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Reading/ Language Arts:

This week’s skills are:

Essential Question: How can people help animals survive?

Story: Help the Manatees

Comprehension Strategy: Reread

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View

Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes

Writing Traits: Organization

Grammar: Combining Sentences: Subject Nouns

Genre: Expository Text

Spelling: 3-letter blends


We continue to explore soil this week. We will also observe the effects of pollution on the environment.


Now that we have completed understanding multiplication and division, we will move into multiplication and division patterns. This week our focus will be patterns in the multiplication table along with multiplying and dividing by 2 and 5.

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Reading/Language Arts

Essential question of the week is: How do people make the government work? Our comprehension strategy is reread. As they read, good readers reread when they do not understand and sometimes it needs to happen more than once.  Our comprehension skill is Author’s Point of View. To find Author’s point of view, look for details about what the author thinks. The genre of the week is Expository Text. This gives facts and information about a topic, has headings, and has text features such as graphs, diagrams, labels, captions, bold words, and titles.  With vocabulary we will work on prefixes. This is a word part added to the beginning of a word that determines the meaning of the word. The two we will focus on this week are Un-“not” and Re-“again.” The class will continue to write persuasive pieces.

How to Eat Fried Worms

In addition to the above skills, our class will be reading How to Eat Fried Worms!   What’s the story?

Billy Forrester’s always up for a dare, but this time he’s in for a real challenge. His friends, Alan and Joe, bet Billy fifty dollars that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. Billy survives the first one, chokes down the second, and practically relishes the third.

When Joe and Alan realize that Billy’s going to stick to his goal — and even enjoy doing it — they try everything they can to keep Billy from reaching his goal. Billy, with the help of his family and his friend Tom, tries to stay one step ahead of their tricks. They even create new recipes — from Southern Fried Worm to Whizbang Worm Delight — to help Billy reach his goal.


This week we will relate division as multiplication. We will also be learning about inverse operations and do more problem solving. Next week we will conclude with the understanding division chapter and test on Tuesday. This Friday will be our test on our 3’s.


Our unit on soil is in full swing. Students are learning about the layers of soil and what is included in each. We are creating a soil scroll for a visual of this. The class will also be able to feel and explore the different components of soil this week.


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Reading/Language Arts

We have a busy week ahead of us with many music rehearsals! As a result, we will not have spelling this week or go into a new unit.

The class will continue to read Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. We have been using a comprehension guide throughout this book. The students have been making predictions, working on Point of View, understanding character traits, making connections, making inferences, visualizing, and comparing and contrasting. We are really enjoying this historical fiction genre!

For writing, we will write a new persuasive piece focusing on Elf for Hire!


The class learned about the concept of multiplication and now will learn about how division works. We will begin the unit with hands on modeling of the concept. Next, we move on to division as equal sharing. Our third lesson will focus on division as subtraction. We will review these new concepts at the end of this week.


Our unit on soil begins this week. We will begin by exploring the parts of a worm (gummy worm that is!) Students will learn about the layers of soil and what is included in each. We will create a soil scroll for a visual of this. The class will also be able to feel and explore the different components of soil in the upcoming weeks.

Extra Notes for the Week

Monday and Tuesday will be music rehearsal in the gym in the AM.

Wednesday-All third grade will take a bus to High School to practice.

Thursday- Two performances this day. The first one is at Highland at 2:00. The second performance begins at 7:00 PM at the High School. We are asking all children to be dropped off at 6:30 at the band/choir room located at the back end of the high school by the woods. Many times there are events at the middle school and some relatives end up at the wrong school. Please remind your family it is at the High School. J



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Language Arts

This week’s essential question is: Why do people immigrate to new places?

Story:  Sailing to America

Genre: Historical Fiction

Comprehension Strategy: make, confirm, and revise predictions

Comprehension Skill: Inferring

Vocabulary Strategy: figurative language; similes

Writing Traits: word choice-persuasive turkey writing!

Grammar: singular and plural nouns

Spelling: long e


Last week the class learned about what multiplication is and how to form groups, repeated addition sentences, arrays.  This week we will focus on using multiplication to find combinations. We will have our 2’s test on Friday along with making our Pringle can tubes!


Our unit of rocks and minerals is over. We will review this week for our test on Thursday. Please review the book, notes in green folder, and study guide as you prepare for this test.

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Language Arts

Here is a list of what we are doing in language arts this week:

  •  Comprehension Strategy-make, confirm, and revise predictions
  • Comprehension Skill-theme
  • Vocabulary Strategy-context clues: antonyms
  • Writing Traits-Word Choice along with persuasive essay from turkey’s point of view.
  • Grammar-kinds of nouns: common, proper, concrete, and abstract
  • Other skills-plural words with y to i
  • Genre-folktale
  • Spelling-long I and long u


The class will continue to work with subtraction with zeroes his week. One activity will be to create a Thanksgiving menu for turkey and his friends. Students will have a certain dollar amount to spend and specific items that only certain animals can eat. They will problem solve to come up with the write food for each animal and stay within their budget. Another activity will be similar but we will shop using Scholastic Book sheets involving coming up with a total and subtracting from final allowed amount. Later on in the week we will quiz on subtraction and then move on to multiplication!


This week the students will do the last tests on their minerals. We will test light, luster, shape, and magnetism. I am looking to test on rocks and minerals next Thursday, November 13th.

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Language Arts

This week our focus will be on, “Did you R-A-C-E?”  Here is what this means:

R-Restate the question or prompt where appropriate.

A-Answer in a complete Sentence.

C-Cite evidence to prove the answer.

E-Explain each part of the question.

There will not be any spelling words this week.


Students will work on subtractions this week. I will stress that this operation involves repeated calculations; subtract the ones, then the tens, then the hundreds, and show how regrouping is necessary. If students notice that these calculations are repeated, they can transition more easily to multiplication, which also used repeated calculations.

We will also do a graphing activity with Halloween fruit snacks!


The class will continue to test their minerals this week. Testing of light and luster will remain the focus.

Extra News:

Wednesday: The class has earned their 100 gumballs and will have a celebration Wednesday! Students may wear pajamas, bring in books, games, beach towels, blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, slippers, etc to enjoy our time on the floor. J Electronics are allowed as long as the student knows he/she is responsible for it at all times. The doors will be locked when students are at specials or lunch.

Thursday:  Halloween party begins at 1:45 with parade to follow.

Friday: No school today -teacher inservice.


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This week we will begin reading the story The Haunting of Third Grade. There it was…the old Blackwell mansion!  It was one big monster of a building. It had dark towers, pointed gables, and shadowy arches. It was haunted! Or at least that’s what most people thought. The third grade of Elmwood Elementary was spending the year there because the school’s main building was overcrowded. And very strange things were happening…..We will do some partner reading with this as well.

Our focus skills in reading this week will be main idea and key details along with multiple meaning words.

For writing we will begin our rough draft on The Witches Brew! Friday we made the brew and enjoyed the tasty creation!

There will be no spelling words this week.


Students will work on adding four digit numbers with regrouping and work on problem solving. We will take a chapter preview on Wednesday the 15th and test on Thursday, October 16th.


We will begin the mineral portion of rocks and minerals this week! Students will be able to explore twelve types of minerals and perform various tests such as luster, hardness, and streak. The class will bring home some vocabulary terms this week and will have a short quiz on these terms next Thursday, October 23rd.

Social Studies

This week we will continue to look at alphanumeric grids in class.  Students will locate places in town using a map of Brecksville.  Kindly encourage your child to show you their social studies notes in their journals. They may bring these home to show you what we have been working on during our Tuesday and Thursday classes!



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We will continue to work on cause and effect this week in reading.  Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction texts.  When we teach cause and effect, we ask students to go back into the reading to find words and phrases that help identify these relationships.  An effect in one relationship will as a cause in another.  You can help your child at home by asking them to identify cause and effect relationships as you read together.



Students will spend the week writing the 4 types of sentences and identifying subjects and predicates in our grammar lessons.

During writing workshop, 3rd graders are using sequence words to write how to paragraphs.  Students will be writing about how to make Witches’ Brew using sequencing words as well as creating mental images in their writing.  Students will be asked to include the 4 types of sentences in their writing as well.  In class we have been modeling and sharing how to write an effective and interesting topic and summary sentence.



We will be wrapping up the 3 properties of addition this week.  Students will begin working on mental math strategies this week as well as estimating sums.

Please encourage your child to work at home on addition and subtraction fact fluency.  Students need to quickly recall their facts so they can apply them in the above concepts.  Thank you for your support at home!


Social Studies

Map skills continue as students investigate and compare and contrast political and physical maps.  Students will also practice finding absolute location using an alphanumeric grid on a map of their local community.



We will complete the rocks portion this week with a book to sum it up. Next, we will move on to minerals. Students will also create a birthstone presentation in their Google Docs soon!


Ohio Achievement Assessment

  • Friday a letter came home regarding the OAA in reading that will be given to your child this Tuesday.  We will have a snack for your child on the day of the test.  If you are wondering what you can do at home to help prepare your child for this assessment, a few helpful items are listed below.
  • Help children get plenty of sleep, especially the nights before their test.
  • Provide a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test.  This will help your child concentrate and provide the proper energy to function at their best.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time.  If a student arrives late and testing has already begun, we are not permitted to allow him/her to enter a testing room.
  • Encourage your child to do their best.  Most importantly, let your child know that you believe in them.

Thank you as always for your support.

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Language Arts

This week our skills are:

Comprehension Strategy- Ask and answer questions in text.

Comprehension Skill- Text structure: cause and effect.

Vocabulary Strategy – Metaphors.

Writing Traits- Word choice.

Grammar- Sentences: subjects and predicates.

Spelling – Long a.


Our next unit is on addition. Students will be learning how to use the addition properties to add large numbers. They will also be using estimations to find sums of problems. The key vocabulary in this unit are estimate, mental math, Commutative Property of Addition (4 + 5 =9 is the same as 5 + 4 =9), Associative Property of Addition (4+5) + 2 = 4 = (5+2) (The property that states grouping does not change the sum), and Identity Property (12 + 0 = 12 or 0 + 12 = 12).


We will focus on the three types of rocks this week which are igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  We will also learn about the rock cycle. Our class is so fortunate to have all of these rock and mineral kids to bring this learning alive in the classroom!

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Reading/Language Arts: Unit 1 Week 3 Communities

The theme this week is communities.

Our essential question is: How do people from different cultures contribute to a community?

Comprehension Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions means as they read, good readers ask questions about the story and look for answers in the text.

Comprehension Skill: Sequence: Sequence is the order in which a story’s events happen; the beginning, middle, and end. Clue words: first, next, then, and finally.

Genre: Narrative Nonfiction: Autobiography- tell the story of a person’s life, tells events in chronological order, and written about the author by the author.

Vocabulary Strategy:

Compound Words- two smaller words that make one word. The smaller words tell you the meaning of the compound word.

Writing: Organization

Good Writers have a clear beginning, middle and end. We will write a “How to” pop popcorn first and then carry it over to a paragraph on how to carve a pumpkin.

Spelling: Our spelling words have the final e sound.


We will finish chapter 1 on place value this week. Our focus will be rounding to the nearest hundred and problem solving. On Tuesday, students will bring home a review guide along with their math journal. Students will also take a chapter review on Wednesday and bring that home with them to study. The test will be on Thursday.


We begin our unit on rocks and minerals this week! Students will explore up to 12 different types of rocks and make observations about these rocks.