It is an exciting time in third grade. We have started our units of
non-fiction reading as well as non fiction writing. The children have been
paired with texts on the same topic and our focus lessons in reading center on
particular text features and what we may learn from these. We will
investigate and explore the differences in text structure such as problem /
solution, cause and effect, descriptive, etc. The children will find these
structures within the text they are reading and also examine text boxes,
headings, bold print, graphs and other additional helpful features that add to
our information of topics. Did you know that over 80% of text we read as
adults is non-fiction text? We've decided that we all want to be good
non-fiction text readers after learning this bit of interesting info.
We generated lists of topics that we are experts on, then narrowed our topics.
Each student is creating a non-fiction book to teach others about their topic.
It will include the features we explore in reading such as bold print for special vocabulary,
headings, diagrams, labels, glossary, table of contents, etc. They have selected a wide
variety of topics and seem to be enjoying this unit very much.
In math, they are busy constructing various kinds of polygons with straws
and twist ties and then deciding what the elements of each are. They are
really good at this. They have picked up lines, rays and line segments very
quickly as well as parallel lines and intersections. We continue to practice
this. The geometry unit has a ton of vocabulary. While doing homework, it is
a good idea to quiz your child on the terms used in their homelink. Some of
it is similar and can be a bit confusing though we review and review to keep
these straight. We are nearing the end of this unit and will be taking the unit test this week.
Check our calendar page for more info.
Our study of Michigan's first people is bringing about lots of interest from the students.
they love the Native American studies that includes their customs and imagining
what our state may have been like during their lives. I have incorporated many
Native American legends and these pull the kids right in. They are intrigued by the
ancient stories passed down.
March is National Reading Month. If you would like to be a mystery reader in our
classroom, contact me to set up a time. Don't tell your child. We'll surprise the class
with guest readers throughout the month.
You should have received notice of out upcoming field trip. Please be sure to turn in paperwork
and money by the due date listed as payment must be in to our venue quite far in advance.
Homework Club members also received invitations to our celebration lunch
for Friday, March7. If your child made the club this time, no lunch is needed on this day.
Please remember to send warm clothing for kids. Hopefully, we are turning a corner soon and
outdoor recess will be the norm rather than the exception.