Our third graders culminated their unit of study on the Solar System by visiting the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver. The kids were able to do a solar viewing and learned about Earth’s place in the Solar System. This unit of study truly fostered the children’s sense wonder and curiosity at the marvels of space.
My hope is that you have noticed a shift in your child’s relationship toward reading this year. The 3rd graders have set themselves up to make sure this is their best reading year EVER! Reading instruction in our classroom relies on research that shows that kids need to read a lot of texts, with high comprehension, in order to move up levels of text complexity. I hope you’ve had a chance to review your child’s reading level on Canvas. Our reading workshop is structured to allow for students to read (eyes on print) every day for 35-45 minutes. Volume is vigilantly watched through our classroom observations, conferences and regular review of your child’s reading log. There is research evidence which suggests that volume of reading is linked to attaining higher-order literacy proficiencies. Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988) researched the relationship between the amount of reading done and reading achievement. They found that the amount of time reading was the best predictor of reading achievement, including a child’s growth as a reader from the second to the fifth grade.
Third grade has been working hard with our new curriculum called Quaver Music – and enjoying the journey to learning more about music theory basics like strong and weak beats, rhythm, notation, meter, ostinatos and the names of the notes on the grand staff, starting with the treble clef. We’ve even been able to have some time on the iPads in our classroom working on Treble Champion – a Quaver game that encourages students to quickly learn these basics.