3-1 Miss J. Prisco

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Welcome to 3rd Grade! 

  The children are learning organizational skills to help them this year.  Each child will be responsible for writing their own homework assignments down each day. Please check their homework notebook daily.

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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 genre 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.


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Math-During the next few weeks we will be expanding our unit on measurement to perimeter and area. Perimeter is the distance around a figure. You can find the perimeter of an object by counting the number of units on each side. We can estimate the perimeter of an object by rounding each side to the nearest inch or rounding the added perimeter to the nearest ten. We will also be able to find the unknown side by subtracting the sum of the known sides from the given perimeter. Area is the measure of the number of unit squares needed to cover a flat surface. We can find area using the equation, base x height or length x width. 


SOCIAL STUDIES-We will briefly discuss the three branches of government before this years end. Students will learn about the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branches of government through readings in Chapter 4 of our Social Studies textbook. 



The children will be learning about words ending in er and le. Words with these endings will make up the spelling words for this week.

We will be talking about prepositions and prepositional phrases. Prepositions tell where or when. Examples of prepositions are about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at, because of, before, behind, below, between, down, during, except, in, from, through, past, etc.  

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
Our story this week will be "A New Team of Heroes." As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently, we will be talking about characterization. We will analyze story characters to discuss how they feel, how they act, and what motivates them.

The students will be practicing their learned writing techniques of topic sentences, closing sentences, and supporting details in short responses to their reading group novels.

Spelling Words
apple, river, little, October, ladder, summer, purple, later, November, giggle, uncle, winter, center, double

Vocabulary Words
excitement, score, athlete, tense, succeed, league, earn, partners, pleasure, contribute

RELIGION- This month in Religion we will be focusing on the sacraments of baptism, communion, and confirmation.

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SCIENCE-‚Äč Last chapter we discussed how an ecosystem is all of the living and nonliving things that make up an environment. A few examples of ecosystems were oceans, wetlands, deserts, temperate forests, and tropical rain forests. We will discuss how these ecosystems can change due to pollution or natural disasters. We will further our discussion on these changing ecosystems to the effect that it has on the animals and plant life that live there.

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HEALTH- We will be visiting Safety Town and continuing the conversation about road safety inside of the classroom with readings from ReadWorks.com

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.



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