Week Ahead in Third Grade

January 27th,2020

Dear Fabulous Families,

Happy Lunar New Year! Students really enjoyed the presentation on Friday and was delighted to receive red envelopes. Our third round of Engineering Challenge has begun. If you have any materials that are being recycled, such as straws, rubber bands, plastic cups, glass jars, beans, cans, please feel free to send them in with your child. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone next week! 



How is the Earth structured inside? In which layer of the Earth do we find rocks? How are igneous rocks formed? After finishing our videos on the formation of sedimentary rocks, we will learn about the layers of the Earth. This will help us understand where magma and lava come from, which in turn will help us understand how igneous rocks are made. We will watch a video to see the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, then will look at six specimens to determine which are intrusive and which are extrusive based on their key characteristics.


What other skills are embedded into division? This week, students will continue practicing multiplication and division to prepare for a Show What You Know on Friday. Students will create their own division problems to help them build context around what the division process represents. They will also participate in a jigsaw activity which will require each student to become a master at solving 1-2 problems and sharing their findings with a group. Students will have the opportunity to debate answers to discover misconceptions related to division and multiplication. We will also engage in station work, which will be designed to help each student practice skills most applicable to their areas of growth as they move to finish our unit on multiplication and division and move toward Geometry. 


Literacy and Social Studies

What revision strategies do informational writers use in this genre? Last week, students started to move to the revision stage of the writing process. They have started to apply revision strategies, such as incorporating transition words and checking their resources to confirm their facts are accurate. We will continue to use an informational writing revision checklist to guide us in applying other revision strategies, such as revising for strong topic and concluding sentences for each of our body paragraphs. In addition, students will also be using an editing checklist to reread their drafts and edit for spelling, capital letters, and punctuation. Students will also have an opportunity to peer revise and edit their peers’ drafts, as well as receiving feedback from others. 


The second round of Book Clubs have officially started! Students have been diligently reading their chapter goals and writing stop and jots to help prepare for their book club discussions. We will continue to think, discuss, and write deeply about the internal traits of our characters in our books by using evidence from our books to support these inferences. 

What types of shoes and hats did peasants wear during the Middle Ages? As a class, we will spend some time researching the types of clothing peasants wore everyday. Ms. LiJin and I will be teaching the students how to sew, they will be creating their own pair of shoes and a hat using felt and linen materials. 



Students had lots of fun singing Scarborough Fair again this week. We also reviewed the notates of the treble clef, and looked at some of the unhitched percussion parts for Note Name Duet. Next week we will learn the melody on the xylophones! 



This week in drama, third graders will learn about a fun theatre style called Commedia dell’ Arte, which originated in Italy in the early 16th century.  Commedia dell’ Arte teaches kids physical discipline, spontaneous use of their imagination, and the ability to create specific characters. Most importantly, it teaches children how to cooperate as a team and collaborate effectively.

It has had a strong influence on various performing arts forms such as opera, vaudeville, musical theatre, and even the sit-coms of today.



The young botanists have been taking a closer look at the unique structures of plants as they create watercolor botanical illustrations.  We will continue this project as we sip on refreshing and medicinal tea from our garden plants.  


Third grade will be learning about interest and leisure activities. With the aid of this vocabulary, students will be able to express which activities they like to do and recognize these words in the body of a text. Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home!




Please make sure your child comes to school on Monday with a full water bottle, homework folder, and any books checked out from our AVS library.


Erika Noel, Science
Brigette Olson, Math
LiJin Yan,
Language Arts 
Claire Graves,
Social Studies

Please make sure your child comes to school on Monday with a full water bottle, homework folder, and any books checked out from our AVS library.


Monday- Thursday
  • 20 minutes per night of reading self-selected material

  • 10 minutes per night of math practice. This can consist of one of the following (families are encouraged to find the routine that fits best for them):

  1. Matific - online platform for individualized math skills practice

  2. Problem of the Month - problem solving packet (to be sent home at the beginning of each month)

  3. Family Math Games  - new games will be sent home on a bi-weekly basis

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