Week of November 11th

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and thought about our veterans.

Last week, we enjoyed a great field trip to the Arboretum.  Thank you to all the parents that helped with driving and chaperoning.  The students had a wonderful time and many expressed they wanted to go back soon.  It is a real gem to have in our own backyard.  In fact, for the next 2 months they have a Moonlight Festival on the grounds, and the students had fun seeing and playing on some of the exhibits.  It happens several nights each week and you can get more information about it on the Arboretum website.

This week, besides having no school on Monday, we have a School Mass on Friday led by the 6th grade.  The students need to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM on Friday.  There is no 8:15am mass on Thursday due to this event.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We continue to learn about and honor saints of the church through videos, books, and websites.  We are not starting a new chapter this week and there is NO religion test this week.  We will start learning about sacraments next week when we continue with Ch. 11.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we are having a test on Friday on 18 words with ow and ou. In Language, we are writing several narratives-one about a family tradition using a template being sent home on Tuesday for homework, a creative story about a turkey shortly before Thanksgiving (with a good ending!), and one from the 1st person point of view of a Pilgrim or Indian child about the First Encounter.  In Reading, we are focusing on cause and effect as a comprehension strategy and reviewing how details and context clues help us to draw conclusions in a story.  Lastly, please be sure that you have read the information sent home last week about your student’s November book report (a book talk on a fiction book due to be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 4th).  The cover letter needs to be signed and returned if you have not already done so.

Math

We are having a test on Ch. 3 on Friday.  It includes the properties of addition, missing addends, estimating sums, and calculating up to 4-digit addition.  Knowing their addition facts will help with confidence and success on this test.

Science and Social Studies

We are not starting any new chapters in Science this week.  In Social Studies, we are having a test on Ch. 8 (Our Government) on Thursday.  It includes knowing the 3 branches of government at the local, state, and national level.  We are also learning more about the First Encounter of the Pilgrims and Indians.

Tests this week

Thursday-Social Studies-Ch. 8 (Our Government)

Friday-Spelling-18 words with ow and ou

Friday-Math-Ch. 3 (Addition)

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and we continue to be thankful for the many blessings we have.

Sue Arnold

 

Week of November 4th

Third grade had a terrific week last week with Halloween and ending with All Saints Day.  It was great seeing so many of you at the parade.  We had a fun day playing Halloween Bingo using addition/subtraction facts, enjoying special treats provided by Stacey Somilleda, Trunk and Treating, and strutting our stuff at the parade.  A BIG thank you to Mrs. Somilleda for the delicious treats.  All Saints Day Mass with the parish community was special as well, as we celebrated our models of faith and loved ones that have passed.  The third grade is blessed with many members of the choir, and they truly added to the beauty of the celebration.

This week we have our first field trip on Tuesday.  It should be a beautiful day to experience living things in their environment at the Arboretum.  There is NO PE that day and students need to wear their SCHOOL uniform and bring a disposable lunch.  Designated drivers should bring a disposable lunch as well as a cooler to keep their group’s lunches in the car and a throw of some type to spread out on the lawn for lunch.  (Comfortable shoes are suggested as it is a lot of walking!)  Thank you for volunteering-you should have received information last week via your student with all the details.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We have a test on Ch. 8 (Communion of Saints), which we started last week, on Wednesday.  We are also continuing to read and watch videos about various saints of the Church.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we are having a test on Friday on 22 words with unexpected consonants.  In Reading, we are reading folktales with a focus on traditions.  We are using details to draw conclusions and to infer/predict messages in a story.  In English, we continue to identify verbs and their tenses.  We are also learning sign language and how to finger spell.  This month, our book report is a book talk.  The students are to read a fiction book and deliver a “book talk” on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, in class to me.  October Reading Logs are to be signed by a parent and turned in to school by the end of this week.  The November Reading Log went home last week, and the students are recording the number of minutes read each day at home.

Math

We are starting Ch. 3 and learning about Properties of Addition (Identity, Commutative, and Associative) and missing addends in solving addition problems.  We are also using rounding skills to estimate sums.  We continue to practice basic addition computation up to 4 digits, and the students need to be fast and accurate with their addition facts-practice, practice, PRACTICE!!!  Knowing their basic addition facts gives them confidence and more success in understanding and completing problems.

Science and Social Studies

In Science, we are having a test on Ch. A3 (Living Things in the Environment) on Thursday.  We are also experiencing plants and animals in the environment with our field trip to the Arboretum.  In Social Studies, we are continuing with Ch. 8 (Our Government) by learning about ambassadors and the United Nations.  The test will be next week on Ch. 8.

Tests this week

Wednesday-Religion-Ch. 8 (Communion of Saints)

Thursday-Science-Ch. A3 (Living Things in the Environment)

Friday-Spelling-22 words with unexpected consonants

Lastly, please also check the Monthly News and other postings for 3rd grade on the school website.  Have a wonderful week!

Sue Arnold