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
Our third Go Math! chapter will introduce us to the concept of multiplication. Students will learn how we can use multiplication to find how many in all. We will learn how to count equal groups, how to relate addition and multiplication, skip count on a number line, model with arrays, and how to use the commutative property (1 x 2 = 2 x 1). We will start learning our times tables for x0 and x1. The identity property of multiplication states that each number multiplied by 1 gives you that number. The zero property of multiplication states that each number multiplied by 0 gives you 0. *Multiplication timed quizzes will begin this chapter. Please be sure that you are practicing these facts with your child at home daily. 


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SOCIAL STUDIES
We will be talking about communities and the three different types; urban, suburban, and rural. Urban communities are located in cities. Suburban communities are just like ours, outside of cities. Rural communities are on farmland with crops and grassland. People establish different communities to meet their basic needs. Every person in a community is responsible for making their community a good place. A place where people live, work, and have fun!
 We will also be expanding our knowledge of map skills. Our cardinal directions are North, South, East, and West. In this chapter we will be introduced to our intermediate directions (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). We have seen many maps but do we know the difference between physical and political? Physical maps show us land forms on a map, while political maps show us cities, capitals, and state boundaries. We will pin point exact locations on a map using longitude and latitude. *Think lat is flat* These lines run parallel to the Equator. Longitude lines run parallel to the Prime Meridian. We will even learn how to use a map key with a map scale to show how far one place is from another. Get your rulers ready! 



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ELA 

Phonics
Vowel Diphthongs ow, ou
clown, round, bow, cloud, power, crown, thousand, crowd, sound, count, powder, blouse, frown, pound, house, found, mountain, coward. 

Grammar
This week we will be talking about abstract nouns. Abstract nouns are words that name things that are not concrete. Your physical senses cannot detect an abstract noun - you cannot see it, smell it, taste it, hear it, or touch it. An abstract noun is a quality or an idea. Examples of abstract nouns are honesty, curiosity, bravery. loyalty, etc . 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "The Kamishibai Man" by Allen Say. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking at cause and effect. Why something happens in the story is the cause and what happened because of that action is an effect. What happened to the stores The Kamishibai Man once loved and why? Why did less people come outside to watch The Kamishibai Man? 

Writing
We have finished looking at what makes a strong paragraph. We know that a well organized paragraph needs a topic sentence, relevant details, and a closing sentence. We will be learning about persuasive writing pieces & writing arguments for why turkeys should not be Thanksgiving dinner. We will start writing to our pen pals as well!

Vocabulary Words
familiar - known from being seen often
jerky - moving in sudden, uneven, or awkward ways
vacant - empty
rickety - shaky or likely to fall apart
blurry - unclear or smeared
rude - impolite or having bad manners
blasted - made a sudden, loud sound
applause - clapping meant to show appreciation





RELIGION
In chapter three we will talk about Jesus and how He has power over life and death, how He will come again, how he will judge all people, and how he teaches us to love others. For All Saint's Day we will be completing research projects on individual saints!



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SCIENCE
We will be talking about life cycles, hereditary traits, and environmental factors! 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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HEALTH
We will be learning about nutrition and using the My Food Plate diagram to make healthy choices. 


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.