Students have been excited to begin learning cursive! They are writing very carefully, while focusing on good posture and pencil grip.
Our class has started a very fun unit on "Animals of the World." They will be researching, taking notes, and writing about an animal of their choice. We will be studying and practicing skills that writers use when writing informational pieces.
We will be wrapping up our reading unit, "Animal Habitats", this February. We will be exploring and learning about nonfiction text features. Students will be learning to make judgments and infer as they read. They will learn more about prefixes and suffixes, as well as learn about helping verbs, too. Students will be doing "close reading." During close reading, students are guided to reread a text to dig deeper and find evidence to answer more challenging comprehension questions.
Geometry has begun in third grade! The focus for the month will be on quadrilateral shapes along with other shapes. In a week we will move onto understanding perimeter and area. After that all third graders will study measurement. We will continue studying the above concepts in depth with common core activities by using Georgia and Mars Tasks, Journal entries, and Houghton Mifflin Practice and Problem Solving pages.
Many students are still memorizing their basic multiplication and division facts. The goal is to have all students by the end of this trimester have their facts completely memorized. So keep on practicing!
We are studying the history of Tiburon and learning about important landmarks in our community. The students will be learning about the economy, the people, and the community of early Tiburon. Our classes are visiting four of these landmarks: Old St. Hilary’s, the Art and Garden Center (former bunkhouse for railroad and brick workers), the Railroad Museum, and the China Cabin (social cabin of the SS China).
We are wrapping up our science rotations this month. Students did a great job navigating to different classrooms to learn about a variety of topics including Matter and Energy, Structures of Life, and the Sun, Moon, and Stars.
During our "Specialist Block" on Wednesdays, students are using iMovie to design MOSAIC Public Service Announcements. They’ve had so much fun highlighting their unique personalities and knowledge of MOSAIC through this creative process.