideas for writing stories through great examples of books we read.  Each book offers a new idea for writing.  We will be using our writing journal every day.
     
    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 learning about famous Americans and European Explorers are part of our unit on biographies
     
    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 will be learning about simple machines.  Our trip to the Ourdoor Lab in May will create hands-on experiences for the students!
     
    What you can do at home: Help your child locate books and online resources on their animal research.  Help your child write their final draft (Big Book) in December.
     
     
    Math
    We are learning fractions.  Students should be able to identify fractions of an area, of a set, and on a number line.  We can also add fractions with like denominators, and can compare fractions when shown a model.
     
    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.  Students should be able to round numbers up to the thousands place.  Ask your child to help you count money and make change.  See a graph anywhere?  Help your child interpret it!
     
     
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