Fractions

Fractions are the longest unit we study in math this year. Since kindergarten, they have been learning about equal parts/pieces, halves, and fourths. In third grade, the students will need to identify unit fractions (one part) and 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, etc. They will also partition (divide) a shape into fractional parts. We will use a lot of objects, food, and drawings to understand fractions. Here are some models that might be helpful.

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Fractions on a Number Line anchor chart

 

The students will also compare fractions with the same numerator OR the same denominator.

Comparing Fractions anchor chart - This is confusing, so it would be great to have students draw illustrations and discuss why these rules work.

The students will also determine equivalent fractions, such as 1/2 is equal to 2/4 as long as the whole model is the same size.

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This is a long unit but it is so important they get the support they need in the very beginning.

 

Safety First

At Sedalia Park, our Park Panther’s safety comes first. There have been many concerns about the car line, especially in the morning. Please read the attachment regarding the bus and car line during arrival and dismissal. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me or the front office.

Sedalia Park parking lot

 

Can you believe it?

It is the last day of November and I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. The fieldtrip to the Booth Museum was awesome. It was a first for me and a few others. We saw some amazing Native American paintings and sculptures. Please check out the Class Dojo for pictures and videos.

MATH

As we go into December, we begin 2 step word problems. This can be a huge struggle for some scholars. The most important step in solving word problems is to READ CAREFULLY. Often times, the scholars pull out all numbers they see to use in their computation OR only complete one part of the problem. Sometimes, the word problems include numbers that you don’t need when solving. It is so important to have the scholar read the word problem more than once, think about what they are solving for, and then choosing the correct operation (+, -, x, ÷). Please check out the videos for solving 2-step word problems.

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READING

Boy, do these scholars LOVE to read! As we read in class each day, they scholars are reading to learn and for entertainment. No longer are they reading just to practice getting the words correct. They are reading to understand and be able to communicate ideas about a topic. It is important to expose the scholars to different types of print (books, poems, recipes, magazines, etc.). Don’t forget to talk with your scholar about their reading and ask them questions. It is not about writing correct answers but thinking deeply about a story, even a short one.

Reading Detective

WRITING

We have been writing informational pieces for 7 weeks now. This includes How-to stories, biographies, as well as short informationals about animals and pumpkins. It is always a good idea to practice writing at home. These scholars write daily at school but do not think about writing at home. Encourage your scholar to keep a journal, write a comic book, or a short story about something that interests them. Sometimes we need to step away from electronics so we can use our creativity through expression. Famous authors start sometime, why not today?

3rd grade writing

Leader of the Month: October

Congratulations to Jordy for becoming the Leader of the Month. He tries very hard to complete his work quickly and accurately. He is a good friend to others and demonstrates the 3 R’s (Ready, Respectful, and Responsible) every day.

Where does the time go?

I cannot believe how fast the year is going already. I guess time flies when you are having fun. The Fall Festival was so much fun, thank you to all who were able to come out and support The Park!

As conference week approaches (yikes), the students are self-reflecting on their goals and where they are. Take this opportunity to talk to you scholar about things that are going well in school and areas they think they might need some more support in. They have set goals for themselves academically, behaviorally, and personally. Maybe make a goal for home? This will help them focus on success with a goal in mind.

At this point in the year, each scholar should be reading almost every night for 20-30 minutes. I am seeing some of these readers get really interested in reading. They have access to the Cobb Digital Library from home as well as Raz Kids. They have many options on how and what to read about.

 

Keep up the hard work, it always pays off!

Leader of the Month: September

It was so difficult to just choose one Leader of the Month. Everyone has been working so hard and demonstrating excellent behavior skills. This month, ZOE is the Leader of the Month for September.

Student Photo

 

What’s the big deal about third grade?

Some people view third grade as the year of testing. Yes, third graders take quite a few standardized test’s compared to previous years. However,  it should not be looked at as a year of bubbling in correct answers.

There is a big difference from second grade to third grade as far as what is asked of the students. Not only are third graders writing complete sentences and paragraphs, but they are writing five page stories.  They are required to answer addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems correctly and then explain their thinking and how they got their answer. The era of only giving the correct answer is a way of the past.

In order to help at home, have conversations about books, different writings, math problem-solving, and current events. Children learn a great deal from listening and speaking. You are their role model, what you do and say speaks volumes to them. If you model reading a book, they will read a book because they want to read like you. If you write thoughts and stories in a journal, they will share their memories in writing.

Set your expectations for them high. Encourage them to set expectations for themselves high. Do not discourage them if they need additional practice, allow them the time to practice. Make it fun, be creative, and be a life-long learner!

Welcome Back!

School in July?

Phew! Where did the summer go? I hope everyone had a great summer and enjoyed your time off.

I am so excited to join the Sedalia Park family and everyone has greeted me with smiles and hugs. I can’t wait to extend that to everyone on Monday, July 31st.

During the first week of school, we will be getting to know one another, reviewing rules and procedures, as well as making sure we have all of the supplies we need in order to be successful. Many of you have brought in your supplies during Meet and Greet (Yay!) and others plan on bringing it during the first week of school.

Third grade is a very important and exciting year for your scholars. The year will be filled with critical thinking, modeling, investigating, discussing, and explaining. The most important and beneficial support you can give is communication. Talk with your scholar about what they are learning at school, completing homework, books they are reading, experiments done in class, and behavior expectations to be successful.

I am fortunate to have your scholar in my class and I look forward to building a wonderful community with you at Sedalia Park!

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