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- In Chapter 6 we will be introduced to division. Division is the inverse operation of multiplication. Before we begin this chapter, students will be exploring multiplication and division fact families. We will be familiarizing ourselves with related facts through in class crafts and hands on activities. We will solve division word problems by drawing pictures to visualize the problem, modeling equal groups, and using bar models. Repeated subtraction and arrays will also help us to solve our division facts. Our key vocabulary words for this chapter are dividend, divisor, and quotient. 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. Students will continue with timed multiplication review. These multiplication facts will help us to learn our division facts more quickly. Please continue to practice these facts with your children at home. 



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English language Arts 

Phonics
Vowel + /r/ Sound
air, wear, chair, stairs, bare, bear, hair, care, pear, pair, share, near, ear, beard, buy, year, earring, & compare

Grammar
This week we will be talking about adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe, or tell about, nouns. Some adjectives tell what kind. An adjective usually comes before the noun it describes. Some adjectives tell how many. An adjective that tells how many comes before the noun it describes. The adjectives this and that tell "which one." The words a, an, and the are adjectives called articles. Use before nouns that begin with consonant sound. Use an before nouns that begin with a vowel sound. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Judy Moody Saves the World!" by Megan McDonald. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be paying special attention to details about the characters, setting, and plot events in the first chapter. Then we will look to see how the second chapter uses those details to continue 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.  

Vocabulary Words
shade- an area where direct sunlight is blocked
dripping- coming down in drops
carton- a paper or cardboard box
hardly- not very much
rubbish- trash
recycle- to treat or process in order to use again
global- worldwide
complicated- hard to understand or deal with; difficult
pollution- the state of being dirty or not pure
project- a special undertaking




                 

    
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RELIGION- In Chapter 4 the children will be learning how the Catholic Church was started.  We will discuss how Jesus promised the Apostles that He would send someone to help them when he was no longer with them.  The children will learn how the Apostles had a mission to make disciples of all nations and how the Church started at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to them. 

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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. 

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SOCIAL STUDIES-  The children will learn about how Our Environment influences how people live and how people adapt according to changes in their environment for their survival.  The children will be able to identify the seven continents, the five oceans, and the five regions of the United States. In the classroom we will be making models of the regions 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 mid-west region is known for mining and the Southwest region is known for their homes made of adobe. We will also be focusing on concepts such as land forms, 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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