Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 17

Religion:  Our focus will be on the Works of Mercy the next couple of weeks. They will be using what they learn to create a word cloud in the computer lab.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Possessive Pronouns
Next week the third graders will continue working on our Personal Narratives unit. We will be discussing strong openings and closings. We will then edit our work and create a final draft to share with the class.
Math:   The fourth unit will start November 20 and will focus on multiplication and division. Some of the skills the students will focus on will be multiples of equal groups, understanding and creating arrays, equal shares and equal groups, and division ties to multiplication with fact families. We will be using a multiplication/division chart to help them find the basic facts. Our goal is that they will master/memorize some of the the "easier" facts this unit.
Spelling: Week 10 Vowel Sounds of Y
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 entitled The American Spirit. Students will choose a person or place that has helped shape and link us together as Americans today to research. The key ideals of Liberty, Equality, Courage, Hard Work, Diversity and Honor will be a common thread to all of these people and places.
Comprehension: We will continue our unit on making inferences. We will practice being detectives and look for clues within passages. We will then apply this to our own reading.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9

Religion:  Our focus will be on the Works of Mercy the next couple of weeks. They will be using what they learn to create a word cloud in the computer lab.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Pronouns
Next week the third graders will continue working on our Personal Narratives unit. We will be listening to examples of personal narratives that other children have written. We will write about times when we have persevered and discuss using temporal words (next, then, finally).
Math:   Our third unit will be wrapping up next week with a test on Thursday. They will review on Wednesday. The fourth unit will start November 20 and will focus on multiplication and division.
Spelling: Week 9 Long Vowel Review & Medial Consonant
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 learning about our government. Focus will be on the 3 branches and levels of government.
Comprehension: Next week we will begin our unit on making inferences. We will practice being detectives and look for clues within passages.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3

Religion:  The students have been learning about how all life is important to us. We will focus on the book, Horton Hears a Who to have a discussion about this topic. They will also be introduced to the Works of Mercy next week.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Possessive Nouns
Next week the third graders will continue working on our Personal Narratives unit. We will be listening to many examples of personal narratives, and we will then write about some of our own special memories. We will be writing about our first day of school as well as our household chores.
Math:   Our third unit continues next week with measurement. The students will focus on creating line plots, exploring perimeter and area, and then applying that knowledge with measurements.. There is a lot of vocabulary in this unit for your child to recall.
Spelling: Week 8 Long O (Co, oa, ow) & Consonant Digraphs ph & gh
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 short government unit. The students will learn about the levels and branches of government.
Comprehension: We will continue to work on visualizing next week. We will read the book Aunt Flossie's Hats and discuss the pictures that we created in our minds. Then we will notice and write down words that helped us visualize in our own reading books.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 27

Religion:  The students have been assigned a saint to research. They went to the computer lab to find a picture of their saint and start research this week. On Monday they will continue their research. Tuesday they will complete their google slide. They will be able to work on the slide at home using their email address to access their drive. The final project will be due next Friday.
Writing: Grammar Lesson - Common and Proper Nouns
Next week the third graders will begin a unit on Personal Narratives. We will be listening to many examples of personal narratives, and we will then write about some of our own special memories.
Math:   Our third unit continues next week with measurement. The students will focus on measuring with a ruler, standard linear measures and perimeter. There is a lot of vocabulary in this unit for your child to recall.
Spelling: Week 7 Long I (Cie, Cy, CCy, igh) & Final Consonant Digraphs ck, ng, nk
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 review matter content and test will be on Thursday, November 2. They will do a fun activity on Friday to wrap up the unit!
Comprehension: We will continue to work on visualizing next week. We will read the book The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock and discuss the pictures that we created in our minds. Then we will notice and write down words that helped us visualize in our own reading books.

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20

Religion:  Third grade is in charge of the Rosary on Tuesday, October 24 at 2:45. The students will also be assigned a saint to research. They will be going to the computer lab to so some research. The final project will be a google slide they create using google classroom. They will be able to work on the slide at home using their email address to access their drive.
Writing: Next week we will be presenting our final drafts to the class. We will be listening for interesting words and sensory detail.
Math:   We will only have a couple of lessons next week due to Iowa Assessments. Unit Three will focus on linear measures and area.
Spelling: NO SPELLING this 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.
Science/SS: Students will review matter content and test will be on Thursday, November 2.
Comprehension: We will begin to work on visualizing next week. We will read the book Have You Seen Bugs? as a class. We will discuss words that helped us picture the story in our minds.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6

Religion:    We have started the Rosary and are focusing on the Joyful Mysteries. We will be using the Bible to find the Joyful Mysteries. Third grade is in charge of the Rosary on Tuesday, October 24 at 2:45.
Writing: Next week our grammar lesson will be over Singular & Plural Nouns. We will be taking a first draft from our writer's notebook and taking it all through the writing process. The third graders will learn how to edit and revise.
Math:   We will be continuing our unit on addition and subtraction. The test for this will be on Friday, October 20. Please continue to review the basic addition and subtraction facts with your third grader.
Spelling: Week Six - Long e (ei & ie)) & Consonant Digraphs (ch, sh, tch, th, wh)
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 continuing exploring the concept of matter. Students will be able to identify the different states of matter, the melting properties of matter and the physical changes that can occur with matter.
Comprehension: We are working hard during our reading block. The students have been working in groups, and they have been completing their daily centers. Next week we will continue to make connections with our books.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 29

Religion:    Next week we will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis. The students will be doing activities centered on St. Francis and learning about his interesting life.

Writing: Next week our grammar lesson will be a Review Week (simple, compound and complex sentences). We will continue working on gathering lots of ideas for writing. We are also starting to listen for and use sensory words in our writing. We want to create a clear picture for the reader of our writing.
Math:   The second unit starts next week. It will focus on adding and subtracting whole numbers. Please continue to review the basic addition and subtraction facts with your third grader.
Spelling: Week Five - Long e (ee, ea) & Initial 3 letter consonant blends (str, scr, spr)
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: We will start our first unit in science - Matter. The students will learn what matter is and will bring in an object for an activity that helps them learn about the physical properties of matter.
Comprehension: Students are reading lots of different genres in the classroom. We have officially learned all of our reading centers too, so our reading block is in full swing. This week we used Vehn Diagrams to make connections to our books. Next week we will focus on text to text connections.