Students are focusing on drawing conclusions and following directions when reading. In word work, students will learn how to choose the correct meaning of a word using a dictionary. Students will also learn about words that end with –er, -est, -y, and –ly. We will also begin to learn more about verbs.
After reading three "trickster stories," students are working in partners to write their own “folktales.” They are taking care to include characters and details that are commonly found in traditional folktales. They are then drawing pictures of their folktale and will finish up the process of narrating them into short movies. They will be uploaded onto my website for you to enjoy by next week.
Next, students will be writing various forms of poetry.
In math, third graders are continuing with the Common Core Math multiplication practice by moving into multi-digit multiplication. Students are learning to highlight what is necessary to help them solve their math problem, write down what they know, restate the problem in their own words, and show their work in an organized way to demonstrate their understanding of the math concepts. Students will receive a copy of a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Rubric which helps them understand what is expected at each level.
Students are required to memorize their basic multiplication facts in this order: 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 9, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. Those students who have a complete understanding of multiplication concepts will continue working in a challenge group with Problems of the Month, long multiplication, and creating multiplication games.
Students are learning about the Coast Miwok American Indian nation. We are finding out how our local geography and climate influenced how the Coast Miwok adapted to their natural environment. Each student has created a Keynote Presentation to share what they are learning.
Depth and Complexity
Depth & Complexity: 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!
Across Disciplines: Students make connections across subject areas in order to obtain a deeper understanding of curriculum. They relate an area of study to other subjects within, between, or across disciplines.
Ethics: Students take the time to identify when a character or idea involves principles or morals and when it may be controversial. They use “multiple perspectives” to help with this understanding.
Balanced-Self: Scholars understand the importance of emotional, academic, and extracurricular balance. They incorporate various activities into their day-to-day lives in order to achieve a balanced self.