We are integrating writing into all of our subject areas. You can expect to see short pieces coming home about math, reading and science. We will be doing a lot of non-fiction writing focusing on informational text and responding to reading. We will do a couple of big projects around the topics of the Titanic and Native Americans.
While not its own standard, correct spelling is an important piece in fluent writing and reading. I use Words Their Way to teach students spelling patterns. Your child will receive a new set of words at their spelling level each week. These words focus on a spelling pattern that they practice all week in a variety of ways. By the end of the year, third graders should be able to spell most long vowel spelling patterns. I will also be teaching root words and prefixes and suffixes.