June 1, 2019
Dear Third Grade Families:
We can hardly believe that we are in the final stretch of third grade!
Some Celebratory Moments in May…
Chess Nationals: Many third graders participated in the Chess Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, and came home with trophies and medals for both individual and team wins! Bravo!
Variety Show: Several students participated in the variety show displaying their skills in dance, music, announcing, and stage presence. We are so proud of you!
Social Studies: We visited Symphony Space and enjoyed an Asia performance. Some of our very own Lower Lab students took the stage and participated in the Chinese ribbon dance. The teaching artists from Symphony space recently visited our students and shared the rhythms and sounds of Nigerian drums.
Writing: We launched our Fairytale unit and are honing in on our narrative writing skills from earlier in the school year.
Reading: We have been working in book clubs reading novels through the lens of social issues.
Our Math Unit: We explored angles and learned how to use a protractor. Most recently we have been deepening our addition and subtraction strategies by working with 4-5 digit numbers.
Looking Forward To The Month Ahead…June
Reading: Social Issues Book Clubs: We will continue collaborating with our book clubs, where students will learn to interpret and determine themes across books–work that will be hugely important for them next year and beyond. Students are currently reading a second novel and making valuable connections between the social issues they glean from each. Students will create digital word clouds inspired from their social issues.
Writing: Once Upon a Time~ Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales, is a unit in which students write adaptations and original fairy tales. One of the major goals of this unit is to teach our writers how to craft well-structured narratives. Another major goal of this unit is to support our writers in using precise language to capture a moment, an image or an emotion. Above all, this unit aims to help writers develop a storyteller’s voice. The work students learn to do in this unit will be the foundation for much of their narrative writing in fourth and fifth grades. Following students’ narrative writing of a fairytale, they will have the option to depict their fairytale in a graphic storyboard format. Students may also create an artistic rendition of their “magical element.”
Math: Larger Numbers and Multi Step Problems: In our last math unit, students will develop strategies for solving more complex multiplication, division and multi-step word problems. They will use representations and tables to compare different situations and develop a rule for describing each. Learning division facts, identifying arithmetic patterns, and solving multi step problems will be the major thrust of this unit.
*Students should strive for fact fluency with their multiplication and division facts.
Social Studies: China/Nigeria Students are continuing to work on their listicle project, and will develop a brochure as time allows. In our last couple of weeks we will touch on Nigeria.
We will explore the following questions:
- How do culture, geography and history shape a community?
How are world communities the same? How are they different?
We plan to highlight Nigeria through read aloud, folktales, and looking at art. Students will learn Nigeria’s motto, “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress,” and as our third grade school year draws to a close, each student will make write, and illustrate their own motto.
We will celebrate our final projects of the year during our third grade multicultural celebration on June 20th at 8:30 AM. We look forward to seeing you then. Stay tune for more details.
Leslie And Kate