Wednesday, October 2, 2019

September 16- October 4

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

We have been learning alot in Math! This year moves fast, so if the students do not understand something we take a couple days to go over it to help them understand. Everything we do throughout the year builds on what they learned last year in second grade and a lot of the information we learn at the beginning of third grade.

Money-we have done a lot of work with money. We have learned the different heads and tails, looks, sizes, and amounts of American money (the U.S. Dollar). We have learned how to add, compare, and round money. We will continue to work with money by adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing it.

Whole Numbers-we have learned how to compare and add whole numbers, starting with two digit numbers and working our way up to numbers in the thousands and sometimes ten or hundred thousands place. We will continue working with larger numbers throughout the year as well by adding with regrouping (carrying/ carry over), subtracting with regrouping (borrowing), rounding, and multiplying and dividing them.

The kids completed their Chapter 1 Test and did very well!

We have been continuing with our learning the 50 states. We have learned them by regions. First the students had to fill out a map of one of the regions, study it, take a pre-test on it, then take an actual test on it. All of this work, as well as the review game we did today will help them with their ALL states test tomorrow (October 3). Students are only required to know the state name and placement on the map. If they identify the correct abbreviation for a state they will receive one extra credit point for each one.

Starting Friday or Monday we will begin our Continents & Oceans Unit as well as our Maps unit, which is where the students will learn about the 7 continents and 4 oceans of the world, and about the different types of Maps that are used to show the states, continents, and oceans.

It has been slow going getting science in, but we have been learning about animal life cycles and what vertebrates and invertebrates are. We will finish our reading on animal life cycles either Thursday or Friday, then discuss animal habitats and adaptations. We will end our Animal Unit with the students doing a research project on an animal of their choice and create a project to share with the class.

The students have been working on a fall leaf project, which they will finish on Friday. They had to color different types of leaves, glue fall colored tissue paper onto a piece of paper, and glue the leaves onto them. After gluing all tissue paper and leaves onto the paper they will put glitter around their leaves and/or on the veins of the leaves on their paper.