# 3rd Grade

## What We Are Learning: March 2024

In March, we will begin many new units of learning.

**Math**

- How do mathematicians:
- show fractions greater than 1 on a number line?
- compare fractions?
- find equivalent fractions?

**Reading & Writing**

- How can we prepare for the New York State ELA exam?
- How do we read and write biographies?

**Social Studies **

- What is the culture of Mexico?

**Science**

- How can we make weather observations and predictions?
- What is climate?

## Home Connection

**Equivalent fractions** are fractions that are worth the same, or have the same value. For example, 1/2 and 2/4 are equivalent fractions because they represent the same amount. Imagine two children with strips of paper. One child folds her strip into two equal parts, while the other folds his strip into four equal parts. They shade a part of their strips and find that 1/2 is equal to 2/4, showing that these are equivalent fractions. By drawing number lines and using fraction strips, we can visualize and understand equivalent fractions. We can find equivalent fractions by dividing number lines into equal parts and comparing the fractions represented on them. For example, 1/4 is equivalent to 2/8, and 1/2 is equivalent to 3/6, as they represent the same amount. Understanding equivalent fractions on a number line helps us see how different fractions can represent the same value, and how we can find equivalent fractions by dividing number lines into equal parts.

## Important Dates

3/7: Parent-Teacher Conferences Half Day of School

3/14: Parent Association Meeting and Family Fun Event 6:00pm

3/29: Good Friday No School

4/1: Easter Monday No School

## Contact Your Teacher

**Ms. Zheng: **qzheng@ps343.org Text Ms. Zheng

**Ms. Selph **aselph@ps343.org Text Ms. Selph

**Ms. Joseph: **cjoseph@ps343.org Text Ms. Joseph

**Ms. Estin: **destin@ps343.org Text Ms. Estin