Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What is going on in 3rd grade?!

Dates to Remember:

  • February 26: Half Day of School
  • March 14: Literacy Event 4:30-6:30
  • March 21-23: Scholastic Book Fair
  • March 24: No School
  • March 25- April 3: Spring Break

What are we learning about?

 In reading, we are focusing on historical fiction texts. The students are becoming familiar with the characteristics of historical fiction books and distinguishing between different points of view. The students are looking at their point of view versus a character in the book, as well as different points of views from multiple characters in the story. We are beginning to discuss the themes of books that we are reading. The students will focus on determining the theme and finding evidence in the text to support their ideas.

 In math, we are focusing on fractions. The students are learning different ways to represent fractions and how to plot fractions on a number line. The students are also learning the difference between an improper fraction and a mixed number. We are working our way toward talking about equivalency and comparing fractions that have the same denominators and fractions that have the same numerators. Please make sure that your children are practicing their multiplication and division facts at home. 
In writing, the students have begun to learn about realistic fiction stories and their characteristics. The students will be writing their own realistic fiction story. They will be publishing and illustrating the story themselves as well. 

In science, we are learning about objects that give off heat and light, objects that produce heat through burning, objects that produce heat through electricity, and examples of heat being produced through friction. The students will also going to experiment to determine objects and materials that make good conductors and insulators. 

In social studies we are learning about maps. The students will be constructing their own maps, identifying major cities in the United States and Maryland. The students will also look at different cultural changes that happen when people move from one place to another. 

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