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 nine of our Go Math textbook we will be continuing our conversation about fractions. We will now be expected to compare fractions. First, we will compare fractions with the same denominator. When fractions have the same denominator, the fraction with the larger numerator names the greater fraction. Then, we will work on comparing fractions with the same numerator. When fractions have the same numerator, the fraction with the smaller denominator is the greater fraction. We will be using fraction strips to help us visualize the size of the halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths that we worked with in our last chapter. Pictures of circles, squares, and rectangles split and shaded to show familiar fractions will help us compare as well. After, we will start to use our knowledge of comparing fractions to place three or more fractions in a list from least to greatest or greatest to least. Our chapter will end with a discussion about equivalent fractions or fractions that equal one another. This lesson will be introduced to us with a hands on activity of folding paper to show how the fraction 1/2 is equal to the fraction 2/4. 


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SOCIAL STUDIES
In our third social studies chapter, we will be focusing on Native American tribes and their homes. We will be reading and answering questions about wigwams, longhouses, plank houses, tipis, pueblo homes, adobe houses, and wattle and daub houses. We will be discussing the advantages of each of these homes, making some of our very own, and debating which climates suit each of these homes. Then we will transition into a conversation about the Age of Exploration and how this effected the Native American tribes living in North America. We will research why European explorers wanted to come to the Americas, what tools they needed for exploration, the names of different explorers and their findings, and who sponsored each of these voyages. Our chapter will conclude with a discussion about two early European settlements; Jamestown and Roanoke. We will write our own opinion pieces on what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke and discover how Jamestown was as successful as they were. 

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  ELA 
 

Phonics
Suffixes ful, ly, and er
singer, loudly, joyful, teacher, fighter, closely, powerful, farmer, quickly, careful, friendly, speaker, wonderful, truly, hopeful, safely, listener, calmly.

Grammar

This week we will be talking about possessive nouns. A singular possessive noun shows that a person, animal, place, or thing has or owns something. Add an apostrophe and s to form a singular possessive noun. To form a plural possessive noun, add an apostrophe to the end of the plural nouns that end in s. Add an apostrophe and s to the end of plural nouns that do not end in s. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman" by Darcy Pattison. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be discussing the sequence of events or the order in which things happen in the story. Clues such as dates, time of day, and signal words can help you determine the sequence. We will be using a graphic organizer to see how each event builds on earlier parts of the story. 

Writing
We will be working on a writing piece for our mothers in preparation of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12th. 

Vocabulary Words
conversations- talks with someone
currently- as of now
loaded- piled
loveliest- most beautiful, most delightful
inspired- caused someone to act, think, or feel a certain way
managed- succeeded
pleasure- enjoyment
sincere- honest, truthful
terror- great fear
reunion- coming together again




RELIGION


In chapter nine, the students will learn more about the Church and the ways in which the Church teaches us. Through these readings we will learn about how the Church is the Body of Christ and the People of God, how we can profess our faith through the Apostle's Creed, how the Holy Spirit guides the Church, and how the Church continues to teach the true message of Jesus. The Apostle's Creed was the first creed proclaimed and accepted by the early Church. During this chapter we will be completing activities to help us memorize the Apostle's Creed. Please recite this prayer with your children at home as this is a prayer that they must know when entering the fourth grade. 



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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.