Middle Primary (Grade 3) Cottage News
November / December / January
Level 5 Math and ScienceWe have had a very busy few months in MP. Students are working in math to find the product of whole numbers, and trying out properties of multiplication as new strategies to multiply. They are also beginning to work on fraction concepts such as writing equivalent fractions using fraction strips and a number line. We continue to work individually on our daily plans with Basics time focusing on problem solving and computation. Timed tests continued to be given on Fridays and many students are quickly coming to the end of the multiplication fact tests.
Level 5 Language Arts
We have been very busy in language arts! After learning all the routines of Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, our year is moving along in full swing! We are working on reading focus skills and have covered Inferencing, author’s purpose, sequence of events in a story, and cause and effect. We have started our first literature circle book, Bunnicula, as our genre this month is mysteries. We continue to work on writing with a review of subjects and predicates and we are beginning to learn how to correctly write a paragraph. Our reading stations keep us busy with IXL, vocabulary, writing, independent reading, grammar, and word work. We are also working on our reading challenge for the year.
Level 5 Social StudiesAfter beginning the year with map skills and learning about landforms, we have begun our study of the United States and each region. We will learn about the history, culture, climate, and natural resources of each region. We are currently in the Northeast Region. We are also sending and receiving postcards to classrooms in every state in the US. We are excited to learn about other states and hear from students who actually live there.