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March News

posted Mar 5, 2018, 12:18 PM by Diane McFarland

Dear Parents, March 5, 2018

Welcome to March! Here’s a little update of what we’re up to in third grade.

This is Dr. Seuss’s week: tomorrow we wear green, Wed is mismatched day, Thurs is hat day and Fri is dress as a job in the future.

Reading – This month we are doing a weekly reading challenge at home and at school. A note and an email letter was sent home today.  Reading has become a favorite part of the day for many of us. As a class, we will try to read 20,000 minutes by the end of the day on March 30th for an ice cream smorgasbord AND there will be no homework for a week. The kids have recording sheets for home and one that stays in school. The letter will provide more information.

We will also be doing our third and final book project this month. I have revised the directions, so they’re more easily understood and helpful,  I hope. When it comes time to write the summary, I am available to revise and edit what the kids have come up with  before the due date if they want my help.

We've been working on many skills as we discuss the stories: fact & opinion, supporting answers with details, writing main idea statements and summaries, using context clues to “read between the lines”...  The students work daily on fluency, expression, and comprehension.

Writing –  We will be doing some persuasive writing pieces where the students will write about their opinion, and support it with facts and details. We have topics like “what is the best game?”, “should kids wear uniforms to school”, “the best pet”, “should dogs be allowed in restaurants”, and others. It should be interesting. I’ve very pleased that many kids are writing in paragraphs.

Math – This past month we’ve been working with fractions, identifying them on different number lines, finding equivalencies, finding mixed numbers and counting on in different fractions.

This month we are learning how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit. We continue to work on multiplication facts. They kids really need to work on them now that they’re using them in different problems.  All facts have been introduced, they just need to memorize them now.

We will be studying geometry this month too– 2D and 3D shapes, lines, congruency, symmetry, parallel, intersecting lines… This often doesn’t feel like “math” for many, but it is!

Science – We’ll be studying Simple Machines next. Toward the end of March, we’ll study the Night Sky! There are so many things to learn. We’ll be talking and doing activities about stars, constellations, planets, the moon and their movement patterns. In April, we’ve hired a planetarium to come to our gym. The kids will get a great review and have an experience of being in a planetarium where they can see constellations and night sky fun.

Cursive – As of today, we have learned all the lower case and upper case cursive letters. We will continue to practice and improve. The kids may write in cursive at this point if they wish. : )


- Class supplies: We are almost out of cups, wipes, tissues and spoons if anyone would like to donate some.  Thanks!

-Please check with your child to see if he/she needs a new supply of pencils or another eraser.

-Report cards will be available on line Friday, the 30th.

Thanks for all you do! Thanks for reading!


Diane McFarland