It’s been a very busy few weeks in third grade! Our subject switching has been going great! It has been fun and has taught everyone how to be a bit more flexible. Having to teach science for a full hour 5 days per week has proven very challenging to fit in to an already jam packed schedule for one teacher alone. Switching was the best way we could get this accomplished consistently. The new science is also very heavy in non-fiction reading and writing. This is on top of the language arts block the children already endure. We are all doing the best we can to meet state standards in all areas and keep the students engaged, happy, and interested daily. That’s a very big job!
Global School Play Day is Wednesday, February 7th! Students can bring in board games, dolls, trading cards, etc. to play with. However, no electronic devices are allowed.
I sent home a sheet class list with our students’ names in case your child wants to write names on Valentine’s Day cards. But, passing out cards goes much faster if you simply have your child sign his or her name only. Our party will be on Wednesday, February 14th 2:30-3:30pm.
The third graders are incorporating information from science to create a report about crayfish. By meshing the non-fiction topic they are learning about in science and researching more facts, they can apply what they’re learning and create a written project to share they’re knowledge.
We are working in unit 4. Unit 4 covers measurement and geometry. Keep practicing those multiplication facts! I sent home the parent letter last week in the Friday Folder. You can click HERE if you need it again.
Our 2nd unit is underway and is all about the STRUCTURES OF LIFE! Right now they are focusing on the crayfish. Students observe and record some of the structures of a crustacean, the crayfish, and compare it to other organisms. They establish a feeding and maintenance schedule for the organisms. Students investigate crayfish behavior and map where the crayfish spend time within their habitat. Through readings, organism cards, and a video, students learn about adaptations of organisms in different environments, including different kinds of group and social behaviors. Students use a computer simulation to study variation of traits in species and explore how variation might affect survival of individuals.
We are reviewing all the information from this unit and I plan on giving the unit test by the end of this week. We’ve covered all the questions historians ask to learn about the past. The students investigated how Waterford went from a tiny place stared by two people in 1872 to a booming village that is still around today!
The Three Fires are a large group of Native Americans we’ve studied. Actually, The Three Fires was made up 3 different tribes who had similarities such as speaking the same language. However, they had many differences too.
We moved on to learn about the French Voyageurs, The British, and trouble between the two turning into the French and Indian War, and Pontiac’s Rebellion.
Your 3rd grader should be studying the 3 key things Michigan needed to have happen in order for it to become a state (from a territory) as well as when Michigan finally became a state. Also, what “Boy Governor” had a major role in Michigan becoming a state and what was the Toledo War all about?
Lastly, we learned about manufacturing, Henry Ford, the moving assembly line and much more. This was a very information full unit!