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During Reader’s Workshop third graders will continue a unit on character studies. 

 

Readers will learn alongside their characters, use textual evidence to deepen their level of

 

interpretations, determine story themes, analyze author’s craft, compare characters

 

across books, compare problems characters face and their reactions, along with compare

 

and contrast the lessons characters learn.  Many of the lessons involve reading club

 

meetings to engage in text-based mini-arguments about characters.   Additionally, debates

 

will take place to enrich book club conversations.  For homework, students will continue to

 

write reading responses but will now be required to use textual evidence to support their

 

thinking. 

 

Also during the Reading Workshop block, students will begin another chapter book

 

with their new guided reading groups. The students will continue to work in a whole group

 

setting as well as in small groups with the teacher to continue to work on comprehension

 

(author’s purpose, underlying message-known as the heart of the story, first and third

 

person point of view, story mapping, predicting, characterization, drawing conclusions,

 

inferring, cause/effect relationships, questioning, connecting through text to self, text to

 

text, text to world, fact/opinion, main idea/supporting details, summarizing), vocabulary

 

building, fluency, and decoding skills.  Literature used will be teacher read alouds, poetry,

 

and leveled guided reading books.

 

During Word Study lessons, students will continue to identify and sort words based

 

on their spelling patterns/features.  Three word study lists focus around suffixes that

 

change word meanings or have the same sound but different spellings- homophones, long

 

vowel pairs,  r-controlled vowel spellings as well as determining vowel to consonant counts

 

and locations within words. 

 

During the month of March, the third grade students will continue to work on

 

persuasive and descriptive compositions.  The students will use graphic

 

organizers and checklists, develop paragraphs, add details/examples to written pieces, and

 

take risks with exciting introductions and closings.  They will write opinion pieces on topics,

 

support a point of view while creating an organizational structure that provides reasons

 

that support the opinion.  Additionally in March, daily writing lessons will be a review of

 

proper word choice to create images.  Students will be required to “show”, not “tell”,

 

through nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.  Computer lab visits will allow for the

 

students to use technology to produce, publish, and practice keyboarding skills.

           

            Unit 6 Everyday Math concepts include: using the trade-first method to solve

 

subtraction problems, building multiplication fact fluency, using square products as helper

 

facts to find products of near squares, constructing quadrilaterals, measuring and plotting

 

distances to the nearest ½ inch, comparing perimeter measurements of polygons, using

 

multiplication/division diagrams to make sense of and solve number stories, applying

 

strategies to multiply larger factors, using parentheses in number sentences, writing a two-

 

step number story to fit a number sentence, using the order of operations to solve

 

multistep problems, and solving two-step number stories and representing them with

 

equations.

 

The Chemistry unit will conclude in March.  During Science periods, the students

 

will create test summary tables, compare test results, draw conclusions, and interpret

 

results to identify the anonymous unknowns for the unit of study.

 

Students have successfully read and used resource maps and saw how resource

 

maps could be grouped in different ways.  Map Skills objectives for March will cover

 

using, reading, and making a landform map.