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 October 15th - 19th

Making Meaning

Comprehension Focus:

  • Students make text-to-self connection.
  • Students make inferences to understand characters.
  • Students determine the main character's problem in the story.
  • Students make inferences about the main character in the story.
  • Students explore if and how the main character changes.
  • Students refer to the text to support thinking.

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds):

Alexander and the Terrible,  Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7-dpWmP2yI


Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!)

Going to Move https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_czvaGesEg0

Informational Text: "My Life Hasn't Changed"

Image result for alexander and the terrible horrible  Image result for alexander who's not going to move

Being a Writer: Exploring Fiction

Writing Focus

  • Imaginary characters
  • Realistic or imaginary fiction stories

  • Students hear and discuss fiction
  • Students informally explore elements of fiction

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

 

Grammar

  • Ensure subject/verb and pronoun antecedent agreement

Vocabulary Week 9

Reluctant ~ If you are reluctant to do something, you do not want to do it.

Have eyes in the back of your head ~ If you have eyes in the back

of your head, you seem to be aware ofeverything that is happening around

you—even things you cannot see.

Cluttered~If a place is cluttered, it is messy. There are things scattered here,there,
and everywhere

Handymeans “useful or easy to use.”

Whoosh means “move very fast.” When something whooshes, it makes a

rushing or hissing sound.

Have a change of heart~If you have a change of heart, you change your

opinion or the way you feel about something.

 

MATH SKILLS for Week of October 15th - 19th

Monday 

  • Subtraction w/regrouping

Tuesday 

  • Subtraction w/regrouping

Wednesday

  • Grade on addition/subtraction
  • Begin two step word problems

Thursday 

  • Two step word problems

Friday 

  • Two step word problems
  • Math fluency quiz

 

 

 

 

 

October 8th - 12th

Making Meaning

Comprehension Focus:

  • Students make inferences to understand characters.
  • Students will determine the main character's problem in the story.
  • Students explore how the main character changes in the story.
  • Students will make inferences about characters in their independent reading, referring to text to support their thinking.

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds):

  • The Raft ~ Nicky is convinced that his summer with his grandmother in the Wisconsin woods is going to be the worst summer ever. Through the raft and the adventures it brings him on, Nicky finds new common ground with his grandmother, a fellow river rat, who encourages him to explore his newfound talent for art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSMHq1lXGLs

Image result for the raft

 

Being a Writer: Exploring Fiction

Writing Focus

  • Imaginary characters
  • Realistic or imaginary fiction stories

  • Students hear and discuss fiction
  • Students informally explore elements of fiction

 

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • If You Were a Writer

Image result for tacky penguin Image result for if you were a writer

Grammar

  • Form and use the simple verb tenses.

MATH SKILLS for Week of October 8th - 12th

Monday - Fall Break

Tuesday - Addition of 2 and 3 Digit Numbers

Wednesday - Daily Grade on Rounding; Addition of 2 and 3 Digit Numbers

Thursday - Addition/Subtraction of 2 and 3 Digit Numbers

Friday - Addition/Subtraction of 2 and 3 Digit Numbers

 

SCIENCE:

Patterns of Motion

 

 

 

October 1st - 5th

  • Students infer the cause of an unexplained event.

  • Students explore a problem-and-solution structure that challenges them to understand its moral

  • Students explore setting and its influences on the characters in a realistic adventure story.

  • Students determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. (figurative language)

  • Students use visualizing and inferencing skills to understand aspects of pioneer life.

Reading Passages:

  • The Mirror Stirs (mystery)
  • The Crow and the Pitcher (Aesopes fable)
  • Follow Me (realistic fiction)
  • Follow the Directions (literal and non-literal language)
  • A New House (pioneer life)

Vocabulary Week 8

Particularly means “especially or mainly.”

Speechless means “unable to speak because you are shocked,surprised, or very angry.”

Reunite means “come together again after being separated.”

Cross means “annoyed and angry.”

        Cross also means “go from one side of something to another.”

Savory means “pleasant to smell or taste.”

Realize means “become aware of something or understand somethingthat you did not understand before.”

 

MATH SKILLS for Week of October 1st - 5th

Monday - Review for 9 Weeks Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzwvSp-ZtBY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUXl9YAZfbw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9iGu_gDOU0

 

Tuesday - 9 Weeks Test

Wednesday - Introduce Rounding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f068CFz1bss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfz-JU2cKE

Thursday - Rounding to 10s and 100s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLhtpGugc9I

Friday - Rounding to 10s and 100s/Fluency Quiz

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/rounding-numbers/

 

 

Image result for rounding anchor chart  Image result for rounding anchor chart

 

 

 

 

 

September 24th - 28th

Making Meaning

Comprehension Focus:

  • Students make inferences to understand characters.
  • Students explore character change.
  • Students explore narrative text structure through discussions of
    characters and the problems they face.
  • Students read independently

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds):

Boundless Grace When she visits her father and his new family in Africa, Grace is not sure she can love two families. But Grace learns that a family can be whatever she decides.

Amazing Grace Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace longs to play the lead, but her classmates point out that Peter was a boy. Besides, he wasn't black.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrE1.DOT6hbbIkAUn1XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0N2Noc21lBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNwaXZz?p=boundless+grace&fr2=piv-web&fr=yset_ff_syc_hp#id=30&vid=ea878664a06a2d27d51dc9ce3978b95e&action=view

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Vocabulary Week 7

  • Doubtful means “uncertain or unsure.”
  • Nifty means “very good, clever, or useful.”
  • Ghastly means “horrible.”
  • Dazzle means “amaze or impress.”
  • Quiver means “tremble or shake.”
  • Command means “order someone to do something.”

Being a Writer: Narrative Writing

  • Thinking about what was learned about good narrative (fiction) writing
  • Taking notes from an article and travel guide
  • Using graphic organizer to sort information

MATH SKILLS for Week of Sept. 24-28

Monday -

Tuesday -

Wednesday -

  • Measurement Word Problems (addition)

Thursday -

  • Measurement Word Problems (subtraction)

Friday -

  • Fluency Quiz (0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s)
  • Skill Quiz #4

Science:

 

 

 

September 17 - 21

Constitution Day
Monday (September 17) is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year.

Making Meaning

Comprehension Focus:

  • Students make inferences to understand characters.
  • Students explore character change.
  • Students explore narrative text structure through discussions of
    characters and the problems they face.
  • Students read independently

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds): Julius, Baby of the World

Lilly doesn’t like her new baby brother, Julius, until Cousin Garland says mean things about him.

Image result for julius baby of the world

Vocabulary Week 6

  • Unfortunate means “unlucky.”
  • Fortunate means “lucky.”
  • Immense means “huge or very large.”
  • Fierce means “dangerous or violent.”
  • Fiercest means “most dangerousor most violent.”
  • If something is magnificent, you admire it because of its great beauty or size.
  • Ungrateful means “not thankful or not grateful.” If you are ungrateful, you do not thank someone who has done something for you or show your appreciation.
Being a Writer: Personal Narrative
  • Write about an interesting incident from your own life.
  • Work on a personal narrative you started earlier.
  • Start a new personal narrative about anything from your own life.
  • Include sensory details and temporal words.

MATH SKILLS for Week of Sept. 17-21

  • Parents/students may view lessons on Embarc.com
  • Students may continue working in Imagine Math online

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Skills Quiz #3

Friday

 

 

 

 

 

September 10 - 14

 

Making Meaning

In this lesson, the students:
 •Hear and discuss a story
 •Discuss the main characters problem in the story
 •Use illustrations to make inferences about characters
 •Read independently for 15–20 minutes

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

The Paper Bag Princess: When her prince is carried off by a dragon, Princess Elizabeth must come to the rescue.

 

Image result for the paperbag princess  Related image

 

Being a Writer: Continue Personal Narratives

In the study of personal narrative at grade 3, the students identify interesting single events from their lives and write about them in detail. They use sensory details and temporal (transition) words and phrases,and they write engaging openings and endings that draw a story’s events to a close.

 

Writing Focus
Students hear and discuss personal narratives.
Students generate writing ideas from their own lives.
Students visualize sensory details.
Students draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting
events or topics from their own lives.

 
Social Development Focus
Teacher and students build the writing community.
Students listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share
their own.
Students express interest in and appreciation for one another’s writing.

 

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez
    Eric’s grandmother plays the music of her childhood in Puerto Rico.

Vocabulary Week 5

  • Floppy ~ “soft and hanging down loosely.”
  • Recall ~ “remember.”
  • Clatter ~ When things clatter, they bang together or rattle noisily.
  • Disaster ~ A disaster an “event such as a fire, flood, or storm that causes a lot

    of damage or suffering.”

  • Celebration ~ A celebration is a “happy event held to honor a special occasion.”
  • Retrieve ~ “bring or get something back.”

MATH SKILLS for Week of Sept. 10-14

Monday

  • Review Time (from second grade level)

Tuesday

  • Time to the nearest minute

Wednesday

  • Time to the nearest minute

Thursday

  • Introduce "elapsed time"

Friday

  • Continue elapsed time
  • Fact Fluency Quiz on "5s"

 

 Image result for time to the nearest minute anchor chart  Image result for elapsed time anchor chart

 

Sept. 3 - 7

No school on Monday due to holiday.

 

Reminders:

  • Homework packets will be sent home on Mondays and are due on Fridays.
  • Vocabulary words will be in the homework packet. Quiz on Fridays.
  • I would encourage you to help your child develop good reading skills at home. Have them select books that interest them and read at least 20 minutes each night. Preferably a 'book' and not reading on a 'device'.
  • Mulitplication is such an important part of 3rd grade. Please review these nightly with your child. You can go over one or two sets each night (2s, 3s, 4s, etc..) or mix them up. It all depends on where your child is with his/her memorization of multiplication facts at this time.

 

Making Meaning

In this lesson, the students:
 •Hear and discuss a story
 •Visualize to understand and enjoy the story
 •Distinguish their own points of view from those of the characters
 •Read independently for 15–20 minutes
 •Take turns talking and listening
 •Write in their reading journals


Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.

Image result for aunt flossie's hats

 

 

Being a Writer: Personal Narratives

(continued from last week)

 

In the study of personal narrative at grade 3, the students identify interesting single events from their lives and write about them in detail. They use sensory details and temporal (transition) words and phrases,and they write engaging openings and endings that draw a story’s events to a close.

 

Writing Focus
Students hear and discuss personal narratives.
Students generate writing ideas from their own lives.
Students visualize sensory details.
Students draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting
events or topics from their own lives.

 
Social Development Focus
Teacher and students build the writing community.
Students listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share
their own.
Students express interest in and appreciation for one another’s writing.

 

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez
    Eric’s grandmother plays the music of her childhood in Puerto Rico.
  • My Father’s Hands by Joanne Ryder
    A father and daughter marvel over the tiny creatures that
    inhabit their garden.

Image result for grandma's recordsImage result for My Father's Hands

 

Image result for sensory detailsImage result for transition words anchor chart

 

 

 

Vocabulary Week 4

  • Flutter means “wave or flap rapidly.”
  • Clutch means “grab or hold onto something tightly.”
  • Dodge means “move quickly to avoid someone or something.”
  • Heartbreaking means “very sad or upsetting.”
  • Fury means “great anger.”
  • Bewildered means “confused or puzzled.”
  • When you are bewildered, you are not sure what to do or think.

 

MATH SKILLS

Monday (3rd) - Holiday

Tuesday (4th) - Multiplication & Division Word Problems

Wednesday (5th)  - Multiplication & Division Word Problems

Thursday (6th) - Review Skills for Mid-Point Assessment

Friday (7th) - Mid-Point Assessment/Fact Fluency Quiz

*See Key Words and CUBES charts below:

  Image result for multiplication and division word problems anchor chart    Division Key Words  Multiplication Key Words

 

SCIENCE:

 

  • Magnetism and Gravity

 

 

 

August 27 - 31

If you haven't already, please sign up for my ClassDojo. I have sent invites to all parents via text and also a letter was sent home. This is very important that you connnect with us. I send home information several times a week using ClassDojo. If you have any questions, please contact me on the school email. susanne.arthur@dcsms.org

Reminder:

  • Homework packets will be sent home on Mondays and are due on Fridays.
  • Vocabulary words will be in the homework packet. Quiz on Fridays.
  • I would encourage you to help your child develop good reading skills at home. Have them select books that interest them and read at least 20 minutes each night. Preferably a 'book' and not reading on a 'device'.
  • Mulitplication is such an important part of 3rd grade. Please review these nightly with your child. You can go over one or two sets each night (2s, 3s, 4s, etc..) or mix them up. It all depends on where your child is with his/her memorization of multiplication facts at this time.

 

Making Meaning

Comprehension Focus
 
Students visualize to make sense of a story.
 •Students informally use schema and make inferences as they visualize.
 •Students discuss characters’ feelings.
 •Students read independently.


Social Development Focus
 •Students analyze the effect of their behavior on others and on the  
   group work.
 •Students act in fair and caring ways.
 •Students listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share  
   their own.
 •Students share their partners’ thinking with the class

 

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet
    Prewitt the peacock grows a scary tail, but he and the other peacocks
    soon learn that it has some advantages.

Image result for spooky tail of prewitt peacock

 

Being a Writer: Personal Narratives

In the study of personal narrative at grade 3, the students identify interesting single events from their lives and write about them in detail. They use sensory details and temporal (transition) words and phrases,and they write engaging openings and endings that draw a story’s events to a close.

Writing Focus
Students hear and discuss personal narratives.
Students generate writing ideas from their own lives.
Students visualize sensory details.
Students draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting
events or topics from their own lives.


Social Development Focus
Teacher and students build the writing community.
Students listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share
their own.
Students express interest in and appreciation for one another’s writing.

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez
    Eric’s grandmother plays the music of her childhood in Puerto Rico.
  • My Father’s Hands by Joanne Ryder
    A father and daughter marvel over the tiny creatures that
    inhabit their garden.

 

Image result for grandma's recordsImage result for My Father's Hands

Image result for sensory detailsImage result for transition words anchor chart

 

Vocabulary Week 3

  • Swerve means “change directions quickly, usually to avoid something.”
  • Flick means “move, or make something move, with a quick,sudden motion.”
  • Speedy means “fast.”
  • Utter means “say something or make some sort of sound.”
  • Whoop means “shout from excitement.”
  • Plop means “sit down heavily or put something down heavily.”

 

MATH SKILLS

Below is a link to the website we are using in Math.

The program is called "Eureka Math" or "Embarc".

https://embarc.online/course/view.php?id=40

I would strongly encourage you to use this with your child

at home to help with his/her math skills.

 

One other resource you can use at home is "Imagine Learning". This is an excellent way to help your child increase his/her mastery of learning

math skills. We use this in the classroom and Activity Labs. Students know

how to sign into their account.

Image result for associative property of multiplication Image result for distributive property of multiplication

Properties of Multiplication Posters Properties of Multiplication Posters

Monday -

  • Introduce/Review the Associative Property of Multiplication
  • Review Commutative, Zero, and Identity Properties
  • Homework packet sent home

Tuesday -

  • Introduce the Distributive Property of Multiplication
  • Review skills for test on Thursday

Wednesday -

  • Review the Distributive Property of Multiplication
  • Review skills for test tomorrow
  • Study Guide will be sent home today

Thursday -

  • Skills Quiz #2

Friday -

  • Remediate and Review test from Thursday
  • Homework packet due today

 

 

SCIENCE:

Scientific Method - Gummy Bear experiment

Image result for gummy worm experiment

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 20 - 24

Reminder:

  • Homework packets will be sent home on Mondays and are due on Fridays.
  • Vocabulary words will be in homework packet. Quiz on Fridays.

Making Meaning: Visualizing Poety/Fiction

During this unit, the students visualize to make sense of poetry and
fiction. As they visualize, they informally use schema and make
inferences. They also begin an informal exploration of point of view
as they consider the thoughts and feelings of characters in relation
to their own. During IDR, the students continue to self-monitor
their reading comprehension and begin to confer with the teacher
individually about their reading lives and about the books they are
reading. They practice visualizing in their independent reading and
write in their reading journals. Socially, they practice acting in fair
and caring ways and analyze the effect of their behavior on others.

 

Mentor texts:

  • Seal poem
  • Cherries and Cherry Pits

Image result for Seals Poem Image result for Cherries and cherry pits

 

Being a Writer

Writing Focus
•Students hear and discuss good writing.
•Students explore prewriting techniques.
•Students learn about how a professional author gets ideas from  
her own life.
•Students write freely about things that interest them.


Social Development Focus
•Teacher and students build the writing community.
•Students learn the procedure for “Think, Pair, Share.”
•Students express interest in and appreciation for one  
another’s writing.

 

Mentor texts:

  • Things Will Never Be The Same
  • Silver Seeds
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Things Will Never Be the SameImage result for silver seeds   Image result for oceans and seas book

 


Vocabulary Week 2
bustle – rush or hurry in an excited, noisy, or busy way
volunteer – offer to do something or help someone by choice
debris – scattered pieces of something that has been thrown awaybroken or destroyed
devastate –  destroy or badly damage
ruckus – noisy confusion or excitement
lounge – sit or lie in a lazy or relaxed way

 

MATH SKILLS

 Image result for properties of multiplication  Image result for fact families

MATH:

3.OA.3- Use multiplication and division to solve word problems using drawings, arrays, and equal groups.

3.OA.5- Understand the properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.

Monday - Skills Check Quiz #1 (we will review before taking)

Tuesday - Remediation/Review of Monday's Quiz. Students will be given the opportunity to regain points on test by reworking the problems.

Wednesday - Multiplication/Division Relationships (Fact Families)

Thursday - Zero Property & Identity Property of Multiplication

Friday - Commutative Property of Multiplication

 

SCIENCE:

*  Forces of Motion

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August 13-17

Making Meaning                                                      

  • Unit 1
  • Building Classroom Community

    Mentor Texts: 
    Miss Nelson is Missing

    Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
  • Two Bobbies

Image result for Miss Nelson is MissingImage result for Miss Nelson is Missing  Image result for Two Bobbies

Being a Writer

  • Unit 1 Week 1
  • Building Writing Community

Mentor Texts:
The Pain and the Great One
Grandpa's Face

Image result for the pain and the great oneImage result for grandpas face

Vocabulary Week 1  
whiz – move very fast
squirm – wiggle or twist from side to side
rap – tap or hit something sharply and quickly
snap – speak sharply or angrily
likely – probably will happen or is probably true
unlikely –  not likely; probably won’t happen or is not true  

Math Skills

 

Picture 

MATH:

Mon: NWEA test. Review multiplication arrays, introduce division w/equal groups

Tue: Review division w/equal groups & introduce division arrays 

Wed: NWEA test. Review division strategies-arrays & equal groups 

Thu: Daily Grade on Arrays/Equal Groups. Introduce division as an unknown factor/fact family strategy

Fri: Division as an unknown factor using bar modeling

 

SCIENCE:

Explore: What is a Scientist?

Explore: The Scientific Method

 


 

 

 

Making Meaning

In this lesson, the students:
 •Hear and discuss a story
 •Visualize to understand and enjoy the story
 •Distinguish their own points of view from those of the characters
 •Read independently for 15–20 minutes
 •Take turns talking and listening
 •Write in their reading journals


Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie -- she has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.

Image result for aunt flossie's hats

 

 

Being a Writer: Personal Narratives

(continued from last week)

 

In the study of personal narrative at grade 3, the students identify interesting single events from their lives and write about them in detail. They use sensory details and temporal (transition) words and phrases,and they write engaging openings and endings that draw a story’s events to a close.

 

Writing Focus
Students hear and discuss personal narratives.
Students generate writing ideas from their own lives.
Students visualize sensory details.
Students draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting
events or topics from their own lives.

 
Social Development Focus
Teacher and students build the writing community.
Students listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share
their own.
Students express interest in and appreciation for one another’s writing.

 

Mentor Texts (Read Alouds)

  • Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez
    Eric’s grandmother plays the music of her childhood in Puerto Rico.
  • My Father’s Hands by Joanne Ryder
    A father and daughter marvel over the tiny creatures that
    inhabit their garden.

Image result for grandma's recordsImage result for My Father's Hands

 

Image result for sensory detailsImage result for transition words anchor chart

 

 

 

Vocabulary Week 4

  • Flutter means “wave or flap rapidly.”
  • Clutch means “grab or hold onto something tightly.”
  • Dodge means “move quickly to avoid someone or something.”
  • Heartbreaking means “very sad or upsetting.”
  • Fury means “great anger.”
  • Bewildered means “confused or puzzled.”
  • When you are bewildered, you are not sure what to do or think.

 

MATH SKILLS

Monday (3rd) - Holiday

Tuesday (4th) - Multiplication & Division Word Problems

Wednesday (5th)  - Multiplication & Division Word Problems

Thursday (6th) - Review Skills for Mid-Point Assessment

Friday (7th) - Mid-Point Assessment/Fact Fluency Quiz

*See Key Words and CUBES charts below:

  Image result for multiplication and division word problems anchor chart    Division Key Words  Multiplication Key Words

 

SCIENCE:

 

  • Magnetism and Gravity

 

 

 

August 27 - 31


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