Mrs. Werwie & Mrs. McGrane
Third Grade News
We are working in Unit Three and well into GEOMETRY. Yes, lots of vocabulary to learn and visual images that represent the various shapes, angles, and lines. Take a look at the parent letter below for more specific ideas for the unit.
For homework, students should continue to read 20 minutes at least five nights per week. Most of the reading continues to be the child's choice, but sometimes your child will be assigned to be part of a book club. When this happens, the assigned pages should be read before the choice reading so your child can be prepared for the small group discussion. Also, during book clubs your child will also be expected to take notes on the pages he/she has read. A handout will be provided to take notes.
Please continue help your child record his/her books, pages read, and time spent reading on the Reading Log, located in the Take Home Folder.
We continue to study comprehension strategies. These are "in the head ways of thinking" that will help your child understand and analyze text better. Please connect to the links below to see a copy of what your child is learning for each comprehension strategy.
Along with Making Connections, Predicting Outcomes and Using Illustrations we have been working on Visualizing, Asking and Answering Questions, Inferring and Sequencing.
In writing we have been working on free verse poetry and summary writing, and will continue to do so during the month of Jan.
During poetry writing, we focus on writing about a single idea, object, or person (including pets/animals), expanding description, learning about figurative language and giving readers new or unexpected thoughts about the topic.
During summary writing, students are learning the narrative parts of a story (character, setting, problem, events and outcome) as well as learning to pick out important parts and collapse ideas or events that occur multiple times. Even though we work on summary writing with picture books, the idea of summarizing should expand into being able to summarize longer events and activities in students' lives as well.
In word study students are moving from studying long and short vowel patterns to r-controlled vowels, and then on to dipthongs (sounds made by two vowels that don't make a pure long or short sound).
Please continue to practice the words at home multiple times each week as well as discuss the rules and patterns, Discussing the pattern is a solid way to help your child learn long term spelling habits.
Morning with Mrs. Werwie
8:20-8:40 Morning Work/Morning Meeting
9:30-9:45 Number Corner
9:50-10:35 Units (Health, Science, Social Studies)/Computer
10:35-10:50 Handwriting or Guest Reader (Fridays)
* Please send a note if you will be eating hot lunch with your child.
Afternoon with Mrs. McGrane
11:55-12:45 Specialists (P.E., Media, Music, Art) 12:45-1:00 Word Study
1:00-1:30 Writing (snack 1:30)
2:15-2:30 Read Aloud