As we prepare for student led conferences, please review the questions below. Feel free to use these question prompts to support conversation. This conference is a time for your children to shine and teach you some things they learned in 3rd grade. It is not a teacher conference or a time to talk about MAP testing. Thank you for focusing on the growth your children have made this year and for supporting their confidence as a learner.
This week, readers will be continuing with their studying of mystery novels. They will learn about using text features to help make predictions, strategies to help deal with tricky parts of the text, and how to share their reading with a partner so that they can create theories and ideas together.
Mathematicians have been constructing rectangles from a given number of unit squares and they started recording perimeter and area data on line plots. Next, mathematicians will continue their study of area and perimeter by problem solving using all four operations.
Students are busy finding out more information about their interests. They are gathering information from a range of sources and working as researchers. Please ask them about their topic they chose. Help them dig deeper into questions they could tackle at school while researching.
This week, readers are starting a new reading unit, all about mysteries. They will read to identify a mystery and the mystery solvers, identify clues as to how to solve the mystery, and work out who could be suspects and why.
As writers this week we will focus our attention towards revising, editing and publishing in preparation of sharing our books with others!
Mathematicians will work to find different possible perimeters or areas for rectangles based on information given about the rectangles. They will also:
- Construct rectangles from a given number of unit squares and determine the perimeters
- Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed from a given number of unit squares.
- Construct rectangles with a given perimeter using unit squares and determine their areas.
- Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed.
We will begin our final unit, how we express ourselves. This unit will focus on student interests and allow time for students to research and learn more about their passions. Our central idea and lines of inquiry for this unit are…
An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others.
- 1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning
Readers will practice reading with voice, fluency and expression this week as we present our readers theater plays to an audience of peers. We had an amazing time writing our plays, practicing and creating our very creative costumes. Not only have we loved reading this week, but our reading voice is stronger than ever!
As writers this week, students will begin moving from adapting a Fairy Tale to creating their own. Writers will take into account all that they have learned as readers of the genre to form an idea and plan, to then begin drafting. Watch for their published pieces on seesaw and listen to how they changed their voices to practice fluency.
This is our final week with this current unit of forces and interactions around the world. Students will be asked to plan and do an investigation using the qualities of an engineer and scientist they learned about this unit. Students should demonstrate understanding of making a hypothesis, asking a question, working through the stages of the scientific process and an understanding of forces and interactions.
Grade 3 is very excited to start a new unit and we need your help! We will finish the year with “how we express ourselves” and inquiring into our own interests.
One way to support this is by having students bring in an object from home that has meaning to them and shows something they are interested in. It could be a photograph, souvenir from a trip, object from a hobby, clothing piece, are just some examples.
We encourage you to have a conversation about your own interests with your kids to better support them tuning into their own interests or passions. Help them come up with one object that represents their personal interest. They can bring this object to school on May 8th.
Thank you for your support,
Grade 3 Teachers
Students will inquire into their own investigations. First, starting with questions and moving onto making predictions and testing. They may need to bring materials from home to do an investigation but they will make a list. We will be learning more about the scientific process and how connected it is to the design process.
Mathematicians are introduced to perimeter this week. Through this work, students define perimeter as the boundary of a two-dimensional shape and use their new vocabulary in context. These lessons begin the study of perimeter with unusual shapes to encourage flexible thinking about perimeter and avoid the misconception that it is a property of rectangles alone.
This week we will take a look at balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will continue to explore using hands on activities where they are using the qualities of a scientist and engineer. Students will also dig a bit deeper using text to learn more about forces and motion.
Mathematicians will learn that different shapes (e.g., squares, rectangles, and rhombuses) have shared attributes that can fall within a larger category (parallelograms, quadrilaterals, and trapezoids). The will also look for shared attributes and learn to recognize polygons with sides that are equal. Finally, mathematicians will draw quadrilaterals that do not fit any subcategories.
This week, writers will plan and draft their own fractured fairy tales. Students will revise as they draft. We will focus on the usage of dialogue, descriptive language (verbs and adjectives), and language structures in compound and complex sentences.
This week, readers will be continuing with reading fairy tales, focusing on the traits of characters. They will learn that characters have internal traits and external features/characteristics. Readers will learn to use these traits by applying them to the heroes and villains in their own fairy tales. If you are supporting your child with this work at home, then this anchor chart contains the type of vocabulary that we will be using: