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What's up for February


Language Arts -

This month, we are finishing our unit of study for the book series and book clubs. We are also working to hone written reading responses so that students are better able to articulate their reading comprehension in writing. Please make sure that your student is completing his/her nightly reading assignment for his or her Just Right book and fills out the reading log as part of his or her homework. Please check that responses to the log prompts are at least five sentences, and includes text evidence along with an explanation.

In Writing Workshop, we have begun to write literary essays. These are an deeper exploration of 'writing long about your reading'. The focus is on lessons learned (both by the characters and the readers), themes or morals, changes in characters and the precipitating events, and character traits as role models. Students are aware that they need to step up their level of 'deep thinking'!

Computers -

Cross-curricular computer activities employing educational websites are being done in the lab to support classroom learning in the content areas.  Given the upcoming on-line tests to be administered in the district, students are working on keyboarding skills. Nightly practice with Typing Web continues to be essential. In addtion, we are learning about online tools such as highlights. More homework is being assigned through Google Classroom (Quick Checks, current events in Newsela, etc.). The goal is to permit students to become more familiar with thinking about their learning and expressing it electronically. It is very differennt from the way most of us adults learned when we were in 3rd grade!

Math -
This month, we are finishing up division. We will begin to study fractions next! First we will explore the concept of whole and part then move onto to mathematical operations using fractions. 

Social Studies -
Soon we will begin our new unit of study: the Industrial Revolution. Students will be learning about the evolution of life in the US from a rural farm-based society to one of interdependence with cities, factories and worker/merchant classes.  Additionally, student will become familiar with the key inventions involved in creating this era.

Science -
Next we begin our unit of study of Chemistry, a perennial favorite in the third grade!  We will study the physical and chemical properties of substances and how they change when mixed with other chemicals.  This unit requires excellent lab skills with close adherence to instructions and cooperation among team partners in order to successfully complete the labs.