In writing, students are beginning to wrap up their personal narratives. Students are completing their final revisions on computers in preparation for our writing celebration. Students have been using third grade checklists and mentor texts to finalize their published drafts. Ask your student where they are in the publishing process!


In reading, students distinguished between character traits and feelings. Students are working on making inferences about character traits using evidence from a text. Students practiced using Alexander, Who’s Not Going to Move. Students noticed that Alexander is feeling angry about moving, but a trait we could use to describe him is stubborn. Students did a great job identifying evidence for his traits and feelings. Ask your student to identify a trait and feeling for a character in a book they’re reading at home!


         In math students learned how to round to the nearest ten and to the nearest hundred in numbers all of the way up to 4-digits. Students learned to identify the place value they are rounding by and look at the digit to the right to help them decide how to round a number. They also learned how to plot numbers on a number line to help themselves decide whether to round up or down. Ask your student how to round a number to the nearest ten or hundred!


         In science, students started researching information about the different threats to Salmon. They are compiling the information they find with a partner and are making a PowerPoint presentation. Students will share their projects and take their salmon assessment at the beginning of next week and then we will move on to our first social studies unit on Cultures of North America. This inquiry engages third graders in expanding their understandings of diverse cultures by looking at cultural universals. The compelling question “How do cultures unify and divide us?” is intellectually respectful of students who, by their nature, are interested in people and their similarities and differences. It allows for engagement with several social studies disciplines as students examine diverse cultures and how those universals make diverse cultures more similar than different. 


Have a wonderful weekend!



Karissa Bachman