We will be starting the Celebrating Traditions unit. Students will read several stories in this unit. They will continue to apply inference as well as cause and effect skills. New skills this month will be noting details, finding the main idea, and differentiating between fact and opinion. Students will also be categorizing and classifying information.
Students will be learning about nouns and compound words as part of their word work and language skills.
In Writer’s Workshop students will be taking their personal narratives through the full writing process. They will be editing, revising, and publishing their stories as they learn new writing techniques and strategies!
Students should be at least halfway to their first trimester AR goal at this point.
We will finish our study of multi-digit addition and subtraction, and then move onto multiplication. Students have engaged in daily number talks, common core math practices, math games, and standard skill practice to have a complete understanding of this concept.
Keep reviewing those basic math facts until your child has them completely memorized!
Later this month our third graders will begin multiplication. They will learn about arrays, patterns, skip counting, new vocabulary, and other strategies to learn multiplication.
We will begin our first unit of science this month. This year, each teacher on the 3rd-grade team will be focusing on a single unit, and students will be rotating amongst the different teachers. This allows for specialization and more rigid instruction. Another benefit is that students get to know other teachers which makes them feel more connected to our school.
Our class will be rotating between Mrs. Cabarrus, Mrs. McDonald and me. For the first unit, I will be teaching our children about Energy.
In Social Studies, will be finishing up our study of California's geography and learning about the California Coast Miwok. We will be doing research on the iPads as we discover more about the people who lived here before us.
Depth & Complexity - This Month’s Icons
A common, universal language that helps promote critical thinking and gives students a chance to make connections between past knowledge and new knowledge and ultimately integrate that to the real world!
Multiple Perspectives - Students understand that we have different roles and knowledge within what we learn. We may have opposing viewpoints and we do our best to understand each other’s point of view. We use empathy and ask ourselves how others might see a situation differently.
Language of the Discipline - Students understand how vocabulary terms are used in a specific content area or discipline.
Scholarly Attributes - This Month’s Icons
These attributes distinguish strong and promising strong and promising scholars from ordinary academics. We discuss these ideas in depth and promote the behaviors frequently in class.
Principled - Scholars do the right thing because they know it is expected. They demonstrate integrity, honesty, and fairness, even when no one is watching.
Risk Takers - Scholars are courageous and know that mistakes are a part of the learning process. Scholars willingly take on academic risks that will benefit their personal learning.