Posted on April 30, 2017
GRADE THREE NEWSLETTER
May 21, 2017
Dear Third Grade Parents,
We’ve had yet another busy week in third grade! The children had a wonderful time on our trip to Flushing Town Hall to make piñatas. They were all so excited to make an actual piñata from scratch. We currently have them on display on our hallway and will send home once we have completed our unit of study on Mexico. Field Day 2017 was a success and the children’s super powers really came out within each obstacle course they went through. Both the Red and blue teams played there hardest and had a great time!
This week we have continued with our study of the Ancient Mayan culture. We especially focused on how the Mayan were very religious people and had worshipped different Gods. Mayan religion was divided into three parts with earth as one part, the level above the earth as another part, and the level below the earth as the third part. The level above the earth was like our Christian Heaven. The Mayan built pyramids to be closer to Heaven. We learned how they built two different kinds of pyramids. The first type of pyramid was used by priests to make sacrifices to the gods. The most important religious ceremonies were held at the top of these pyramids. The second type of pyramid was a sacred pyramid built to a god. These pyramids were not to be climbed or touched by humans.
In science we have continued our discussion about how fossils form. Did you know that a fossil is the preserved remains or image of animals, plants, and other organisms from the past. Some fossils are even found in ice that has been frozen for many years. We talked about how water seeps into the spaces of the organism, leaving deposits of minerals that slowly build up creating a cast of the former plant or animal. Also, our classes have been busy observing the chrysalis (pupa) the caterpillars have transformed into, and this week the Monarch Butterfly have appeared. Did you know these beautiful brightly colored butterflies are actually poisonous to their predators? The reason explains why they are nicknamed “Milkweed Butterflies”. Monarchs eat plants called milkweed, which have toxins that are not poisonous to them but are to other living things. Monarchs can be found all over the world in tropic and sub-tropic areas.
Next week we will begin learning about plants and animals found in the rainforest. The children will be doing research on an animal found in the rainforest in computer class with Mr. DiSiena and they will continue the research at home. They each were assigned an animal to find out where in the rainforest it lives, its predators, what they eat, their adaptations and whether or not they are endangered. We will also be talking about the importance of the rainforests to all people on earth. We will be looking at the problems linked with deforestation and how it impacts all people. As homework they are to print and fill in answers to questions provided. They will be using answers to these questions as a tool to help them with a final performance task. They will need to bring in books or information from the Internet on Tuesday, May 30th. Two color copies no bigger than half a page of their animal would be greatly appreciated too. Below are some of the sites Mr. Disiena uses that can be used to look up information for their Rain Forest animals. (1) kids.nationalgeographic.com (2) rainforest-alliance.org/kids (3) kidRex.org (4) kids.sandiegozoo.org (5) Archive.org (is more advanced they’ll need a little help navigating through site).
Next week we will begin our chapter on Geometry where they will be learning the differences between a line, a line segment, obtuse angles (angles greater than a right angle), right angles, an acute angle (angle less than a right angle.) We will also be learning new vocabulary such as the vertex, end points and rays.
Starting the week of May 30th we will be requesting that the children bring in a poster board/oak tag and a Trader Joe’s bag in order to complete the last project of the year. We ask that the poster board to be brought in by Wednesday, June 1st. We will begin our last unit, which will be their individual study on a country of their choice, in the coming weeks. We want to make sure everyone has the supplies needed. They will be creating a poster to answer our essential question- “How do people live, work, play and pray in that country?” The children will be picking their countries in the upcoming weeks.
We are hoping to have a culminating celebration on a day to be announced in June, so that the children can share their posters with all the parents. In the past, parents have brought in an appetizer, main dish or dessert from the country of their ancestors. We will be sending out more information in June but we wanted to give you time to think about it.
Lastly, our trip to the Festival of Cultures is this Tuesday, May 23rd. We are expecting a rainy week and our trip is outdoors. We will be keeping a close eye on the weather. If by chance we are rained out out there will more than likely be a rain date, however, they do not cancel events until the morning of at around 7:30am. L On the day of the trip we are asking the children to wear their gym uniforms as well as bring in their lunch. Those who ordered special lunch on this day will have their lunch packed up and they will take it home. We will not be back in time for lunch and will eat on the park grounds. Therefore, we are asking the children to bring in a packed lunch and bring it in either a brown bag or shopping bag so we could easily dispose of it. No tupperware, thermoses or glass bottles are allowed. The children must also bring a string bag like they did on Field Day to help them carry their lunch and towel, which they will be using to sit on.
- Tuesday, May 23rd is our trip to the Festival of Cultures (must wear gym uniforms and bring lunch)
- Friday, May 26th School is closed/Professional Development for teachers
- Monday, May 29th– School closed Memorial Day and Memorial Day Parade
- Tuesday, May 30th Rain Forest animal printed research or books are due in order for children to begin project
- June 1st poster boards and Trader Joe’s Bags are due
Thank you for all your continued support it is so greatly appreciated!
May 14, 2017
What a fun filled week we had celebrating DWCA’s second annual Spirit Week. The children had a great time working on a craft along with our seventh grade friends, dressed up in their favorite color, went to the movies and watched the 8th grade vs. the teachers in a kickball game. Great memories were definitely created this past week! Within our study of Mexico this week we learned all about Mexico’s Patron Saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe. They learned the story behind this beloved Saint. Long ago in the 1500’s a native Mexican man named Juan Diego sees the image of Mary and she asks him to build a church on that site for the people of Mexico. He asked her for a sign to show the bishop and she gives him roses to bring to the bishop in December, when flowers do not bloom. When Juan Diego presents the flowers to the bishop, there is an image of Mary in his tilma (cloak). The image of Mary still hangs in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico. We talked about how important Our Lady of Guadalupe is important to the Mexican people and how Mexican people have blended beliefs from ancient Maya and the Catholic faith brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. We also watched an actual film about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the children took notes and filled out a graphic organizer throughout the movie to the help them with our next writing piece which will be all about Mexico’s Patron Saint. We will also be learning about the Mayan culture and answering our essential question of how they live, work, pray and play.
We have started learning cursive. The children are using prior knowledge of how they were taught penmanship back in kindergarten. We have been using “guide words” such as “sky”, “airplane” and “ground” when knowing how high or low to write each letter on the lined paper. They learned about short and long brush strokes as well as to never lift the pen off the paper until the word is completely written and to cross their t’s or dot their I’s after the word has been written. It is a work in progress and our goal is to have them leave third grade with the basics and with writing their names.
In Math we have been working on ordering fractions from least to greatest and vice versa. The children continue using their fraction strips to help hem find equivalent fractions. Next week we will be reviewing using a study guide for chapter 9. We will take the chapter 9 assessment on Thursday, May 18th.
In science we have continued learning about how rock are grouped by how they form. We read all about Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic rocks. They learned that each type of rock can be changed into other types through the rock cycle. We also learned that a fossil is something left from an animal or plant that lived long ago that has turned into rock.
Lastly, we would like to wish all of the Mother’s a very special Happy Mother’s Day! One of the most adored quotes about mothers according to William Makepeace Thackeray’s quote says, “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” We hope you all have a terrific day!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
- 5/15 Special Lunch orders are due
- 5/17 May Crowning of the Blessed Mother at 10:30am
- 5/18 Trip to Flushing Town Hall we will be making piñatas
- 5/19 Field Day grades 3-5
May 6, 2017
This past week we started our unit on Mexico. The children decorated a paper skull from the Day of the Dead celebration, which we used to decorate our doors. We discussed Mexico’s location on the world map. Mexico has varied geographical regions. They also labeled a map a map of Mexico with its water features and landforms. We did a close reading on the different areas such as the Yucatan Peninsula, the plateaus and desert located in Mexico. On Thursday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo a day early because of our noon dismissal schedule on Friday. Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day but rather the celebration of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French Forces in the town of Puebla, Mexico? We celebrated with traditional Mexican snacks such as tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole. It is also a day for Mexican Americans to celebrate their heritage. Next week within our study of Mexico, we will be learning all about Mexico’s Patron Saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe. They will learn about the story behind this beloved Saint. The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe dates back to the 1500’s when a native Mexican man named Juan Diego sees the image of Mary and she asks him to build a church on that site for the people of Mexico. It was truly a memorable day for all of Mexico.
In Math, we will be taking our chapter 9 quiz on lessons 9.1 – 9.4 on Monday. We will then be continuing with our unit on fractions with equivalent fractions. So far, we have worked on comparing fractions in word problems, fractions with the same denominators, fractions with the same numerator, and the missing piece strategy. The children are highly encouraged to draw out the models of fraction circles when comparing fractions. Showing their work and proving their answers are absolutely necessary! Even for the multiple choice questions, using manipulatives or drawing their work will help them, not hinder them. We hope the fraction strategies packet we sent home last week was a helpful tool to help you when reviewing with your child.
In science we will begin our unit on different types of rocks igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. We will also discuss what fossils are and how fossils of animal and plants are embedded into rocks.
This week is Divine Wisdom’s second annual Spirit Week. Below is a schedule of the events that we will be participating in:
Mon. 5/8: Spirit Week begins with “BEACH Day” students are to come dressed ready for a day at the beach! Your children can put on their summer shorts, Hawaiian shirt or even a hat or sun visor! Please no bathing suits.
Tues. 5/9: COLOR day for students K-4. Do you feel purple or orange? Here’s your child’s chance to dress in their favorite color. Maybe even dress up as a rainbow with different color socks, pants, and shirt.
Wed. 5/10: SQUAD Day for grades K-8. Students are able to show their creativity by dressing up with a friend, or group as their favorite squad. We have discussed within our classes that no child is to feel left out and everyone is part of a group. Please discuss with your child what they agreed upon within their groups. In the afternoon the upper grades will be joining the younger grades to work on a “spirit” craft activity.
Thurs. 5/11: MISMATCH Day. Students are to wear mixed up and unmatched clothes to school.
Fri. 5/12: DRESS DOWN Day. ALL students are allowed to dress down.
Lastly this Friday, May 12th the “Third Grade Gala Event”will be taking place in Father Smith Hall promptly at 4:00pm (please note the change in start time). The Third Grade team will be gathering for a fun underwater themed evening at the Douglaston campus. The children will be creating under the sea theme desserts as well as watching Disney’s ever -popular sequel to “Finding Nemo”, “FINDING DORY!” Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas and even bring a blanket and pillow! What a magnificent way to make memories at DWCA. The event will take place on Friday, May 12th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in Father Smith Hall. All children are to be dropped off in Father Smith Hall at 4:00pm sharp. Pick-up at 6pm will also be from Father Smith Hall. If your child attends the afterschool program kindly inform the afterschool teachers that your child should be sent down to Father Smith Hall by 4:00pm.
Field day this year will be on Friday, May 19th. Permission slips went out earlier this week. Please make sure both permission slip and payment of $15.00 are returned to school no later than FRIDAY, MAY 12th
- 5/8 Flushing Town Hall (Piñata trip) signed permission slips and payment are DUE.
- 5/8 Math Quiz on lessons 9.1 – 9.4
- 5/9 “Born in China” trip to Movie World (color day clothing is fine to wear)
- Wednesdays are a 2:30pm dismissal
- May 12th Field day permission slips are due
- If the temperature forecast is expected to rise above 80 degrees at any time, students are permitted to wear their Divine Wisdom gym uniform, not Nike shorts, or other sports-themed clothing
- Please be reminded that students must come to school on time and remain in school until dismissal at 2:45pm. If they must be picked up early, a note or email is to be sent to the homeroom teacher. Please make every effort to schedule appointments after the school day.
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
April 30, 2017
We have finally finished our study of China! We are extremely proud of how much we have covered in this unit. The children have written several writing pieces within the unit and the quality of the work is truly an example of the learning that has occurred from September to now. We will begin our study of Mexico this week. The children will be decorating a paper skull from the Day of the Dead celebration, which we will use to decorate our doors. We will be discussing Mexico’s location on the world map. Mexico has varied geographical regions; we will be doing a close reading on the different areas such as the Yucatan Peninsula, the plateaus and deserts. They will also be learning all about Mexico’s patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe. On Thursday, 5/4 we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day earlier because of our noon dismissal on Friday. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. We will be celebrating with traditional Mexican snacks such as tortilla chips salsa and guacamole.
In Math we have started working on our second chapter of working with fractions. As we continue learning about fractions we have put together a series of examples of the various strategies we have been working on within our GO MATH “Fraction” chapters, which you could use to review with your child. Within chapter 9 we have worked with comparing fractions with like and different denominators. We have been using fraction pieces to help with the comparison. We have sent home fraction pieces for the children to use when completing their math homework. We have discovered through the use of fraction manipulatives, that fractions with a large denominator are much smaller than the fractions that have a smaller number. For example 1/4 is greater than 2/12. We encourage the children when answering questions without the fraction pieces that they can draw a picture to help them solve a problem by drawing a shape and making equivalent pieces in order to compare the two fractions. By weeks end we will be having a quiz on lessons 9.2, 9.3 and 9.4.
In Science our Painted Lady caterpillars have arrived just in time with our new country of study Mexico, where we learn all about the life cycle of the butterfly! We also dissected owl pellets! The children played the role of “paleontologist” by unearthing not Terra Cotta Warriors but, the bones inside an owl pellet. We discussed how birds are not able to digest fur, feathers or bones. This is why they produce pellets, which is a special way owls get rid of prey parts they can’t digest. Incredibly enough owls have efficient eating methods that enable them to eat many rodents, birds, and other animals in a single evening. Nature has provided owls with an ingenious way of separating the meat of their prey from its bones, hair, fur, or feathers. Within these pellets the owl regurgitates you can usually find more than one skeleton in a single owl pellet because the birds eat many times in a single evening. When dissecting the sterilized owl pellets using tweezers and large toothpicks, some of the students found as many as three skulls within their owl pellet. They were also able to recognize and name many parts of the skeleton using a chart we provided for them to refer to. The children were amazed and enjoyed the entire scientific excavation. We hope they showed you the different bones they found within their pellets!
In Religion we have collected the children’s Good Deeds charts, which they were completing throughout the season of Lent. We have completed chapter 9 and the Lent chapter. This week we reviewed and highlighted for both chapters. We will be taking our assessment on Wed. 5/3. This week will continue learning all about the Easter season, which lasts fifty days after Easter Sunday.
On Friday, May 12th the Third Grade Gala Event will be taking place in Father Smith Hall promptly at 4:00pm (please note the change in start time). The Third Grade team will be gathering for a fun underwater themed evening at the Douglaston campus. The children will be creating under the sea theme desserts as well as watching Disney’s ever -popular sequel to “Finding Nemo”, “FINDING DORY!” Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas and even bring a blanket and pillow! What a magnificent way to make memories at DWCA. The event will take place on Friday, May 12th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in Father Smith Hall. All children are to be dropped off in Father Smith Hall at 4:00pm sharp. If your child attends the afterschool program kindly inform the afterschool teachers that your child should be sent down to Father Smith Hall by 4:00pm. If your child is interested in attending we ask that you please send in the participation slip along with the payment of $30.00 (check made out to DWCA) no later than Monday, May 1st in order to take a final head count for purchasing supplies for our dessert. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Lastly, we would like to thank you all for your prompt attention regarding our field trips in May. We appreciate your continued support! We are in the process trying to fit in one more trip and go see Disney’s annual Earth Day movie, which this year goes with our China unit as it documents endangered animals of China. This movie is out for only a limited amount of time so we have reached out to movie theaters in the hopes of possibly attending. Our only concern is transportation which we will try and finalize on Monday, 5/1. If all goes according to plan we will going to Movie World Douglaston, this Thursday at 10:00am. The cost will be $8.00, which also includes a drink and popcorn. Be on the look out for permission slips which will be due on Wednesday, May 3rd in your child’s folder and of course our email confirmation tomorrow.
- 5/1 Third Grade Gala Event participation slip and Payment are due
- Wednesdays are a 2:30pm dismissal
- 5/3 Religion Assessment chapter 9 and Lent
- 5/4 possible trip to Douglaston, Movie World more info to follow and our “Cinco de Mayo” celebration
- 5/5 is a NOON DISMISSAL and First Friday Mass in St. Anastasia Church at 10:45am, All are Welcome!
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
April 8, 2017
Through our study of China, our brains are bursting with facts! On Thursday we visited Flushing Town Hall for our calligraphy workshop with Dr. Cho. He taught us all about the history of the paintbrush. Did you know that it was invented over 2,000 years ago? The bristles are made out of horse, goat, or wolf hair. The traditional way of making ink is with pine tree charcoal. Traditional brushes were made out of bamboo wood. However the brushes we used at the workshop were plastic. The children practiced several words and numbers written in Chinese. We hope they shared with you what a great experience they had along with all their Chinese writing that came home in envelopes! This week we have learned all about China’s Schools. Children learned how different a day in a Chinese school is compared to a typical day in an American classroom. Schools in China’s cities begin their day with ten minutes of exercise. This helps make the children alert and ready for the day’s events. They are in school until 4:30pm, 6 days a week! The children were shocked, but felt better after learning that they do get a two hour lunch period and their Fridays are spent on field trips and Saturdays are spent at the park. They also learned about rural education in China and made connections with similarities of the school conditions that we learned about in Africa in the beginning of the school year. Many children were not able to attend school because they had to help their families with work on their farms. Those that did attend had to walk an hour to get to school and found themselves in a small classroom with several grades being taught by just one teacher. Even with the poor conditions the government is trying to help educate everyone. Next week, we will be working on the skill of comparing and contrasting. The children will compare the similarities and differences between China’s schools and American schools.
Reading responses for the rest of April will be completed using “Fiction” books. Reading logs are to be filled out everyday. It is important that your child continue to read daily in order to increase their reading stamina. They should also be reading books on their reading level which will help them improve their reading skills. Books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Minecraft, are fun books to read but do not have substance to them. They are like junk food with no nutritional value. We recommend that they read books that are more challenging with characters and plot that that have depth to them.
In Math we are finishing up our first unit of fractions. Our test will be on Tuesday, April 8th. Please use the study guide we worked on in class to help review the wording in questions that will be asked on the test. Please also review how the numerator and denominators switch when we are looking at more than a whole. The numerator gets larger and the denominator gets smaller.
In Religion we learned and read about the Lenten season. We also talked about Palm Sunday which we will be celebrating this Sunday. We learned how Palm Sunday was the start of Holy Week. We also talked about what an important celebration this is in our Christian faith. Many of the children shared what they have been trying to do more of during this Lenten season, which they have been coloring in their Good Deeds chart.
Moving forward it has been decided that no formal assignments will be given to students during holiday breaks. This is a time for family… Our only expectation is for the students
to continue their independent reading and logging their reading progress. No reading responses will be assigned during vacation time.
Please note that New York State Education law requires a written note to be submitted to the school via the homeroom teacher upon return from being absent. At the beginning of the school year, an Absent Note form was distributed, to be used to record the dates and reason for the absence. If the Academy does not receive an absent note upon return, the unexcused absence is recorded as illegal on school records. In addition, for three or more consecutive days a doctor’s note is required. Thank you for your attention on this matter.
- Monday, April 10th Festival of Cultures permission slips and payment are due (please note this is the last trip this year) we have another trip to Flushing Town Hall on May 18th to make piñatas during our study of Mexico more info for this trip will follow after break
- Wednesday, April 12th 3-2’s Easter Celebration in the afternoon
- Wednesday, April 12th we will gather for mass at 10:00am in St. Anastasia Church, all are welcome
- Wednesday, April 12th is a FULL day of school and there will be no yellow bus service on this day
We wish you all a very blessed Easter. We hope you are able to spend time together and relax! Thank you for all you do.
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
The year is really flying by. It’s hard to believe we are in the month of April and that its spring with the return of this unwanted cold weather. The children are patiently waiting for the nice days to come when they can go outside with only a fleece or to take their jackets off.
Within our ELA connection the children have been introduced to writing in “P.I.E” form (to persuade, inform, and to entertain.) We are in the process of using these forms of writing to create a booklet using the topic of the Terra Cotta Warriors. This week we extended their knowledge and introduced them to the Author’s Point of View, which is the perspective from which a story is being told. The children were taught how to identify passages written in first person and third person. In the “First Person” point of view, an author may have the narrator or the main character in the story tell the story. Stories written in the first person usually use the pronouns, “I”, “me”, and “my”. The Third Person is the most common point of view used in fiction writing and is the traditional form for academic writing. Authors of novels and composers of papers, use “he”, “she”, or “it “ when referring to a person, place, thing, or idea. The children next week will be using the key words in the first person to write a paragraph “to entertain.” They will write about being an actual Terra Cotta Warrior in the first person. They’ll use ideas such as where they were found, how it felt being created, why they were created, how did the Chinese craftsmen make the look, and finally how they felt about being such a historic part of Chinese history.
In Math we have continued working with fractions. We cannot stress how important it is for children to become familiar with the vocabulary we have been working on. They must know which part of the fraction is the numerator, which is the top number of the fraction and shows how many equal parts are being counted/shaded. The denominator is the bottom number of the fraction and tells how many equal parts are in a whole group. We also learned about whole numbers and used a number line once again as a visual to show the fractional parts, which make up the whole. When renaming a whole greater than 1 whole, the numerator then becomes greater than the denominator. For example, 2 = 4/2 or 6/3 or 8/4. We will have a math quiz on Monday, April 3rd on lessons 8.1, 8.3, 8.4 & 8.5.
In Science, we have discussed how animals of long ago became endangered and how animals of today are endangered of becoming extinct. We talked about how extinction happens when the last individual dies the species becomes extinct. Each living organism that scientists have identified has their own name. Before a species becomes endangered, there may be a reduction in its number, scientists say the species is threatened. Scientists put animals into two groups: Species that will become extinct soon if not cared for and species that will be in danger of becoming extinct if not cared for.
We have introduced the children to Mathletics. Mathletics is a fun way to practice math skills! There will also be a competition going on next week for DWCA students to compete against other students from around the diocese! Students have been given a username and password to be used at www.mathletics.com. Student’s login information has been taped on the front page of their planners. They can log in whenever they have some free time at home to practice skills. The competition will be going on from April 2nd until April 9th. Mr. DiSiena will also be giving the students computer time to participate in this competition. Participation is not mandatory but it definitely is a fun way to review skills and strategies!
Lastly, we have a new Reader’s Response format for the week of April 3rd. The new response format will allow children to choose a fiction book. The new assignment sheet has been taped into their response notebooks. As previously discussed by this time in third grade all students should be reading chapter books. We have discussed how important it is to follow through and complete the book once started
- Monday, April 3rd Math Quiz 9 (lessons 8.1, 8.3, 8.4 & 8.5)
- Wednesdays are a 2:30pm dismissal
- Friday, April 7th NOON dismissal and first Friday mass in St. Anastasia Church at 10:45, ALL ARE WELCOME
- There will be NO Reading Responses the week of April 10th- April 21st and will resume the week of April 24th continuing with the genre focus, “Fiction” Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
WELCOME TO CHINA March 11, 2017
We departed the Arctic Region last Thursday and have arrived at our next destination, China. The children were excited to get started on our new adventure. We started the unit with writing down what we knew about China and what we wanted to learn about China. One of the questions that many of the children asked was whether or not people in China had a difficult time accessing water. They also asked questions about their religion, the schools there and the types of home they live in.
We missed the actual Chinese New Year but we learned all about how it goes by the lunar calendar, the red envelopes that are given as gifts to children filled with money and the importance of the color red to ward away bad spirits. We all agreed that we would love to be part of a celebration of long noodles, which are eaten as good luck for a long life. 2017 is the year of the rooster. We created roosters and bulleted information about the New Year. Did you know that lanterns are hung as a sign of the coming spring? We also learned about the Terra Cotta Warriors and Emperor Qin, the first emperor of China. The children read a mini book on the Terra Cotta Warriors that included information on where and who discovered the warriors. Did you know that two farmers digging a well discovered them in 1974? We will be working on going back to the text and using key details to support our answers. Some of the children answered questions with a limited amount of information. We are trying to encourage them to always include key details. They will be using their graphic organizers to create a flip book that includes an information piece, a persuasive piece on why the Terra Cotta Warriors are an important part of China’s history as well as a piece to entertain, written in the first person point of view.
In math we are almost finished with chapter 7. In chapter 7 we worked with, solving multi-steps problems as well as order of operations. The children were introduced to “PEMDAS” yesterday, the order in which equations should be solved. PEMDAS stands for:
P(parenthesis) E (exponents) M (multiplication) D (division) A (addition) and S (subtraction). We explained to the children how both multiplication and division go hand in hand just like addition and subtraction. When an equation has both multiplication and division together ex: (2 x 3 / 6= P) you do not use PEMDAS instead you would solve according to what the equation is telling you to do first from left to right. The same rule applies when solving an equation that has addition and subtraction ex: (6 + 4 – 3 = P). Next week we will continue to work on this new strategy as well as work on the study guide for chapter 7. The study guide should be used as a review tool. Our chapter 7 math test will be on Monday, March 20th.
In Science we have started learning to identify different types of animal behaviors. We read about how instincts help animals attract a mate and care for their young. Instincts can also help animals defend themselves and help them find food and shelter. We also learned that animals hibernate because they can’t find enough food to keep their bodies warm during the winters. The children were stunned when we learned how global warming has been affecting the black bears hibernating cycle in Northern California and Nevada since 2014. The winters have been so dry and warmer than normal the bears are staying around later and eat through out the winter.
In Religion as part of their daily homework the children should continue coloring in their Lenten calendar and “Good Deeds” chart. Both will be collected after Lent.
This past week we had a successful Accreditation visit and to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and dedication of all, Mr. LaForgia has designated Monday, March 13th as a free dress down day. The entire Academy community has permission to dress down!!!!!
- Monday, March 13th is a free dress down day
- Wednesdays are a 2:30pm dismissal
- Saturday, March 18th A Day at the Movies… Beauty and the Beast–10am St. A’s Fundraiser at Douglaston Movie World
We thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
March 4, 2017
Third grade has officially departed from the Arctic Region, so we hope to have warmer temperatures in the coming weeks! The children have spent the week finishing up our unit on Antarctica and the Arctic by writing their final performance task about their Arctic animal. They used the graphic organizers on the Arctic animal they were assigned over the February break to help them piece together a three- paragraph essay. We reviewed with the children how important it is to give each new paragraph an informative topic sentence to make the reader aware of what they will be reading about. We also discussed the reasons why indenting is so important within our writing, especially when writing more than one paragraph. We explained that we should indent when starting a new paragraph or when the topic you are writing about will change. Overall, the children wrote plenty of information about their Arctic animal such as its appearance, diet, how it protects itself etc… We introduced China on Thursday, which is our next country of study. We began our unit the same way we start all others with a K-W-L chart detailing what the children “KNOW” and “WANT TO LEARN” about China. We also created dragon masks to symbolize the famous Dragon Dance of China and read all about Chinese New Year, its history, and the significance of lanterns in Chinese culture. The children read about what the Chinese believe will bring good luck as well as bad luck during each New Year. Did you know that if you are given a mandarin on New Years day you shouldn’t eat it until the second day of the New Year, or it will bring you bad luck for the rest of the year! The children were amazed by how many beliefs the Chinese have and really do follow!
A new format for Reading Responses will begin starting the week of Monday, March 6th. The children will be completing their responses using a “Famous Woman in History”, in honor of Women’s History Month. It may be hard to imagine today, but women were mostly absent from history books until the 1970’s. In 1978, Sonoma County, California, began a “Women’s History Week” designed to fill in those textbook blanks. March became Women’s History Month in 1981 when congress approved joint resolution by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The children will be asked to choose a biography about any famous woman figure. They should be reading chapter books for their logs and reading responses. As mentioned before the “Who Was” series is highly recommended when reading about a biographical figure. The “NEW” ASSIGNMENT SHEET has also been updated. The children will now be using the “Code of text” once a week and answering specific questions twice a week, along with two new graphic organizers that will be taped into their response notebook. As a reminder all reading logs that are collected as well as reading responses are used towards their homework grades. The children should be filling out their reading logs daily after they read for 30 minutes as part of their daily homework.
In math we have continued working on chapter seven which shows several division strategies to help solve an equation. This week the children worked with the 7, 8, and 9 tables. Some of the strategies they used to help find the quotients for each equation were: repeated subtraction, arrays, factors and related facts. We will be finishing up the chapter within the coming week. Please also continue to have the children review their multiplication tables up to 10 we will begin drilling them again this week.
This past Wednesday we celebrated Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of the season of Lent. Even though the children are not required to “give up” anything for Lent, we encourage the children to “add something” into their lives during the Lenten season. To help them carry out these good deeds we have sent home a daily Lenten calendar. The crosses on the calendar should be colored each day according to the colors assigned on the top of the page. It gives children an opportunity to think about their actions each day. Perhaps they said an extra prayer or did and extra chore they normally aren’t asked to do. The “Good Deeds” chart should colored in each day too. In class this week we discussed what makes us a disciple of Jesus and what character traits they could name that they could be working or doing more of during this Lenten Season.
- Monday, March 6th starts the new Reading Response format for March, “Women’s History Month” biographies should be used for responses
- Thursday, March 9th Religion Assessment chapter 7 and 8
- Friday, March 10th Class 3-1 Scholastic Book orders are due and it is a Student Council dress down day
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
February 17, 2017
Third grade is in full swing as we started to learn about the Northern most tip of the world ‘The Arctic” and the people that live there. They learned how the Arctic lies within the Arctic Circle, which is an imaginary circle around the North Pole. It also includes the Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and most of Greenland. In comparison to Antarctica the Low Arctic does have plants that cover 90% of land and has many animals. Did you know that the Arctic is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun” meaning that for two months in the summer the sun doesn’t set and shines for 24 hours a day. The children learned that the Inuit’s came to the Arctic thousands of years ago and settled in groups in Northern Alaska, Scandinavia, Canada, and Siberia. We know them as “Eskimos” which they really don’t care to be called. The children made wonderful text- to- text connections when learning all about the Inuit’s, and realized the customs and jobs they did were very similar to the Aboriginal people of Australia we learned about. Both have the men hunting for the food, while the women prepared and gathered the food such as berries and nuts. The children helped the women gather food and the men with hunting.
Winter break packets were sent home on Wednesday. This packet included an article about an Arctic animal and two pages of Math. We ask that the children fill in the graphic organizer about the Arctic animal and bring it back to school on Monday, February 27th. It is crucial that all packets be returned by this day in order for classwork to be completed. We will be using the information to begin an Arctic Animal Research assignment. We will also be creating a pop up display to go along with the writing.
In math, we are continuing to work on chapter seven which shows all the different strategies used to solve division. This week the children worked with the 10, 5, 3, and 4 tables. They are using various strategies to help them solve to find the quotients. Some of the strategies they used were to skip count by 5, count back using a number line by jumping and stepping, use 10 facts and then take half of it to multiply with 5, divide by 10, and then double to divide by 5, making groups as well as Arrays.
In Science this week, we went on a field trip to Alley Pond to learn about endangered animals. One particular endangered animal we will be learning about in the Arctic is the polar bear and how global warming is affecting it and its cubs.
In Religion, we discussed with our classes the importance about personal safety. We discussed the differences between telling and tattling, stranger danger, adults asking children for help finding a lost pet, and protecting our bodies. We also talked about listening to that inner voice when something doesn’t feel right about a situation. We stressed the importance of telling an adult at home or in school if they
don’t feel safe or feel uncomfortable.
- Progress Reports were mailed home last week. If you have not returned the signed progress report, please send in no later than MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th
- February Break 2017 – School is closed… Monday, February 20th through Friday, February 24th
- February Break Homework packets are to be returned by Monday, February 27th
- No Reading Responses next week, Reading Responses will resume the week we return on February 27th.
- Read and record every night over break
We hope you all have a restful week off and we will be hitting the ground running when we get back!
Thank you for all you do!
(ICE CALVING IN ANTARCTICA)
January 27, 2017
Dear Third Grade Families,
This week we arrived in Antarctica, which is the fifth largest continent. We learned several interesting facts about the frozen continent such as how the South Pole is located in Antarctica, it’s the coldest and driest continent, and how no one lives there permanently, except for those who come to visit, study and work such as scientists. Finally, one of the most fascinating facts the children learned was how if you look down at Earth from space in the month of August, it appears to grow in size than what it looked like in February because the sea- water around the continent has frozen. At the very top of the page is a picture of ice calving. Ice calving, also known as glacier calving, is the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier. It is a form of ice disruption and is normally caused by the glacier expanding. In class we watched a video of two scientists who were lucky enough to view and take footage of the world’s largest calving event. This event lasted 75 minutes and was placed in the 2016 Book of World Records. The children were beyond amazed! We also started a close reading from the book, Penguins and Antarctica. This book is a non-fiction companion that goes hand in hand with our read aloud, Magic Tree House: Eve of the Emperor Penguin. Within the book, Penguins and Antarctica the children will read up to date information about the giant continent, look at both illustrations and photos, and have questions answered such as, “What exactly happens at a research station in Antarctica?” For homework Friday, the children were to reread chapter one, which is a basic introduction filled with fun facts from Antarctica’s beginning in Gondwana all the way to present day happenings. They were to also complete answering the questions we started in class using evidence found in the text. We reminded the children to answer these questions using details from the text and evidence base terms all in complete sentences. Three word answers or answers beginning with because are not acceptable especially at this time of the year in third grade.
We have finished our study on freshwater around the world. The children read the book, Our World of Water. This book introduces children from different countries such as Peru, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Mauritania, and the United States and how they access freshwater in their communities. Through group work, the children close read the text and filled out a graphic organizer with the main focus of how each child uses water depending on the land and water sources that they live near. They completed a writing piece based on the child they studied and finished their “Our Global Well” bookmark. On the bookmark the children wrote about where water was found on Earth, different ways to conserve water, how children around the world use water and gave some interesting “Did You Know” facts. The children truly did a wonderful job piecing together all their facts and details within their bookmarks.
As a reminder, reading responses for the month of February will concentrate on Black History. Starting this Monday, January 30th the children should begin following the new assignment sheet for our Reading Responses. During the month of February, the children will be using biographies for their responses with a focus on famous African Americans. The children will be reading and writing about the same “biographical figure” they chose for the entire month especially, when answering Thursday’s entries when we will be asking different focus questions about the life of this person. Many of the children have brought in their “Who Was” books to show us the famous African American figure they chose. Others have borrowed books from our classroom libraries. Lastly, it is important that all responses (coding of text and questions) are answered in complete sentences using details/examples from the text to support their answers. It is our goal to help build their writing stamina.
In Math, we have finished chapter 4 and have reviewed the different strategies we have learned throughout the chapter such as, Arrays, Distributive Property, Associative Property, Commutative Property, and bar models. We have gone over the study guide, which should be used as a review for their test on Tuesday, January 31st. As a reminder, the children should continue reviewing their multiplication tables up to the ten-table on a nightly basis.
Finally, this Sunday, January 29th is the start of Catholic School’s Week 2017. We will be having an opening mass to start this year’s Catholic School’s Week at St. Anastasia’s Church on Sunday at 10:00am. After mass, the academy’s Open House will run from 11:00am – 2:00pm. All are welcome! Below is our Catholic School’s Week schedule:
CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S WEEK “2017”
Open House from 11:00am to 2:00pm
11:00am class visits
3-1 has gym at 10:00am you are welcome to visit before 10:00am
3-2 has music at 10:30 you are welcome to visit before 10:30am.
”Family Feud” for Grades
|Pajama/Spirit Wear Day
(if your child doesn’t want to wear Pj’s they are welcome to wear their gym uniforms.
At lunchtime the student council will be hosting a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae”
Get Up and Dance Day
*Wear your favorite Sports Team Jersey Day
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will pay a visit. He will visit classrooms and meet students in St. Anastasia Church 9:30am. Parents are welcome to join.
“Family Feud” Grades 5-8
|First Friday Noon Dismissal
“Share a Book” Students in the upper grades will visit the lower grades and read one-on-one with students
|Closing Mass @ St. Robert’s
- Tuesday 1/31 (Pajama/Spirit Wear Day) Students are to come to school dressed in their pajamas or spirit wear. Sneakers must be worn. If they choose not to wear either the gym uniform may be worn instead
- Wednesday 2/1 (Jersey Day) Students can wear their favorite sports team jersey. If they choose not to wear a jersey, their gym uniform may be worn instead.
- Friday, 2/3 Alley Pond permission slips and payment are due for “endangered species” trip
As always thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia and Ms. Annibale
January 22, 2017
Dear Third Grade Families,
What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Not a word, they just waved! We had another great week learning all about fresh water and where it is found all around the world. We have continued working on activities to help us make meaning of unfamiliar word and different types of sentences. We worked on identifying the features of simple, compound and complex sentences and the differences between them. They all realized they’ve been writing simple and compound sentences since first and second grade but they never knew the sentences proper names. We also continued to discuss how important it is to use adjectives to make sentences more exciting and to help the reader visualize what they are writing about. The children also worked with spelling/vocabulary words that are found within the many texts that we have been working on. They learned that some of the words we have been working with have many different meanings. Through the use of context clues within the text they were able to figure out the meanings of the words. Within our water unit we also did a water prediction. We measured out 1-liter bottles and filled them with different levels of water. We used blue food coloring to help see the levels of water more clearly. Each bottle represented a water source such as fresh water, salt water, rivers and lakes etc… The children were amazed to learn how precious our fresh water supply really is, by seeing how little of
it really exists in the world! Our prediction bottles will be in our classrooms as well as in the hallway on display.
In math we have been working with the Associative Property using multiplication. Within the Associative Property it states that when the grouping of the factors is changed, the product is the same. We explained that when working out these problems they must always begin solving the numbers that are inside the parenthesis.
Example A: 3 x (8 x 2) = Example B: 8 x (3 x 2) =
3 x 16 = 24 8 x 6 = 24
The children can see that by using the Commutative or Associative Properties it makes a problem easier to solve. Changing the order and the grouping to 8 x (3 x 2) So that you can use a basic fact 8 x 6, is a lot easier than using 24 x 2 or 16 x 3. We ask that you continue reviewing the tables 6, 7, and 9 every night after homework. This week we will be finishing up chapter 4 and reviewing for our test scheduled for the week of 1/30.
In Science we have learned all about the Water Cycle. The children learned that the water they drank today may have rained down on the Amazon rainforest five years ago or a hundred million years ago, it may have quenched the thirst of a dinosaur. Did you know the amount of water on Earth doesn’t change- there’s no more water now than when the dinosaurs walked on earth. Through our close readings the children learned that the same water just keeps going through a cycle over and over again. The children were also introduced to science vocabulary words such as evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
We have completed chapter 4 in Religion and read how the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles as wind and fire. We have reviewed and highlighted the chapter to help them children study for their upcoming test on Friday, Jan. 27th.
Starting the week of January 30th a new assignment sheet for our Reading Responses will be sent home in their response notebooks. During the month of February, the children will be using biographies for their responses with a focus on Famous African Americans. The children will be reading and writing about the same “Biographical figure” they chose for the entire month especially when answering Thursday’s entries when we will be asking different focus questions about the life of this person. Many of the children have enjoyed reading biographies from the “Who Was” series. Within our classroom libraries we have some biography titles they may choose from. Lastly, it is important that all responses are answered in complete sentences using details/examples from the text to support their answers. It is our goal to help build their writing stamina.
- January 29th at 10:00am Catholic Schools Week opening mass will be held at St. Anastasia Church on Sunday, All are welcome
- January 29th from 11:00am -2:00pm Divine Wisdom will be hosting our annual Open House
- January 29th- February 2nd the academy will be celebrating Catholic Schools (full schedule of events that will be held during this week will follow)
- On Monday’s starting 1/23 hot chocolate will now be sold during lunch if your child is interested in purchasing, the cost is $1.00
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs. Roccia And Ms. Annibale