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MRS. CARRICATO'S SITE forTHIRD GRADESpring is almost here -- the snow seems to be melting! We are looking more and more like 4th graders!Consider signing up for our DAY of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics!It is April 12th! The sign up link is coming to you in an email. Contact me if you need any help!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 THREEDAY 1 GUIDANCEDAY 2 ARTDAY 3 PHYS EDDAY 4 MUSICDAY 5 PHYS EDSUPPLIESYou 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!
SNACKSWe have snack every morning around 9:00. I am asking that each child bring their 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.
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.MOST IMPORTANTLY----
- 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.
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!
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.
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! Many students have mastered multiplication and moved on to division. I even have a few who have mastered division! Keep practicing!SCIENCE:We have 5 units in science, and each one is taught by a different teacher. The rotation for our class is:
LEVERS AND PULLEYS-JONES
THE HUMAN BODY-BORRELL
GUIDED READINGIn 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!LANGUAGE ARTSWe 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.WRITINGWe 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.
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 November, and with the exception of March and April, 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 Day 5. 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. Carricato =SOUND, Golihew = WATER, Jones=SIMPLE MACHINES (LEVERS AND PULLEYS), Hallett= MAPPING, and Borrell = THE HUMAN BODY.
-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.