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Language Arts

This week we will continue to work on visualizing as we read in class and during read to self. The comprehension skill will be cause and effect. This is a skill we worked on earlier this year and was difficult at times to locate in a text format. The figurative language vocabulary strategy this week will be idioms. Our genre this week will focus on Fairy Tales.


During the month of February, the class will begin the process of writing a fairy tale. This week, I will expose the class to several versions of classic fairy tales. We will begin by analyzing fairy tales and learning the components of fairy tales and breaking them down into parts.


We will work on equivalent fractions this week looking at fractions that name the same part of a whole. Emphasizing that equivalent fractions are equal and have the same size. We will use various types of models to grasp this concept. We will also do a fraction activity using M and M’s! Later in the week we will look at fractions as whole numbers.


Our unit on energy resources is over and we will play a review game early in the week to prepare for our test on Thursday.

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Reading/Language Arts

This week we our genre is folktales. Students will have the opportunity to explore the characteristics of a folktale. They will look for “Once upon a time” or Long, long, ago,” importance of the number 3, good vs. evil, happy endings, repeats phrases, problems that need to be solved and magic. We will read one as a class, in small group lessons, and with our study buddies.

Our comprehension strategy will focus on visualization. The class will engage in some activities to help them visualize while they are reading. Sometimes when you read, the writing helps you focus on something. Your brain can see it clearly, as if you were right there. Not only can you see with your mind, but sometimes you can smell, taste, hear, and feel as well. We can call this visualizing, or making mental or sensory images.

While reading our folktales, we will work on our comprehension skill of problem and solution. Folktales have problems and end with a solution so this will tie in nice with this skill.

The class will continue to write sentences that are fluent. With Groundhog’s Day coming up, we will write a narrative through the eyes of the groundhog! This writing activity is very engaging and connects the students with the upcoming event on February 2nd!

During grammar lessons this week, we will work on action verbs. Students will write various sentences with action verbs in them focusing on the Angry Birds turning them into Angry “Verbs!”

Our spelling pattern this week is r controlled vowels.



We begin our unit on fractions this week! Once students have completed this chapter, they should be able to answer the questions, “How can fractions be used to represent numbers and their parts?” In each lesson, we will build upon this question. Our focus this week will be unit fractions, parts of a whole, and parts of a set.


We will finish our unit on soil and energy this week.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle will be our last lesson and students will complete a review later in the week. The test will be next Thursday, February 5th.

Social Studies
Students will begin learning about the history of Brecksville, what life was like back in the 1800s and how times have changed.  We will begin by creating a timeline of events that have occurred from the 1800s-present day.  Volunteers from the Brecksville Historical Society will be here on Friday afternoon to share with our third graders what life was like in the past.

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Reading /Language Arts:
This week we will focus on poetry and read a variety of poems that include limericks and free verse.  Within the poems, our focus will be on the author’s point of view, alliterations, rhymes, and similes.

Our spelling words focus on diagraphs( two or more consonants that come together to stand for one sound) :sh, ch, and th.   Please be sure all pages from the spelling activities are stapled together before turning in.  Spelling homework is due on Friday.

We will be working on finishing our persuasive writing piece.  We will continue to review compound sentences and nouns.


This week the students will be tested on x10 facts.  We will be multiplying by 10, multiples of 10, dividing by 10, and using patterns to problem solve.  We will have a quiz on Friday.

Science:  This week we will discuss types of resources: renewable, reusable, and nonrenewable.  We will also how resources can be used wisely and how people impact the environment.


* The Box Top contest is underway.  Box tops should be turned in by Jan. 30th.  Don’t forget to put the class name on the baggie of box tops, so our class gets credit.

*Just a reminder that the students do not have school on Monday, Jan. 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Friday, Jan. 23rd (Records Day).

*Mrs. Kelley will be our room on Thursday for a guidance lesson and the Huddle Group from the high school will be in on Friday afternoon.

*I will be out Thursday and Friday for my father’s surgery. I will have access to my phone and email should any questions or concerns arise. Mrs. Thomas will be my sub.

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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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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!