Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 18


Religion:  Next week we will be creating self-portraits. They will be writing on the back of each of their classmates to let them all know what they appreciate about each other. On Monday the students will do the fifth decade of the Rosary at 9:00 in the church.


Writing: This week we learned about Onomatopoeia with our Mentor Sentence. We finished up our stories that focused on the elements of a story. These kids are so creative!
Math:  We have a couple more lessons on data and probability next week. That will wrap up math for the year!
Spelling: NO SPELLING NEXT WEEK
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Image result for rainforest animalsScience/SS: Students will have a review over the Rainforest material and will take the test on Tuesday! We will wrap up the unit with a Rainforest video on Thursday. Look for your child's Rainforest animal research file folder to be coming home!
Comprehension: Teachers are working with students individually this week to see each child's growth.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 11

Religion:  Next week we will be talking about the Pentecost and the gift of grace. We will also review all of the Sacraments of Initiation. On Monday the students will do the third decade of the Rosary at 9:00 in the church.


Writing: This week we focused on Simple Subject and Simple Predicates with our Mentor Sentence. We finished our poetry unit this week, and we are about to start working on a short story that focuses on the elements of a story.
Math:  We have started our lessons on data and probability this week. On Friday we did some great STEAM activities and learned a lot! Next week we will continue with data and probability. We will also have a third trimester review to assess how the students are doing on the benchmarks that will be on the progress report.
Spelling: Week 28 Sound of Syllable a in across / Review of Root Words
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Image result for rainforest animalsScience/SS: Students will begin work on their rainforest animal research file folder. They will present their information to the class on Thursday and Friday.
Comprehension: We are continuing to work on fluency with our Readers Theater. The students are doing a great job with expression and letting their voice tell the story.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4

Religion:  Next week we will be talking about the Ascension of Jesus. Also, because May is the month of Mary, we will be starting to do weekly prayer services with the Rosary. We will focus on the Glorious Mysteries. On Monday the students will do the first two decades of the Rosary at 9:00 in the church.


Writing: This week we focused on compound verbs with our Mentor Sentence. We have been listening and studying different types of poems. The third graders are also starting to create their own poems.
Math:  Unit 9 wraps up next week. The students have been doing a nice job of using their strategies to complete problems with multiplication. We will have our main review for this on Monday, and also a small review on Tuesday so the students can watch the CHORO concert that morning. The test over this unit will be on Wednesday, May 9. The next unit will focus on data and probability.
Spelling: Week 27 R-Controlled Vowel Review/ Words with Multiple Affixes
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Image result for rainforest animalsScience/SS: Students will continue researching their specific rain forest animal using library books, iPads and the computer lab. Students will begin work on putting their research information on a rain forest animal folder.
Comprehension: This week we started a unit on Readers Theater. We are focusing on telling a story with just our voice. This is a great way to practice our fluency.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26

Image result for may crowningReligion:  Next week we will be preparing for the May Crowning Mass. All of third grade is in charge of this mass. The students are also asked to bring in a flower for the procession of mass to present to Mary. Thursday and Friday we will be talking the Rosary and the Glorious Mysteries.
Writing: This week we focused on personification with our Mentor Sentence. We presented our author projects to the class, and we started a unit on Poetry.
Math:  Unit 9 continues next week. The focus remains on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 26 R-Controlled Vowels (oar,oor, our) / Suffixes (er, an, ist)
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Image result for rainforest animalsScience/SS: Blank Park Zoo will be visiting on Monday. They will be bringing a few animals that could be found in rainforests. Students will learn about the products of the rainforest and the importance of saving our rainforests. Students will begin research on a specific animal of the rainforest.
Comprehension: We ended our nonfiction text feature unit with a text feature surgery. The students loved helping their patients! Next week we will begin a Reader's Theater unit.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 20

Religion:  Next week we will be talking about another mystery of our faith, the Paschal Mystery. We will talk about the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and then talk about the idea of sacrifices third graders could make.
Writing: This week we focused on similes with our Mentor Sentence. We also continued to research our authors. We then wrote a three paragraph biography about the person we studied. We will present these to the class next week.
Math:  Unit 9 continues next week. The focus remains on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 25 R-Controlled Vowels (or, ore) / Suffixes (ment, ness, tion)
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will continue to learn about the tropical rainforests around the world. Students will identify where rainforests are located and the layers of the rainforests.
Comprehension: Next week we will conclude our Nonfiction Text Features study with a fun and interactive activity. Our next unit will be Reader's Theater. This will give us the opportunity to practice our fluency and expression.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13

Religion:  Next week we will have a theme of "Start with Hello." The students will be doing different activities related to this national week. Below are the themes for each day:
Monday - "Smile Power"
Tuesday - "Kindness is the New Cool"
Wednesday - "No One Eats Alone"
Thursday - Be an Upstander"
Friday - "Respecting Diversity"
Writing: This week we focused on diagramming sentences with adjectives for our Mentor Sentence. We also started an author study. Each child was assigned an author to learn about. We read biographies and did research in the computer lab.
Math:  Unit 9 continues next week. The focus remains on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 24 R-Controlled Vowels (ar, air, are) / Suffixes (less, ful, like)
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will begin a new unit on Rainforests. Students will be learning about the different forest ecosystems, with focus on the rainforest. Students will also identify special characteristics of animals and determine the class they belong to.
Comprehension: We are working on a nonfiction text feature unit. This week each child has learned about the various features and how they help us understand and learn more about the subject.

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6

Religion:  Next week we will be discussing the different parts of the mass. The students should know the which category in which the main parts of the mass take place. We will also focus on the Holy Trinity. They will be making an analogy to help understand how three parts can act as one.

Writing: This week we focused on quotation marks with our Mentor Sentence. We started a unit over main idea, and we practiced writing pieces with a topic sentence and supporting sentences. Next week we will use this knowledge to guide us in an author study.
Math:  Unit 9 starts next week. It will focus on multiplication and division. Although there are no graded timed tests for multiplication and division, the students are encouraged to get the basic facts memorized. They will be learning different strategies for multi-digit multiplication problems.
Spelling: Week 23 R-Controlled Vowels (eer, ear) / Suffixes (able, ly, ward)
The spelling section of the website contains all of the weekly lists and the choice words in case your child misplaces their words.  You can also find a copy of LSCW if you need it.
Science/SS: Students will learn how we depend on plants and the multiple ways we use plants or parts of plants in our everyday lives. We will have 2 days of review for our Plant Unit test. Test will be on Thursday, April 12.
Comprehension: We have completed the class book Stone Fox. Next week we will begin to study nonfiction text features.