Third Grade Brewster School Newsletter
Third graders have been working extremely hard at identifying the main idea and supporting details in literacy. While reading, students look for the “pop out sentence” which helps them identify the topic sentence or the main idea. From there, they read to find supporting details that relate directly to the main idea. Students are also learning how to record the main idea and supporting details with a strategy called “boxes and bullets.” Students know that the main idea goes at the top of the box and the bullets are the supporting details.
Students are learning to read nonfiction texts so they can share their newly acquired knowledge with someone else. In order to be able to share what they read, they have to pay attention to their “woah” moment. A “woah” moment is when they learn a new word or concept, their thinking has changed or they found a section that peaked their curiosity. By being cognizant of the “woah” moments, students are interacting with the text on a higher level which allows them
Events around the School
Third grade students enjoyed an assembly on Friday, December 2 about making good choices. All of the students were engaged and entertained by the stories and songs that were shared. Students heard helpful tips about how to be courageous, even if it is hard! They also learned how to pay attention to their actions so they can decide if they are making a good choice or if they need to change their actions.
to fully comprehend the information.
Students have been enjoying weekly cursive lessons. Learning cursive is a third grade rite of passage so much so third graders typically come in on the first day of school asking about when cursive will begin. So far, students can form about 10 different letters in cursive.
Important Upcoming Events
Students are learning multiplication and division strategies on math. Students are learning that multiplication is related to addition and subtraction is related to division. Some of the multiplication strategies the students are learning are repeated addition, arrays, skip counting and circles and stars. Currently students are learning multiplication fact families to help them see the connection to division. Students will begin learning how to answer a division equation with an array, repeated subtraction, skip counting and circles and stars.
The students are learning to compare their opinions with an author’s perspective in writing. They are learning the difference between a fact and an opinion. A fact is scientifically proven to be true. An opinion is true for them. It is based upon their own personal experiences, feelings and thoughts.
The students are learning to state their own opinion about a topic with a bold statement. They are then learning to use facts, experiences and feelings to support their opinion.
Science & STEM Update
Thank you for sending in materials for our Pumpkin Drop! The majority of the pumpkins survived the 10 foot drop with minimal damage. Please ask your student how his or her group did!