As Thanksgiving approaches, we have naturally been thinking of things we are thankful for. I (Ms. Hedin) am especially thankful for the opportunity I have had to work with your children. Glencairn is an amazing community, and I have learned so much from the staff and students here. So thank you to you and your children for making my time at Glencairn so memorable! I know that I will miss it when I am gone.
We have so enjoyed getting to know all of your students. As we said at Curriculum Night, 3rd grade is a year of significant growth, and your students have already grown so much!
Check out what we have been learning!
We have completed Unit 1 and have begun Unit 2, which means that your third grader has learned all their 0-10 multiplication and division facts! As we move into more word problems and continue to work with area and arrays, fact fluency is key. Please practice math fact fluency at home with your child. Knowing their facts quickly will allow them to focus on problem solving strategies and the new concepts we will be learning.
Practice tip: Using their multiplication and division strategy cards, go through all of the facts to sort them into 3 categories—know right away, know with time, do not know. Once the cards are sorted, practice the facts they knew with hesitation and the ones they do not yet know.
Our Unit 2 test is approaching. Keep an eye out for the review test that we will be sending home right before Thanksgiving Break.
We are well into our next unit of writing, which is informational writing. Your 3rd grader is writing about something they are an expert on—their zoo animal! We are currently drafting our informational books. Ask your child about their progress. How are they organizing their book? What information are they including? How did they decide what topics they should write about? After our drafts and revisions, we will be ready to publish our writing in a hard cover book!
To help your child in this writing process, you can take them to the library to check out books about their animal to bring to school, or print information and pictures off the internet for them. If you do not have printing capabilities, feel free to email me the website link or article, and I will print it for you!
In science, we are learning about changes in motion. This unit is very hands-on, and students will have repeated opportunities to investigate different concepts about motion. We have been relating concepts of force and motion to our everyday lives. Ask your child about what they are learning in science, and they might blow you away with their scientific knowledge!
-November book orders are due Friday, November 18th
-Book bags with take-home books are due every Monday.
-Library books are due every Wednesday.
-On November 22nd we will be celebrating November birthdays with a smoothie party!
- There will be NO SCHOOL November 23-25 for Thanksgiving Break. There will be no spelling test that week.
Thank you for your continued support!
Ms. Hedin and Ms. Bean