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Grade 3: This Week at a Glance – November 12 – 16

No Masses This Week

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.

PRINTABLE DOCUMENTS: Click on the highlighted links to open the documents and print them at home!

RELIGION: The students will take a test on the Ten Commandments on Tuesday.  Please help your child memorize the Ten Commandments. The students will learn what each commandment expects and forbids. The students should also know the Two Great Commandments and which of the 10 Commandments each encompasses.

READING: This week we are reading the story “The Disappearing Island.” The reading assessment will be on Friday.

SPELLING: The students will have a spelling test on Friday. This week we are studying word families. Spelling List.

HANDWRITING: The students will begin to write their spelling words in cursive. They will also begin to write one or two sentences in cursive.  We will work up to doing more and more so that by Christmas the students can transition into all cursive. This can be frustrating for the children since it is new to them, please be patient and encouraging. Please let me know if your child experiences any problems. I created spellingcity assignments for this week, but will not take a deduction if the assignments are not completed since we will be doing several written assignments to practice cursive.

GRAMMAR: This week we will continue to study verbs.  Last week the students learned about action verbs and made a chart showing verbs in present, past, and future tense. This week we will review each verb tense in detail. The students will be responsible for using correct verb tense in their writing. Starting with this week’s test, a one point deduction will be taken for each error in subject/verb agreement and verb tense.

MATH: This week the students will learn the 5 facts.  They will also learn how to draw and write multiplication sentences. The students will take a mixed review timed-test on 0-1-2-5-10 and 11 facts. Please make sure your child has mastered these facts. Mastering instant recall of the multiplication facts will help your child with division, fractions, and other higher level math skills. The students will also learn about symmetry.  On Friday, the students will engage in our first team problem solving competition. These competitions will help the students use the information they have learned and apply it to multi-task problems.  Weekly math assessments are given on Wednesdays, these tests are not written in the students’ agendas.

SCIENCE: This week we will continue our unit on Earth’s Land. The students will learn about different landforms and create landform maps out of salt dough. It is important that the students study the concepts and vocabulary each night.  The words are listed under the science category on spellingcity. The list name is Unit C Chapter 2. The students will complete in class assignments this week. The test on Unit C, Chapter 2 will be next week.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The students will continue using map skills take-it-to-your seat practice kits this week. The students will review the Southeastern states and take a test on the Pacific Region states on Tuesday. The students need to know the location, spelling, and correct abbreviation for each state. The students will begin their first group project this week. Each group will be assigned a topic to research, organize, and present to the class. The students will earn grades in religion, social studies, language arts, and technology. The majority of this work will be done during class time. Rubrics, expectations, and information will be posted and sent home regularly.

TECHNOLOGY: The students will learn how to create PowerPoint presentations. Their fourth grade buddies will help them. Once the students learn to navigate the program, they will work in groups to create and present Power Point presentations on their social studies concepts.

LIBRARY:  We completed the story Abel’s Island and will begin to read the book Holes this week.   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 began on November 10th and will end on 12/19/2012A classwork grade is given every four weeks based on Book Adventure points accumulation.


Wednesday, 11-14-12: Interim Grades

Tuesday, 11-20-12:  Thanksgiving Feast


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