With only 3 weeks until the winter break, I wanted to give you a heads up on some important concepts and ideas that we will be working on in the following weeks that you could also support your child with at home.
The students will be working on concepts related to contractions, prefixes, and the /j/, /s/, and /k/ sounds in phonics and spelling. The students will also be working on drawing conclusions, main idea and important details, literary elements, making inferences, graphic sources, and text structure. They will also be learning about homophones and how to figure out unknown words by using context clues or by using a dictionary. You can help your child at home with these concepts by encouraging them to read every day for at least 20 minutes and by asking them questions about their reading!
The students have been working on their informational animal books. Students are using text features and graphic sources such as tables, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, captions, headings, etc. to best teach their reader about their animal. To support your child at home with this work, please allow them to do research on their animal. They are welcome to bring the information they print out at home to school!
The students are just completing their math unit on linear measurement and area. If you or your child need support in these areas, please visit the Homework Help page on this website by clicking HERE. There are new videos uploaded to support you! The students will be assessed on Thursday on whether or not they can measure accurately, tell the area and perimeter of a rectangle, and whether they know how to graph their data. The next unit covers multiplication and division. To support your child at home, please start having your child practice their multiplication facts! Start with x 0's, x 1's, x2's and work your way up! By the end of the year, 3rd graders are expected to have their multiplication facts memorized through their 10 facts!
We have been just started our unit on Economics in Michigan. The students are learning how entrepreneurs use natural, human, and capital resources to produce goods and services. We will be learning about markets specific to Michigan and how the Michigan economy makes money and also how it depends on other places to get what it wants and needs. To help your child at home with economics, let them help you count the change at the grocery store, talk to them about the importance of saving, making a budget, and how all people are interdependent on one another in Michigan and in the world!
The students are beginning a unit on Light and Sound. The students will explore shadows and properties of light and sound waves. Students will participate in a variety of explorations to see how light and sound reacts in a variety of different situations.
I look forward to a productive and fun next few weeks with your children!
Ms. Bean :)