Saturday, February 29, 2020
Dear Grade 3 Parents,
On Friday, 2/28/20, I sent home the Grade 3 "Calendar At A Glance" for this upcoming week. It's on goldenrod paper!😂
Please read my attached academic word document that will give you detailed information about what I will be teaching this week in reading comprehension; spelling; phonics; grammar; religion; and mathematics.
Our first week back from vacation absolutely flew by! We accomplished a lot of work, and everyone got back into the swing of things very quickly. I am so blessed to have a job that I look forward to coming into every day. Your children's attitudes toward each other and their willingness to learn are such beautiful reflections on their lives at home with you.😇❤I enjoy each and every one of them for their individual personalities that together make a fantastic, A+ class of students! Every time I come back from lunch, the lunch parent on duty that day always has positive remarks to say about their behavior both inside the classroom and outside at recess. I totally look forward each week to my lunch time with them on Fridays when each of them gets an opportunity to discuss their upcoming weekend plans.
Last Wednesday afternoon, we had a very informative lesson in LADD on asthma and breathing difficulties. Mrs. DeSimone brought in several different types of inhalers to show the children how they work, and the children were very comfortable discussing people they knew who have exercise related asthma or breathing allergies to pet dander. They also discussed the dangers to lungs from inhaling chemicals contained in various smoking/vaping products. This week, Mrs. DeSimone he will return on Wednesday afternoon and the lesson will be about different types of diabetes and about good nutrition.
There will be a 9:00 AM First Friday Mass this coming Friday, 3/6/20 hosted by grade 1. Class A uniforms are required for Mass.
The second math calendar is due this Friday, March 6, 2020.
This week, I will also be giving each child an additional math packet which we will assemble together. This special additional packet will include several activity worksheets that contain types of questions students encounter on standardized math tests. We will methodically work through these packets from now through May.
According to the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), Grade 3 instructional time should focus on 4 critical areas:
- Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division through 144.
- Developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1)
- Developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays (perimeter and area)
- Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes,relating their fraction work to geometry by expressing the area of the part of a shape as a unit fraction of the whole.
The MAP test organizes mathematics scores into four sections which include: Operations and Algebraic thinking; Number and Operations; Measurement and Data; and Geometry.
Of course, there are many components such as Place Value, Rounding, Estimating, Time, Money, Addition and Subtraction with carrying and borrowing that are also reviewed and expanded upon within the third grade curriculum because mathematics is a spiraling subject. In order to comprehend any abstract theory, a student must first know the concrete facts.
I have used several different mathematics curriculum materials to compile the papers for these special packets that we will be working on both together in class and as homework.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Holy first full week of Lent🙏
Mrs. Jane Ellis