September 20, 2017

Third Grade Newsletter

Room 108

September 20, 2017


Reading Workshop:  Our mini lessons focused on independent reading: thinking about reading, how to talk about a book with peers, abandoning books, selecting books at reading level, guidelines for independent reading time, and recording the books being read in a reading log. In addition, the class reviewed long and short vowel sounds and practiced using questioning strategies to better understand the text by asking thin and thick questions. Finally, we reviewed the meaning of the word evidence and practiced using evidence to question and make predictions.

Writing Workshop: The class worked on completing our building-wide expectation chart and then met with Mr. Morris and Dr. Winfield to review the expectations. We also read Haikus and went on a hunt for sensory words to use for our Haikus. Each of us practiced sentence fluency by writing a sentence that answers the question, “Who am I?” The flowing sentences are in the hallway outside the classroom. Our mini lessons focused on engaging in the writing process, text connections, opinion writing, and writing a response to reading. 

Math: Our first unit focuses on multiplication and division. We practiced skip counting, repeated addition, and using number bonds and arrays to represent a math problem. The class also worked daily on using the RDW process, which stands for read-draw-write. Each time a story problem is encountered the students read and underline important information, draw a picture or diagram, and write both a number sentence and word sentence to show the answer. Finally, we began exploring the commutative property of multiplication. Please have your child focus on sections E and I if they are using IXL at home.

Social Studies: We completed our mapping, communities, and environments unit. We explored a variety of maps and created 2-D bedroom maps. Then we discussed and compared rural, urban, and suburban communities. We also investigated and described how landforms and climate affect population patterns. The students explained why some areas are more crowded than others and why human populations are unevenly distributed around the world.  Finally, we solved landform riddles and used that information to create our own 3-D landform maps.

Other Essential Information:

In an attempt to honor our environmental school philosophy, I really try to limit my use of consumables when possible. Sending the newsletter electronically to all families will save almost 2 reams of copy paper this year. In addition to all the other resources used to photocopy. If you have not provided your email address yet please consider doing so. I will only use your email for school communication.

Homework –In addition to math, there will be an occasional science sheet. Please feel free to help your child with the homework but let me know if it appears to be a real struggle. I do not return homework packets because most parents have seen them when they are completed and they tend to accumulate in backpacks and lockers. If you would like your child’s math homework returned just let me know and I will.

We go outside for recess every day unless it is raining, below zero, or a special event comes up. Please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing as the weather changes.

If you need to review a newsletter be sure to check my website at the Dowling home page. Each of them is saved under the Parent’s section.

Your conference time is in today’s mail folder.

I encourage all students to use water bottles in the classroom. However, due to the use of electronics and paper resources at student tables, open mouth jars cannot be used for water in the classroom.


Important Dates:

October 13 - Scholastic Book Orders due - (To order online use access code H24L9 by 8AM)

October 17 - Three Rivers on-site Environmental Experience 12:30 – 2:30 PM

October 17 - Evening Conferences 3:30 – 7:30

October 18 - All Day Conferences – No school

October 19 and 20 - No School


Thank You,

Tammy Thelen

Voice mail: 612-692-0647