Our Focus in 3rd Grade
Third grade is a transitional year where we are moving from learning to read to reading to learn. We will be using Thinking Maps to help us learn to organize our thinking as we are reading. This year we are really excited to be focusing our instruction on reading novels throughout the year! During our reading time students will to to Miss Larrinaga's classroom where they will continue to build off of their reading skills that they were learning in 2nd grade. They will begin the year by reading How to Eat Fried Worms, and will then move on to reading a variety of biographies and other nonfiction text. I look forward to seeing the students' engagement in their reading and am excited to have this opportunity for them to work with Miss Larrinaga. I cannot wait to see the amazing things they have to share with me when they return.
During our writing time, we will be using the strategies that Miss Larrinaga introduces during reading to have them move into writing. We will be working side by side to ensure that students are working hard to build off their great writing skills that they were learning in second grade, as well as their new reading strategies to push their love of reading and writing. Our three major topics include narrative, informative, and persuasive writing, as third graders our district goal is to be proficient in informative writing, Miss Larrinaga and I will be implementing non-fiction texts during reading to ensure that we are working hard to meet and exceed those goals. Though we will be working hard on those concepts we will also have some time for creative writing to write friendly letters to pen pals as well as fractured fairy tales during our fairy tale unit and our Peter Pan novel study!
This will be Kuna's second year using the Ready Common Core math curriculum. The students will begin the year by learning about multiplication and division. Then they will move on to learning about place value to round as well as add, subtract, and multiply. As the year continues the students will spend time solving word problems with all four operations. We will then move towards expanding our knowledge on fractions. Our "Measurement and Data" unit is the longest math unit the students will have. In this unit the students will tell and write time as well as solve problems that involve time. They will then have the chance to learn about mass, volume, and a variety of graphs. This unit will conclude by learning about area and perimeter. Finally, the students will spend the last few weeks of the school year learning about quadrilaterals in geometry. We will be working hard to find fun ways to learn about all of these math concepts to make them exciting and applicable in the lives of the students.
Science and Social Studies
One of the things I love about teaching third grade is the opportunity to teach science and social studies. We have a variety of topics to cover throughout the school year including community, force and motion, land forms and maps, presidents, heredity and adaptations, Kuna history, and weather and climate. I can't wait to see all that will go into making these topics come alive this year.
This year is going to be filled with so many wonderful learning opportunities! I am truly excited to see what fun we can have learning and becoming our best selves. I will do my best to keep you updated as we move through these topics, but please feel free to contact me with any questions you have have regarding any concepts that we are covering.