We are almost mid-way into October. The children have been busy. Here are highlights of our learning.
Science: Students have been learning about biomes-- terrestrial and aquatic. They learned about plant and animal adaptations that help them survive in these environments. We learned to take notes from books, Brainpop and videos. Our field trip to Patuxent Wild- life Refuge enabled us to see the plants and animals in action. Dr. Sullivan conducted several lessons in the Discovery lab with many hands on activities related to our study.
We planned, prepared and presented our research projects related related to biomes --plant and animal adaptations. We researched food chains, populations and communities, adaptations, and interesting facts. We circulated around to each third grade class to read and take notes from students' research. Remember that the test is on Friday October 12. Your child has notebook notes and a study guide match-ups. Please take time to review with them.
Word Study: Students have words that they sort, manipulate, write, use in sentences, and reflect upon. Please ask your child about his/her current sort.
Reading: We use our Storytown books to read for comprehension and for learning new vocabulary. We are currently practicing the strategy of questioning. We create green questions and identify answers found in the text. We are now creating red questions in which we have to infer or use our prior knowledge to answer. In small groups, we practice using short text and chapter books. Next week, we will move on to yellow questions. Some of our new vocabulary words are: ponder, murmur, and dismiss. We are also developing use of the character trait word: persistent. Challenge your child to use those words!
Math: Students have been working on math facts, adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers with and without regrouping and ungrouping. We are also learning concepts of symmetry and congruence. Please continue to work with your child every evening at home reviewing math facts.
Writing: We learned about what makes sentences using words such as subject and predicate. We developed poems about ourselves using robust adjectives. Please read them on the walls of the third grade hall.
Field Trip: Our trip Patuxent Wild life Refuge was a fabulous learning experience. I encourage all families to attend the Fall Nature Festival to take place at the refuge, Saturday October 13th. It is worth the trip.
Thank you to all for your support during the Book Fair. Also thank you for the generous supply of classroom books that you purchased.
Halloween is almost upon us. I would like parents to organize a small party after the parade.
Parent -Teacher Conference: October 18th and 19th-Please keep to your appointed time and date because the schedule is tight.
October 16th Family Library Night
October 18th and 19 Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 22nd to 26th Heritage Week
October 22nd Picture Day
October 23rd Family Library Night
October 24th Early Release
October 26th U.N. Assembly
October 30th Dogfish Head Alehouse, Barrett Night Fundraiser
October 31st Halloween Parade and Party
We have so much fun and learning to look forward to. I enjoy working with your children.
Thank you for your support.