We will be starting the Animal Habitats unit this month. We will be studying rain forests in depth and students will be doing a great deal of reading and writing in this area. Students will be learning to distinguish between fact and opinion, as well as compare and contrast content.
Throughout our language arts workshops students will be developing skills for reading and writing informational texts. They will have a small amount of time this month for fiction reading in class, so it is very important that students keep up with their nightly reading to keep their characterization and plot analysis skills sharp.
Our grammar studies will focus on syllabication rules between consonants, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will also learn to use helping verbs and the verb to be.
We are finishing up with multiplication and division. Students are analyzing patterns in the multiplication tables and applying strategies to model and solve problems. They will be learning to multiply single digit factors and multiples of ten. In order for students to be successful in their mathematical problem solving they must memorize their basic facts. Each student is at his/her own level and should practice for ten minutes each night until their facts become automatic. Towards the end of January we will begin studying geometry.
We are officially starting our science rotations this month. This means your child will be leaving their normal classroom three times a week to learn science from a different 3rd grade teacher! By specializing instruction this way, teachers continue to improve their craft and students make connections with more adults around campus. We love getting to know the other kids too! Our class will be learning about the sun, moon, and stars with Mrs. McKay.
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!
This Month’s Icon:
Trends - Students will understand that certain patterns may occur over time based on changes in your environment or surroundings. Students will use the skill of comparing and contrasting to help identify where these trends take place.