February1, 2018

Dear Third Grade Families:

It was lovely seeing many of you at the recent winter concert. It’s hard to believe that we are already into the second half of the school year! We recently welcomed new student teachers to our Lower Lab family. They have jumped right in to lend support to students and teachers alike!

 Some Celebratory Moments in January…

  • Social Studies: Students have embraced their learning about a far away country, Brazil.
  • Technology: We have worked with an exciting program called Flip Grid, which allows students to have their voice heard far and wide, around a number of issues concerning our Brazilian study.
  • Writing: Baby Literary Essay~ Literary essay cadets successfully tackled literary essay boot camp and graduated with flying colors!
  • Character Studies: Students’ journeyed alongside their characters through the first two bends of our unit. They got to know their characters as they would a new friend, empathizing with and relating to them along the way.
  • Our Math Unit: Travel Stories~ Students have enjoyed further developing addition and subtraction strategies. They have also learned how to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred.
  • Zumba~ Once a week, numerous third graders came together to enjoy a combination of low intensity and high intensity moves with Mr. Goodman.

Looking Forward To The Month(s) Ahead… Mid February/March

Test Preparation: After Mid Winter break, we will begin test preparation. This “test prep” work creates a bridge between our authentic work, and the specific language and structure of the upcoming NYS ELA exam.

Whole class and small group work will be designed to target a variety of skills.

Reading & Writing

 Read-Throughs:  In order to deeply understand the test passages, students will benefit from reading each passage two times. The first read is to get “the gist” and the second is to return and have a “closer read.” Students will be “road mapping”, where they pine and annotate the text.

Ask your child to share their special bookmark with you, and explain how it helps remember road-mapping skills for annotating a text.

 Following February break… We will look carefully at a variety of questions that will deepen and extend our work we are developing during our character studies and literary essay unit. 

  • One of the fun things we will engage in is a “reading marathon.” During this time we will channel students to read a variety of texts for long stretches of time.
  • Students will work on strategies to successfully answer multiple choice, short response, and extended response questions using graphic organizers and checklists for support.

Reader’s Notebooks continue to be a place to record and track thinking about our reading. Students have enjoyed giving partner feedback. In addition, students are learning how to use the narrative earning progression to evaluate their own responses, set goals, and push themselves as readers. As we move into the final bend of the character studies unit, students will learn how to compare and contrast characters. We hope to see that rich thinking reflected in students Reader’s Notebooks.

Our Math Unit: Unit 4: Perimeter, Area and Polygons

This unit will highlight work around shapes including:

  • Perimeter of a 2-D shape
  • Similarities and differences
  • Measurement and area
  • Attributes and categorization

Social Studies: Learning About A Far Away Country: Brazil

Students will continue working together in cooperative learning clubs. Following their research, students will choose from a menu of open ended, interdisciplinary projects that will represent their research. Our continued work with the teaching artists from Symphony Space will further enrich this process.

Until Soon,

Leslie And Kevin