This week in third grade
December 10th - 14th, 2018

religion - Celebrating Advent - identify Advent as a time to prepare to celebrate Christmas. Discuss ways we celebrate during Advent.  Children will draw a picture of a family tradition that they like to celebrate during Advent.

ELA - assess Kamishibai Man/ Close reading practice with reading passages from ReadWorks - 
Snowy Town and  'Tis the Season; Reading cComprehension - Recipe for Tree Trimmers - no vocabulary or spelling from Journeys this week.
grammar -  simple subjects and simple predicates     writing - Write a story about a pine tree.

math - topic 4 - make sense and persevere with problem solving; topic review; assessment;
begin topic 5 fluently multiply and divide within 100: patterns for multiplication facts; use a multiplication table

social studies -vocabulary - continent, landform, area, region, ecosystem, elevation, vegetation, consume, adapt, conserve/ Plants and animals work together & natural hazards

Christmas word - December, poinsettia, turquoise, Christmas, Santa Claus, holiday, ornament, present, reindeer, chimney, wreath, sleigh, peace

December 3rd - 7th, 2018

religion - Celebrating Advent - outcomes - Explain that advent is a time to prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Discuss that Advent is a time for preparing, praying, and remembering.  The children will make an Advent candle.

ELA - assess "The Harvest Birds" vocabulary and story/ Kamishibai Man by Allen Say
We communicate in many ways. How can a new invention cause people's lives to change?
Comprehension - cause & effect/ monitor-clarify    Spelling and Phonics: vowel diphthongs ow, ou: clown, round, bow, cloud, power, crown, thousand, crowd, sound, count, powder, blouse, frown, pound, house, found, mountain, coward   Grammar - simple subjects and simple predicates    Writing - organization  Vocabulary strategies - dictionary/glossary entry
target words - familiar, jerky, vacant, blurry, rude, blasted, applause

math - multiplication patterns: even and odd numbers; division involving 0 & 1; practice multiplication and division facts; solve multiplication and division problems; review

social studies - weather, climate and forces of nature - describe how weather and climate affect how and where people, plants and animals live./compare and contrast ecosystems/ identify and describe natural hazards and natural disasters.

November 26th - 30th, 2018

religion - All Saints Day and All Souls Day - outcomes - Understand that All Saints Day and All Souls Day are celebrations of the Communion of Saints. Explain that in Christ we are united with
the living and the dead.  Discuss how the saints are examples of how we can live our lives.

ELA - "The Harvest Birds" by Blanca Lopez de Marshal  traditional tale  How can readers figure out the message in a story?  Comprehension: conclusions -infer/predict  Vocabulary - strategies:multiple meaning words   target: harvest, separate, ashamed, borders, advice, borrow, patch, serious   Grammar: commas in a series   Phonics & Spelling - silent letters kn, wr  &
unexpected consonant spellings: itch, wreck, knee, patch, wrap, knot, watch, knife, stretch, write, knew, knock, match, wrong, know, catch, wrinkle, knuckle   Writing - word choice

math - topic 4 - Use Multiplication to Divide: Division Facts - relate multiplication & division; use multiplication to divide with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9

Scholastic News - Proud to Play - identify the main idea and 3 details of the feature story.

November 13th - 30th, 19th - 21st, 2018

religion - Jesus' Good News - outcomes - Explain why Jesus told parables. Describe ways that we can serve the Kingdom of God. Define monastery. Write ideas for their own parables by finishing given sentences.  

ELA - "What Do Illustrators Do?"  by Eileen Christelow     We communicate in many ways.  How do pictures help to tell a story?   Comprehension - target skill -text and graphic features  strategy:
analyze/evaluate    Grammar - verb tenses    Writing- focus trait:organization  spelling & phonics -
three letter clusters - sir-, sir-, thr : three, scrap, street, spring, thrill, scream, strange, throw, string, scrape, spray, threw, strong, scratch, think, they, straight, scramble  
vocabulary strategies- synonyms  target words: tracing, imagine, illustrate, scribbles, sketches, research, textures, tools

Writing -  I am thankful for ... ,   How to Cook a Turkey

math - practice multiplication facts using strategies and tools to represent and solve multiplication facts, the Associative Property - multiply 3 factors in any order to find a product, problem solving-
repeated reasoning: use reasoning to look for and describe general strategies for finding products, review vocabulary terms and take a practice test, topic  3 assessment

Thanksgiving themed activities - Gobbler's Goof - proofread a letter for errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling/ Awesome Arrowheads - Native American word problems and graphing/Life in the Village- read a map and it's key to answer questions about a Cherokee Village/Plymouth Timeline - read a timeline and answer questions about it./Indian Corn- distinguish between fact and opinion statements./Native American Contributions - classify pictures of items Native Americans shared with early settlers in America/ Life of the Cherokee - Match sentences about the Cherokee culture under matching headings/ Reading Comprehension - The Sioux - read the passage and answer question about it.

read aloud - "How Many Days to America?" by Eve Bunting - a modern day Thanksgiving story.

Scholastic News -  Proud to Play - Many young Native Americans are honoring their heritage by playing lacrosse, a game their ancestors created. skills sheets - reading a graph about lacrosse players  and What's the Main Idea? identify the main idea and key details of Proud to Play.

November 5th - 9th, 2018

religion -  begin Unit 2 Jesus, Our Lord and Savior - the focus is on the call to serve the Kingdom of God. Unit Saints - Saint Scholastic and Saint Benedict - a brother and sister that shared great faith in God.  Discuss how they served the Kingdom of God.

ELA - Max's Words - Big Idea - We communicate : in many ways.  Essential Question - What clues in a story help you figure out the sequence of events?    Comprehension - sequence of events/question   grammar - What is a verb?  Spelling/ phonics - more short and long vowels:6math, toast, easy, socks, Friday, stuff, paid, cheese, June, elbow, program, shiny, piles, sticky, each, both, comb, holiday  Writing - focus trait: ideas   vocabulary - strategies -er, -or
target words - collect, scrambled, orders, sorted, ragged, rapidly, continued, darted   

math - apply properties: 6 and 7 as factors; 8 as a factor; practice multiplication facts; the Associative proper multiply with 3 factors;

social studies - landform camera booklet

Scholastic News - It's Election Time (close practice questions), The Sun Gets a Close Up -skills sheet : Reading a Diagram, Honoring Veterans

Veterans Day Skills Sheets - word search of holiday related words, Thank You Veterans! -reading
comprehension, Which Word Is It ? -identifying homophones in a Veterans Day story.

October 29th - November 2nd, 2018

Children may dress up for Halloween. See note that went home today for costume guidelines.
Wednesday at 1:15- Halloween Parade around the outside of the school, followed by a school Halloween party for the children in the cafeteria.

No school Thursday, November 1st - All Saints Day 

ELA - ReadWorks - "Amy's Halloween Secret"   grammar - singular and plural nouns, using commas in sentences   writing- sequencing  "How a Pumpkin Grows"  vocabulary strategy - homophones   

math - Apply Properties: Multiplication Facts for 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8
Distributive Property, 3 as a factor, 4 as a factor

religion - We are finishing the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary this week.  Continue  Celebrating Ordinary Time

social studies - make a landform booklet

Science Spin - Life Science - Roaring Back - Grizzly Bears numbers are on the rise in places where roads have been closed.  Use a video to introduce information about grizzly bear behavior and threats to grizzlies. Use the skills sheet "Research an Animal" to learn more about animals affected by habitat loss.

October 22- 25, 2018

Iowa testing continues this week.
Tuesday, October 23rd school Mass 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 24th - individual school pictures Pre-K - 7th grade
Thursday, October 25th - classroom group pictures  Pre-K  - 8th
Complete winter uniforms must be worn for pictures.
Friday, October 26th -Faculty Professional Day - no school

ELA - continue working on Roberto Clemente - vocabulary and comprehension assessment will be given on Thursday, October 25th. No spelling words this week.

math - continue: Apply Properties: Multiplication Facts for 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 - The Distributive Property;
3 as a Factor; 4 as a factor

religion - As we continue our daily decade of the Rosary, we will begin the Luminous Mysteries this week. Celebrating Ordinary Time - outcomes: Explain that in Ordinary Time, we are grateful to belong to our Church community. discuss how we grow in community by being Christ to the world. Define community.  The children will draw a picture of their family attending Mass in the outline a church.

social studies - Weather, Climate and Forces of Nature -Recognize that weather and climate vary from place to place. Describe the weather and climate in different places. Describe how weather and climate affect how and where people, plants, and animals live.

October 15 - 19, 2018                 

 Iowa Tests of Basic Skills will be administered beginning this week.

religion - The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be our prayer focus this week.
Jesus is with Us - outcomes - Give examples of how we can trust in God. Continue working on the Apostles Creed.  Explain the meaning of Jesus different names. Define Scriptures.   Children will complete a crossword about the angel’s visit to Joseph. They will also write a short prayer thanking God for people who show you how to live a good life.

ELA - assess - "Pop's Bridge"/ introduce "Roberto Clemente - Pride of the Pittsburg Pirates"
EQ - What causes someone to be called a hero?  Genre - biography
Comprehension - Cause & Effect/Visualize  Vocabulary: stands, fans, score, league, slammed, polish, style,  pronounced  Grammar - plural nouns with -s and -es
spelling :slight, mild, sight, pie, mind, tie, pilot, might, lie, tight, blind, fight, die, midnight, find, night, silent, frightening   Write to Narrate:revise

math - review number patterns, begin topic 3 - Apply Properties: Multiplication Facts for 3, 4,6, 7,8  - introduce topic/

social studies - The five regions of the U.S./label the Eastern coastline states in an outline map of
the U.S.A.
Science Spin - Earth Science - Extreme Earth - Students will find out about some of Earth's most amazing biomes.  These regions share similar climates and wildlife. Amazon Rainforest, Death Valley, and Arctic Tundra/ Skills Sheet - integrating visuals - children will use a diagram of the layers of the rainforest to answer questions about the rainforest.  Watch a video - Layers of the Rainforest.

October 9 - 12, 2018

religion - This week we will focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Peace Offering - God calls us to care for others by forgiving one another.  Outcomes: Explain that God wants us to care for one another and live peacefully together. Discuss that God forgives us when we make mistakes and expects us to forgive others.

ELA - No spelling this week/ continue working on "Pop's Bridge" by Eve Bunting
E.Q. - How can two bridges be alike and different?   comprehension: compare/contrast; infer/predict   grammar -proper nouns   vocabulary - strategies: -e, -es, -ed, -ing;
target words -balancing, tide, crew, disappears, foggy, stretch, excitement, cling    
writing- write to narrate: ideas

math - more Model with Math - use modeling to answer multi-step problems; review multiplication facts:using patterns; assess topic 2; begin topic 3 Apply Properties: Multiplication Facts for 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 - The Distributive Property

social studies - Weather, Climate and Forces of Nature - recognize that they vary from place to place; describe in different places; describe how they affect how and where people, plants, and animals live; identify and describe natural hazards and natural disasters

Scholastic News - Koala Care - Koalas in Australia are being helped by an 11 year old girl and her family.  Skills Sheet - identifying problems and solutions. The children will identify 5 problems koalas face.  Next, they will find how the family are helping solve these problems.

October 1, 2018

religion -  God Is Our Father - outcomes - Describe the Lord's Prayer as the way Jesus wants us to pray to God. Practice forgiving others as Jesus forgives us.  Recognize that God is our Father, revealed by Jesus.  Define Abba.
Children will write about a time that they forgave someone or forgave them.
Begin praying a decade of the Rosary daily. This week we focus on the Joyful Mysteries.

ELA -  continue "Destiny's Gift" review and assess/ "Pop's Bridge" by Eve Bunting
E.Q. - How can two bridges be alike and different?  Comprehension - compare and contrast:
infer/predict    grammar - common and proper nouns   spelling/phonics - load, open, told, yellow,
soak, shadow, foam, follow, glow, sold, window, coach, almost, throat, cold, most, tomorrow, sailboats    vocabulary: strategies - base words and endings  -s, -es, -ed, -ing  target words -
balancing, tide, crew, disappears, foggy, stretch, excitement, cling

math - continue multiplication facts: use patterns - apply properties: multiply by 0 and 1; multiply by 10; multiplication facts: 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10; problem solving

social studies - Our Environment - How do we interact with our planet? Land and Water - Identify and describe physical features such as landforms and bodies of water.  Locate physical features on a map. understand that regions have similar physical and cultural characteristics.  Identify and compare the characteristics of different regions.  Locate different regions on a map.

Columbus activities - Land Ho -proofread a paragraph about Columbus; They Met Columbus - short passage with questions; word search;A Great Voyage - following directions; A Tale of a Sail - identifying rhyming words; Only the Best - looking for numbers following clues; AB-See Order - 3 short lists of words; color Columbus as a young man

 September 24th - 28th

religion - continue - Created to be Together - Art Print - Elizabeth of Hungary - Discuss how St. Elizabeth devoted her life to sharing God's love for us. Discuss how God has given us the responsibility of caring for one another. Identify ways to spread God's love in our daily lives.

ELA -  review and assess "The Trial of Cardigan Jones"/ begin new story  "Destiny's Gift" by
Natasha A. Tarpley EQ - What clues in a story tell you about the characters ? comprehension -
understanding characters: analyze/evaluate   grammar: sentence fragments and run-ons
phonics/spelling - long a and long e: lay, real, trail, sweet, today, dream, seem, tea, treat, afraid, leave, bait, screen, speed, paint, place, yesterday, explain   vocabulary strategies - antonyms
target vocabulary -  raise, spreading, earn, figure, contacted, block, afford, customers

math - assess topic 1  understanding multiplication and division of whole numbers/
begin topic 2 - multiplication facts: use patterns

read aloud - Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Write 4 words describing Johnny and use each word in a sentence that describes him.
Reading a chart/ true or false   myths and facts about Johnny Appleseed

social studies - continue working in the geography skills handbook.

 September 17th - 21st 

religion -  complete - Created to be Happy/ begin Created to be Together - outcomes-  Explain that we worship the Trinity when we pray the Sign of the Cross. Explain that we bring God's love to life inner world by loving others. Identify practical ways to acton God's invitation in everyday life.  Define Sign of the cross.  activity - Children will complete a "love bug"to list ways they can show their love for others in their community.

ELA - review and assess " A Fine, Fine School"/ begin new story " The Trial of Cardigan Jones" by
Tim Egan  EQ - What helps you make decisions about a character?   comprehension -conclusions:
infer/predict    spelling/phonics - long vowels with V-C-e spellings : spoke, mile, save, excuse, cone, invite, cube, price, erase, ripe, broke, flame, life, rule, these, those, surprise, decide
grammar: kinds of sentences  Write to narrate: ideas    vocabulary; strategies - compound words
target words - convinced, trial, jury, guilty pointed, honest, murmur, stand

math - division as sharing, division as repeated subtraction, using appropriate tools to problem solve, vocabulary and chapter review, assess topic 1

                                  September 10th - 14th

            Poem of the month - "September" by Helen Hunt Jackson

religion - Unit 1 God, Our Creator and Father: Unit Saint - Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a man with a deep appreciation nature and it's role in helping people find God in all things.
Created to Be Happy - outcomes : Explain that all nature is part of God's creation, and it reflects his love.  Discuss God's presence, his invitation and our response. Define Apostles' Creed, and creed.  activities - find words from the Apostles' Creed in a puzzle; write a message to praise God for something beautiful they saw this week; think of three people, animals or parts of nature they love, and write them on given lines, then illustrate in heart shapes.

ELA - " A Fine, Fine School" by Sharon Creech  Big Idea - People make a community strong. Essential Question - What are the parts of a story?  Comprehension - Target: story structure; Strategy: summarize/  Grammar - subjects and predicates/ Writing: write to narrate (word choice)/ Phonics and Spelling - short vowels:
crop, plan, thing, smell, shut, sticky, spent, lunch, pumpkin, clock, gift, class, skip, swing, next, hug, hospital, fantastic/ Vocabulary- strategies: multiple meaning words   target words - principal, strolled, proud, worried, soared, announced, fine, certainly
Connect to Technology: One-Room Schoolhouses

close reading - introduce using ReadWorks article: Snooze Alarm

math - Understand Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers: multiplication as repeated addition, on the number line, arrays and multiplication, the Commutative Property, division as sharing

social studies - the geography handbook: using maps, using globes, absolute location, relative location, physical geography, human geography

                                              September 4th -7th

      Welcome to third grade for the school year 2018 - 2019! It was an unseasonably warm start for our first week of school, but we all survived.

      Special classes we went to our first week: music, library, Spanish, physical education, and
art.  Music was a treat because the children met our new teacher Ms. Burtoff.  Good, new sounds were emerging from the music room.

      I welcomed familiar faces from second grade and one new student.  School supplies were organized and put in their proper places.

      Everyone introduced themselves and shared vacation stories.  Some of us stayed on Long Island, others traveled to other states, and there was some international travel as well. Everyone seems well rested and ready for our new year.

      ELA - stories we listened to:  "My Dad, John McCain" by Meghan McCain
                                                "The Principal's New Clothes"  by Stephanie Calmenson
                                                "...If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island" 
                                                 by Ellen Levine
                activities: "Tools of the Trade" - identifying action verbs
                               "Dreaming of a Day Job" - alphabetizing short lists of jobs to the second 
                              "What Did You Do this Summer?" - complete the sentence starter : This
                                summer, I ( 10 different endings)
                               "I had a Tee-riffic Summer" - illustrate and label a favorite summer memory
                                on a t-shirt shaped paper
                                Write and illustrate a journal entry entitled, My Family
                                 "A Bushel of Fun" - back to school student interest inventory

      math - begin "Simple Solutions"- a workbook we use to practice skills learned in previous
                 grades to keep a positive math "attitude."
                 "Off to School"- missing addends
                 "Extra, Extra" - place value, modeling numbers