Mrs. Stutts 3rd grade
"This is your life? What are you going to do with it?"
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Grade 3, a year of discovery and wonder, begins with a study of the ocean, a rich source of life, beauty, and inspiration. In this first module of the year, students encounter the sea through a careful analysis of literature, informational texts, and art. Students not only gain knowledge about the ocean, but also learn to value curiosity as a driving force in human endeavors.
By learning about ocean life and the many ways humans choose to explore the sea, students gain concrete information about the world around them, as well as habits of mind that will enable them to continue their own journeys of exploration and discovery. Students learn that the sea is a complex ecosystem, full of beautiful, mysterious, and important life forms. Students learn how poets and writers explore the sea through words and images. They also learn how scientists use technology to explore the sea. Finally, they gain important information about sharks and squids.
Students first encounter the ocean through poetry and art as they analyze Sara Teasdale’s “The Sea Wind,” along with Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print, Under the Wave off Kanagawa, Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party, and Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream. Finally, students experience the sea as the setting for William Steig’s charming tale of an unlikely friendship, Amos & Boris. These works of art present very different images of the ocean and prepare students to consider the ocean as complex and compelling.
Next, students listen to a read-aloud of Molly Bang’s informational picture book, Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas. The book highlights the importance of the ocean and the relationship between the sun and the microscopic plants that form the basis of ocean food chains. Next, students read The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, by Dan Yaccarino. This lively and beautifully illustrated biography portrays the joy and wonder that compelled Jacques Cousteau to spend his life exploring the sea. Students examine two of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures, sharks and the giant squid, in two more informational texts. Cathy East Dubowski’s Shark Attack! sheds light on one of the most feared animals in the sea. Students learn more about scientific exploration of the sea by reading Mary Cerullo’s Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster, which describes Dr. Roper’s scientific work to find the mysterious creature that has so long eluded detection.
For their End-of-Module (EOM) Task, students write a multi-paragraph essay explaining why artists or scientists explore the sea. The task requires students to use information from one of the module texts (the poem, art work, short story, or informational text) to explain why people, including artists and scientists, explore the sea, and to demonstrate their mastery of creating clear, well-organized paragraphs. Some students may choose to use two texts to complete this task.
We have breakfast served in the classroom each day at 7:45am. Students are welcome to bring their own breakfast or snack each morning, rather than get a breakfast from the cafeteria cart. If sending a snack or breakfast, it should be semi-healthy, because we all know that junk foods can make you sluggish. Please do not send candy or chocolate for snacks. We will have these at special parties! A water bottle needs to be sent for your child to enjoy water at their desk when they need it. My favorite bottles are the ones that have the pop-top, so if it is knocked over, the spill is minimal. I suggest bringing home bottles at least every Friday to be washed, but some students take and bring their bottles home each day. That is your choice. Please make sure your child has one each day.
The students will are expected to read 20-30 minutes every night. Please begin recording your child's reading each night in their Reading notebooks. They can write the date and title of the book, you can just initial each night. Return them to school on Fridays. Your child's independent reading at home is a big indication of how they may do on the EOGs. But, more importantly, we want them to be successful. We read to do every subject, so it is essential. In other words, READ, READ, READ!!! If you don't love reading, you probably haven't found the right book! I'm living proof of that!
3rd grade is known for learning Multilplication Tables. PLEASE start studying and memorizing them now:) It might help to treat them sort of like spelling words. Write them 3 times each, make flash cards, etc. There are also games online that can be a fun option to help your child learn their facts. Timed tests are on Wednesday, and they are 40 problems of the same fact in 5 minutes. Please be sure to work on this at home. We already have some students on their 4s.
Your child should already be able to write a paragraph this year that includes: beginning, middle, end, detail and description, complete sentences with correct punctuation, etc. We will practice writing daily in our new Wit & Wisdom program. It will become easier for them to write, but you can have your child practice at home by asking them to write a few sentences in paragraph form about things they enjoy. What would you do on a snow day? What is your favorite activity to do in the winter? What would you do if they made us come to school on Saturdays too?
Daily schedule: *7:50 Tardy bell rings *Lunch is from 11:00-11:25 *1:45-2:25 BEPs -Day 1: PE -Day 2: Media -Day 3: Music -Day 4: PE -Day 5: Computer -Day 6: Art *Dismissal bells are at 2:30 and 2:35pm.