WOW! We are just about there! It definitely has been a year like no other. In addition to all of the subject and specialist learning our third-graders did, they learned to be resilient, to persevere, and to take responsibility for their learning. The third-grade team is grateful to our students’ families for their support in helping us to have a successful year despite all of the challenges.
Reminder: Tuesday, June 15th, dismissal will be at 12pm. Wednesday, June 16th, school begins at 8:30am and dismissal will be at 12:30pm (after the closing ceremony). We will not have lunch at school on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Here’s what has been happening in third grade as the year comes to a close . . .
ELA: We have finished an informational writing unit that merged well with our unit of inquiry – Where We are in Place and Time. Third-graders became travel guides, in a sense, as they researched and wrote about notable structures or landmarks within Russia and beyond. They wrote ‘editorial summaries’ and published them in various forms including placing their summaries on a Google Map which takes their readers to where the topic of their writing is located, and creating infographics which gives someone all the important facts they need to know.
To go along with our informational writing unit, third-graders read a lot of nonfiction and informational text. These are some questions they used to guide them as readers in this genre:
- How do readers find what they are looking for?
- How is reading informational texts different from reading fiction?
- How do text features support the text?
- Why do we read informational texts?
- What is important information?
- How do readers know if what they are reading is true?
Math: After finishing the unit on fractions, which included plotting and comparing fractions on a number line, we focused on geometry. Don’t forget about all the “G3 Math Resources” on the menu bar of this blog for “Eureka Math Tips for Parents” as well as math unit overviews. Here is also some additional support for geometry:
- MATH IS FUN: General Geometry
- MATH IS FUN: Quadrilaterals
- MATH IS FUN: Polygons
- MATH IS FUN: Trapezoids
- MATH IS FUN: Parallelogram
- MATH IS FUN: Perpendicular & Parallel
Unit of Inquiry: Third-graders have transitioned from the ‘young entrepreneurs’ they were in How We Organize Ourselves into ‘young engineers’ for the Where We Are in Place and Time unit of inquiry.
Central idea:The design of structures is influenced by time, place, and purpose.
Lines of inquiry:
- Why and how people build structures
- How structures provide evidence of time and place
- Creating our own structures for a purpose
Our ‘young engineers’ applied their newly acquired architectural knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles of design to construct their own structures using materials and tools available to them in Studio 4. While they mostly used cardboard, some wood, and recycled materials, they kept in mind the materials they would use if they were to build the structure in a particular time and place. If you have not seen these structures already, be looking for them to come home very soon!
We have had some third-graders already depart for their summer holiday or leave Moscow altogether to begin their next learning adventure. We wish these students and their families all the best!
Soon, the students still here with us will be leaving their homeroom classrooms for the final time as third-graders.
Wherever their learning journey may lead, we wish all of our students much success!
Have a lovely summer holiday.
-The G3 Team