• February Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 2/4/2017

    February Classroom News....

     

    Here is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

    Math

    Topic 9 : This topic is titled “Fluently Add and Subtract Within 1,000"

    The students will learn how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers.  They will learn how to use regrouping.  See the Home-School Connection parent letter for more details.

     The Topic 9 Assessment is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 2/16/17

     

    Topic 10:  This topic is title "Multiply by Multiples of 10"

    The students will how to multiply one digit numbers by multiples of 10 (using their knowledge of place value to multiply greater values).  For example, the students will come to realize that 3 x 6 =18, so, 3 x 60=180.  See the Home-School Connection parent letter or more details.

    The Topic 10 Assessment is tentatively scheduled for the last week of February.

    Note:  To help your child prepare for math tests...

    • Have your child log into Pearson Realize to review the lesson videos and the Online Topic Assessment
    • Review the Topic Assessment workbook pages / homework   

     

    Ways to help at home…

    Help your child memorize basic facts.  Use flashcards, songs/rhymes, and online games (see the Math Links on our classroom website for suggested sites).

     

    Reading

    This month the students will be reading biographies.  The class is discussing the type of information found in biographies, why author's choose to write about a particular person, and what we can gain or take away from learning about a particular person.

    The class will read a biography on Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson, online biographies (on myOn.com), and biogrpahies of choice.

    While studying Helen Keller the students will learn some sign language and braille too!

     

    Writing

    This month the students will finish writing Opinion Essays. They will learn the sturcture of writing a 5 paragraph essay including an introduction paragraph, three detail paragraphs (including supporting reasons and expanded details), and a closing paragraph.  Help your child think of strong opinions and supporting details to back up their belief.

    Some popular third grade opinion writing topics are:

    I believe there should be more recess time for third graders at Wolf Hill School.

    I think winter is the best time of year to play outside.

    In my opinion dogs make the best pets.

     

    Science

    This month the class will begin a unit on Plants and Animals.  The students will learn about seed germination and what living things need to survive.  A popular activity is germinating seeds in a ziplock bag.  Do seeds need light to sprout?

    Later in the month, the class will learn about the types of animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.  The students will be able to identify features of each animal and how those features help the animals survive.  

     

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  • January Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 1/4/2017

    January Classroom News....

     

    ere is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

    Math

    Topic 6: This topic is titled “Connect Area to Multiplication and Addition"

    The students will learn about area, how to find the area or simple rectangular shapes, and irregular shapes.  The students will use nonstandar and standard units (square inches, square feet, etc.) to calculate areas with and without grid paper.

     

    The Topic 6 Assessment is tentatively scheduled for Friday, January 20th.  

    Note:  To help your child prepare for math tests...

    • Have your child log into Pearson Realize to review the lesson videos and the Online Topic Assessment
    • Review the Topic Assessment workbook pages / homework   

     

    Ways to help at home…

    Play Changing Area

    Step 1 Draw a rectangle on gride paper, and have your child count the unit squares to find the area.  Draw anotehr rectangle with different dimensions.  have your child find the area of this rectangle.

    Step 2  Draw an irregular figure, such a the outline of a house using a square and a triangle.  Have your child count the unit squares to find the area.  Work with your child to determine how to estimate area when only a portion of the unit square is filled.  For example 2 half unit squares is equal to 1 whole unit square.

     

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  • December Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 12/5/2016

    December Classroom News....

     

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    Here is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

    Math

    Topic 4: This topic is titled “Use Multiplication to Divide:  Division Facts”.

    The students will use fact families to learn division facts for the numbers 2 through 9. They will analyze the multiplication patterns when multiplying even and odd numbers.   In addition, the students will learn the rules for division involving 0 and 1.They will play a variety of games to reinforce these concepts and develop fluency.

     

    The Topic 4 Assessment is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 15th.

    Note:  To help your child prepare for math tests...

    • Have your child log into Pearson Realize to review the lesson videos and the Online Topic Assessment
    • Review the Topic Assessment workbook pages / homework   

     

    Ways to help at home…

    Play Fun with Fact Families

    Step 1 Have Player 1 and Player 2 each pick a number from 1 through 9 and say the number aloud. For example, Player 1 says “6” and Player 2 says “8.”

    Step 2 Player 1 then says a multiplication fact that includes both numbers. (6 × 8 = 48)

    Step 3 Player 2 says a related division fact. (48 , 6 = 8)

    Step 4 Continue until the entire fact family has been used; then start again.

    • Multiplication Stories:  Give your child a multiplication fact, such as 4 x 3.  Have your child tell you a multiplication story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Jake has 4 bags of apples.  There are 3 apples in each bag.  How many apples does Jake have in all?  Repeat the activity with a different multiplication problem.

    • Division Stories:  Give your child a division fact, such as 32÷8.  Have your child tell you a division story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Sally has 32 pictures.  She puts an equal number of pictures on 8 pages.  How many pictures does Sally put on each page?  Repeat the activity with a different division problem.

     

    Reading / Writing / LA

    In reading, last month, we focused on narrative nonfiction stories.  The students practiced the skill of comparing and contrasting two texts by the same author:   Samuel Eaton: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy and Sarah Morton: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl, both by Kate Waters.  They created digital Venn diagrams and learned how to write a comparing and contrasting essay.

     

    This month we will focus on strategies to comprehend fiction stories.  The students will practice the skill of inferring about a character based on what a character does, says, or thinks.

     

    In our small guided reading groups, the students will read an assigned fiction novel at their reading level and practice identifying the key events, the central message, summarizing, and inferring about the characters.

     

    In writing, we will continue to hear and discuss examples of strong personal narratives.  The students will continue to use sensory details to make their writing more vivid.

    Be sure to check out your child’s posts on our classroom blog.  Have your child log into Kidsblog to share their writing.

     

    Social Studies

    This month the students will learn about communities, rules and laws, and regions of the United States.

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  • November Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 11/17/2016

     

     

    November Classroom News...

    Here is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

    Math

    Topic 3 (chapter 3) The students will continue to learn their multiplication facts.  The students will be introduced to the distributive property and the associative property.   Students will learn how to break a large array into two smaller arrays.  In addition, the students will continue to solve multi-step word problems.

    Reading / Writing / LA

    We will read three narrative nonfiction books about the Pilgrims by the same author Kate Waters.  The students will read about how a typical pilgrim child would spend their day, and then compare and contrast a pilgrim’s child’s life to their life in 2016.  The students will create Venn Diagrams and a compare / contrast flip chart to note the similarities and differences.

    Social Studies

    The students will enjoy a cross curricular unit called the Pilgrim Simulation.  The students will learn about the first year at Plymouth Plantation and how the pilgrims were able to govern themselves and work together to survive.  They will participate in various activities to simulate the experiences of the pilgrims through games and role playing.  The students will write 9 entries in a pilgrim log journal from the perspective of a pilgrim child.

    At the end of the unit the students will perform a special program in the gymnasium followed by a special authentic pilgrim feast it he cafeteria.  Our class will dress as native americans!

    • Note:  To help your child prepare for math tests...
      • Have your child log into Pearson Realize to review the lesson videos and the Online Topic Assessment
      • Review the Topic Assessment workbook pages / homework       
    • Ways to help at home...
      • Play Penny Patterns:
    • Start by getting 100 pennies and making multiplication cards with 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10 as the factors
    • Step 1: Mix the multiplication cards and place them facedown.
    • Step 2:  Player 1 turns over a card without Player 2 seeing it.  Player 1 then uses pennies to show the multiplication problem.  For example, if the problem is 4 x 5, player 1 could place the pennies in 4 rows of 5 pennies each.
    • Step 3:  Player 2 looks at the penny pattern and says what multiplicaion problem is on the card and give the answer.
      • Multiplication Stories:  Give your child a multiplication fact, such as 4 x 3.  Have your child tell you a multiplication story for that fact.
    • Sample Story:  Jake has 4 bags of apples.  There are 3 apples in each bag.  How many apples does Jake have in all?  Repeat the activity with a different multiplication problem.
      • Division Stories:  Give your child a division fact, such as 32÷8.  Have your child tell you a division story for that fact.

     

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  • October Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 10/10/2016

    October Classroom News....

    Here is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

     

    Math

    We are enjoying our new math program, enVisions!

    Topic 2 (chapter 2) is titled, Multiplication Facts: Use Patterns.  The students will learn how to multiply using 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10 as factors using patterns.  The students will use skip counting, learn the Identiy (one) Property of Multiplication: anything times 1 is that number, and the Zero Property of Multiplication: anything times 0 is 0.  In addition, the students will continue to use number lines, arrays, counters, diagrams, and drawings to practice solving real world problems that involve joing or separating equal groups.  The students will also practice solving multi-step word problems.  They will try to find the 'hidden question' - what they must complete first, in order to solve the question being asked.  They will play a variety of games to reinforce these concepts as well.  The Topic 2 Assessment is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 10/18.

    Note:  To help your child prepare for math tests...

    • Have your child log into Pearson Realize to review the lesson videos and the Online Topic Assessment
    • Review the Topic Assessment workbook pages / homework       

    Ways to help at home...

    • Play Penny Patterns:

    Start by getting 100 pennies and making multiplication cards with 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10 as the factors

    Step 1: Mix the multiplication cards and place them facedown.

    Step 2:  Player 1 turns over a card without Player 2 seeing it.  Player 1 then uses pennies to show the multiplication problem.  For example, if the problem is 4 x 5, player 1 could place the pennies in 4 rows of 5 pennies each.

    Step 3:  Player 2 looks at the penny pattern and says what multiplicaion problem is on the card and give the answer.

    • Multiplication Stories:  Give your child a multiplication fact, such as 4 x 3.  Have your child tell you a multiplication story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Jake has 4 bags of apples.  There are 3 apples in each bag.  How many apples does Jake have in all?  Repeat the activity with a different multiplication problem. 

    • Division Stories:  Give your child a division fact, such as 32÷8.  Have your child tell you a division story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Sally has 32 pictures.  She puts an equal number of pictures on 8 pages.  How many pictures does Sally put on each page?  Repeat the activity with a differnt division problem.

    Reading / Writing / LA

    We have begun to build our reading and writing communities within our classroom.  Students work together to help each other become better readers and writers.

    In reading, last month we focused on fiction and narrative nonfiction.  The students heard and discussed stories, explored using illustrations to make inferences about stories, and made text to text connections as they compared and contrasted two books by the same author.  They focused on visualizing to make sense of what they read and considered the thoughts and feelings of characters. They also began Individualized Daily Reading and learned how to select books at their independnent reading levels and self monitor their reading. 

    This month will will focus on strategies to help you read non-fiction.  We will identify various expository text features (such as maps, headings, diagrams, photogrpahs and captions) and explain how these features help us comprehend.  We will begin to identify the main idea and supporting details of expository text as well.

    In our small guided reading groups, the students will continue to  read assigned text at their reading level and practice identifying the story elements, the important / key events, and the central message.

     In writing, we will continue to hear and discuss examples of good writing and learn about the writing practice of professional authors.  Students will continue to try a variety of prewriting techniques and wrtie freely in their writing notebooks about things that interest them.

    Here is a short acrostic poem our class wrote TOGETHER, after reading a book of poetry called, Silver Seeds.  (The poems in the book were all acrostic poems about nature.)

    WIND

          by Mrs. McCarthy's Class

    Whoosh, refreshing as watermellon.

    In the air,

    Near the tree branches

    Dancing.

    We discussed how each line of the poem starts with the next letter in the word.  We also discussed how the punctuation at the end of each line of the poem (or lack of punctuation), helps you understand the poem.

    We will continue to focus on basic writing conventions such as capitalizaiton and end punctuation.  In addition, students will continue to include sensory details in their writing to help paint vivid pictures for the reader!  The students will publish their first personal narrative.

     

    Science

     The students have been very enthusiastic about our Earthquake and Volcano Unit.  There will be a short vocabulary quiz on Thursday, 10/13.  Please note, there is no need to memorize the definitions.  Have your child study the vocabulary word set they created on www.quizlet.com.  Just make sure your child is logged into Google with their google account, then log into Quizlet using Google to access their vocabulary word set.

    The next science unit is Rocks and Minerals.  The students enjoy learning about the three different kinds of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and how they are formed.  The scientists of 3C  will examine different rock and mineral samples first hand - who doesn't enjoy being a rockhound?!

     

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  • September Classroom News

    Posted by Melinda McCarthy on 9/6/2016

    September Classroom News....

    Here is a short update as to what we will be studying within each subject area this month.

    Math

    We will become familiar with our new math program, eVisions!

    Topic 1 (chapter 1) is titled, Understand Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers.  The students will learn how multiplication is the joining of equal groups and can be solved with repeated addition.  The students will learn how division is sharing equally and can be solved with repeated subtraction.  The students will use number lines, arrays, counters, diagrams, and drawings to practice solving real world problems that involve joining or separating equal groups.  The students will also learn the commutative property of multiplication (two numbers can be multiplied in any order and the product remains the same).  They will play a variety of games to reinforce these concepts as well.

    Ways to help at home...

    Multiplication Stories:  Give your child a multiplication fact, such as 4 x 3.  Have your child tell you a multiplication story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Jake has 4 bags of apples.  There are 3 apples in each bag.  How many apples does Jake have in all?  Repeat the activity with a different multiplication problem.

    Division Stories:  Give your child a division fact, such as 32÷8.  Have your child tell you a division story for that fact.

    Sample Story:  Sally has 32 pictures.  She puts an equal number of pictures on 8 pages.  How many pictures does Sally put on each page?  Repeat the activity with a different division problem.

    Reading / Writing / LA

    This month we will begin to build our reading and writing communities within our classroom.  Students will work together to help each other become better readers and writers.

    In reading, we will focus on fiction and narrative nonfiction.  The students will hear and discuss stories, explore using illustrations to make inferences about stories, and make text to text connections as they compare and contrast two books by the same author.  They will focus on visualizing to make sense of what they read and consider the thoughts and feeling of characters. They also begin Individualized Daily Reading and learn how to select books at their independent reading levels and self monitor their reading.

    In writing, we will hear and discuss examples of good writing and begin to learn about the writing practice of professional authors.  Students will try a variety of prewriting techniques and write freely in their writing notebooks about things that interest them.

    We will focus on basic writing conventions such as capitalization and end punctuation.  In addition, students will begin to include sensory details in their writing to help paint vivid pictures for the reader!

    Science

    This month will be studying Earth's Structure.  We will learn about the three layers of the earth.  One favorite activity is creating a model of the earth.  We will study earthquakes, what causes them, and how scientists measure earthquakes.  The students always enjoy making their own seismographs!  Finally, we will learn about different types of volcanoes and how each forms.

     

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