Third Grade: Winter Perspective
In Language Arts, winter is the time of year when third graders delve deeply into their study of different genres. We continue to work on building our third graders’ skills as readers, while fostering their love of literature. We encourage parents to model a love of reading at home. As the cold weather settles in around us it is the perfect time to curl up with your child and a good book.
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall."
— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This winter third grade readers will be exploring the genres: historical fiction, biography, and mystery. Ask them to share what they are learning about each of the different genres.
Our students have been hard at work learning the mechanics of writing. Third graders have mastered the friendly letter format and are learning the skills of paragraph writing. The writing process has become almost automatic for third graders as they become skilled at editing and revising their written work. In February, third graders will host our annual Poetry Sharing. Under the tutelage of our resident poet Lyn Little-Field Hoopes and the third grade teachers, they have become gifted poets. Their poems will be on display along with breathtaking artwork they created.
In Mathematics third graders are completing their study of multiplication. Hopefully, your third grader has been talking about “same size sets” and “repeated addition” at home. You may also hear them singing the multiplication tables, as we have set some of the trickier multiplication tables to music. We soon begin to study measurement, which will be integrated with a hands-on study of the Iditarod. Third graders continue to work on problem- solving and the important skill of explaining their mathematical thinking. You may see this skill put to use each week if you and your child attempt our optional blue challenge problems. We encourage you to keep reviewing math facts at home so that they remain automatic for your child.
In Science, we are working to headstart Blanding's turtles. We also explore weather and its impact on humans, animals, and plants in differing biomes.
In Social Studies, we continue to move forward on the timeline from the Pilgrims and Wampanoags to the arrival of the Puritans in Massachusetts around 1629. This is a great opportunity for third graders to look at point of view. Third graders will also walk to Field School to tour the Fifth Grade Wax Museum, an event we are already looking forward to this year.
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