Students have chosen the organism that will be the subject of their research report, as we continue to tie reading and writing lessons to the ecosystems unit. This week, students are beginning to find resources. They are learning how to learn the Dewey Decimal system to find library books about their subject, they are reading widely about ecosystem concepts that will guide their research, and they are starting to use online resources. Students are reviewing text features and learning how to figure out if research material is at their reading level and can supply the information they need. We hope that students will continue to use the SAS library databases at home to read about their subject and take notes.
This past week, third grade students began exploring fractions! The students are beginning to partition a whole into equal parts. They are working on identifying and counting unit fractions using concrete models, pictures, and numerical representations so to a third grader this means PIZZA! – and chocolate, and anything else you can share equally amongst yourself and friends. Vocabulary that you may hear your student using includes ‘numerator’, ‘denominator’, ‘fractional unit’ (vs ‘unit fraction’), ‘equal parts’, and ‘partition’. The growth in this unit will be apparent when your child is able to explain to you that the piece of pizza you just took was the larger one and why. Happy fraction finding!
Students continue to explore during our Zhudi Park Nature Walks. They have continued collecting samples, making observations and writing questions for their upcoming research. As they have narrowed down what they will research, students have learned the difference between Qualitative Data (descriptive) and Quantitative Data (measurable) and practiced collecting both types on our walk in the park. Children were able to print photos from their outings and write captions on a classroom map of the park which allows everyone to see what is happening in a variety of areas of Zhudi Park. Students also went to the library to practice using the Dewey Decimal system to find books related to their organism of choice. Excitement is high as the children are seeing more and more changes with each outing and are looking forward to what the next week will bring. THANK YOU to our awesome parent chaperones for taking the time to be a part of this learning!!
Next week grade 3 will have a very busy week. With class rehearsals and visiting authors, teachers will have limited instruction time. Students will also be busy preparing for their student-led conferences which will be held after spring break. Please note that the homework may look a bit different to accommodate these changes in the schedule!
THE THIRD GRADE MUSICAL
Remember that the 3rd graders will perform An Aesop Adventure at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25 in the PAC! It should be a memorable performance and you are welcome to attend. Here is an invitation note from Ms. Earley:
YOU ARE INVITED!
An Aesop Adventure
Simple stories use animals as well as humans to present powerful and memorable messages about life! Some of the stories presented will be: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and more. The children have been busy acting, speaking, dancing, and playing instruments. Please ask your children if they have a speaking part and, if so, help them practice and memorize their lines this weekend. Thank you!