Tales from Third Grade Room 114

Hello Everyone!!

Hope your families had a fun long weekend!!  It’s hard to believe that we started fall on Saturday.

The students are going to be presenting the poems they picked to memorize during the month of September.  Please be sure that your child is ready to present their choice on Friday, September.  Remember that the students are encouraged to use gestures, props and  VERY simple costumes they can easily put on and take off after their presentation.

Also due this week are the reports on the scientist the students picked to create a report on.  Please let me know if you need any materials to put the project together.  Please also remember to have the report printed so that the students can easily read it during their presentation.  If your child has completed their research project early they can bring it to school starting Wednesday, September 27th.

During the week in :

Religion: The class will be talking about that fact that Jesus tells us how much God loves us.  The student will be learning about the Kingdom of GOD. The students will brain storm ways we can return God’s love and follow Jesus in given situations

Reading:  The class will continue working with the story “Thunder Cakes” as they define words in the story that they are not familiar with using dictionaries.  The students will work with a partner to make a list of the characters in the story as well as the contribution they made in the story.  The students will take a short quiz about the story at the end of the week.

Spelling:  Our words this week contain the abstract vowels /ou/ and /oi/.  The students will be working with rhyming words, word structure, using the dictionary, analogies, idioms and the special consonants: ce, th, and sh as they learn the spelling words for the test on Friday.  There will be spelling homework on Tuesday night only.

Phonics:  The students finished the first unit in their phonics work books reviewing what initial, middle and ending sounds can be found in words.  They also reviewed how the consonants C and G make their hard and soft sounds.  When G is followed by the vowels a, o, and u G will have the hard sound as in GAME.  When G is followed by the vowels e, i or y G will make the soft sound of J as in GYM.  When C is followed by the vowels a, o and us it will have the hard sound heard in CAKE.  When C is followed by the vowels e, i or y C will make the soft sound heard in CELERY.  This week the students will spend time reviewing and then take a test to show their understanding of the material covered in the unit.

Math: We have spent the first weeks of school learning how to fill in and read data from many different kinds of graphs and charts.  This week, the students will review the material and vocabulary so that they can take a test.  Please look for a review to come home as home work on Monday.  The class worked on the odd numbers in class and were able to ask questions as they went along.  The students should complete the even numbers for homework and bring it back Tuesday.  The class will begin learning how to multiply in our next math chapter.  Please pull out the multiplication flash cards that were part of the supply list for third grade.  Please spend time working with your child to memorize the facts at home as they work on learning them in the classroom.  The students will be able to earn a PBIS ticket when they have memorized each family of multiplication: 1’s, 2’s, 3’s etc . . .

Science:  I hope you and your child have had fun researching a scientist of their choosing.  I am really looking forward to hearing all the information they discovered during this project.  If your child has completed the project early, they are welcome to bring it to school starting Wednesday, September 27th.  Please be sure that your child is able to read the information as they share the details about their scientist with the class.  During class this week, the students will learn about the tools that scientist use in their work to measure different objects.  The class will also be talking about safety while doing experiments.

About the author

My name is Lisa Gearen. I started teaching at St. Cletus in 2003. I taught first grade for 14 years and now teach 3rd. I have a bachelors degree in Communication and a Masters in Elementary Education. I received both degrees from Concordia University. I also have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education as well as being a Certified Catechist.