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Monday: Gym and Musicgrade-3-welcome-web
Tuesday: Spanish
Wednesday: Art
Thursday: Spanish
Friday: Computer

Reading and Writing Notebook Assignments
Monday Group: Saniya, Lia, Frankie, Evandro, Anthony
Tuesday Group: Theresa, Genevieve, Giuliana, Ashley
Wednesday Group: Sumer, Adrian, Matthew, Kane
Thursday Group: Zion, Sean, Kenneth
Friday Group: Hanna, Tannor

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Homework Updates

Posted on January 22, 2017

Homework  Monday 3/27/17

1. Read for 3o minutes and record

2. Reading Responses complete Monday entry  using “Famous Woman” BIOGRAPHY (Tuesday responses due tomorrow)

  • Continue filling out “Good Deeds” charts

Homework  Tuesday 3/28/17  

1. Read for 3o minutes and record

2. Reading Responses complete Tuesday entry using “Famous Woman” BIOGRAPHY (Wednesday’s responses due tomorrow)

  • Continue filling out “Good Deeds” charts

Homework  Wednesday 3/29/17

1. Read for 3o minutes and record

2. Reading Responses complete Tuesday and Wednesday entry using “Famous Woman” BIOGRAPHY

  • Continue filling out “Good Deeds” charts

Homework  Thursday 3/30/17

1. Read for 3o minutes and record

2. Reading Responses complete Thursday entry using “Famous Woman” BIOGRAPHY (Question) (Friday responses due tomorrow)

  • Continue filling out “Good Deeds” charts

Homework  Friday 3/31/17  

1. Read for 3o minutes and record

2. Reading Responses complete Friday entry “graphic organizer”

  • Continue filling out “Good Deeds” charts

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Mrs. Roccia Class 3-1

Posted on January 14, 2017

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Welcome to Mrs. Roccia’s Class 3-1

WEEK OF 3/27/17 to 3/31/17

  • Monday, March 27th ALL “Flushing Town Hall” permission slips and payment are due for our calligraphy trip
  • Tuesday, March 28th  Ms. McCarthy’s video consent permission slips are due
  • Wednesday, March 29th Penance Service in St. Anastasia Church

Grade 3 Douglaston – Newsletters

Posted on January 11, 2017

 

 

March 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

            Even though the temperatures are still quite cold it was nice to have a couple of days of Spring-like weather. The children finally got the chance to venture outdoors and get some much-needed fresh air during recess. It’s been a long winter and we’re sure they’re as excited for the upcoming warmer weather as we are! Please remind the children that although temperatures will hopefully be getting a bit warmer they are still to wear a jacket or fleece outdoors until temperatures are warm enough.           

            It was so nice to see many of you during report card conferences. The children have worked very hard and we are so very proud of them!

            Within our unit of China we have been learning about the many different types of homes found in China. Many of the homes, in the rural areas do not have indoor taps or flush toilets. We learned about how traditional homes are just one story high and their roofs are, made up of upswept blue tiles. They also have courtyards in the middle of the houses, which helps bring down the temperatures during the hot weather. Another type of home we read about were cave homes, which are dug out of hills and flat land is used for farming.   These homes are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Boat homes also known as “Sampans” are also very well known in China. These boathouses cruise up and

down main rivers. Thousands live and work on the water. People make their living by shipping goods to and from river ports, most rarely come ashore and their children are taught by traveling tutors. The last homes we learned about were apartment buildings. The apartments in the concrete communities are small and many have to share both bathrooms and kitchens with other families. The one good thing about these small concrete communities is that the rent is inexpensive, giving many the opportunity to save up and buy a home of their own someday.

         Our new read aloud for China, Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, is getting more and more interesting! Rendi a stow away is a chore boy in the small Village of Clear Sky, and his daily tasks become more bothersome with the added chatter or Peiyi, the daughter of the innkeeper which he was left with when caught in the back of a wine truck. We can’t wait to see what becomes of this young man!

            The children were also introduced to a new skill this week, “Cause and Effect”. They were given scenarios and were asked to identify what the cause and the effect were. We gave them hints to help them along as they identified the cause telling them to always ask themselves what happened first. This really helped many of the children tell the difference between the two. This skill was very helpful with their latest writing piece which is a persuasive essay where they will try and convince the audience why it would be worth their while to visit the site of the terra cotta warriors on their next trip to China.

            In math the children have been introduced to fractions. Important vocabulary words we will be using throughout chapter 8 are numerator, the number above the fraction bar that is being counted or shaded. The denominator, is the number below the fraction bar that indicates how many equal parts, which make up whole. We have been talking about the importance of all the pieces of a whole or a group being equal in order to identify them as equal fractions. We have also been working on how to solve two- step problems. We have explained how important it is to read the directions and underline what the problem is asking them to figure out. They must get in to the habit if rereading the problems and looking carefully at any diagram or chart that is provided before attempting to solve the problem. They should ask themselves questions like, What are they asking me to figure out? What information do I need from the problem? (and circle it) We also created a flip fraction books. We labeled and drew the fractions for wholes and unit fractions. The children should keep this as a tool they can use to refer back to when solving problems.

            On Friday we went into St. Anastasia’s Church and prayed the Stations of the Cross. This Wednesday, March 29th the children will be going into church for a special penance service. The children should continue to try and complete as many “Good Deeds” from their calendar as well as chart. As a reminder both will be collected after Easter break.

            Lastly, we are so very lucky to have Ms. McCarthy working with us! On Friday I sent home a video consent form that I asked to be signed and returned no later than Tuesday, March 28th. Our student teacher Suzanne McCarthy is required to record herself during one of her upcoming lessons, in order to fulfill her requirements for St. John’s University. Being that your child will be in the classroom for this lesson, we need your permission, as they will be participating that day. Please be aware that this video is for Ms. McCarthy, she is the focal point of the video, and the children are on the periphery. At no point is any child singled out and focused on for this video. If you feel uncomfortable with this for any reason and cannot sign the permission slip, please reach out to me, so I can arrange for your child not to be present in the classroom on the day of this upcoming lesson. I do thank you for your continued support. We wish Ms. McCarthy best of luck with her experience here at DWCA!

                                                                                REMINDERS

  • Monday, March 27th ALL “Flushing Town Hall” permission slips and payment are due for our calligraphy trip
  • Tuesday, March 28th McCarthy’s video consent permission slips are due
  • Wednesday, March 29th Penance Service in St. Anastasia Church                                   Thank you for all you do!

            Always,

            Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale

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Grade 3 Douglaston – Week of 12/18/16

Posted on December 18, 2016

January 6, 2017

Dear Third Grade Parents,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Our first week after our long break was a busy and productive one. We have started a brief unit on water. Before diving into this unit we needed to review descriptive words with the children, and explain how important these words are to make our writing come alive. We learned how some descriptive words in a sentence can tell “how many” or “what kind” when describing nouns. Within this unit, the children will revisit several strategies we learned through our Power of Literacy unit. We started the unit, by letting the children discover the topic we would be learning about through group work. They were given an opportunity to analyze and describe several pictures of water in different forms (ex: a river, a close up of a wave, an iceberg). They were given the task of jotting down what they “noticed” and “wondered” about the pictures using descriptive words. At the end of the activity we shared our findings and through their investigations the children correctly told us that we would be learning all about water. Next week the children will be asked to read several quotes and passages from the book, One Well, the Story of Water. Through group work they will underline unfamiliar words and circle words or phrases that may help them figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words.

In Math we have started chapter 4 and have gone back to working with multiplication. By now the children should know their tables from 2-5 including the 10 table and start concentrating on memorizing the 6-9 tables. This week the children as part of the Common Core standards have learned two different strategies to help them solve a problem they may come across they don’t know all that well. In the first strategy, the students explored using multiplication facts with 5 and addition to find the 6’s facts. They were taught that since they already know how to multiply by 5, adding one of the factors to the product would make it easier to fond their answer. Below are some examples that we worked on with this strategy.

Ex: 6 x 6 = 5 x 6 + 6 = 36

6 x 8 = 5 x 8 + 8 = 48

6 x 9 = 5 x 9 + 9 = 54

Another strategy the children will learn next week will be to find the product using the Distributive Property (multiplying a sum by a number is the same as multiplying each addend by the number and then adding the products.

Ex: 2 x 4 = 2 x (4 +4)

2 x 8 = (2 x 4)+ (2 x 4)

2 x 8 = 8 + 8

2 x 8 = 16

In Religion we will begin chapter 4 where we will learn all about how the church began. The children will learn all about how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, how the church began on Pentecost and how the holy church grew.

Lastly, we are asking for clear 1-liter bottles to be sent in with your children. We are looking to collect at least 12 to 14 bottles between both classes for an experiment we will be working on. Any contributions will be most helpful!

  • Thursday, January 12th is our field trip to Alley Pond Environmental Center to learn all about “Climate Change”
  • Friday, January 13th the academy is closed due to a Professional Development Day for teachers
  • Monday, January 16th the academy is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

As always we thank you for all you do!

Peace,

Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale

 

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