Reading-We are finishing up our Character Unit and moving on to series books. This is a terrific unit because it begins to get reluctant readers hooked on reading. The kids LOVE talking about similar books with other students. Often times, when a child finds a series he or she loves, that child will want to read through the series. Excitement and engagement ensues.
Writing-The third graders are working on using strong words in their writing. We will be doing a December writing project with the following goal: Students will use strong word choice and descriptive language to write a short narrative. Art will be incorporated into this project as well. Look for more to come!
Math-Multiplication, Multiplication, Multiplication! With the shift to Common Core state standards, 3rd graders will be doing much more multiplication than in past years. The expectation is that all students know their addition and subtraction facts, as well as all multiplication facts through 9. While this is the multiplication expectation starting next year, we will be striving to reach that goal so the ease to 4th grade is much smoother.
Science- With our Rocks & Minerals unit coming to a close, we will shift our focus to a short unit on Magnets.
Social Studies- Mrs. Sandra is a historian who has donated her time to come talk to the 3rd graders about Colonial life in Portsmouth. She will visit the class 6 times throughout the year. When she came last month, Mrs. Sandra taught the students about why early settlers came to Portsmouth: to FISH! When she visits again, she will focus more on Strawberry Banke and the conflict with Native Americans.
Word Study- We will continue to rotate between spelling and vocabulary.