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October 2017
Due Date: 9/16/2019
Subject: 3rd Grade

 Making Meaning for October 2017 


Unit 3: Making Inferences: Fiction

Unit 4: Wondering/Questioning: Fiction

Focus Skills:

  • Exploring narrative text structure through discussions of character, setting, and problem
  • Making inferences to understand characters and character change
  • Visualizing parts of the story
  • Using wondering/questions to understand the story
  • Hearing a story again to build comprehension
  • Referring to the text to support their thinking
  • Making predictions about how the story will end
  • Discussing the lesson in the story

Mentor Texts

  • The Raft ~ by Jim LaMarche
  • Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move ~  by Judith Viorst
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses ~by Paul Gable
  • The Emperor and the Kite ~ by Jane Yolen
  • A Day's Work ~ by Eve Bunting
  • Mailing May ~ by Michael O Tunnel
  • Brave Irene ~ by William Steig

Reading Comprehension tests are normally given on Wednesdays.


Vocabulary words will be sent home on Mondays. In addition to the word list/cards, a letter for the parents is also sent home. This letter will show parents how they can help their child study at home.

Vocabulary tests are normally given on Thursdays.


Week 11 Words (October 23 - 27)
belongings ~ "things someone owns, or the things that belong to someone."
faint ~ “not clear or strong.” If something is faint, it is difficult to hear, see, or smell.
Faint  also means “become dizzy andlose consciousness.”
cling ~ “hold onto someone or something very tightly.”
roam ~ “wander or move about without any particular purpose or place to go."
joyful ~ “full of joy or very happy.”
sorrowful “full of sorrow or very sad.”



Week 10 Words (October 16 - 20)
obstinate ~ “stubborn.” If you are obstinate, you are unwilling to change your mind
about something.
immature~ “childish or silly.” An immature person acts likesomeone much younger.


   mature ~“grown up or adult.” A mature person is sensible and
reasonable. He or she is not being immature or childish.


  fantasize ~“think about or imagine something that is pleasant or
exciting but unlikely to happen in real life.”


barricade ~“block the way by putting up barriers or obstacles.”


reconsider ~“think again about a decision.” Sometimes when you reconsider
a decision, you change your mind.




Within our Being a Writer program, students will be learning grammar skills. We are currently working on punctuation, simple and complete subjects, simple and complete predicates, compound and complex sentences, and conjunctions. We are also talking about how to begin our sentences and paragraphs with words other than "I", "The" and "A". As we say in class, these words "need a break" from being first all the time. We are learning how to use 'introductory phrases' and sequencial words (first, then , next, last, finally).

Misc. ongoing information:

Graded papers: I send graded papers home as they are graded. Students know that it is their responsibility to show these to parents. If the grade is a D/F, parents need to sign and return it to school. This gives me a record of what skills I need to work on with your child. It also lets me know that you are aware of how your child is doing in school.Students may also return other tests to keep in their file, but these must be signed as well.

With the Making Meaning and Being a Writer programs, there are not as many papers to send home. Most of our work is done in class through writing, conferences, and working with partners. There will be a weekly vocabulary grade, but the reading comprehension grade will be every other week. Your child may only bring home one or two graded papers each week.

Homework: I do not necessarily assign homework daily. Your child does need to be reading every night for 15 minutes. This is VERY important for your child to succeed in 3rd grade.

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I will contact you if there are problems that we need to discuss together. Email/ClassDojo messaging is the best way for me to communicate with parents. Please make sure that I have current working emails for you.