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Third Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

Feb. 9: Persuading Our Audience

Dear Third Grade Families, What an amazing first week of February we had. The weather has become nippy again, but that can’t stop us from all of our learning! Writing We are working on how to write multiple paragraphs in a persuasive speech. We recognized that the work we’d been doing for the first two weeks of writing was actually just for our introduction! In persuasive writing, the paragraphs are broken down in the following way: Introduction A hook sentence to snap the audience into your speech A thesis statement about what your speech is about An important person or...
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New Amsterdam Explorations

Dear Third Grade families, Happy February! We are gradually returning to our full third grade selves after a week of colds and flues. We hope you all a healthy start to February! This week in Writing, students continued working on their persuasive speeches. Last week, we learned that in addition to writing persuasive speeches focused on making a positive change to the world around us, writers also think about people, things, and ideas that deserve attention. At the beginning of the week, third graders practiced writing powerful thesis statements, with a focus on hooking their audience into their speech. Some...
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A Trip Back in Time

Dear Third Grade Families, What an experience we had, this past Wednesday, traveling back to the mid-1600s! On Wednesday, the Third Grade went on a field trip to The Wyckoff House Museum, in Brooklyn. It is the oldest standing house in New York City, built in 1652. During this year, Petrus Stuyvesant was Director of New Amsterdam, but Dutch and European Jews had not yet arrived in the New World. Before Stuyvesant, the people of New Amsterdam had already seen six Directors come and go, and they were working hard to prosper as a colony. By 1652, Pieter Wyckoff had...
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Discovering the Power of the People

Dear Third Grade Families, This week marked the beginning of a new unit on persuasive writing! Before students start writing their own opinion pieces, they are working as a group to craft a persuasive and convincing speech about why Choice Time should be incorporated into the third grade schedule. Once complete, this speech will be presented to Shelley for her consideration. Students worked in partnerships to brainstorm reasons to support the thesis statement. While the majority of third graders are in favor of Choice Time, there are a few who chose to support the counter argument. After students shared their...
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Dear Third Grade Families, What a week of change! First with the weather — can you believe how warm it has gotten, especially compared to last weekend? Then, more importantly, with the mixing of half groups! Third Graders rose to the occasion, and have smoothly transitioned into their new half groups. Academically this week, we have been diligent investigators in Social Studies and math by learning more about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and bar modeling (respectively). In Social Studies, we concluded our study of Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott. After listening to a read aloud of Rosa, by Nikki...
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A Snowy First Day Back – Happy New Year!

Dear Third Grade Families, Happy New Year! What a whirlwind of a first week back! We hope that everyone stayed safe during Thursday’s  “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm. Over our few days back in school, we started a new math unit as well as a mini social studies unit on the Civil Rights movement. In math, we have moved onto word problems, for addition and subtraction. Word problems integrate literacy with math and are connections, for students, between school and the real world. To visualize the concepts in a word problem, students can use the bar model method as a strategy...
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A Happy New Year Sendoff!

Dear Third Grade Families, What a busy and exciting week it’s been! After much rehearsing, third graders performed beautifully during the Hebrew Hanukkah play! We also celebrated the ending of Hanukkah with a final all school candle lighting. In Social Studies, after hearing about Captain Henry Hudson for two weeks, the Third Graders finally learned what happened to him at the end of the fourth journey! Throughout the process of investigating Henry Hudson, we learned about his perseverance and dedication to finding a quicker route to Asia. No matter the obstacles he faced, Hudson’s positive attitude in his search for...
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Happy Hanukkah!!

Dear Third Grade Families, Can you believe it’s already Hanukkah? The year has really flown by! We are coming to the end of our subtraction study. Students practiced solving a variety of problems, including story problems and missing number problems. We used base-ten blocks to represent four digit numbers and for solving subtraction number sentences. In Reading, we are working on making meaningful predictions. When making predictions about what will happen next for Opal and Winn-Dixie, the main characters in in our read aloud, Because of Winn-Dixie, students predicted that: Winn-Dixie is really Opal’s mom’s dog, and that he will...
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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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