Welcome to 3rd grade!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, April 7th- Teacher Work Day
April 7th-17th - Spring Break
Friday, April 21st- Fraction Part A Test
Monday, April 24th- Fraction Part B Test
Friday, April 28th- Ancient Civilization Test
Friday, May 5th- SOL Kick Off Party
Tuesday, May 9th- Reading Part 1 SOL
Wednesday, May 10th- Reading Part 2 SOL
Thursday, May 19th- Math Part 1 SOL
Friday, May 20th- Math Part 2 SOL
VDOE Released SOLs
SOL TEI Practice Items
SOL Pass (test prep)
Math Practice Games
RAZ Kids Student Login
Relfex Math Student Login
ia Student Login
3rd Grade VA Standard Games/Activities
Homework: It is important that students are completing the homework! It is directly aligned with our curriculum and modeled after the unit tests and SOL format!
What we are learning:
Reading, Word Study and Writing
In Language Arts we wrapping up our last two units and pulling our skills together to truly make meaning of what we are reading! We have been doing much higher level thinking as we are drawing conclusions, making inferences, determining the authors message and writing a summary! We learned Somebody, Wanted, But, So,Then as a strategy for writing a successful summary! We continue to work on identifying the main idea and supporting details in both fiction and nonfiction texts. These skills are key components to building life-long readers! We have been doing a lot of dictionary skills and working with guide words! For word work we continue to study prefixes, suffixes, synonyms and antonyms not as simple identification but by finding the meaning of these types of words from within a text. We are finishing up our persuasive writing unit and have been working on forming a piece of writing that will impact change or bring attention to noteworthy people! Each class has already made a difference on our school community by persuading the librarian to allow us to check two books out, the school to purchase more take home books for third grade, etc.! Mechanics and composition are two areas that we are still working on as a grade level. We have learned how to start an opinion piece by stating our opinion and then listing convincing reasons. We always end with a concluding sentence when we restate our opinion and sum up our whole piece.
In Math we are working on Unit 7: Fractions! Students can name, write and model fractions on a number line, as part of a set, as part of a whole or a regional model and on a strip model. We have also spent a great deal of time comparing and identifying equivalent fractions. We are also able to add and subtract fractions with like denominators. We will be learning more about improper fractions and will eventually be able to convert between an improper fraction and a mixed number! This unit has been full of real word hands on application problems! Our final unit is Data Analysis and Probability.
Social Studies and Science
In Social Studies we just started our Ancient Civilization unit and will be learning about the physical and human characteristics, contributions and government of Ancient Greece, Rome and Mali. We will be able to locate the three civilizations on the map and learn how these ancient people adapted to their environment. Since our upcoming science units tie in so beautifully with this content we will be sprinkling these concepts in throughout this unit but be on the lookout for the water cycle, soil and earth’s sources of energy and resources!