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Office:  927-3570

Attendance:  927-3578

mbarclay@lafsd.org

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Room 3, Third Grade

Welcome to Room 3's website.  Here you can find monthly curriculum updates, a calendar of events, login links to online programs, math websites, and a copy of our reading log.  

March Updates

Math Workshop: We will be wrapping up our studies of addition and subtraction methods and applying our learning to solving two-step word problems. In math centers we will keep working on multiplication and division to build our fact fluency.  In math talks we will solve problems using mental math strategies like: making a ten, looking for a benchmark number, adding up, and more. We will also shift to geometry where we will learn characteristics of 2-dimensional figures.

 

Reading Workshop: We continue with our Character Studies unit. We are entering our second bend and students will work in small groups to select books that they want to read and discuss. They will come up with group agreements and make a reading schedule for themselves. We will keep thinking about and noticing character traits, patterns, and motivations. Our lessons will also have us look at the structure of a fiction story and how characters change over time.

 

Writing Workshop: We enter into our final bend of our Persuasive writing unit. Students will select a cause that interests them and form cause groups. Using their own knowledge, as well as teacher-given materials students will write a persuasive piece. They can choose to write a letter, essay, or petition that expresses their opinion on the topic.

 

Science: We return our content areas focus to science. Students will learn about salmon and water in class and in Mr. Winter’s science classes. Students will study the salmon’s life cycle, environmental challenges, and the importance of water. This unit culminates with a ‘Water Day’ experience, where all third graders participate in activities that extend their knowledge of water and the environment.

Third Grade Models of Instruction

Reader's Workshop: In the workshop method each lesson begins with a mini-lesson that has the teacher modeling and teaching a reading strategy. Students then participate in guided practice and work towards independence. Following the mini-lesson, students read a book of their choice or participate in a book club where all members read the same text. Students engage in discussions and record their thinking on post-its and other graphic organizers. Each lesson wraps up with sharing. This allows for discussion across books and sharing of learning. An important part of Reading Workshop is keeping a Reading Log. Students record in school and at home daily. Each month students analyze their Reading Log to notice habits and set goals.

 

Writer's Workshop: The structure of the workshop is similar to reading: a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and sharing. Lessons focus on many aspects of writing: brainstorming, developing ideas and details, structure and organization, author's craft, grammar, conventions, and more.

 

Math Workshop: Math instruction follows a similar format. A lesson begins with modeling of a skill or strategy followed by guided practice and independent practice. Students are challenged to explain their thinking using both words, numbers, and pictures. Students participate in number talks, math games, and 3-Act Tasks.

 

Science: Students benefit from hands-on interactive instruction with the classroom teacher and science specialist. They will visit the science lab weekly for experiments and science literacy. The science curriculum is focused on the recently-adopted Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Social Studies: Students learn social studies content through literature, artifacts, and simulations. Students use technology to research topics and produce projects that demonstrate their learning and understanding. Field trips to local sites provide a context for learning and meaningful experiences for students.

Curriculum Scope and Sequence

 

Time Frame

Reading Units of Study

Writing Units of Study

SS/Science Units of Study

August

Assessments

Assessments

 

Sept/Oct

 

Building a Reading Life

Crafting True Stories

Lafayette History

 

Biomes

Oct/Nov

Mystery Book Clubs

 

Adaptations

Nov/Dec

 

Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures

The Art of Information Writing

Pilgrims & Squanto

 

Food Chains

Jan/Feb

 

Assessments

Character Studies

Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Letters, and  Petitions

Symbols & Government

 

Weather & Forces

March

 

Character Studies

Persuasive Writing

Landforms/Geography

 

Water Day

April

 

Poetry

 

Poetry

Communities

 

Electricity

May/June

 

Testing

Research Clubs: Elephants, Penguins, and Frogs, Oh My!

Once Upon a Time:  Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

Black Diamond Mine Community

 

Magnets

 

 





 

Math Sequence

Time Frame

Subject

August - First Week of September

Place Value/Rounding

Add/Sub - Fact Work

September - Mid October

Concept Building - Multiplication & Division

Mult 0-5, 9, 10

Mid October - November

Multiply & Divide with 6s, 7s, 8s

Multiply with Multiples of 10

December

Measurement, Time and Graphs

January - February

Multidigit Addition and Subtraction

 

Write Equations to Solve Word Problems

February - March

Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

March - April

Explore Fractions

April

Review for SBAC

May - June

Measurement

Tangrams

Word Problems

 

Math Websites

Reminders...

Homework due every Thursday!

Reading Log and Book Bag goes to and from school each day!

Current Assignments

 

Date

Special Events

August 31

Back to School Night

Sept 25 - Sept 29

Conferences

(in afternoons)

Oct 11

Lafayette Walking Tour Field Trip

Oct 20

Oakland Zoo School Field Trip

Oct 31

Halloween Parade & Party

Dec 13 

Christmas Carol Field Trip

Dec 15

Winter Holiday Party

Feb 14

Valentine's Party

March 29

Water Day - ‘Field Trip’ at School

TBD

Jolts & Volts Lawrence Hall of Science Field Trip

May 18

Open House & Art Fair

TBD

Black Diamond Mines Field Trip

June 4

Apple Valley Day & End of Year Party

Raz Kids

Lexia Core 5