LOOK WHAT WE'RE UP TO in Ms. Burrill's Room 13 2018-19
Last updated: 01/22/20
A Bit About Me, the Teacher:
I have found that third graders still love coming to school and engage well in the process of learning. ...Brain Gym is something I enjoy implementing in our classroom as it keeps my students relaxed, for the most part.
I will be striving to instill problem-solving skills in my students; they will get used to my response to their challenges, "How can you find a solution for that? ...I am here to help if you cannot come up with any ideas."
Third grade homework consists of 20 minutes of nightly reading, math facts practice and one page of Eureka every day. The Eureka math page is a math review of concepts recently taught in class. It is important that students internalize all math facts in multiplication (within 100) by the end of the year, so regular practice is essential.
Crazy Hair Day is Friday, January 24th
February 14th: Valentine Exchange (no real party)
President's Week Break runs from February 17th - 21st
March 5 - March 13th : Spring Conferences (Dismissal will be 1:15 PM)
Oster Steam Night is Thursday, February 27 (6-7:30 PM)
Your third grader should be reading 20 minutes at home daily. Some picture books are quite sophisticated and worthwhile for 8-9 year olds. Given their maturity levels, it is still wonderful to share reading with your child; you can read one page and s/he can read the next. Take turns and enjoy the bonding experience. You will be modeling the love and importance of reading! Otherwise, I am encouraging my students to read chapter books.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Not only will your children be reading a variety of fictional stories, but we will do 50% of our reading in non-fiction sources. Our flexible reading groups will start in mid- September. This means that each child will be studying language arts at his or her own level of reading comprehension.
2nd Trimester writing focuses on the writing of informational pieces.
Union School District's Common Core Math Instruction is Eureka Math. The year begins with an in depth study of multiplication /division and rounding concepts. Please work with your child in the memorization of multiplication and division facts within 100. The second trimester continues with multiplication and division facts and in January moves on to concepts of area and perimeter.
There are wonderful, fun websites (and apps) including mathplayground.com.
Of course there are a myriad more. ... It is as easy as googling it!
SOCIAL STUDIES: Social Studies curriculum for third graders consists of studying the four regions of California, California Native American Tribes, California's early explorers as well as our local economy and government
SCIENCE -. Third grade science consists of a unit in physical, life and earth sciences. In the fall, students explore concepts of magnetism and forces, followed by an earth science unit on weather. Our last unit of the year is devoted to studying animals and plants.
***I recommend the Lawrence Hall of Science, in Berkeley, as a great weekend destination. It has great instructors and hands-on experiences!
Cool Science Websites:
PBS for kids
Planet for Kids
NASA for kids
National Geographic - Pigs
San Diego Zoo
Pigs - Animal Corner
Types of Pigs
Spiders - Animal Corner
** All the pig recommendations are to get children ready for reading , Charlotte's Web, at the end of third grade.
Our Spinning Earth: