Third Grade

April 4, 2017

This week third grade will continue to familiarize ourselves with the Smarter Balanced practice test. The more visits we have to the computer lab for this purpose, the more comfortable we are becoming. We are learning test taking strategies and handy tools available to us for finding correct answers. We are creating paper representations of our most recent famous American biographies we wrote. Some children are moving on to a 3d representation of their third biography study. We are calling these 3d pieces "bottle buddies". We have added a making words routine to our guided reading meetings. We will be applying spelling patterns to words as we practice a new phonics theme each week. In math we are measuring line segments and drawing them to specific lengths. We are also studying area and using grids to draw shapes with given areas. Third grade still needs a handful of 2 liter plastic bottles. Mrs. Berube needs plastic sheet protectors for binders. Thank you!

March 28, 2017

Congratulations to third grade who led an inspiring community meeting last week! We modeled kindness with our skit and the third grade way with our poem, greeting and activity. This week we are diving into our second study of a famous American. Writers are getting good practice creating informative essays while including "wow facts" and interesting tidbits in their biographies. In ELA we are investigating how artists and scientists explore space. Our word work has us identifying and using a variety of synonyms. We are finding the main idea in our nonfiction reading and the author's message as we read fiction. Math finds us continuing our investigation into measurement and reading and interpreting bar graphs. Enjoy the week!

March 22, 2017

This week the third grade will be hosting community meeting on Friday at 8:40. We will share our typical morning meeting and celebrate the culmination of Kindness Week with a short skit.

During Daily 5 and ELA we will be working on adapting the story, "Ordinary Mary and her Extraordinary Deed" into a brief performance. Please join us if you can! Last week before the snow, I scurried around my home collecting twigs, stones, pinecones and other natural objects. We will revisit the concepts of water resistance and water absorbency with these objects. We will compare the objects' reactions to water droplets with the way our different papers reacted to water droplets earlier in the year. Math finds us building kilograms and decomposing bundles of grams by ones and tens.

March 7, 2017

Third grade will further explore famous Americans by reading biographies and discussing famous Americans' contributions to our society and culture. We will create a historical timeline to help us visualize how events took place over time. We will make connections to New Hampshire throughout our studies. What famous Americans from NH can you name? As choose a person from American history to study and report on, we will plan ways to visually represent our subjects- with paper for 2d representation and plastic bottles for 3d representation. We will wrap up our biography studies with a living history museum, where students will represent their subjects in costume! Math finds us working with number lines and analog clocks: plotting times on a number line and adding and subtracting intervals to solve problems about elapsed time.

February 21, 2017

We are excited to be part of the K-4 Collaborative Arts Program that begins this week! We will meet in mixed age groups and explore shapes with pattern blocks. Our goal is to gather and collaborate this way every other week. We'll look forward to meeting again after February Vacation! Also this week, we are practicing reading comprehension by completing reading passages and questions about famous Americans. After vacation, third graders will research and report on up to three famous Americans they choose. I look forward to integrating art into these biography presentations! You are welcome to visit us at our Third Grade Open House this Friday at 2pm. We will share our recent work with you, focusing on our animal research and animal art. Some friends will also showcase their mystery function machines! Look for your invitation for this Friday!

February 15, 2017

February 7, 2017

This week third grade math will be enriched with a creative project. We will make mystery function machines. Children have designed machines that perform the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They have listed the materials needed, drawn diagrams of their final products and written explanations for how their machines will work. Now it is time to build! With our finished creations, we set a machine to an unknown function, set it to an unknown number, and input a number. After a moment, a different number will come out as output. What job did the machine perform? To find out, we compare the input and output numbers. Is the output larger or smaller than the input? With our mystery function machines, we will demonstrate inverse operations: subtraction is the inverse of addition (and visa versa) and division is the inverse of multiplication (and visa versa). We will identify number patterns like doubles, adding or subtracting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will model and solve word problems using our fabulous function machines!

January 31, 2017

Having completed our animal quatrains, we are now adjective experts! We are moving forward with our short exploration of poetry and creating snow similes. We had fun choosing objects and trying to outdo each other with outlandish comparisons using the words "like" and "as". Have you ever had an orange as juicy as the ocean or seen a dragon as smoky as a chimney? We are celebrating Chinese New Year by learning some cultural traditions, practicing with chopsticks and creating a wall sized dragon. Math finds us determining secret rules: A number goes into a function machine and comes out a different number. What function took place in the machine? That's the secret rule!

January 24, 2017

Third graders have been filling their writing journals with personal narratives. Writers are challenging themselves to reread and edit their work, adding more details and feeling to their stories. Students have also been challenging themselves by telling time! Telling time on an analog clock is hard work especially since our third graders rarely see clock faces anymore!  We have worked on telling time correctly, discussing how many minutes have passed since the hour began and how many minutes until the new hour.  We have learned vocabulary such as a quarter to the next hour, a quarter past the current hour, and half past the current hour.  We have been answering story problems that ask us to figure out elapsed time.  We are using strategies such as manipulating clock hands on play clocks and drawing number lines to solve these problems. We are practicing measurement of length, width and height, as well as rounding numbers to the nearest ten and one hundred. We are finishing up our study of animals by further exploring camouflage and creating well hidden animals in our classroom.