Classroom News

    Happy New Year!  The Mackrille third grade classes are making good progress, as they begin 2018!  The New Year will be filled with fun and exciting new learning!                                                                  
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n reading, the students will continue working on Unit 2.  In this unit, they will read informational texts.  They will focus on summarizing and gathering information from paired texts which are on the same topic.  For homework, the students will continue to read each night and record their reading on their logs.  By now, the students should have the stamina to read for at least 20 minutes each night.  They should continue selecting books that suit their interests.  In addition, each night they should share what they read with their family to improve reading comprehension.        
    
In writing, the students will begin biographies.  Each student will choose a person he or she admires and research that person using a variety of sources (books, articles, and internet websites).  They will take notes and organize the information they collect.         
    
This month in math, the students will be working on Unit 4 "Exploring Measurement and Data".   They will be learning how to choose appropriate units and tools to measure weight, capacity, and length.   The students will also estimate lengths and weights.  They will use rulers to measure to the nearest quarter inch, tell time to the nearest minute, and calculate elapsed time.  Please try to make some real life connections at home to reinforce these skills.  For example:

  • Have your child read recipes and measure out ingredients as you cook. 

  • Ask them to read food labels to see what units of measurement were used. 

  • Provide opportunities for your child to tell time using an analog clock.

  • Ask your child, "What time will it be two hours from now and what time was it one hour ago?"

  • Use words like, quarter past, quarter to, and half past, when telling your child the time. 

  • Let your child measure objects around the house using a ruler or a scale.  

    Also this month in math, the third grade students will be participating in the Mackrille Annual Math Bee.  All the students will be timed on their multiplication facts. The two fastest students from each class will be chosen to compete in the bee.  In order to prepare, the third graders should be practicing their facts at home each day.  Xtramath.org is a great resource they can use at home for practice.       

    In science, the students will continue working on a life science unit.  They will study ecosystems.  The students will learn how ecosystems depend on each other, change, and how people's behavior impacts them.