Learning Goals: Reading, Writing and Math

I have updated the Learning Goals page with the information that you will find in this post. The reading and writing goals will take us through October. The math goal will be changing shortly after we practice some problem solving connected to patterns. I have also added the letter that went home Friday about the For the Love of Reading program to the page listed under Homework. Please contact me if you have any questions.


We are learning to extend our understanding of what we read by making connections.

We can use our prior knowledge (schema) to make meaningful connections.
We can identify the author’s message or the big idea in the text.
We can give supporting details to prove the author’s message.
We can tell why the author’s message or big idea is important to learn.


We are learning to write a personal narrative. This means we are writing about an experience we have had.

We can think of a seed idea.
We can include who, what, where and when.
We can use connnecting words to organize our beginning, middle and end (gr. 2: first, then, next, etc. gr. 3: a few minutes later, meanwhile, afterward, etc.).
We can write details that paint pictures for the reader.
We can conclude with a personal reaction (why the experience is important/how you felt).


We are learning to create, talk about and extend growing and shrinking patterns.

We can identify what comes next in a pattern using the pattern rule.
We can create a number pattern if we are given the rule or see the pattern on a number line or hundreds chart.
We can use given parts (terms) of a pattern to determine parts (terms) that are missing.
We can talk about patterns using math words (add, subtract, growing, shrinking, rule).
We can solve problems using what we know about patterning.


The grade 3’s are quickly becoming multiplication experts! First the lessons focussed on understanding and representing multiplication. The children have a great toolkit of strategies to draw on to meet their needs. Some of the ways they can demonstrate their understanding are through making groups, creating arrays, writing repeated addition sentences, writing multiplication sentences, jumping on a number line and drawing diagrams. Next we moved on to mental math skills so that students develop skills to recall facts quickly. Today the class worked on some problem solving to apply their knowledge. I was impressed by the range of strategies used to find solutions. One area that showed room for improvement was “showing their work” or the steps taken to get to the answer (even if it was done with mental math). We will review this tomorrow. Although we are wrapping up the unit this week we will still practice multiplication facts regularly. Below are some links to online games to improve skills. Please keep practising facts up to 7 X 7 at home. Fluency in these facts is important for keeping up in math in the grades ahead and they are very handy in everyday life. Last week I did a lot of multiplying when I ordered school supplies. I needed to determine how many boxes of erasers, pencils, glue sticks  and markers to order for the grade 3 class. Share the ways you use multiplication in your life by commenting on this post.

Times Table Tests, Flashcards, Magnetic Fun
Multiplication Concentration
Math Magician