January 23, 2019

Third Grade Newsletter

Room 108

January 23, 2019



Reading/Writing Workshop:  We are completing unit 4 – Comparing Points of View. The areas we focused on included recounting the key story details, distinguishing the reader’s point of view from that of the narrator and also from that of a character, explaining how illustrations affect mood and point of view, distinguishing between literal and non-literal meanings, and comparing and contrasting points of view. We completed our opinion essays, which required students to cite evidence from a story to support their opinion about whether Jack or the Giant was the villain.


Math: We are continuing with our fifth unit, which focuses on area and multiplication. The class began by using tiles to find the area of a rectangle. Then they moved to using rectangle drawings to show square units and find area. Finally, they eliminated the tiles and used the measurements of the sides to find the area. 


Science: We completed our FOSS investigations for the “Physics of Sound” science unit. For the first activity children matched an object that another team dropped by listening to the sound it made when dropped. Then they made up a code and used the objects to spell words. Each team had to figure out what word was being spelled. Students also completed four mini-activities to learn about pitch, volume, and vibrations. They learned about sound receivers and sound sources. Finally, we determined that vibrations need a medium (solid, liquid, or gas) to travel through. The children also discovered that pitch can change, either through tension or the length the vibrations need to travel. Next week, we will extend on the unit with activities that explore sound waves. (See attached photos)


Other Essential Information:


Valentine’s Day: On Tuesday, February 14th we will decorate bags at school and children will have time to exchange valentines. I have included a list of student names in today’s mail folder. If your child chooses to bring valentines, please be sure to include one for each classmate on the list. Do not send candy or treats of any kind. We are unable to share them at school and they will be sent back home.


Conference sign up: I am sending home conference sign up sheets in report card envelopes. This round of conferences is optional so you do not need to send back the sign up unless you would like to meet.

Important Dates:

January 24 and 25 – No School

January 29 – Children’s Theater field trip

January 30 – Report cards sent home - please sign and return the envelope

February 1 – Minneapolis Institute of Art field trip


Thank You,

Tammy Thelen

Voice mail: 612-692-0647

Email: tathe001@mpls.k12.mn.us