# Week of December 3rd

**Math**: we will continue learning about multiplication. Students should have a pretty solid understanding that multiplication is equal groups and repeated addition. We can find the answers to multiplication questions like 4 x 3 by using strategies such as;

- repeated addition (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12)
- skip counting (3, 6, 9, 12)
- drawing pictures of equal groups (draw 4 circles and place 3 dots in each circle to find the total)

This week we will practice solving multiplication word problems and explore input/output tables. Please help your child start memorizing multiplication facts. This is a **KEY** foundational skill for 3rd grade and without fact memorization, students will struggle this year and be unprepared for 4th grade math (long division, reducing fractions, finding common denominators etc) We will have a multiplication unit test on **Friday the 14th of December.** Look for a review to come home next week.

**Fact Test**: this Friday our timed test will cover x2, x5, and x10 facts. There will always be 24 questions and students will have 2 minutes to complete the test. The following week, our test will be over x0 and x1 facts. I am attaching a picture with the scope of our upcoming tests for the 3rd nine weeks.

** we use a website called Xtramath most days in class. This is an excellent program for fact mastery and it's free! If you would like your child to use the program at home, please let me know and I'll send you their special code. The more the students use this program, the easier they learn their facts! Check out my "links" tab on the right for more online games.

**Science**:

Monday: first semester review game

Tuesday: district benchmark (this will be a daily grade)

Wednesday - Friday: we will be talking about landforms. Students will be expected to know each landform by it's definition and be able to identify the landforms when viewing a picture. We will do lots of practice in class and add notes to our notebooks to use for an upcoming grade. I will also be sending home a vocabulary study guide later in the week.