Fractions, Literacy, and History!

3rd
  • Saturday, March 23rd – CELEBRATE! 
  • Thursday, March 28: Early Dismissal @ 11:30 AM – No aftercare. 
  • Spring/Easter Long Weekend: March 29 – April 1st
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10:00 AM Late Start
  • This year for our school wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate a dozen eggs filled with candy, stickers, or small toys, our fifth graders will hide them for each of the classes on the morning of Thursday, March 28th. If you are able to help, please send the filled eggs to school with your child by March 22nd. 

Hello 3rd Grade Families!

Wow, did this week zip by in a flash! We covered so much information, on two campuses, that it felt like two weeks wrapped up into one! During phonics, we worked with a new prefix: mis-. The kiddos did not seem to MISinterpret what was presented in the lessons! Literature circles kicked off this week with a smattering of new chapter books. A couple of kiddos read about windmills. Some of us were Third Grade Angels. Several others came down with Chocolate Fever. A few more kiddos began an adventure with Ranger in Time to the Oregon Trail. Last but not least, yet another group was pulled into the messy world of Clementine. Teachers and students alike are truly experiencing the joy of reading! This trimester, students were introduced to a new purpose for writing: research. First, kiddos were given a wide range of topics to read about. Once a topic piqued their interest, a specific choice was made to be the focus of their research. Stay tuned for more as we progress through our writing projects!

Math time was spent focusing on equivalent fractions. Students learned the Three S’s of fractions: Size, Shape, Space. Pictures and models of fractions that featured different denominators were named and compared. Soon, students began to see that ⅖ is equivalent to 4/10! We’ll continue equivalent fractions next week to really enrich their learning. During our trip to the Northern Branch Campus, students participated in a range of math stations to practice fractions and also multiplication. Thanks so much to our brave parent volunteers for helping out with the stations!

Our deep dives brought the perfect mix of global and local. The introduction of Geology gave students a sampling of everything related to the world of Geologists. We created a paper model of Earth which included the four main layers beneath its surface. Ask your kiddo to name the layers! WV Studies began with an origin story of how WV became a state. Friday brought it all home as we visited Independence Hall to immerse ourselves in WV history. Students were able to stand in the courtroom where the decision was made to grant West Virginia its statehood. The excitement was electric!We also viewed room after room of artifacts that walked us through the history of all things West Virginia. What a trip!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

Enjoy your weekend!

Hanna, Paula, and Alissa