Welcome to Mrs. Siragusa’s 3rd Grade Classroom!
I’m looking forward to a wonderful year of learning with all of my third grade friends.
I dreamed I saw a studio
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher – the tools he used
Were books, music, and art.
The other; a parent, worked with a guiding hand,
And a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch
That was careful, deft, and sure,
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last, their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child
Could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed they would have failed
If either had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.
Ways to help your student at home
Below are some skills that you can practice at home with your student:
- Telling time to the nearest minute
- Finding elapsed time using an open number line. (ex. 3:28 a.m. to 8:17 a.m.)
- Making combinations of time adding up to 60. (ex. 3:15 how many minutes are needed to be added to get to the next whole hour?)
- Practice rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.
- Continue multiplication fact practice at home.
- Have your child read aloud to you. Help them remember to pause for punctuation as well as use appropriate expression.
- Choose a small piece of literature so that you can ask comprehension questions as you go. Who, what, where, when, why, and how questions are a good place to start.
- Ask your child to explain what they know about the main characters in a book by describing the characters feelings, what they know about the characters based on his/her actions, sayings/words, and what their character may be thinking. (Think F.A.S.T.)
- As your child reads, encourage them to make inferences as they read (use text clues such as pictures, words the author uses, and their own background knowledge in order to piece together what a character may be feeling and thinking, or what else could be happening in the story that the author doesn’t come out and say).
- After your child reads a section of a book, have them share or draw what they visualized while they read.
- Try having your student identify the main idea of a non-fiction piece.
- Look for words such as because, if, then, and as a result to identify cause/effect relationships.
Have your student maintain a writing journal/diary at home. You may want to include them on age appropriate topics that require them to develop their own opinion of a topic. Also, have discussion of facts and opinions. Help them identify the difference between the two.
Start discussing the different levels of government within the community, state, and federal. Your student should be able know the names and be able to identify our City Mayor, State Governor, U.S. President and Vice President.