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March News

posted Mar 8, 2017, 12:19 PM by Diane McFarland

Dear Parents,                                                                     March 5, 2017


Welcome to March! The year is passing by. Here’s a little update of what we’re up to in third grade.



Reading – This month we are doing a weekly reading challenge at home and at school. A note and an email letter will be sent home tomorrow.  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 31st for an ice cream smorgasbord! The kids will have recording sheets for home and 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. We still need to edit for darn capitals and periods, though.



Math – This past month we’ve been working with measurement again, measuring to the nearest ¼ inch, being able to change measurements from yards to inches and feet and mm to cm and meters.



We will be studying geometry this month– 2D and 3D shapes, lines, congruency, symmetry, parallel, intersecting lines… This often doesn’t feel like “math” for many, but it is! We continue to work with multiplication and word problems. At this point, all multiplication facts have been introduced and the kids are working on memorizing them.





Science – We get to study the Night Sky next! 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 – 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!


-Because of all the snow days, we WILL have school Friday, March 17th to make up one of the days.


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


-Report cards will be sent home Friday, the 24th. Please sign the envelope and return. You may keep the papers that are inside.



Thanks for all you do! Thanks for reading!



Diane McFarland