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Grade 3: This Week at a Glance – January 22 – 25

No School Monday, January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saturday, January 26th, 5:30 pm Chili Cook-Off.  All students from Team Third Grade who attend will earn a prize! The class with the greatest percentage of students attending will earn a reward from Mrs. McCormick.

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.

RELIGION:  We will finish our study of the 10 Commandments this week. The students finished the first half of their bulletin board and will finish the second part this week. Next week, we will have a test on the commandments. The students will need to know how we obey and disobey each commandment.  We have the privilege of participating in Mass on Thursday and Friday this week! 

READING: This week, we will read our last story for this unit. There will NOT be a reading test this week. We are finishing our class book, Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Once we finish the book, we will use the book report form to write a practice book report. The students will earn a classwork grade on the report. The students will also take the Book Adventure test. 

LANGUAGE ARTS: This week, we will continue our lessons on irregular verbs, contractions, and possessives. The students will finish their posters on types of writing and will complete their LA bulletin board. The students will work in groups to compose a comparison essay.   The Unit 4 Language Arts test scheduled for Wednesday will be moved to Friday, January 25, 2013.

SPELLING: This week the students will review the words that we have studied for the past four weeks. They will need to know the meanings of the Greek and Latin roots and the affixes that we have studied.  This week’s test will be in a different format. The first section of the test will consist of a paragraph with a spelling error in each sentence. The students will need to identify the spelling error and correct it. The misspelled words will be taken from the 100 Most Common Words in the English Language list. The second section will focus on this week’s spelling words. Each word will be written four times; three spellings will be incorrect. The students will need to select the correct spelling. The last section of the test will have a list of the affixes and the Greek and Latin roots we have learned this year. The students will need to write the definition of each one. Since this is a review unit, spellingcity assignments are not due this week.  Click here for a sample test that the students took last week. The spelling test will be on Friday.

HANDWRITING: Students are responsible for writing in cursive on all assignments. I will continue to take handwriting grades on the weekly spelling test, but I will also take grades on random assignments. This includes homework, classwork, and tests. This also includes math sheets and math notebook pages. The students should take pride in their work and do their personal best on all assignments.

MATH: Please have your child practice his/her math facts. It is essential that the students know these facts. This week we will begin our mixed reviews. The students should know all of the 12 facts since they have learned perfect squares and facts 1-11. This week the students will learn how to multiply two digits times one digit. The students may use their multiplication chart on assignments and homework. They will not be allowed to use the chart on tests. The students will take daily timed tests.  On Friday, the timed test score will count as a test grade.  This week the students will  learn measurements of length. Weekly math assessments are given on Wednesdays.

SCIENCE: This week we will begin studying weather. The students will complete several experiments and observations. Our test over this material will be next Wednesday, January 30.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The students will learn the Midwest states. Please continue to study the other states that we have learned.  The students will need to know the location, correct spelling, and postal abbreviation for each state. The test on the Midwest states will be next Tuesday, January 29. The website has a fun game for learning the shape and location of each state.

Each student needs to bring his/her biography book to class each day.  All notes are due on Tuesday, January 22. This week, we will work on writing interview questions, an introduction, and the “Did You Know” clouds. We will also complete a rough draft of the summary. During computer class, we will work on creating puzzles. Please refer to the project paper  for deadlines and the grading rubric.

TECHNOLOGY: This week, the students will continue to work on our Grandparents’ Day project. We are not able to create the storybook because we will not have Internet access for the program; however, we will be creating a Prezi. A Prezi is a “cloud-based” presentation.   If you are looking for educational sites for your kids, click here to open a page of Internet sites. It is essential that you monitor your child’s Internet usage. Highlight the site you would like to go to, then right click on the site and choose “open hyperlink” to go to site.

LIBRARY: We are currently reading the story Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. When we finish reading the book each student will write a book report. The students will follow the format that they must use to earn contest points for books that are not on Book Adventure. They will earn a classwork grade for their report. The report must be completed in its entirety at school.


Monday, January 21: No School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 22: Project notes due.

Thursday, January 24:  All – School Mass

Friday, January 25:  Feast Day Mass

Catholic Schools’ Week

Saturday, January 26:  Chili Cook off…featuring Mrs. Wise’s first ever chili!!! All students from Team Third Grade who attend will earn a prize!!!

Monday, January 28:  Student Appreciation Day – No Homework

Tuesday, January 29:  Bishop’s Mass and Parent Appreciation Day

Wednesday, January 30:  Wildcat Wednesday: basketball players may wear jeans, team jersey, and PE shoes. St. John Vianney Day;  Introductions and Interview Questions Due.

Thursday, January 31:  Teacher Appreciation Day

Friday, February 1:  Grandparents’ Day – 11:30 dismissal. If you are able to help set up for the Grandparents’ Day reception and program, please let me know. We need parents to set up during Mass (8:00 am)


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