In Writer's Workshop this year we begin with Narrative Writing. This helps develop our writers to create mini scenes or small movements about a special, person, place or thing.
We set writing goals and work through the writing process throughout the year. This contains: Gathering Ideas, Planning, Drafting, Editing, Revising, Conferencing, Publishing and Celebrating!
Many writing tools, tricks and information is learned. Each lesson begins with a mini lesson, which is explicit learning and direct teaching. The students then go off to try that particular skill, strategy or structure in their own writing. The workshop ends with reflecting on our work and sharing ideas. The Common Core Learning Standards are followed very closely and incorporated throughout the year in Writing, Speaking and Listening.
The Art of Information Writing- It is always fun to have the students become "experts" about a nonfiction writing unit. This incorporates structured writing and many new grammar and vocabulary skills are learned. Research, sources and texts are used.
Third Graders can rule the world! Opinion writing and writing to persuade is another exciting unit in which third graders engage in. They express their ideas and write ways to make the world a better place.
We write to succeed! When writers learn to respond to a text through writing they can directly site information, use powerful words and phrases. We use current events from around the world and develop our paragraphs into big and bold essays.
We write to live! During our fairytale unit, we recreate our own versions by adapting a familiar fairytale. We learn how to use dialogue and make our characters come to life.
Math Year at a Glance
Below are the topics that will be covered in math this year. Students are encouraged to practice their math facts daily.
Place Value: Numbers to 1,000:
- Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
- The Value of ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands.
Addition and Subtraction and Mental Math:
- Fluently add and subtract within 1,000 using strategies and algorithms.
- Solve one and two step word problems. Represent these problems using equations, bar models, and statements.
- Check if answers are reasonable using estimation.
Meaning of Multiplication and Division 2-9:
- Interpret products of whole numbers and interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers.
- Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.
- Fluently multiply and divide within 100.
- Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities.
- Generate measurement data by measuring using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.
Liquid Volume and Mass:
- Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams, kilograms, and liters.
- Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure the time intervals in minutes.
- Partition shapes into parts with equal areas.
- Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole.
- Understand and represent a fraction as a number on the number line.
- Equivalant and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
Area and Perimeter:
- Relate areas by counting unit squares.
- Relate area to the operations of multiplication and division.
- Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
- Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories.
- Solve one and two step problems using information presented in a scaled bar graph.
- Understand that shapes in different categories may share attributes and that the shared attributes can define a larger category.
Reading - Our Year at a Glance
Unit 1/Fall - Building a Reading Life - We learn how to set ourselves up to be successful readers who are actively engaged in our books.
Unit 2/Winter - Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Details - We study nonfiction and biography books.
Unit 3/Winter - Character Studies - We focus on what motivates characters and create theories based on what we have read.
Unit 4/Spring - Research Clubs - We research animals and learn how to create our own slideshows to display what we have learned.
State Test Prep Takes Place in February and March
One Whole Class Novel Per Quarter