As students choose an organism for their ecosystems study (one they have observed during the Zhudi Park nature walks), they will be conducting research on that organism and its environmental needs. They will be collecting observational data at the park and reading both intensively and extensively as they delve more deeply into nonfiction writing. To launch this research project, students have been reading more about ecosystems and learning how to use the Dewey Decimal system to find nonfiction resources in the library. Later on, they will also learn more about using the library databases and Internet searches. They are continuing to learn how to take notes when making observations in the field, when reading texts, and when watching videos pertaining to ecosystems. Students have also been revisiting Todd Parr’s books in anticipation of his visit the week of March 21st.
Our current Module on finding the area of given spaces comes to a close this week with a Module assessment. Students worked tirelessly on finding the area and then multiplying two sides of a given rectangular shape so as to calculate the area of it accurately. They learned that they could use the distributive property to add to a shape if it was irregular. This then led to a subtraction problem from the whole rectangle to find the new area of an “L”, “H” or “U” shaped room, pool, or object. Whew! See the video example below by a lovely Ms. Minicozzi who teaches us in just 2 minutes what we’ve been practicing all week in our classrooms: https://youtu.be/hqqtumES-rQScience
During our nature walks, students have been busy collecting samples, making observations and writing questions for their upcoming research. This week students will chose an organism that they are interested in for their research report. Students are also busy preparing their minds to read, find information, and take notes related to their topics. Concepts such as interesting vs important, cause/effect, problem solution will be discussed in class using research articles. These concepts will help support students in their report writing. Students also continued using the library to look up books related to their organism of choice.
Third grade homework is at least twenty minutes of independent reading AND thirty minutes of additional homework Monday-Thursday…this includes Chinese or EAL/Learning Support.
Chinese homework is designated for Tuesday and Thursdays so homeroom work should ONLY include at least 20 minutes of reading and a math reinforcement problem or basic math fact review.
At times, if necessary, students who DO NOT finish classwork may be expected to finish it at home.
There is NO homework assigned on the weekends.
If, at ANY time, it takes your child longer than the allotted 30 minutes, please tell your child to turn in ONLY what they were able to complete in the 30 minute time frame. You know your child best and understand their breaking point in the evenings after a long day of school and activities. Homework should NEVER be a big point of contention because you and your child know their limit.
Your child will be responsible for using the provided assignment book to record homework at the end of each day. This book must travel to and from school each day. The assignment book will also be a way for us to communicate. Please feel free to write me a note any time you need to, and I will do the same. Please support your child by reviewing his/her homework and assignment book.