This week in third grade

May 20th - 24th, 2019

religion - The Church Prays - Outcomes - Describe how Jesus is present in the Mass and the sacraments.  Identify sacramentals as signs that help us grow in faith.  Tell the story of Jesus healing the roman officer's servant.  Define blessing and sacramental.  the children will write and draw pictures about the ways Jesus is present at Mass.

E.L.A. - continue working on  Two Bad Ants - vocabulary and story test Thursday/ spelling this week - mood, wooden, drew, smooth, blue, balloon, true, crooked, chew, tooth, hooves, cool, food, pooch, blew, foot, loose, jewel
grammar - irregular verbs  

math - number line: fractions less than one; number line : fractions greater than one; line plots and length; more line plots and length;problem solving with fractions 

Begin working on activities for “Chasing Vermeer”

Complete research essays on wild animals.

May 13th - 17th, 2019

religion- Mary is Holy - outcomes - Identify Mary as the Mother of the God and the Mother of the Church. Describe the Rosary as a way of honoring Mary. Discuss how Mary is blessed by God. Discuss the prayer the Magnificat. Define Annunciation, Communion of Saints, Rosary, and Visitation.

E.L.A. - continue "Life on the Ice"  review and assess/begin  "Two Bad Ants" (fantasy) by
Chris Van Allsburg  There are many reasons to take a journey.  E.Q. - What might the problem be in a story about ants?    Comprehension - story structure:monitor/clarify
Spelling and Phonics - words with -ed & -ing    Grammar - possessive nouns & possessive pronouns    Writing - ideas   Vocabulary Strategies - base words and prefix non-; target words - scout, narrow, surrounded underground, puzzling, glassy, violently, liquid, soggy, unaware
Read aloud - complete reading "Chasing Vermeer"  By Blue Balliet

math - Assess multiply by multiples of 10/ Topic - Understand Fractions as Numbers -
divide fractions into equal parts; fractions and regions; understand the whole; 
Review area and multiplication facts
Continue working on animal essays.

Science Spin - Hope for Tigers - Scientists have mad a discovery that may help Tigers in Thailand survive.

Scholastic News - Journey to the North Pole - In 1909 Matthew Henson braved danger to become one of the first people to reach the North Pole.skills sheet - reading a timeline - A Great Explorer: Matthew Henson’s trek to the North Pole.

May 6th - May 10th, 2019

religion - The Catholic Church - Outcomes - Identify Peter as Jesus' pointed leader of the Church.  Identify the Marks of the Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Define apostolic, Marks of the Church, Mystical Body of Christ, one, pastor, and Vicar of Christ
Children will write the names of some of our church leaders.  They will also practice identifying helpers of Jesus.

ELA - review and assess " A Tree is Growing"/ "Life on the Ice"  Susan E. Goodman
Where are main ideas often found in nonfiction text? Comprehension - main ideas & details/infer & predict     Spelling & Phonics - compound words : birthday, anyone, sometimes, everything, homework, afternoon, airplane, grandmother, something, without, himself, faraway, sunburned, daylight    Grammar - contractions (with not and pronouns)  Write to persuade: organization       Vocabulary Strategies - dictionary/glossary  Target Words - shelter, layer, constant, climate, wilderness, region, unexpected, gliding, overheated, colony.

Continue reading "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliet

math - Topic 10 Multiples of 10 - use properties to multiply when one number is a factor of 10; multiply by multiples of 10; use the structure of multiplication and place value to find products when one number is a multiple of 10; vocabulary and topic review;

April 30th - May 3rd, 2019

religion- Easter - Discuss how Easter is a time to reflect in God's merciful love.  Discuss the
joy of Christ's Resurrection. Define Lamb of God and mercy.  The children will write a prayer for someone who needs their compassion and forgiveness.

E.L.A. - "A Tree Is Growing" by Arthur Dorros (informational text)  E.Q.- How can pictures and labels give you more information?  Comprehension - text & graphic features/question
Spelling  & Phonics - /k/ & /kw/ sounds - shark, check, queen, circus, flake, crack, second, squeeze, quart, squeak, quick, coldest, Africa, Mexico, black, thank, correct, question
Grammar - using the verb be and helping verbs  Vocabulary Strategies - classify & categorize   Target Vocabulary - pollen, store, clumps, passages, absorb, throughout, coverings, spines, tropical, dissolve    Writing - write to persuade/word choice

Leafing Through the Dictionary - dictionary skills
Writing - One day over vacation...

Continue listening to and reading along with the book - "Chasing Vermeer"

math - Subtract one 3 digit number from another with one or more zeros, construct arguments using what they know about addition & subtraction, vocabulary and topic review, topic assessment/ Topic 10  Multiply by Multiples of 10 - use an open number line to multiply

Continue working on animal research projects.

science - Terrific Tree booklets - in making this booklets, children will discover terrific tree tidbits.

April 15th - 18th, 2019

religion - Make a trifold of the Triduum. 
Easter - Tell the story of Jesus rising.  Discuss how we are called to spread the Good News. Explain how the Church celebrates the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Color a picture of a lamb representing Jesus.

E.L.A.- ReadWorks - Happy Trails close reading article and questions; Space Glossary -
Using a glossary; Collecting Eggs - add the suffixes -less and -ness to base words to make new words; more practice using adjectives; abc order to the third letter; type the paragraphs we wrote last week on the good and bad points about having a pet.
No spelling this week.

Reading along and listening to "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliet.

math - subtraction using partial products; subtract 3-digit numbers

April 1st - 12th, 2019       
religion- Holy Week - Discuss the suffering of Jesus. Explain how we can be like Jesus. Pray the Stations of the Cross. The children will write a message to Jesus, by imagining they are in the crowd as he carrries his cross.

math - continue topic 8 problem solving, vocabulary and topic review/ assessment, begin topic 9 Fluently Add and Subtract within 1,000 - use partial sums to add, add 3-digit numbers; add 3 or more numbers; use partial differences to subtract

E.L.A. - Complete Judy Moody -review and assess/ The Albertosaurus Mystery: Philip Curie's Hunt in the Badlands  E.Q. - How can you figure out ideas the author doesn't state directly?   Comprehension - conclusions/visualize     Spelling & Phonics - words with /j/ and/s/ age, space, change, jawbone, jacket, giant, pencil, circle, once, large, dance, jeans, bounce, huge, nice, place, exciting, gigantic    Grammar - adjectives and articles 
Writing - voice   vocabulary strategy - suffix -ly     target - clues, remains, evidence, prove, fossils, skeletons, uncovering, buried, fierce, location

Social studies - Economic Choices -  choices involve trade-offs. There are steps to make choices. Children will differentiate between needs and wants./ Analyze costs and benefits.

Scholastic News - Don't Be Fooled - When you're looking for facts online, make sure you don't get fiction. video - Find out how to evaluate false news./Debate - Is It OK to Sneak Snacks Into a Movie?/ King-Size Cleanup - King Tut's tomb is getting cleaned up. video - See how archaeologists work. Skills Sheet - citing text evidence - Tut's Treasures/ Nosy Neighbor - A monk seal had an eel in its nose. video - Watch a monk seal in action.

Earth Day Issue/Saving the Sea - When trash gets into the ocean it's a danger to sea lions and other animals. To help solve this problem, a boy in California stated a recycling company. videos - Get the facts about ocean trash./ Meet the 9-tear-old founder of Ryan's Recycling./Watch the new island change over time./ See how bees and other creatures pollinate plants.   In 2014, Volcanic ash from a volcano formed a new island in the Pacific Ocean called Tonga.  Bee-lieve it or Not -  Scientists spotted the world's largest bee.

Junior Achievement Day with SJB students - Our Community (Friday, April 5th)

March 25th - 29th, 2019
religion - Art print 11 - The Doves - outcomes - Explain that the Holy Spirit inspires and guides us to do Jesus' work. Explain that the Holy Spirit is present in our lives.
Children will finish the sentence : I can be a witness to Jesus Christ when I ....
Then, on the shape of a dove they will write about a time in their life when they needed the Holy Spirit.

math - continue: using strategies to add and subtract - rounding, estimating and using compatible numbers to add; use a number line to round in tens and hundreds to subtract; use a bar diagram to represent addition and subtraction; use bar diagrams to solve word problems; topic review

E.L.A. - assess "Ramona" story/" A Mr. Rubbish Mood" from "Judy Moody Saves the World"
by Megan McDonald - Our world is an exciting place. Essential Question: Why do some authors write funny stories?    Comprehension - Author's Purpose  Grammar - adjectives
Spelling and Phonics - vowel + /r/ sounds in air and fear - air, wear, chair, stairs, bare, bear, hair, care, pear, pair, share, near, ear, beard, buy, year, earring, compare
Vocabulary Strategies - context clues  Target words - recycle, project, dripping, carton, complicated, global, rubbish, hardly, shade, pollution    Write to Persuade - ideas
Dictionary Skills - guide words

social studies - compare capital and natural resources, Literary Skill - Summarize: practice summarizing from a selected text

March 18th - 22nd, 2019

religion - begin Unit 3 The Church, Our Community in the Spirit
Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit - outcomes: Tell the story of the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples at Pentecost. Describe how the Holy Spirit help us live prayerful lives. Discuss the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Define Witness.
Watch an animated film that tells the story of Pentecost. Make a mobile of a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

ELA - continue working on "The Extra-Good Sunday"  spelling test Thursday; story and vocabulary test Friday.

math -  using strategies to add and subtract - complete :algebra - addition patterns; round whole numbers using place value and a number line;  use mental math to add; use mental math to subtract

social studies - define - goods, services, consumer, local, producer, import, export, human resources, capital resources/

March 11th - 15th, 2019

religion - continue - Lent - outcomes - Explain that Lent is a time to think of how we treat others.  Discuss that Lent is a time to be aware of the needs of others and to respond with help. Define almsgiving. Kindness and Respect - use a code to solve a puzzle to find ways we can help others during Lent.

ELA - continue and complete "Aero  & Officer Mike" review and assess (spelling, vocabulary & comprehension). Begin " The Extra-Good Sunday" from "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary:  What clues in a story help you understand its characters?
Comprehension - understanding characters/infer:predict  Grammar - forming the past tense   Writing- write to narrate: voice    Phonics & Spelling - vowels +/r/: nurse, work, shirt, hurt, first, word, serve, curly, dirt, third, worry, turn, stir, firm, her, girl, perfect, hamburger    Vocabulary - strategies: using a thesaurus     anxiously, degrees, tense, ingredients, recommended, remarked, festive,cross

math - review and assess :represent and interpret data/topic 8 - use strategies & properties to add & subtract: solve real-world problems using properties of addition; identify patterns in the addition table and explain them using algebraic thinking

social studies - Economics - Goods and Services: How have goods and services changed over time and where are goods produced?/ Primary source -interpret text and images in a primary source from Early America/Types of Resources; What are three types of resources used to create products?

Trip to South America - Thanks to the eighth grade projects , third graders are taking an
afternoon trip to the countries of South America.

March 4th - 8th, 2019

religion - Lent - Outcomes: Discuss how Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to the desert where he was tempted by Satan. Explain that during Lent all Christians are called to fast, pray, and share their belongings. Explain that God gives us the strength to keep our Lenten promises.

E.L.A. - review and assess Yonder Mountain/ Aero and Officer Mike  by Joan P. Russell
informational text  Why do authors write different types of texts? Comprehension - author's purpose/ summarize  Grammar - pronouns and verbs    Writing - trait: ideas
Spelling & Phonics - ar, or, & ore words : horse, mark, storm, market, acorn, artist, March, north, barking, stork, thorn, forest, chore, restore, dark, story, partner, fortune
Vocabulary - lying, loyal, partners, shift, quiver, patrol, ability, snap

math - solving math problems using information in graphs; use words, symbols, & numbers to accurately and precisely solve math word problems; vocabulary and topic review; assessment.

February 25th - March 1st, 2019

Our class Mass is this Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30. Please wear your regular uniform and bring sneakers to school for gym.

religion - Jesus Dies and Rises - outcomes - Discuss Jesus' passage from Death to Resurrection.  Describe what St. Paul wrote about the Paschal Mystery in his letters. Explain that we show our love for others through our actions. Define Paschal Mystery.
Paschal Mystery word search. Color a butterfly as a symbol of the Resurrection.

E.L.A. - Yonder Mountain - A Cherokee Legend  by Robert H. Bushyhead /Connect to Social Studies: The Trail of Tears   Facing a challenge helps us grow.  How might people change after facing a challenge ?   Comprehension - skill:compare/contrast; strategy:  analyze/evaluate    Grammar: subject-verb agreement   Write to narrate:organization
Spelling & Phonics - contractions: I'd, he's, haven't, doesn't, let's, there's, wouldn't, what's, she's, aren't, hasn't, couldn't, he'd, they're, can't, isn't, we're, weren't 
Vocabulary - strategy: homophones/homographs ; target words: peak, examined, fondly, steep, rugged, pausing, mist, pleaded

math -  Topic 7 Represent and Interpret Data - use graphs to compare and interpret data; use frequency tables and picture graphs to compare and interpret data; use scaled bar graphs to represent data sets; use graphs to solve problems

Science Spin - sound waves - physical science - find out how an owl's hearing help it catch prey. Use a graphic organizer to list different adaptations described in the article and how these adaptations help owls survive.

February 4 - 15, 2019
religion - Jesus Gathers Disciples - outcomes - Tell the story of how Jesus chose Peter to follow him.  Explore why Jesus needed apostles and disciples to help him.  Discuss reasons why we need to work together to serve the kingdom.  Define Gospel and mission.
Jesus called his disciples "fishers of men." The children will write good deeds, on fish shapes, that they can do to show God's love to others.  They will decorate and cut the fish out.  Fish will be put in a class basket. Each day someone can pull a fish from the basket to give everyone a good deed to do.
We will be preparing for our class Mass Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30 am.

ELA - "The Science Fair"  by Susan Wojciechowski realistic fiction   How do characters affect the plot of a story?     Comprehension - story structure:visualize
grammar - more proper nouns  Phonics & Spelling - homophones : hole, whole, its, it's, hear here, won, one, our, hour, their, there, fur, fir, road, rode, peace, piece
Writing - write to narrate/word choice    Vocabulary Strategies - idioms  Target Words: report, presentation, erupt, creative, educational, certificate, impressive, charts
vocabulary and story assessment Thursday 2/14
Writing Comparisons - compare two topics for similarities and differences. Choices: February/July, Washington/Lincoln, rain/snow, valentines/birthday cards.
Identify supporting details for given valentine sentences.

math - area of squares and rectangles, area and the distributive property, area of irregular shapes,  math practices and problem solving, vocabulary review and topic review, topic assessment/ introduce topic 7 Represent and Interpret Data - reading picture graphs, making picture graphs

Scholastic News - The Secrets of George Washington, Dogs that rescue people caught in avalanches; A ten year old boy who makes his own comic books; A new spacecraft just landed on Mars    View a video on the life of George Washington.
Skills Sheet - Close reading questions about the article on Washington 

 January 28th - February 1st , 2019   Catholic Schools Week
We value ourselves and others when we work together.

Monday - The book "Zero" will be acted out by grade four in the auditorium for students in grades 1 - 8.  We will be playing BINGo as a class sometime during the day.

Tuesday -  Reading Together/ Number Day
The children can wear clothes to school that have numbers on them.
During 6th period Sister Susan will be reading to our class.
Family Fun Night  is tonight for grades Pre-K - 4,  6:00 - 7:00PM

Wednesday - Game Day
Board Game Afternoon - The children will enjoy playing board games during the afternoon in our classroom.
The third annual Knock Hockey Tournament begins today.

Thursday -  Math Day Value Yourself and Others Scavenger Hunt - find a number card somewhere in school and get a prize from Sister Susan.
Read a  math riddle book  called the " The Grapes of Math ."

Friday - Prayer Service and the annual 8th grade versus the faculty volleyball game .               
January 21st - 25th, 2019 
Monday, January 21st  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - school closed

religion - faith focus: Jesus calls us to be closer to God and show our love for others.
outcomes: Review that God gave us the Ten Commandments to help us live peacefully together.  Discuss ways to show how our love of God and our neighbor.  Children will draw a scene of where it is they like best to pray.

ELA - continue - "Jump " from the life of Michael Jordan - review story and vocabulary; locate facts/opinions in the story; add sensory words and details to sentences; more practice of plural nouns; working with suffixes -y, -ful, -ous; Assessment on Wednesday 1/23
begin reading "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin / ReadWorks - "Snow Science"  close reading and comprehension (no spelling this week)

math - look for and use structure - finding patterns; review and asses topic 5 fluently multiplying and dividing within 100; begin topic 6 Connect Area to Multiplication  and Addition

social studies - 

January 14th - 18th, 2019

religion -  Following Jesus - outcomes - Discuss how God calls us to follow the Ten Commandments. Discuss how being generous with ourselves helps us follow Jesus. Identify ways to show our love for God and neighbor. Define conversion.  Children will share a recent choice they made that brought them closer to God.

ELA -  "Jump!" from the life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper   Facing a challenge helps us to grow.  How can you tell what an author thinks about a topic?
Comprehension - Target Skill: Fact & Opinion - strategy: question   Grammar - more plural nouns
Spelling & Phonics - vowel diphthongs oi, oy : joy, point, voice, join, oil, coin, noise, spoil, toy, joint, boy, soil, choice, boil, come, are, poison, destroy  Writing - focus trait: word choice    Vocabulary - strategies: suffixes -y, -ful, -ous ; target words: championship, power, professional, athlete, rooting, court, competitor, entire

ReadWorks - Famous African Americans - Martin Luther King, Jr. close reading passage and questions

math - write math stories: multiplication; write math stories: division; problem solving; vocabulary review  and assessment

social studies - agriculture and products/ industry and products/ protecting resources

Scholastic News - My Grandpa Changed America - Children will find out how the granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is following in his footsteps.  video - A Man Who Changed America
skills sheet - Dare to Dream - analyze a speech

  Happy New Year !
January 2nd - 4th, 2019         January 7th -11th, 2019

religion - Feast of the Epiphany - Discuss how we came to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  
Children will write  an announcement of Jesus' birth on paper that resembles parchment.
Jesus Good News - Explain why Jesus told parables.  Describe ways we can serve the Kingdom of God. Can we be like yeast?  Children will write one small thing they can do to serve the kingdom and explain how this act helps the kingdom grow.

ELA - "Young Thomas Edison" by Michael Dooling  We communicate in many ways.  Why are details important in a biography?  Comprehension - main ideas and details: summarize
Grammar - pronouns   Phonics and Spelling - vowel sound in talk spelled: au, aw, al, o
talk, cross, awful, law, cloth, cost, crawl, chalk, also, raw, salt, wall, lawn, always, soft, small, often, strawberry   Vocabulary - categorize and classify  target words: signal, genius, gadget, invention, laboratory, experiment, occasional, electric   Write to respond - sentence fluency

Writing - Good- Bye 2018, Hello 2019 - Children will write about a favorite memory from last year, and then write about something they are looking forward to doing in 2019.

math - topic 5 Fluently multiply and divide within 100 - continue patterns for multiplication facts;
use a multiplication table; find missing numbers in a multiplication table; practice facts; find missing numbers in multiplication table; use strategies to multiply; solve word problems: multiplication and division facts

Scholastic - continue - "It's Easy to be Kind"   article on empathy  do close reading questions using the feature story.  Skills sheet - identify solutions  to given problems.
"A Whale of a Tale"  skills sheet - compare and contrast beluga and narwhal whales.

social studies - natural hazards - volcanoes, earthquakes, and erosion  

December 17th - 21st, 2018
Polar Express words - conductor, distance, factories, harness, insisted, rustle, silent, villages, whistle, wilderness

The children will be presenting their Christmas projects to the class during this week.

religion - Christmas - Discuss how we celebrate Christmas as a Church. Explain that the Hebrew meaning for Bethlehem, the city of David, is house of bread.  Children will unscramble words about Christmas.
math - review and practice multiplication and division/ work on Simple Solutions pages.

Monday - Wright Brothers activities - Today is the 105th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The children will listen to a story about the famous brothers.
Fabulous Flying Machine - identify complete and incomplete sentences in cloud shapes. Write in words to finish incomplete sentences. Cut out the clouds to make a poster about the brothers.
First in Flight  December 17, 1903 - solve word problems about that important day
The Wright Stuff - Read a short passage and answer comprehension questions about details.
Winging It - cut out and glue in order from first to last timeline events.
Color a picture of the first plane.

Tuesday - School Christmas Liturgy 8:30 am/ class Christmas party in the afternoon
 We will read a Christmas Story, "An Amish Christmas" and do a craft in the afternoon.

Wednesday - Polar Express Day - Listen to the story of  "The Polar Express" in the Children's Chapel in the church.
Polar Express glyph
Make a flip book of the story
Work on math problems related to the story
writing - If I could ride with Santa on Christmas Eve, I would see ...

Thursday - Finish presenting Christmas projects.

Friday - early dismissal 12:00

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 Comprehension - 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 - 16th, 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