February 28, 2018

Third Grade Newsletter

Room 108

February 28, 2018



Reading/ Writing Workshop:  We completed unit 5 – Advancements in Technology. The areas we focused on included identifying and annotating key details, using key details to determine the main idea, asking and answering questions about the text to make connections, reading and recognizing the r-controlled syllable pattern in words, and using context clues to identify meanings of unfamiliar words. We also completed our opinion essays about technology that included evidence to support the opinion.


Math: We completed our unit on fractions. The areas we focused on included comparing and ordering fractions, recognizing fractions as part of a whole, describing the difference between part of a whole and part of a set, solving real-world problems using fractions, and making connections between models of fractions and fractions on the number line. For homework during this unit I would like students to use the WOOT math program 45 minutes a week if they have access to the internet. I will not be sending hard copies of math homework home for this unit.


Science:  We began our new science unit Matter and Energy with Investigation 1: Energy. This investigation focused on energy sources, converting energy, and transferring energy. We began by recording and sharing things we knew about energy and questions we had. We read stories and articles, conducted 4 investigations, and wrote about energy. Please take a moment to ask your child what he/she has learned about energy.



Important Dates:

March 9 – Read-A-Thon Rally

March 16 – Book Orders due by 8 A.M.

March 30 – April 6 – No School


Tammy Thelen

Third Grade Teacher

Dowling Elementary

Minnesota School of Excellence