Monday, November 22, 2010

December News

Important Dates:
December 22: 2:25 dismissal
December 23- December 31: No School (Winter Break)

It's hard to believe it's going to be December already. It will be January before I know it. December is always a fast month here at school, but we will get as much done as we can. 

In math we will continue to work with measurement and possibly start multiplication/division before Winter break. Multiplication is always a fun thing for third graders to learn as it is something they have not done before.

For reading/language arts we will continue working with our third theme, which is Incredible stories. The kids really seem to enjoy this theme. Some of the skills we will work on will be: following directions, adding -er and -est, verbs (past, present, and future), drawing conclusions, adding -y and -ly, story structure, prefixes un-, bi-, dis-, mis-, and non-, and homophones.

Social Studies:
Right now we are learning about how communities have changed over time. Our next chapter is about our country's history. We will learn about the Native Americans, building communities, fighting for freedom, Declaration of Independence,  Revolutionary War, Lewis and Clark, Westward Movement, and the Civil War.  

We will be working with chapter 4, which is on plants and animals living together. We will learn about producers and consumers, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, prey and predators, germs and disease. 

Cursive handwriting:
Hopefully in the month of December we will begin learning cursive. This is normally something we would have begun at the beginning of the year, but it was put on hold for a few months. This is something I feel is important for the students to learn and I know it is something they enjoy learning. 

Happy holidays to you and your family!
Miss Smith

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