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Third Grade —Peterson Elementary School Third Grade Update Issue 7 February 2013 A Note from
Third Grade —Peterson Elementary School
Third Grade Update
Issue 7
February 2013
A Note from the Third
Grade Teachers
Spring is just around the corner!
This month, students will be taking
the ISAT test the week of March
4th through March 11th. Please be
sure your child gets a good night’s
sleep and eats a healthy breakfast
prior to coming to school!
As we meet with small groups of students for Guided Reading, stu-
dents will have the opportunity to practice and reinforce the literacy
skills and concepts from our week’s lessons at each of the five literacy
“stations” (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word
Work, and Listen to Reading).
This month our anchor stories, focused skills and strategies are:
This month we also welcome Ni-
cole Munn, Mrs. Kempski’s long-
term substitute teacher. Mrs. Munn
will be part of the third grade team
until early May.
The Olympic Games: Where Heroes are Made Non-Fiction
Text Features, Question-Answer-Relationships (QAR), Prefixes and
Suffixes
You can help your child by … building their background???
 Reading non-fiction books and articles about the Olympic games
and Ancient Greece
Please take a look at each sub-
ject area for our specific areas of
focus for the upcoming month.
 Help your child identify non-fiction text features and the im-
portance of each
The Third Grade Team
 Asking your child “thick” questions to further promote their compre-
hension while reading their independent books
 Encouraging your child to read portions of his/her book aloud to
practice their oral reading fluency
Important Dates
 ISAT Testing—Week of March 4th
 March 11 Kindergarten Preview
Night
 March 18 Spring Pictures
Throughout the month of March writing will coincide with our study of
habitats in science. In writer’s workshop students will combine the infor-
mation learned from our study about habitats and adaptations to write
 March 20 Panther Pride Celebration
about the adaptations or things they would need to bring with them to sur-
vive in a particular habitat.
 March 21 Band/Orchestra/Peterson
Singers Assembly at 2:30
 March 22 End of 3 rd quarter, Read
Across America Day
Students will be researching in the LMC different char-
acteristics of a forest, desert or ocean habitat to put to-
gether a group mural that represents their habitat. Re-
search information and murals will be on display at
Open House in early April.
 March 25-29 Spring Break
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THIRD GRADE UPDATE

ISSUE 7

PAGE 2 THIRD GRADE UPDATE ISSUE 7 The Unit Outline emailed at the beginning of each
PAGE 2 THIRD GRADE UPDATE ISSUE 7 The Unit Outline emailed at the beginning of each
PAGE 2 THIRD GRADE UPDATE ISSUE 7 The Unit Outline emailed at the beginning of each

The Unit Outline emailed at the beginning of each unit out- lines the specific skills and strategies while also providing additional resources for at-home practice. Outlined below are the specific skills and strategies we will be focusing on as outlined by the new Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core).

Focus Multiplication & Division

Use multiplication and division to solve word problems.

Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplica- tion and division number equation with three numbers.

Understand division as an unknown-factor problem.

Be able multiply and divide using properties of opera- tions.

* Please practice multiplication facts at home on a daily basis!

Social Studies

This month we will be sharing our Land- mark Power Point Presentations. Your child’s Power Point presentations will be available to be shared with parents and families at Open House in April!

We’re looking forward to our upcoming units in April on immigration & migration and important people who have shaped our lives.

migration and important people who have shaped our lives. The Family Letter provided at the beginning
migration and important people who have shaped our lives. The Family Letter provided at the beginning

The Family Letter provided at the beginning of each unit outlines specific skills and strategies covered with- in the unit. Outlined below are the specific skills and strategies we will be focusing on as outlined by the new Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core).

Unit 7Continuing Fractions (We will be testing the second week of April)

Know factor pairs, identify multiples, prime & composite numbers

Generate and identify equivalent fractions with unlike denominators (ex. Find a common denominator)

Compare fractions with different numerators and denomi- nators

Adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, unlike denominators, and mixed numbers in word prob- lems

Multiply fractions, including multiplying by a whole num- ber and solve word problems.

Convert improper fractions to a mixed numbers

Renaming fractions with 10 and 100 in the denominator

as decimals.

fractions with 10 and 100 in the denomi nator as decimals. This month will be starting

This month will be starting our study on habitats.

The essential questions guiding our study are:

What is a habitat?

How do animals survive in their environ- ment?

What is a food chain (web)?

Throughout our study we will learn about the characteristics of six habitats throughout our world and the plants and animals that live there.

our world and the plants and animals that live there. Great Websites & Resources Please check

Great Websites & Resources

Please check our grade level blog at http://thirdgradepanthers.blogspot.com under additional fun websites for activ- ities to support our learning!

blog at http://thirdgradepanthers.blogspot.com under additional fun websites for activ- ities to support our learning!