3-1 Miss J. Prisco

Welcome to the 3rd Grade! 

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 our sixth Go Math! chapter 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 to take multiplication timed tests. These multiplication facts will help us to learn our division facts more quickly. Once we have completed our multiplication tests through 12, students will begin division timed tests. Please continue to practice these facts with your children at home. 


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SOCIAL STUDIES
"Our Environment" will focus on how the environment influences how we live and when there is a change in that environment we must adapt our living conditions to survive. The chapter will start by talking about the seven continents, the five oceans, and the five regions of the United States. We will be making our own models of these inside of the classroom 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 midwest region is known for mining and the Southwest region is known for their homes made of adobe. The chapter progresses into readings about landforms, 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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ELA 

Phonics
Vowel + /r/ Sound
nurse, work, shirt, hurt, first, word, serve, curly, dirt, third, worry, turn, stir, firm, her, girl, perfect, hamburger

Grammar
This week we will be talking about verbs in the past, present, and future tense. Most verbs show past tense by adding -ed. Some verbs end with e. Drop the e and add ed. Add s to most present tense verbs when the noun in the subject is singular. For most verbs that end in y, change the y to I and add es. Do not add s to the verb when the noun in the subject is plural. Do not add s to the verb when the subject is I or you. A verb that tells about an action that will happen is in the future tense. Add the word will before a verb to form the future tense. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "The Extra-good Sunday" by Beverly Cleary. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking closely at the main characters. We will be discussing character traits that we can use to describe them and defending each trait that we choose with details from the story. We will be discussing their physical traits, their emotions, and their motivations for their actions.

Writing
Opinion pieces require students to introduce their subject, 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 this next month continuing to write opinion pieces on a variety of different topics that are familiar to us.

Vocabulary Words
recommended - suggested
ingredients - parts of a mixture
cross - angry
degrees - units used to measure temperature
festive - merry
tense - edgy or stressed
remarked - said
anxiously - with worry or eagerness




RELIGION
In Chapter three the children learned about Jesus' second coming. In this chapter the children will learn about the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost and about the growth of the early Church. Our lesson's readings will focus on how Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit, how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, how the Church began on Pentecost, and how the early Church grew. 


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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.