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     Happy Fall!
     
     MRS. CARRICATO'S SITE for
    Third Grade!
      
     
    Report Cards came home on November 15th. We will discuss the progress made at upcoming conferences.
     
    We are having a BOOK FAIR! The fair will be open during conferences.  We need volunteers - and an email went home with information.  
    Our class shops as a class on Monday, November 18th at 1:00 in the afternoon.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    You should see math and word work homework coming home. Please contact me if you have questions about the homework.  If a child does not have their homework completed and at school, they will stay in for our 15 min pm recess and make it up. PLEASE let your child do his/her own homework.  Check for completion -- and help when they really need it. You can supervise for neatness and see that they have gotten the concepts.  Please do not correct all mistakes.  I need to see how they do with independent work.  Thanks! 
    If your child is completely lost and you want to help, please do, but let me know in a note or email.  If they are really stuck, stop them and send me a note.  I will work with them anytime it is needed.  If homework is a terrible time in the evening-- call me or email right away.  It should never take longer than 20-30 minutes.
    Together we can fix it!
     
    Please try to allow your students to manage their binder on their own.  Here's what you can do. 
    • Ask them to show you their agenda each night
    • Ask them to get papers out of their take home folders
    • Help them to clean out their binders weekly, but please let them tell you what needs to go.  Sometimes parents get rid of things we are still working on in class.
     
    KEEP WORKING ON MULTPLICATION AND DIVISION!  GET THOSE FLASH CARD.  PLAY GAMES! USE FIRST IN MATH!  USE THE FOLDERS DAILY!
    Practice those facts:
    • as you make dinner
    • as you eat dinner
    • in the car on the way to practice
    • at the end of homework time
    • right before bed 
    • anytime you have 5 minutes to spare!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This site is a way for all to keep up with what we are doing in the classroom.  When you ask your child "What did you do in school today?"
    And they reply, "Nothing," you can come to the site!  Here you will see a weekly update of our classroom happenings. 
     
     
     
     
    SPECIALS FOR MARKING PERIOD ONE 
     
    DAY 1 GUIDANCE
    DAY 2 ART
    DAY 3 PHYS ED
    DAY 4 MUSIC
    Day 5 ART
     
     
     
       
     
     
     
    SUPPLIES
    You do not need to provide any school supplies for your child.  We have a binder for each child.  We include a cloth pouch with school supplies in the binder.  We have scissors, crayons, glue, markers, highlighters, paper, pens, colored pencils and more in the classroom.  There is not a lot of room in our desks, and so it is best to keep extra supplies at home because they will not fit in the desks!
    ******Except.....we do ask each student to bring in a set of headphones to keep in their locker for the laptops and the i pads.  They can be ear buds or over the ear headphones, whatever works best.  If you are unable to get them for whatever reason, let me know and I can!  
        
    •   SNACKS  
      *** We have a child with severe allergies to all peanuts/tree nuts, sesame, eggs, and shellfish. Please be mindful when you send in a snack for your child.  We will be diligent about wiping desks and washing hands, but the best plan is to avoid sending in snacks with these ingredients.  It is truly life threatening. I have a sign posted outside of the classroom with these items listed. If you have questions, just send me an email. 
      We have snack every morning around 9:00. I am asking that each child bring his/her own snack. They can keep them in their lockers or lunch box.  Some parents may want to send in a snack for the whole week, and we have room in lockers to do that.   
      The kids look forward to this each day. 

        

       
      • Walkers go out the doors by the gym only.  They are dismissed at 2:45.  If your child is meeting you to walk -- the playground is the best place! Or, if you have children meeting with friends and walking home, please make sure the kids know where they are meeting their buddies.
      • Car Riders go out the front door and wait for their parents to pull up. The adults on duty will load the first three cars in the line -- and then continue on in this way.  Students are dismissed at 2:50.
       
      IN THE MORNING:
      Remember, if students are walkers/bike riders they will come in by the playground and walk into the cafeteria with the adult on duty.  If they are car riders, they will walk in the in the front of the school with the assigned adult. 
       
       ***THERE IS NO ONE ON DUTY UNTIL 8:00.
       
       
       
      MOST IMPORTANTLY---- 
        If you ever find that your child is feeling unusual stress or excess anxiety  in third grade, please contact me.  I am a mom and a teacher, and I want all good things for my children -- and yours, too!
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      SUBJECT INFORMATION
       
      MATH   
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       math  

     

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      We are mastering multiplication AND Division.  We start the year with multplication and divison.  Please practice at home to help students gain not only fluency, but automaticity!
       
         SOUND   
      SCIENCE: 
       
      We have 5 units in science, and each one is taught by a different teacher.  The rotation for our class is:

      STRUCTURES OF LIFE (PLANTS)-CARRICATO STRUCTURES OF LIFE (ANIMALS)- BOWSER

       

      WATER AND CLIMATE -GOLIHEW AND BORRELL

      FORCES OF MOTION-JONES

       

       

       


       
      SOCIAL STUDIES 
      map  
      We start the year with a unit on mapping.
       
       
       
                        books                   
       
      GUIDED READING
      In Guided Reading, we will continue to vary our genre between fiction and nonfiction.  We will try to read as many good books as we can!  We will work on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and most importantly, we will enjoy reading! 
       
       
       notebook
          LANGUAGE ARTS
      We have a whole group reading unit that lasts for 2- 3 weeks.  This includes a story from our anthology or trade book, a nonfiction story or complimentary story, vocabulary, comprehension, a reading skill, and a writing piece. 
       
      write WRITING
      We will work on different writing pieces.  Your students will be using topic sentences, transition words, and conclusions with ease!  We will be working on using details to support our ideas.  We will be using text evidence and robust vocabulary!  I am so excited to see your children progress!
       
       
       

      Please remember to check your child's homework book in the evening for assignments.  Also, look for upcoming tests on my homework site.
        

    There are many areas of the website that I know you will find useful.   I will update my site with  links for children to use to practice vocabulary.   There are word games and math games. 
    Now we have introduced  "First In Math"  which provides a unique individualized site for students to "practice" and play games at the same time.  Students each have a log in and password.  They can earn virtual stickers and compete with each other and still work at their own level at the same time. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT AND USE IT AT HOME.  THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN GET INVOLVED!

    Here is some general information that should help as we move through the curriculum.
     
    -Students will copy homework everyday into their assignment books from our homework board.  Parents are encouraged to look nightly for assignments, upcoming tests and projects.  
    -Homework is an essential component to reinforce concepts and skills taught in school.  Nightly assignments are not graded, but if they are not completed, students will miss pm recess to make up the assignment.
    -We use reading calendars starting in October, and with the exception of  April and May, students are asked to read 4 times a week for 20 minutes and record their time on a monthly reading calendar.  If nightly reading is an enjoyable family time, please feel free to read to your child.  My hope is that everyone will learn to love reading as a lifelong passion.
     -Word Study tests are every other Friday.  We spend two weeks on each pattern.  Homework will vary from week to week, but you should expect homework 2-3 times per week.
        - In science, your children will have each of the 5 teachers in third grade.  
        -In math, students could be with any of the 5 third grade teachers.  We generally give math homework 3-4 times a week. 
       -UNLESS THERE ARE UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK ON FRIDAYS.


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