Current Topics of Study
This unit exposes students to the world of narrative nonfiction,
an important tool for engagement in and understanding of various nonfiction
texts. In this unit, the texts are stories- about real people who have done
remarkable things and even changed the world. We read to learn not only about
the lives of the people themselves, but about the adversity these people faced
and how they handled the adversity. The primary goal of this unit is to help
children become stronger readers. The main objective is not to learn content,
but to learn how to read the genre
of biography. Students will determine importance, synthesize, and analyze
critical across long stretches of text, growing theories and ideas about them.
Writing: Persuasive Reviews and Letters
Students will work on crafting claims and collecting specific evidence to support and elaborate these claims and shape them academically in the form of persuasive reviews. Third graders can find multiple topics to write about persuasively, designed to affect a specific audience. They will work on crafting claims and collecting specific evidence to support and elaborate on these claims. The Common Core spotlights the importance of what they refer to as opinion writing. It calls for students to be able not only to state an opinion and give reasons to support it, but also to create an organization structure for those reasons, using linking words and phrases to help readers access that structure. Third graders are more than ready to give their opinion about books they read, foods they eat, movies they watch, and video games they play. This unit capitalizes on that knowledge and passion in writing reviews and letters promoting student ideas and opinions.
This unit starts off with an inquiry focus, as students investigate what plants need to grow, what some types of plants are, and how plants make food. Students will also identify the parts of a plant along with their functions and explore the life cycles of plants. We will study how various conditions affect plant growth and discover the effect of different environments on plants. Students will participate in hands-on science investigations as well as working individually to explore these plant concepts.
Mathematics: Multiplication and Division
In Everyday Mathematics Unit 7, children revisit volume measurement and focus on comparing, estimating, and then measuring liquid volumes. They continue to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers by exploring a new area fraction model and fractions as representations of distances on number lines.