I hope this memo finds you staying warm this week. I know we are...by staying inside for recesses! As the month of December is upon us, we need to remember to finish the second quarter of school strong! It can sometimes be tough to stay focused with all the spirit in the air, but these last two weeks of school the students need to be more focused than ever before this semester.
In math, the students finished a short chapter five with multiplying with multiples of 10's. Almost everyone passed this outcome with flying colors! We have moved on to chapter 6 with division. The students need to be perseverant when solving these problems, as it is another skill that builds upon their understanding of math facts. I know from experience that many students like to throw in the towel when things get a little tougher. I challenge each of them to use the tools and skills they've been taught prior to this chapter, as every one of these skills can and should be used to help them solve problems. This can include breaking numbers apart into facts that they know. Ex: 6 x 7 = n. If they don't know their 7's, then they can take (6 x 5) + (6 X 2) and figure the problem that way. Another strategy is to make arrays. With division, they can take the total number and break them into the number of groups the problem is telling them to. Knowing fact families will help them make this automatic. I have loads of online resources for them to use every day at school or at home. Ask your child and I'm sure they can show you a thing or two about where to go on my website!
In reading, we have finished a story about Volcanoes. Next week, we will begin a story titled Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest. This is an expository nonfiction story about the most extreme places on Earth. The one thing to remember about expository nonfiction is that it is reading for information and can be written at a level higher than what they're used to reading. Using text features such as pictures and reading the captions, headings, and subheadings can help the reader understand how the text is organized. All of these features should be read carefully with understanding in order for the students to comprehend what is being taught.
Science has been a time to learn about fast and slow changes to Earth's surface. We will be learning about earthquakes and volcanoes next week, which goes along with our story in Reading Street.
Please check your child's take-home folder, as there is a letter going home regarding a project that they will begin on next week. The project itself will be done during class time, but I ask that you spend a few minutes with your child once they finish the project practicing their presentations. This will be one of the first presentations they've done in third grade, so helping them give the short presentation will make it much more entertaining! The note, assignment, and rubric is included in the letter.
Thanks for all you do,