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Friday, July 03, 2015

3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

 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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    Get conversations started at home by discussing these current learning topics, or practice what we are studying if your child is absent.
     
    Reading
    We will be doing lots of great reading this year!  We will begin by discussing how we make good book choices, and getting our book bins stocked with books.
     
    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 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 will begin the year by learning about the purpose of government and the importance of laws.  We will be celebrating Constitution Day on September 17 by writing our own class Constitution!
     
    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 what it means to be a scientist through the scientific process.  We will do many experiments this year.  We will start with a problem, discuss a hypothesis, gather data, and draw conclusions.  This year, children will be encouraged to also try out for the Science Fair in April.
     
    What you can do at home: Try a science experiment at home!
     
    Math
    We will be learning many math strategies this year.  We will begin the year by learning about math patterns.
     
    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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