3-2 Mrs. A. Arguiarro

   
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 Welcome to 3rd Grade   

   
       

Third grade is a wonderful, exciting year filled with daily challenges and adventures across all subjects. Students in Class 3-2 are challenged to achieve new knowledge and skills every day, always mindful that God is present in the classroom and in them. Students make connections through God in their schoolwork and every day life. The Math Curriculum builds on concepts of addition and subtraction, while introducing new concepts of multiplication and division, geometry and fractions.The English Language Arts Curriculum focuses on Spelling, Grammar, Reading and Writing skills. The Social Studies and Science Curriculum focuses on facts, research, and hands on learning. In Religion, students are guided to a deeper understanding of their faith and how to deepen their faith as they grow.‚Äč


 Each child will be responsible for writing their own homework assignments down each day. Please check and sign your child's homework notebook each night to make sure they have completed the correct pages. 

Please sign and return ALL TESTS.

We do not have Snack in 3rd grade and will not be having birthday celebrations in the classrooms.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail me anytime at 
aarguiarro5547@staidanschool.org


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.

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.

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Math

Chapter 4 will continue to teach us about multiplication. Students will focus on memorizing their math multiplication facts in lessons that are tailored to facts that are multiples of one another. For example, there will be a lesson for multiplying by 2 and 4, 3 and 6, & 5 and 10. We will continue to count equal groups, use repeated addition, skip count on a number line, model with arrays, and use the commutative property (1 x 2 = 2 x 1) to help us to solve unknown facts. We are going to be introduced to a multiplication chart as well, which we can use to discover patterns and solve unknown facts. *Multiplication timed assessments will continue everyday of this chapter. As your child masters a times table, he or she moves up the next number's facts. Please be sure that you are practicing these facts with your child at home daily. 


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ELA 

Phonics
Vowel Sounds
joy, point, voice, join, oil, coin, noise, spoil, toy, joint, boy, soil, choice, boil, come, are, poison, destroy

Grammar
This week we will be talking about plural nouns. Add -s or -es to most singular nouns to form regular plural nouns. If a noun ends with a consonant and y, change the y to i and add -es to form the plural. The spelling of irregular plural nouns changes in a special way. For example, woman to women. The spelling of some nouns does not change when they are plural. For example, sheep. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Technology Wins the Game" by Mark Andrews. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be using a graphic organizer to show how the sequence of steps that have been used to invent new sports technology are related. 

Writing
We will be starting our writing unit on opinion pieces this month. Opinion pieces require students to introduce their topic, state their opinion, supply at least three reasons for their opinion that will convince their reader, and a strong concluding statement retelling their opinion. We will spend most of this month using sentence frames and orally responding to prompts to practice this skill. 

Vocabulary Words
power - strength
fraction - a part of a whole unit
contribute - to help or add to
process - the steps taken to complete a task
compete - to try to do something better than others
improve - to get better
flexible - able to bend
athletes - people who do physical exercise or play sports



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SOCIAL STUDIES- In our first chapter we will be talking about communities and the characteristics of three different types; urban, suburban, and rural. Urban communities are cities. Suburban communities are just like ours, outside a city. Rural communities are in more open areas such as farmlands or areas with forests. People establish different communities to meet their basic needs. Every person in a community is responsible for making their community a good place. The children will also learn map skills. They will be introduced to various types of maps and how to read them. 
                  
                 

    
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RELIGION- The students will be learning about Jesus' ancestors. We will be reading a story every day and hanging an ornament on our classroom Jesse Tree.  We will also be learning about the significance behind each of the parts of the Advent wreath. 

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  HEALTH-
 We will be learning about nutrition. The children will be able to use the My Food Plate diagram to make healthy choices. The children will be able to identify the 5 food groups by there color on the My Plate Diagram.  They will also be able to identify different types of foods in the groups.

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   SCIENCE
 
Students will explore the stages of life cycles and make comparisons between organisms. They will see that all life cycles follow the same pattern. We will study how offspring inherit traits that make them similar to their parents. Students will research and provide evidence to show that traits can vary in a group of similar organisms. Students will see that the environment can influence the characteristics of living things.