Grade Three November Newsletter
It was a pleasure to meet with many of you during Parent/Teacher conferences. We welcome and value your feedback as the year progresses. We are well into the swing of things in all of our subjects. Here is what we will be focusing on this month.
Monthly newsletters will be posted to the school website. You can find them under the “Class Notes” tab- then look for “Grade 3”.
Language Arts We have just begun our Guided Reading groups. In our small groups, we will be practicing our decoding, predicting and visualizing skills. Last month, we learned about story elements (character, setting, plot) and will practice what we learned in our groups as well. In writing we are working on paragraph writing (topic sentences and supporting sentences) as well as picture prompt creative writing.
Math Place Value skills. We will be practicing counting numbers using a number line to compare and round numbers. We will learn how to group and count by 10’s and 100’s, and find ordinal numbers. Students have been using Base Ten materials to model 2 digit and 3 digit numbers and recording the number in a place value chart. They have been exploring ways to represent numbers and investigating and describing numbers to 1000. Place Value is the foundation to number sense. A solid understanding of place value is essential to develop a strong number sense and an understanding of all computational methods. These skills will come in handy in many mathematical situations as it directly enhances skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Therefore, we will keep at working on improving quick recall of these skills throughout the school year.
Here are suggestions for activities you can do with your child.
• Continue to practice addition facts.
• Remove the 10’s and face cards from a deck of playing cards. Deal 3 cards to each player. The player who can make the greatest 3 digit number with his/her cards receives 1 point. Return the cards to the deck and deal again. The first player to get to 10 points is the winner. Repeat the activity and try to make the least possible number.
Students are also learning how to collect and organize information in a tally chart, pictograph, and bar graph in our Data Management unit.
Social Studies This month, we will continue finish our unit on mapping skills. Students will be using the information that they have learned to create their own community map. We will also conduct our first class debate on land usage.
French We just started French this month! Madame Lasko made her first appearance on Friday. Students had a fantastic first lesson on Friday and Madame Lasko is excited to join the class every Friday!
Bible We are starting a partner project on heros of the Bible.
Halloween Candy Some of you may have received treats this weekend, however, it is appreciated if your child did not bring a bunch of candy to school. One small treat is fine, but more than that may lead to unnecessary hyperactivity, among other things. Please keep in mind that treats need to be nut free as well. Thank you in advance.
Music We will be starting our Christmas concert songs.
We will be having an Elementary school Remembrance Day assembly this Friday, November 6. Some students will be sharing a writing piece, “Peace Is”. Mrs. Lasko will be completing the activity and selecting a few students to read aloud during the assembly. She will notify you if your child is participating.
Although we are not having weekly spelling tests, it is still important to practice word spelling at home on a regular basis. You could support your child’s classroom learning by having them spell these words.
Nov 2-6 Long /a/ spelled a-e
date, face, cane, game, cape, wave, lake, tale, lane, cage, race
Nov 9-13: no spelling
Nov 16-20 Long /a/ spelled ai and ay
tail, rain, wait, aim, pail, May, way, say, relay, pathway, stray
Nov 23-27 Long /a/ words with added endings: s, ing,
For example: dates/dating, waits/waiting, pays/paying, tastes/tasting
This week, we will be reviewing long vowel /a/ patterns and adding the endings above. You could have your child spell any of these words below, with the added endings:
a-e words: pace, invade, space, bake, disgrace, decorate, scale, eliminate, shame, debate
ai words: paint, stain, train, trail, snail, exclaim, maintain
ay words: display, sway, away, pray, play, betray, say, sway
Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education!
A. Flett and H.Lasko