Literacy: We have been busy launching Daily 5 during our literacy block. 3F's stamina for literacy is impressive! The students have been actively reading, writing, fine tuning their spelling and handwriting, and conferring with other students and teachers during our literacy block. A major focus has been on building their "reading life." Our lessons focus on specific strategies to improve reading skills in comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary. We are reading Stone Fox as a way to practice these strategies. Readers have been sharing books they think of as "gold" with the class. Some top third grade choices are Chicken Squad and Junkyard Wonders. Have you read any "Gold" lately?
In writing, we have been focusing on sentence development. Students have been writing about their own experiences (i.e. Weekend Writing) or about their reading using a sentence frame: Who? Did what? Where? When? We have been practicing ways to elaborate (tell how, tell why) to share more of their thinking. The third graders are learning to listen for what sounds natural and appealing and know they can rearrange the sentence to make it sound better.
Math: Our focus in math, like literacy, has been on building stamina for a variety of activities. Our focus has been on building number sense through fact practice, addition and subtraction strategies, working with money, and place value work. You'll see an increase in fact fluency practice in the coming weeks using Xtramath, an online program. Please help your child set up Xtramath at home, if they haven't already. An information page went home in the yellow homework folder this week.
Social Studies: Wow! The Family Field Trip sharing has been fabulous! We have learned so much about Massachusetts. We focused on the geographical features of our state, resources and products. The class is in the middle of a research project about New England. Working in small groups, students are using multiple resources to find out specific information about each state. While they are practicing reading for information, they are also practicing compromise, listening to each other and public speaking. Be ready for Science updates soon as we launch our Structures Unit! Thank you again to the chaperones who joined us on our trip to Fairsted! Please enjoy some pictures from the last month including New England research and group work, the math game What are my Coins?, Fairsted highlights, Homework Review, First Grade Buddies, Familiy Field Trip Sharing, and our awesome third graders on Convocation day.
Conferences coming soon! Looking forward to talking with all of you about your third grader's life in 3F. Please be in touch with any questions and concerns. See you soon!