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Third Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

December Already?

Dear Third Grade Families, Can you believe it’s already the middle of December? How fast this year has sped by! In Social Studies, we began thinking about how life changed for native tribes when Europeans came over. We discussed what life was like in Europe at that time, and how important Christianity was to them. We also talked about why the Europeans were so interested in exploring North America. Based on their understanding of the natural resources available to the Lenape, students brought up that the food and land space in what we now call America was of great interest...
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A Prideful Publishing Party!

Dear Third Grade Families, How wonderful it was to see so many of you at school today, both through the wonders of technology and in person! A round of applause to our Third Graders for presenting all of their hard work through their Judaic Studies, Hebrew and General Studies projects. We all were beaming as we returned to the classroom after the publishing party. For the majority of this week, students were devoted to putting the finishing touches on our nonfiction pieces for the publishing party. As we worked with our Social Studies partners,we took all of our Lenape knowledge...
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Happy Thanksgiving – 3rd Grade

Dear Third Grade Families, While the week has been short, the learning has not stopped! We have been researching even more about the Lenape culture, as well as life for the Algonquin Tribe (who also lived in this area). Students can’t wait to share their research with all of you at our Publishing Party on Friday, December 1 (aka next Friday!), which will begin at 8:40am. They have been gaining knowledge about what the Lenape ate, their religion, wampum, clothing and more! On Wednesday, students were able to meet up with many of the Seventh Graders to share in Buddy Time. Third...
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Field Trip!!

Dear Third Grade Families, It was another very busy week in Third Grade! Third Graders went on their first field trip of the year to the Eastern Woodland Indian exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It’s one thing to read and visualize in one’s mind what life was like for the Lenape people, but this field trip added great substance to the students’ understanding. Students relished the opportunity to see first-hand, artifacts and models from the Lenape and Delaware Native American Tribes, including tools used for hunting, men and women’s clothing, musical instruments, and life-like models of scenes...
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A Week of Investigation!

Dear Third Grade Families, It was great seeing many of you at conferences yesterday and we look forward to meeting with the rest of you on Monday. Social Studies In Social Studies this week we continued our exploration of the Lenni Lenape tribe, delving deeper into what day to day life was like. After reading different articles about the separate gender roles within the tribe, and the different types of clothing worn by men and women, third graders had the opportunity to put on their teacher hats, teaching each other about the topic they read about. Students were excited to...
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A Busy Ninth Week!

Dear Third Grade Families, We learned so much this past week! In Social Studies, we started learning about the Lenni Lenape, which is the Native American tribe that lived in New York City back in 1600. We started by looking at a map of Manhattan from the 2000s, and comparing it to a map of what Eric Sanderson (a landscape ecologist) — through research — believed Mannahatta (land of many hills)  looked like in 1600. Students noticed that the Hudson River looked wider back then. Some wondered if the water level had dropped and maybe that’s why the land is...
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It’s Finally Starting to Feel Like Fall!

Dear Third Grade Families, Can you believe October has already passed? With the changing of the weather, we’ve had a few everyday changes as well. Third Graders received new lunch tables this week and will be getting new desk spots once November begins. In writing, our personal narratives are coming to a close! We have tried our hand at writing concluding sentences that are either: – using juicy language – show action – cliff hangers – filled with dialogue – asking a question and more! We finished revising our “sloppy copies” and will be rewriting our final copies early next...
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We’re Back on Track with a Busy Full Week

Dear Third Grade Families, What a whirlwind of a first full week in October! Our Third Graders were ready to jump right into the flow of school, and were focused and dedicated workers all week. Over the last couple weeks we started working in partnerships across three of our subject areas. They include: Social Studies → We partnered together in order to create a definition AND draw a picture of a specific landform or waterform that can be found in New York State. In our group, we had to decided the important characteristics that define each specific water- or landform...
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Happy 5778!

Dear Third Grade Families, Shana Tovah! – we hope you have had a wonderful start to 5778! Third Graders started many new activities this week, including homework, social studies and narrative writing strategies. Math: Over the past two weeks, we have been focusing on ordering and comparing numbers. Continuing from Second Grade, we use the image of an alligator eating the greater number, when comparing two numbers. In Third Grade, we expand on this by explaining the order of the words. Students are understanding that we answer greater/less than questions by comparing the left number to the right number. For...
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