Friday, April 19th

What beautiful sunshine! I know this is a busy time and I appreciate your collaboration. There are a couple important things coming up next week. First, we have our field trip on Wednesday. This is a great hands on experience for our students to explore and learn about the Native American’s in our very own back yard. Next week (Friday, April 26) is also our Mass. Please ask your child if they have a reading part and practice with them at home. We will have two days of practicing next week in the church as well.

Book Reports- Students have their selections and assessment guidelines. Please encourage them to keep reading, there is still a lot of time. Also, next month our reports will look a little different, so please wait to select a book.

A special treat of Italian Sodas for Carson’s birthday today! Wow, thank you Mrs. Hoza for this creative experience and Happy Birthday, Carson!

Academics:

Literacy -This week we read a story called The Trial of Rabbit. It was a cute version of the story we read last week but from a different point of view. The students were able to draw out the nonliteral language, specifically hyperboles and idioms, recognizing how this adds to a story. The students also continued with the writing process on their own creative story, incorporating figurate speech. Lastly, April is poetry week and we dove into a poetry unit, which is going to be really fun!

Math –Third graders continued comparing fractions and wrapped up the week ordering three fractions. Strategies included same denominator, same numerator, and missing pieces.

Social Studies -In social studies we are learning about the Native American tribes in the United States regions we learned about last. This week we covered the Northeastern Woodlands, the Southeast Region, and the Great Plains. Next week we will learn about the Western Region, specifically our very own area and prepare for the field trip on Wednesday. Students were also able to learn their Mexico topic and meet in their group but we will dedicate more time with this in May. I know they are eager!

Science -Meteorologists continued their study of the clouds. We took notes, played a fun game, and looked at how to predict a storm.

Religion -This week we covered the first chapter in our Family Life Books, covering the Family and God’s plan. We learned that all families look different and God loves each and every one.

Art WA529 Art Contest for a Chance to Boost Your Education Funds!

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Spanish –This week in Spanish, we read and decorated a┬ámini book about pets, colors, and numbers.

Our TOTB this week was not an Earth, because we celebrate this day on Monday! So creative third graders!

Friday, April 12

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful spring break. We had a great week in third grade!

Rollerskating Bash for ALL of third grade!! Friday, May 10th. Please mark your calendars and plan to drop your children off at 6pm, hungry and ready to party!! Thank you, LeTellier Family!

Class Photos-Tuesday, April 16th. Dress uniforms.

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Family Life -Next week we will be starting a unit titled Family Life. This explores God’s plan for the family and is a new curriculum taught in our school in coordination with our religion curriculum. You will be receiving a book in your Wednesday Envelope next week titled Parent Connection. There are some family prayers, parenting and family suggestions, and how to navigate the world we live in. These are NOT consumable and checked out to you. You may keep them as long as you would like to use them, but if you feel that you will not be using them, please return them.

April Book Report -Students have had their books approved and should be working through them at this point. Selections will come home next week. This month’s reports will be due on April 30th.

Academics:

Religion -Happy Easter! We learned that Easter lasts 8 days and the Easter Season lasts 50 in the Catholic Church! We then specifically focused on the Paschal Candle and some Easter traditions.

Literacy -Authors are progressing through the writing process and writing creative stories. I gave them some options, guided them through a story hook and they are applying their knowledge of figurative speech, plot, and good sentence structure. They are truly off and running and having so much fun at it! For reading we read a fictional story about a coyote and a rabbit, which the students enjoyed. We searched for comparative and superlative adjectives and hyperboles. In addition this week we learned idioms.

Math -Mathematicians wrapped up the first chapter on fractions and have moved into comparing fractions. We are still practicing math facts every day as well!

Science -Our new unit is weather and climate. This week we brainstormed questions and had a little competition. Students explored what clouds are, how they are formed, and are learning the different types of clouds.

Social Studies -We are in the middle of two units now as we progress through this spring. Busy busy! First, we learned the regions of the United States this week and will relate it to Native American Tribes, leading up to our field trip on the 24th. Second, I’m sure you have heard about our Mexico focus. They are so excited! Next week we will get in research groups and begin gathering specific information.

Art – Building the Leaning Tower of Pisa: A 3D Paper Art LessonStudents will create a 3D model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa using paper, incorporating values to add texture to the windows, while exploring the concept of perspective in art.

Spanish -This week in Spanish, students practiced pet and family vocabulary with a crossword and matching games.

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