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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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Reading/Language Arts

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.


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*  Open House is scheduled for this Thursday, September 18th from 6-7pm.  The children have been working hard and would love to show off all their work to you.  Mark your calendars now!

Reading/ Language arts-

We will continue to work on using visualization to increase comprehension.  Our focus skill this week is sequencing.  We will be applying this skill to the realistic fiction story, The Dream Catcher.   In addition, we will be using and applying context clues to identify new vocabulary.  The students will be using the activity Roll and Define to practice our new vocabulary this week. A list of vocabulary words and definitions went home today.  Please review these with your child.  We will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday over these words.

Our spelling and phonetic focus will be short e, o and u words.  Look for a new spelling Tic-Tac-Know to come home today.  Please have your child staple or paper clip all activities together when they complete the assignment for the week. Spelling homework is due on Friday.  In grammar, our focus will be on identifying and using statements, questions, commands, and exclamation sentences.  We will be spending time creating our final copies of our Bio poems and Best Part of Me paragraphs .We will also be learning how to write in our journal during “Work on Writing” time.


This week our focus will be on rounding.  We will be working on rounding three and four digit numbers to the nearest ten and nearest hundred.  We will be using the phrase,” 4 or less, let it rest” and “5 or more, let it score” to identify whether to round up or to round down.  The children will have the opportunity to practice rounding through “Rounding Scoot” and “Cupcake Walk” activities. Fact fluency practice continues with Rocket Math practice.


We will be continue to talk about the scientific method and review the tools that scientist use.  We will also begin thinking about ROCKS!


Looking forward to seeing you Thursday evening.  Have a wonderful week!

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Language Arts

This week we will continue to check for understanding three different ways while reading a book. We will also practice picking out what a “Good Fit” book looks like. Our spelling pattern is short vowels a and i. These words will come home today along with a letter and spelling homework. Our grammar skills will be sentences and fragments along with identifying the difference between the two. The class will hear the song Mr. Morton (School House Rocks) to identify what a good sentence has in it. We will also do a Scoot activity involving movement and identifying if something is a sentence or fragment. While reading stories this wee our main focus will be setting, plot, character/thoughts, context clues, and synonyms.


We begin our unit on place value this week. Throughout this unit, students will learn:

  •  How to use a place-value chart up to 1,000.
  • How to use place value to write different forms of numbers. (standard, expanded, word)
  • How to use place value to compare and order numbers. (>, <, =)
  • How to use place value to round numbers. (After giving a pretest I see that this is something that many do not know how to do so there will be a large emphasis here.)
  • How to use place value and the four-step plan to solve problems.



Scientific Method will be a great introduction to our year! We will conduct a few experiments this week to kick off the year. Next week we begin rocks and minerals!

Social Studies

Map Skills will be the focus as we dive into social studies in third grade.  By the end of the map skills unit, students will be able to:

  • identify the continents and oceans
  • identify the parts of a map
  • label and apply a compass rose on a map
  • use an alphanumeric grid
  • develop and use a map key and symbols
  • use relative and absolute location, and finally create their own map.

Students will keep notes and classwork in a shared science and social studies journal.  This will come home prior to assessments for study purposesJ​

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Last week we began a program called Rocket Math.  What is Rocket Math?

Rocket Math is a ten-minutes-a-day,  supplemental, math facts practice curriculum. It is a uniquely structured curriculum for the sequential practice and mastery of math facts.

  • Students learn 2 facts and their reverses on each worksheet in a carefully controlled sequence which enables mastery at an individualized pace.
  • Students practice orally with a partner every day.
  • One minute timings assess when students are ready to move to the next set of facts.
  • Students will start with addition and move their way up to division.
  • Ask your child to share with you how it all works!

This week we will also work on Math about Me! We will see how math is related to everything about us. Next week we will begin our first unit with place value.


We are on day 3 of the Daily 5. Students have learned about three ways to read a book: Read the pictures, read the words, and retell the story. We have practiced this in class. The class also learned a strategy called Cross Checking. Cross checking means I need to try reading the word and then ask myself three questions: 1.  Does what I just read look right (take arm and cross over body)  2.  Does is sound right?( Take other hand and cross over body). 3.  Does it make sense? (If so, both arms drop down to our sides).

Strategies we will learn this week will be how to comprehend what we are reading with checking and backing up and rereading what we just read. We continue to build our stamina while reading to self in class! I will also teach the class this week we why pick certain books and how to pick a “Just Right” book for them. Ask them later on this week to share with you The 5 Finger Rule!

The class will also take a short diagnostic reading test for me to see where they are at in third grade. Last week we took a writing one.

Look for passwords to come home soon for our reading and math program where you can access the book and activities all online from home.

Science/Social Studies

This year I will be teaching science and Mrs. Niedermeyer will teach social studies.