3-1 Miss J. Prisco

Welcome to the 3rd Grade! ‚Äč

Throughout the course of the year our young students will be faced with many academic challenges and adventures. Our mathematics curriculum will build on the concepts of addition and subtraction while introducing the new topics of multiplication, division, geometry, and fractions. Some features of the language arts program are grammar, spelling, phonics, and writing workshops. Students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres and are encouraged to read and write for their enjoyment. Social studies and science are explored through research and hands on projects. Through our religion program students are guided to a deeper understanding of their faith.

In the event of a delayed opening, all third grade students must bring lunch and drinks to school. We will not be going to the Upper School for lunch. As the weather changes please make sure your children are dressed properly for the cooler weather. We walk every day to the Upper School for lunch and recess. We will be outdoors for recess if the temperature is above freezing.



Current Curriculum 


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Math
In chapter seven of our Go Math textbook we will be talking about the different strategies that we can use to divide. We will continue to build on our knowledge of equal groups, repeated subtraction, counting back on a number line, using known multiplication facts or a multiplication table, related facts, arrays, and acting out two-step word problems. It is important to remember that division is the inverse operation of multiplication so please continue to practice these facts with your child at home. Our key vocabulary words for this chapter are dividend, divisor, quotient, factor, and product. The quotient is the answer in the division sentence. The dividend is the larger number that we are dividing. The divisor is the number that we are using to break apart our dividend. We can use facts and products of known multiplication facts to solve for unknown division facts. We will be building our fluency each day with lessons tailored to dividing by 2s, 10s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Our chapter will wrap up with a discussion on order of operations, the order in which we should solve math problems. We will be using an acronym, PEMDAS, to help us remember the order to follow. P for parenthesis, E for exponents, M for multiplication, D for division, A for addition, and S for subtraction. The key to order of operations for third graders is to remember that any operation found in (parenthesis) should be their first step. Next, solve for any multiplication OR division sentences that they may see in the order that they appear from left to right. Last, solve for any addition or subtraction sentences that they may see in the order that they appear from left to right. Multiplication and Division/Addition and Subtraction can be solved depending on which comes first in the problem. 


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SOCIAL STUDIES
"Our Environment" will focus on how the environment influences how we live and when there is a change in that environment we must adapt our living conditions to survive. The chapter will start by talking about the seven continents, the five oceans, and the five regions of the United States. We will be making our own models of these inside of the classroom and then taking quizzes to memorize where these are located on a map. With our map study of each region, we will be focusing on what each is known for. For example, the midwest region is known for mining and the Southwest region is known for their homes made of adobe. The chapter progresses into readings about landforms, elevation maps, weather, climate, vegetation, ecosystems, agricultural regions, industrial regions, renewable resources, nonrenewable resources, conservation, erosion, recycling, irrigation, modification, and adaptation. 

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  ELA 
 

Phonics
 /k/ and /kw/ sounds
shark, check, queen, circus, flake, crack, second, squeeze, quart, squeak, quick, coldest, Africa, Mexico, black thank, correct, & question

Grammar
This week we will be talking about the verb be. The verb be has different forms. Different subjects use these different forms. Am, is, and are show present tense. Was and were show past tense. Helping verbs work with the main verb to help show time. Singular and plural subjects use different forms. Singular nouns and the pronouns he, she, and it use the helping verbs is, was, and has. Plural nouns and the pronouns you, we, and they use the helping verbs are, have, and were. The pronoun I uses the helping verbs am, was, and have. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "A Tree is Growing" by Arthur Dorros. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking for nonfiction text features and discussing how these features help us to better understand the story. 

Writing
We will start our informative writing unit this week. Informative writers teach their readers about topics that are important to them. We will be researching different animals for this writing assignment using Scholastic Zoo Books. We will start by using a graphic organizer to take down facts about our animals' habitats, their diets, their physical appearances, and any facts that we find particularly interesting about our animals. Then we will transfer this information from our graphic organizer into a three paragraph essay.

We will take a break from our animal research projects to write a compare and contrast piece on our former presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for President's Day. We will be reading informational pieces on both, creating a Venn diagram to organize our thoughts, and then write a five paragraph essay. Our introduction will tell our reader our purpose for writing, one paragraph will be dedicated to facts specific to George Washington, another paragraph for details about Abraham Lincoln's life, a fourth paragraph telling the things that they have in common, and a conclusion to wrap up our purpose for writing.

Vocabulary Words
store - to keep water in the trunk of a tree
clumps - bunches that flowers grow in 
passages - tubes that allow water to spread all over
pollen - helps seeds grow
absorb - to soak up water
throughout - travels to every part
coverings - outer layers
spines - sharp parts of a cacti tree
tropical - warm, damp climates near the equator where plants grow
dissolve - mix with water 




RELIGION
In chapter six & seven of our We Believe textbook we will be talking about our church year. We will focus on the colors of our church year (purple, green, white, and yellow) and what each season represents. Advent is the first season of our liturgical year. This begins four Sundays before Christmas and its purpose is to prepare for Christmas and Jesus' coming. The Christmas season begins with the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the Baptism on the Sunday before January 6th. Ordinary time usually consists of 33 to 34 Sundays, depending on the year. The first part extends between the Monday following the Easter Season and the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is the time taken by the Church to prepare for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Thursday of Holy Week. There are forty days of Lent, counted from the First Sunday of Lent to Holy Thursday. Easter Triduum consists of Holy Thursday (at the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper), Good Friday (the celebration of the His passion), Holy Saturday (commemoration of the day Christ lay in the tomb), and Easter Vigil (held on the evening of Holy Saturday in anticipation of the resurrection). The Easter season extends from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday 50 days later. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. The second part of Ordinary Time begins after the Easter season on the Monday after Pentecost, and ends on Saturday even before the First Sunday of Advent.


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SCIENCE
We will be talking about how animals adapt to their environment to survive. We will be discussing how some animals migrate or move to a warmer area when the temperatures drop. Certain animals have built in adaptations that help them to survive in their environments on their own. For example, a seal has a layer of fat that helps them stay warm in cold waters. We will be learning about conservation biologists and how they work to preserve animal habitats. We will come up with our own innovative ways to save our planets organisms!


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HEALTH
We will be learning about the body systems and how each system is responsible to our growth and development. 


Our classroom saint is Saint Ignatius Loyola


Here is what we know about our saint so far...

The patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats
Born on December 24th, 1491 in Azpeitia at the castle of Loyola in the Kingdom of Navarre, Spain 
Feast Day is July 31st 
Date of Death is July 31, 1556
He died of natural causes

The monogram of the Jesuit order, I. H. S. (an acronym of the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Saviour of man) is how he is represented in Catholic paintings.


                                                 



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