Grade 3: This Week at a Glance: Oct. 22 – 26
**** Please note that assignments and tests are subject to change based on the students’ progress and understanding during the week. The most accurate account of what is due and when tests will be is always your child’s signed agenda.
RED RIBBON WEEK
Monday: Bring a baby pic for the “Born to be Drug Free”
Tuesday: “Shade out Drugs” – Bring Sunglasses
Wednesday: “Slam Dunk, Drugs are Junk” Contest
Thursday: Give Drugs the Slip (bring slippers, but wear Mass shoes first)
Friday: Wear Red Day – Students may wear a red shirt, jeans, and white tennis shoes
NEW: Click on the highlighted links to open the documents and print them at home!
RELIGION: The students will review what they learned about baptism. There will be a test on Chapter 4 and Baptism on Thursday. (The students will take the test after the field trip). The students will also take a unit test that day.
READING: This week we will begin to read stories that will relate to our Social Studies and Science themes. This week’s story is The House on Maple Street. The story shows how the land and the home changed over time. The reading assessment will be on Friday.
SPELLING: This week’s spelling words contain the prefixes re-, un-, pre-, and mis-. The prefix pre- means before, mis- means wrong or bad, re- means again, and un- means not or opposite of. Spellingcity assignments are due on Friday. Students who do not finish the assignments will have a ten point deduction taken from their test score. This week, the students may write the words unfair and unload in cursive.
HANDWRITING: The students will continue to learn the “hump” letters…h, k, u, v, w . Each student will also learn to write his or her own name in cursive. When I see that a child can connect letters properly, I will give him/her permission to begin writing certain spelling words in cursive. Please do not allow your child to move too quickly, proper letter formation and connecting must be mastered for the students to be successful, and we have not covered all of the letters yet.
GRAMMAR: This week we will review plurals, possessives, combining sentences with the same subject or predicate, and writing abbreviations. We will be taking a unit test on Wednesday. A practice test will be sent home on Monday. The unit test will review subjects, predicates, and sentences types. It will also cover nouns, plurals, possessives, and abbreviations. The rules and information can be found in the LA book pgs. 78-98.
MATH: It is time for the students to begin to learn multiplication! Last week, we learned that multiplication is repeated adding. We learned the zero property and the identify property. The students were very inquisitive, and so we also learned how to multiply by 10, 100, 1000, and even by a quintillion! Students will be required to practice by using flashcards or math magician each day. This week’s timed tests will cover multiplication by zero, one, and ten. Homework will focus on learning to multiply by 2. Please keep your child up-to-date on their multiplication skills. Instant recall of the facts is essential for future success in mathematics. In addition to multiplication facts, we will learn about perimeter and area this week. Weekly assessments are given on Wednesdays, these tests are not listed in the agenda. For extra practice, have your child complete the Math study guide and review sheet,. You may have your child turn this in to be graded.
SCIENCE: This week we will begin our unit on Earth’s Land. Our focus for the week will be minerals, rocks, and fossils. Students usually love this unit. We will complete several fun experiments. I would like to have the students prepared for the Chapter 1 test by Tuesday, October 30; however, I may have to postpone the test if they are not ready. Please check your child’s agenda for more information.
SOCIAL STUDIES: The students will begin using map skills take-it-to-your seat practice kits this week. There are 13 folders. Each folder focuses on a different map skill. The students will earn a classwork grade for each kit. The first grade earned will be recorded in the grade book; however, students must correct mistakes until they earn a 100. The difficulty level varies from kit to kit. Please remind your child to do his/her personal best and to ask for help when needed. The students will review the Southeastern states and learn the Pacific Region states.
TECHNOLOGY: Due to our field trip, the students will not have their test this week. The technology test will be next Thursday. The students will be provided with a study guide and a practice test. The students will need to create a document on their own as well as take a written exam. The written exam will cover the terms and toolbars on the study guide. While I encourage the students to practice at home, if you have Windows 2010 your child will need to adjust to the different toolbar format.
LIBRARY: The students are required to check out one Book Adventure book each week. The students should read this book and take the Book Adventure test on it prior to the next library class. It is essential for third grade students to read every night. The current Book Adventure Contest will end on 11/09/2012. A classwork grade is given every four weeks based on Book Adventure points accumulation. We will continue to read the story Abel’s Island in class this week. The listening tests will count as a classroom grade in reading.
Monday 10/22 through Friday 10/26: Red Ribbon Week (See top of page)
Week of 10/22 – 10/26: Bake Sale during lunch to support 8th grade DC trip
Wednesday 10/24: Fire Prevention Presentation
Thursday 10/25 All-School Mass
Thursday 10/25 Field Trip: Please wear Mass uniforms and bring a packed lunch.