MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! LOVE, THE THIRD GRADERS IN 3Q
READING: In reading, we realized that when we categorize information from our nonfiction text, it's easier to remember what we read. One way to do this is by figuring out the main idea and writing it in a box. Then, list the details using bullets. Another way to do this is by listing the details first and figuring out the main idea from the list. We are third graders and we know that we are ready for this kind of mind-work. However, we also know that we might not always be correct with our main idea. It's easy to start reading and think you know the main idea but as we continue reading, our idea might need to become more specific or more broad. We will continue practicing this mind-work as our nonfiction unit continues. We also set new reading goals for ourselves. Many of us chose this as our goal. However, we know that just setting goals is not enough. Today we practiced working deliberately on our goals and then sharing what we did with our partners.
WRITING: We decided to wait until after our Winter Break to begin our nonfiction writing unit. Therefore, we spent much time over the last couple of weeks proofreading, editing and typing. We know that in third grade, being able to type as well as write out our thoughts is extremely important. We spent a lot of time this week fixing punctuation including when to use quotation marks and commas. We also checked for capitals and periods.
MATH: In Math, we remembered all we learned about measurement tools, units of measurement and measurement benchmarks. We then took this knowledge and applied it to finding the perimeter of objects. We designed 100 foot yards and knew that there are many different ways you can make 100 using perimeter. Not all of the sides have to have equal sides - as long as they all add up to 100. We also worked on activities to help us understand how to find and talk about the area of a surface