Monthly Newsletter

February and March Newsletter

The passage from our Metacognition News on the blog seems to describe synthesizing perfectly: “Synthesizing takes the process of summarizing one step further. Instead of just restating the important points from text, synthesizing involves combining ideas and allowing an evolving understanding of text. Synthesizing is creating original insights, perspectives, and understandings by reflecting on text(s) and merging elements from text and existing schema.” Synthesizing requires the use of many strategies learned throughout the year. We will focus on this strategy in this month and will continue throughout March. During this time, students will be learning how to identify multiple perspectives while creating opinions or arguments. Students will also practice identifying the theme or big idea of a piece. They will then communicate text evidence used to support the theme or big idea. Synthesizing also requires readers to use evidence from the text in support of personal meaning. We will encourage students to communicate how their thinking evolves from the beginning to the end of a passage or unit of study.

Opinion Writing:

In writing we have started to work on Opinion Writing. To start the unit, third graders have created bold opinions and written them in a form of a thesis statement. Students have learned that persuasive writers look at their world and imagine how it could be better to grow ideas for possible writing projects. We have looked for problems that needed to be addressed and imagined solutions. Students are really enjoying that their voices are being heard and that they are starting to learn how to justify their opinions to persuade others. 

Math: Perimeter, Angles and Area: 2-D Geometry and Measurement
This unit develops ideas about the attributes of 2-D objects and how they are classified (the definition of a triangle, rectangle, and square), how to solve for perimeter, and area, Using the context of perimeter, students are continuing to develop their ability to use measurement tools as they work on accurate linear measurement techniques. Students learn to identify angles by their relationship to a right angle. (Is the angle greater than, less than, or equal to a 90-degree angle?) They are also developing an understanding of area as the amount of flat space an object covers and determine the area of 2-D shapes in square units.
Parts of a Whole Can Be Modeled and Represented in Different Ways 

By mid-February students will begin to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers. We will begin to start solving problems, describing fractions as numbers on a number line, and explaining equivalence of fractions. Through all activities, our class is using critical thinking to make sense of problems and demonstrating resiliency when persevering in solving them. This requires them to interpret, evaluate, summarize and synthesize every day!

Science: Matter

Students learned about the scientific process and how it is essential when conducting experiments as a scientist. Students applied this process with the states of matter. Through experiments, videos, literature and class activities, students have discussed different attributes of solids, liquids, gases while using evidence to develop a scientific explanation around how heating and cooling affects states of matter. Students used different types of measurement tools to measure matter. Some of these skills, within the customary and metric system included finding the volume, mass, and temperature.  

Social Studies: Civics

 Students will learn the important roles of citizenship and the difference between their rights, roles and responsibilities. Along with this, we will discuss the basics of local government. Some of these mini lessons include; an introduction of our laws, the process of how laws get passed, types of consequences for decisions made for following/not following the law and how they can play a role in their community to name a few.  

February 14: Valentine's Party 2:30-3:15
February 16: No School PLC Day
February 19: President's Day
March 8: Parent Teacher Conferences
March 15: Parent Teacher Conferences
March 18-March 25: Spring Break
March 28-30: CMAS Literacy Testing (9:00-10:30)
April 2-4:CMAS Math Testing (9:00-10:30)