3-2 Mrs. A. Arguiarro

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 Welcome to 3rd Grade   


Third grade is a wonderful, exciting year filled with daily challenges and adventures across all subjects. Students in Class 3-2 are challenged to achieve new knowledge and skills every day, always mindful that God is present in the classroom and in them. Students make connections through God in their schoolwork and every day life. The Math Curriculum builds on concepts of addition and subtraction, while introducing new concepts of multiplication and division, geometry and fractions.The English Language Arts Curriculum focuses on Spelling, Grammar, Reading and Writing skills. The Social Studies and Science Curriculum focuses on facts, research, and hands on learning. In Religion, students are guided to a deeper understanding of their faith and how to deepen their faith as they grow.‚Äč

 Each child will be responsible for writing their own homework assignments down each day. Please check and sign your child's homework notebook each night to make sure they have completed the correct pages. 

Please sign and return ALL TESTS.

We do not have Snack in 3rd grade and will not be having birthday celebrations in the classrooms.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail me anytime at 

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.

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.

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The children will be learning  about the different strategies that we can use to divide. We will continue to build on our knowledge of equal groups, repeated subtraction, counting back on a number line, using known multiplication facts or a multiplication table, related facts, arrays, and acting out two-step word problems.  In this chapter we will talk about the parts of a division equation, the dividend, divisor, quotient, factor, and product.  We will continue our math lessons that build our fluency of dividing by 2s, 10s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. 
We will  also be learning the strategy, PEMDAS, to help us remember the order to follow when solving an equation. P for parenthesis, E for exponents- (we wont be focusing on this as it is not in the 3rd grade curriculum), M for multiplication, D for division, A for addition, and S for subtraction. We follow the order (parenthesis) should be their first step. Next, solve for any multiplication or division sentences starting from left to right. Last, solve  any addition or subtraction sentences also starting  from left to right.   We will be continuing our math fluency races to build our fluency on multiplication facts. 
Please continue to practice at home as multiplication and division our inverse operations.  Multiplication fact knowledge builds the children's skills to solve division problems as well.


English language Arts 
Compound Words
birthday, anyone, sometimes, everything, homework, afternoon, airplane, grandmother, something, without, himself, faraway, sunburned, daylight, someone, cannot, scorekeeper, & everybody.


 Words that describe verbs are called adverbs. Most adverbs that tell how end in ly. Adverbs can come before or after the verbs they describe. Adverbs can tell how, where, and when something happens.  

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Life on Ice" As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking for the main idea or the most important points that the author makes. Look for supporting details, including facts and examples, that provide more information.  We will be practicing this important skill by completing different activities during the week. 

Vocabulary Words
wilderness- a wild, not lived in area of land
gliding- sliding, moving, or flying along with ease
region- a certain area or space
colony- a group of people or animals that live together
shelter- a place that covers or protects
unexpected- without warning
overheated- heated beyond the safe point
constant- always the same
climate- usual weather conditions in an area over many years
layer- one thickness


We are also starting our informative writing unit.  The children are completing their research writing on an animal.  The children will be using informational texts to find information about their animals.  We will be organizing our notes using a graphic organizer. They will be focusing on the animals, habitat, appearance, diet, and interesting facts. The children will use this information to create their 3 paragraph essays.



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In Chapter 6 

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We will be starting our unit on the body systems. 

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The children will be learning about how animals adapt to their environment to survive. We will be discussing how some animals migrate and the reasons why. Why some animals live in groups and some live alone. Many animals have adaptations that help them to survive in their environments on their own.  We will be completing  labs to show the children different animal adaptations and how they affect their survival. EX: helps show how a seal has a layer of fat that helps them stay warm in cold waters. How black fur on a rabbit makes it warmer.  We will be what conservation biologists are and how they work to preserve animal habitats. 

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