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Third Grade

Clockwise: Mrs. Ayotte (Instructional Support), Miss Jackson, Mrs. Jannetty, Mrs. Chesnes

April 2018 Update:

Currently in our 3rd grade classrooms, students have been planning and creating realistic fiction stories. Students are learning to include a good beginning, organizing ideas, and adding details. In Reading, students are delving into literary characters. We are reading Winn Dixie and looking at the various characters and how they are developed in the story. Ask your students about the book.

Fractions have been our focus in math. Students are learning what fractions look like, how to compare fractions, and how to draw models of fractions. Point out those things that are divided equally or in equal groups at home. Show your students that fractions are real life.

Thanks to the parents who came to conferences. It was so nice meeting all of you. We look forward meeting the rest of you on April 11th. A home/school partnership is an important part of your child’s learning. We can always be reached on the phone or through email.

As always, the 3rd grade thanks you for your support. Please continue to have your child read for twenty minutes on a daily basis.

Strategy for Home

  • Ask your child questions about the stories they are reading.
  • To help with math skills and word problems at home, multiplication.com is a great website to try!

February 2018 Update:

In reading, we are currently working on Historical Fiction. Students are learning about different time periods during read-alouds and guided reading. It is interesting for them to see how people lived during different times. In writing, we have been delving into non fiction writing. Students will be choosing an animal and a person to do research on. They will then write a report and present this information to the class. We are asking that a visual be created at home to go with the animal projects. Directions were given to the students to follow. Any questions please contact your students teacher. These projects will be displayed in the hall during conferences.

In math, we just wrapped up a unit on area and perimeter. Students learned how to identify and calculate the difference between the two. For the month of march, we will be studying fractions. Ask your student to help divide things into equal parts at home.

Thanks for your continued help. Please continue to have your child read for twenty minutes on a daily basis.

Strategy for Home

  • Ask your child questions about the stories they are reading.
  • To help with math skills and word problems at home, multiplication.com is a great website to try!

December 2017 Update:

Third Graders have been reading to determine the author’s purpose for writing the text: to persuade, to entertain, and to inform. Student have also begun to identify the main idea of the text as well as the character's point of view.

Students have just wrapped up a unit on division. They learned multiple strategies to help solve division problems including arrays and fact families. Although the beginning of the year was devoted to multiplication and division, it is not a skill we will be putting aside. The facts will continue to be a focus this year. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fluency is fundamental to future success in math. Any help you can provide your students will contribute to their continued math success.

Please continue to read with your child on a daily basis. This will help with reading fluency and comprehension. Please practice math facts on a daily basis, even if it is just a fact or two a day.

As always, the 3rd grade thanks you for your support! If you have not signed and returned your child’s permission slip for our field trip to The New Britain Museum of Art please do so.

Strategy for Home

Have your child introduce you to the many educational websites available for free through “Kids Links.” There is something for everyone.

Telling time is still difficult for many children. Any practice you can do at home would be greatly appreciated. If your student can tell time have them work on elapsed time problems. For example..If the movie lasts 1 hour and 42 minutes what time will it be over?

October 2017 Update:

Currently in our 3rd grade classrooms, students have been planning and creating small moment stories. Students are learning to include a good beginning, organizing ideas, and adding details. In Reading, students are beginning to develop stamina and learning comprehension strategies that can be applied to any text. We are fortunate this year to have the support and guidance of Tracy Sinkwich, the school’s literacy specialist.

Time and money has been our focus in math. Students have been working on telling time to the minute and learning their multiplication facts up to the tens tables. These skills will continued to be practiced throughout the year. Any time you can work on these skills at home would be greatly appreciated. Be sure to ask your student the strategies they are learning in math to solve unknown facts.

Thanks to those parents who came to conferences. It was so nice meeting all of you. A home/school partnership is an important part of your child’s learning. We can always be reached on the phone or through email. As always, the 3rd grade thanks you for your support. Please continue to have your child read for twenty minutes on a daily basis.

Strategy for Home

  • Ask your child questions about the stories they are reading.
  • To help with math skills and word problems at home, multiplication.com is a great website to try!


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