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Grade 3: Week of 10/9-10/12

  • This week, the third grade will be taking the standardized Terra Nova exam.  Please be sure to read over the Terra Nova tips and strategies so that your child is prepared each testing day this week (as well as Monday, October 15th).
  • Homework will be light this week. Science workbooks and notebooks will be sent home throughout the week in order to keep Chapter 1: Living and Nonliving Things fresh in our minds for an upcoming test (currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th).
  • In addition to the Terra Nova testing, the third grade will:
    • complete Religion, Chapter 3 and begin a Rosary Booklet project.
    • continue with Reading Comprehension: Sequence activities using the NY Ready workbook.
    • read and complete an article from Science Spin Magazine: “Roaring Back!”
    • complete the Renaissance Reading Test in the Computer Lab.
    • read and complete an article from Scholastic News: “Remembering The Storm.”

Terra Nova Testing Schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 9th: InView Test (Sequences, Analogies, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning [Words & Context)
  • Wednesday, October 10th: Common Core Multiple Assessments: Level 13, Reading (Parts 1-4)
  • Thursday, October 11th: Common Core Multiple Assessments: Level 13, Language (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Friday, October 12th: Common Core Multiple Assessments: Level 13, Mathematics (Parts 1-3)
  • Monday, October 15th: Common Core Multiple Assessments: Level 13, Word Analysis (Vocabulary, Language Mechanics, Spelling, Mathematics Computation)

Homework for the week:

Tuesday: 

  • Reading: (NY Ready Book) Lesson 3: Reading About Time & Sequence. Read page 38 and complete the chart on page 39.

Wednesday: 

  • Reading: (NY Ready Book) Read “The Adventures of the Growing Nation” on page 40 and fill in the chart on page 41. Then, answer #3, Short Response Question, on page 44. Please write in complete sentences!

Thursday:

  • Reading: (NY Ready Book) Read “William Becknell and the Santa Fe Trail” on page 42 and complete Parts A and B on page 43. Then, answer #3, Short Response Question, on page 45. Please write in complete sentences!
  • Science: Begin to review Chapter 1: Living And Nonliving Things in preparation for our upcoming test on Wednesday, October 17th.

Friday:

  • Science: Continue reviewing Chapter 1: Living And Nonliving Things in preparation for our upcoming test on Thursday, October 18th. Please keep the workbook home to study from (it can be returned to school on Thursday, October 18th).

No other homework! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

 

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Grade 3: Week of 10/1-10/5

This week, the Third Grade will:

  • begin Vocabulary Unit 2 from the Sadlier Vocabulary workbook.
  • continue with Sequence activities from Reading Street supplemental books.
  • complete Grammar Unit 1: Sentences with a review packet and sample tests.
  • continue with Chapter 3: Understand Multiplication, Lesson 3.7
  • review Math Chapter 3: Understand Multiplication.
  • continue with Religion, Chapter 3: Christ Will Come Again.
  • continue with Science, Chapter 1: Types of Living Things and completing an activity in the Science Lab.
  • prepare for the Terra Nova exams by completing a Practice Exam on Thursday, October 4th and learning test-taking strategies.

Tests/Quizzes this week:

  • Math Chapter 3: Understand Multiplication Test- Wednesday, 10/3
  • Vocabulary Unit 2 Quiz- Thursday, 10/4
  • Grammar Unit 1: Sentences Test: Friday, 10/5

Homework for the week:

Monday

ELA:

  1. Reading– Sequence & Visualize Worksheet pg. 27
  2. Vocabulary– Fill in the Blanks pg. 20 and Synonyms and Antonyms pg. 21
  3. Grammar– (Sadlier) pg. 38 Proofreading Exercise with Run-on Sentences

 

Math: Lesson 3.7 Multiply with 1 and 0 pgs. 181-182

Science: **Due tomorrow, 10/2** Complete the 5 vocabulary flash cards for the following words and definitions:

  • Life Cycle– The changes that happen to an organism during its life.
  • Metamorphosis– A series of changes in appearance that some organisms go through.
  • Larva– The stage of complete metamorphosis after and organism hatches from its egg.
  • Pupa– The stage of complete metamorphosis where an organism is wrapped in a cocoon or a chrysalis.
  • Inherit– To have a trait passed on from parents.

Tuesday

ELA:

  1. Reading– Sequence worksheet pg. 28
  2. Vocabulary– Completing the Sentence pgs. 22-23 
  3. Grammar- Review packet: Lessons 1 and 2

Math: Study for Chapter 3: Understand Multiplication Test tomorrow, 10/3. Study the Mid-Chapter 3 Quiz, the Chapter 3 Review on pages 183-188, and the vocabulary from the chapter (you can also use your Multiplication Strategies flip book for help with vocabulary!)


Wednesday

ELA:

  1. Reading– Read “Makoto’s Garden” and answer questions #1-4 (be sure to write in complete sentences for #4!)
  2. Vocabulary– Study for Vocabulary Unit 2 Quiz
  3. Grammar- Review packet: Lessons 5 & 6

Thursday

ELA:

  1. Reading– Read “Basketball Practice” and answer questions #1-5 (be sure to write in complete sentences for #4-5!)
  2. Grammar- (Sadlier) pages 42-43 Unit 1: Sentences Review and study for Unit 1: Sentences Test

Math: Online assignment– Chapter 3 Understand Multiplication Post-Test- complete #1-19


Friday:

  • Please review the Terra Nova Test tips and strategies with your child over the long weekend.
  • Please send your child in with his/her Physical Education Program Policy Letter Notice Receipt by Monday so we can turn them into Coach J. 

No other homework! Enjoy the long weekend 🙂

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Terra Nova Testing: Grade 3

Grade 3 of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy is preparing for our first standardized test, the Terra Nova.

We will be practicing towards the end of this week and learning test-taking strategies. These strategies will benefit the students during testing week which begins on Tuesday, October 9th and continues through Monday, October 15th. In the event that your child is absent on a testing day, he or she will be able to make up the missed section from October 16th through the 19th.

Below, please find answers to the most common questions students have about standardized testing strategies as well as tips for you to review with your child.

Q: Should I guess if I don’t know the answer?

A: In the case of the Terra Nova, the answer is yes. The Terra Nova does not take off points for answering incorrectly; they just don’t add any points.

 

Q: What should I do if I’m stuck on a question?

A: Skip it. Students can always return to the question once they have answered those they are more sure about. Please advise your child to be careful about filling in the answer sheet. It may seem obvious to skip that line on the answer sheet when you skip the question, but in the intense atmosphere of a testing situation, it’s easy to forget to do this.

 

Q: How can I avoid skipping a line on the answer sheet?
A: Often, students find themselves at the end of the test, with two or three answers left to fill in on the answer sheet. To avoid this situation, Mrs. Leto will give her students a piece of paper to help them keep their place on the answer sheet.

 

Reassure your child:

Tell your child that the test will be used to see how well they are learning and to evaluate how well a school is educating its students.

Put the test in perspective:

Explain that this test score is looked in addition to many other pieces of information, such as grades and progress over time. This may be a big test, but it is still just one test.

Come prepared and get to school early:

On Terra Nova testing days, be sure to send your child to school prepared with two number two pencils. Also, be sure to get to school early. Tardy students are a major distraction once testing has begun.

Take a deep breath:

Have students practice taking deep breaths and silently counting to ten.

Listen carefully:

Listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher, and read the directions to each question carefully. Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test. Look at ALL answer choices and choose the best and most complete answer. If you are not sure which answer is correct, eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. Then, focus on the remaining choices. Students are not to write anything in the test booklet; they will be provided scrap paper.

Look for key words:

Look for key words in test directions and questions such as: choose, describe, explain, compare, identify, similar, except, not, and but.

Changing answers:

A word of caution about changing answers is that, usually, your first choice is correct. If you have to change an answer be sure to erase completely.

Stay focused and pace yourself:

Stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early. Each section of the test has an allotted time limit.

Get a good night’s rest:

Be sure your child is comfortable and alert on the day of the test by having them get a good night’s sleep the nights before each testing day. Students should have a healthy, light breakfast each morning (a heavy breakfast can make students sleepy).

Finally, tell your child that the test will have some difficult questions on it. All of the questions are not supposed to be easy. Please explain that they may not be able to answer all of the questions, and that they should just do their best.

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Grade 3: Week of 9/24-9/28

This week, the Third Grade will be continuing and/or beginning the following:

  • Beginning Spelling Unit 2: using, getting, easiest, swimming, heavier, greatest, pleased, emptied, leaving, worried, strangest, freezing, funniest, angrier, shopped (Challenge Words: included, occurred, supplying, scarier, happiest)
  • Continuing with Informational Text Reading Comprehension 
  • Beginning our second short story from Reading Street
  • Continuing with Grammar Unit 1: Sentences (compound sentences and their coordinating conjunctions, complex sentences and their subordinating conjunctions, run-on sentences)
  • Continuing with Chapter 3: Understand Multiplication, Lessons 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7
  • Continuing with Religion, Chapter 2: Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love
  • Beginning Religion, Chapter 3: Christ Will Come Again
  • Beginning Science, Chapter 1: Types of Living Things

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes this week:

  • Social Studies Chapter 1 Test- Tuesday, 9/25
  • Reading Comprehension Test: Informational Text- Wednesday, 9/26
  • Religion, Chapter 2 Test- Thursday, 9/27
  • Spelling Unit 2 Quiz- Friday, 9/28

Homework for the week:

Monday:

ELA:

  1. Spelling Unit 2: Complete ABC Order in your ELA notebook.
  2. Reading– Read and complete Informational Text: “Holidays” and answer questions #1-9 in complete sentences.
  3. Grammar (Sadlier)- Complete page 30 Proofreading.

Math: Complete Lesson 3.5 pgs. 169-170.

Social Studies: Study for our Chapter 1 Test tomorrow, 9/25.


Tuesday:

Math: Online assignment (Animated Math Models 3.5)

ELA:

  1. Spelling– Write a sentence for Spelling words #1-5 in your ELA notebook.
  2. Reading- Study/Prepare for our Reading Comprehension Test: Informational Text tomorrow, 9/26.
  3. Grammar (NY Ready Book)- Complete Lessons 14 and 15: Coordinating Conjunctions & Simple and Compound Sentences on pages 436-439.

Religion: Begin studying for Chapter 2 Test on Thursday, 9/27.


Wednesday:

ELA:

  1. Spelling– Write sentences for Spelling words #11-15 in your ELA notebook.
  2. Grammar (NY Ready Book)- Complete Lesson 16: Subordinating Conjunctions and Complex Sentences on pages 440-441.

Math: Complete Lesson 3.6 pages 171-174.

Religion: Study for Chapter 2 Test tomorrow, 9/27.


Thursday:

Math: Online Assignment: Personal Math Trainer, Lesson 3.6

ELA:

  1. Spelling- Study for our Spelling Quiz, tomorrow, 9/28. Two of the five challenge words will be bonus questions on the quiz.
  2. Grammar (Sadlier)- Complete pages 34-35

Science: ** Due Tuesday, 10/2 **

Please use index cards to create Science vocabulary flash cards for our Chapter 1 vocabulary.Write the vocabulary word on the blank side of the index card. Then, write the definition on the lined side. Use the following definitions:

  • Life Cycle– The changes that happen to an organism during its life.
  • Metamorphosis– A series of changes in appearance that some organisms go through.
  • Larva– The stage of complete metamorphosis after and organism hatches from its egg.
  • Pupa– The stage of complete metamorphosis where an organism is wrapped in a cocoon or a chrysalis.
  • Inherit– To have a trait passed on from parents.

 


Friday:

Science:  ** Due Tuesday, 10/2 **

Please use index cards to create Science vocabulary flash cards for our Chapter 1 vocabulary.Write the vocabulary word on the blank side of the index card. Then, write the definition on the lined side. Use the following definitions:

  • Life Cycle– The changes that happen to an organism during its life.
  • Metamorphosis– A series of changes in appearance that some organisms go through.
  • Larva– The stage of complete metamorphosis after and organism hatches from its egg.
  • Pupa– The stage of complete metamorphosis where an organism is wrapped in a cocoon or a chrysalis.
  • Inherit– To have a trait passed on from parents.

Writer’s Notebook: ** Due Wednesday, 10/3 **

Follow the guidelines on the Writer’s Notebook handout in your child’s red folder and have him/her decorate his/her notebook. All notebooks are due by Wednesday, 10/3. Happy decorating!

No other homework! Have a nice weekend 🙂

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Grade 3: Week of 9/17-9/21

As we welcome Fall, the third grade will be learning the following new material:

  • Go Math: Lessons 3.4 and 3.5 of Chapter 3 Understand Multiplication
  • Vocabulary: Unit 1 (using the Sadlier workbook)
  • Sadlier Grammar: continue with Unit 1 Sentences
  • ELA NY Ready Lesson 1: Informational Text
  • Religion: Complete Chapter 1 & begin Chapter 2
  • Social Studies: Complete Chapter 1 (the Test will be postponed to next Tuesday, 9/25)

Upcoming Tests this week:

Tuesday: Religion Chapter 1

Wednesday: Math Quiz on Lessons 3.1-3.3

Friday: Vocabulary Unit 1 Quiz


Homework for the week:

Monday:

ELA:

  1. Vocabulary (Sadlier)– Synonyms & Antonyms page 11
  2. Reading (NY Ready)– pgs. 12-13
  3. Grammar (Sadlier)- page 19 Write Your Own Commands and Exclamations
  4. **Spelling Quiz and Reading Comprehension Test signed**

Math: Online assignment: (Animated Math Models 3.2)

Religion: Study for Chapter 1 Test

Social Studies: Vocabulary flash cards due tomorrow. Bring in extra, blank flash cards to use in class.


Tuesday:

Math: Online assignment (Animated Math Models 3.3) and study for quiz on Lessons 3.1-3.3

ELA:

  1. Vocabulary– Write a sentence for Vocabulary words #1-5 and bring in flash cards.
  2. Reading (NY Ready)– Read “The Egg-Laying Mammal” and answer questions #1-7.
  3. Grammar (Sadlier)- Complete page 22 Writing Subjects.

Wednesday:

ELA:

  1. Reading (NY Ready)– Independent Practice: Read “Teeny Tiny Tardigrades” pgs. 18-20 and answer questions #1-3 on page 21
  2. Vocabulary– Write sentences for Vocabulary words #6-10. Write them directly onto your flash cards. Some of you may need to finish the definitions. If so, use your green Vocabulary Sadlier book. If you have extra time, log onto Sadlierconnect.com to find vocabulary games (search for our book: Vocabulary Workshop Level Green) to play to help you study for Friday’s quiz.

Math: Worksheet: Lesson 3.4 Problem Solving- Model Multiplication


Thursday:

Math: Lesson 3.5 pgs. 169-170

ELA:

  1. Vocabulary- study for quiz. Log onto Sadlierconnect.com to find vocabulary games (search for our book: Vocabulary Workshop Level Green) to play to help you study for Friday’s quiz.
  2. Reading- Read “The King of Frogs” and answer questions #1-7.
  3. Grammar (Sadlier)– pgs. 26-27

Social Studies: Begin to study for your Chapter 1 Test that will be given on Tuesday, September 25th. Study our 15 vocabulary flash cards and please bring them back to school tomorrow!


Friday:

Social Studies: Begin to study for your Chapter 1 Test that will be given on Tuesday, September 25th. Study our 15 vocabulary words (on flash cards), as well as the notes in your Social Studies notebook or the textbook.

No other homework! Have a nice weekend 🙂

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Grade 3: Week of 9/10-9/14

The third grade is ready for their first full week! Specials classes will begin this week **Please send your child to school in his/her gym uniform on Monday, September 10th for our first day of gym**

Specials:

Mondays- Gym 

Thursdays- Art

Fridays- Handwriting and Computer

 

We will be continuing with the following material this week:

  • Go Math Chapter 3 Understand Multiplication
    • Lessons 3.1-3.3
  • Reading Street Unit 1 Week 1 *
    • “Boom Town”
    • Realism vs. Fantasy
    • Spelling Words: happen, lettuce, basket, winter, sister, monster, supper, subject, lesson, spelling, napkin, collar, traffic, suggest, puppet (Challenge Words: skillet, picnic, planet, system, pumpkin)
    • Short Vowels
    • Sentences
  • Religion Unit 1 Chapter 1 
  • Social Studies Chapter 1 Lessons 1-3** People Live in Communities

 

*ELA will operate on a “Cycle Curriculum.” Due to the number of resources we have available to us, it will be smoother to transition from each component of ELA (ex. reading, writing, test prep, etc.) if we divide the curriculum. For the first week (tentative to change; each cycle length may vary between 1-2 weeks), we will use Reading Street and its supplemental texts: Spelling & Phonics and Practice Book. Our next cycle will focus on using the NY Ready Book, Sadlier Vocabulary, and writing prompts. Grammar will be taught throughout both cycles, using both Reading Street’s Grammar & Writing text as well as Sadlier Grammar.

** Social Studies and Science will operate on a “Cycle Curriculum.” For the first two weeks, we will focus only on Social Studies. After a test is given, third grade will switch over to Science for two weeks.

 

Homework for the week:

Monday: 

ELA:

  1. Spelling words in ABC order
  2. Reading Street Practice Book pg. 7
  3. Grammar & Writing pg. 3

Math: Lesson 3.1 pgs. 143-144

Tuesday:

Math: Lesson 3.2 pgs. 149-150

ELA:

  1. Spelling sentences for #1-10 only (please be sure to add detail. A sentence should not read, “I like lettuce.” Instead, be more specific: “I like to put crunchy lettuce in my salad.”)
  2. Reading Street Practice Book pg. 10
  3. Grammar (Sadlier)- pg. 10

Wednesday:

ELA:

  1. Grammar & Writing pg. 4
  2. Spelling 3x each
  3. Reading Comprehension Test tomorrow (study Realism and Fantasy worksheets)

Math: 

Online assignment 3.3

Complete all 4 sections at the bottom of the screen: Learn the Math, Do the Math, Independent Practice, and Quiz. Use the bottom right arrow to navigate through all sections.

*Having trouble logging in? Each student was sent home with his/her own designated ThinkCentral username and password. The district is The Diocese of Brooklyn and our school is still listed as Ave Maria Catholic Academy. Please email Mrs. Leto if you have any questions/troubles logging in.

Thursday:

Math:

1. Lesson 3.3 pgs. 155-156

ELA:

  1. Spelling Quiz on #1-15 tomorrow. Two random Challenge Words will be chosen for possible bonus points.
  2. Grammar (Sadlier) pg. 15

Social Studies: **Due Tuesday, 9/18**

Please use index cards to create Social Studies vocabulary flash cards for our Chapter 1 vocabulary.Write the vocabulary word on the blank side of the index card. Then, write the definition on the lined side. Please bring in the rest of the index cards so that we can add more to our vocabulary. Use the following definitions:

  • Community– a group of people who live or work together in the same place
  • Citizen– a person who lives in and belongs to a community
  • Business– an activity in which workers make or sell goods or do work for others
  • Goods– things that can be bought or sold
  • Needs– the things we all must have, such as food, clothing, and a place to live
  • Natural Resources- materials from nature such as wood and stone.
  • Service– work that someone does for someone else

Friday:
No homework! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Looking ahead… we will have a Religion test on Tuesday, September 18th. Our Religion workbooks will be sent home for the weekend. If you’d like to begin studying, please read and focus on the highlighted text. **Do not complete the Chapter Test on page 30; we will be completing that in class on Monday**
  • Continue working on the Social Studies homework due Tuesday 9/18
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Grade 3: 9/6-9/7

Our class will begin the year with Math and ELA. The following is the classwork we will have completed by Friday, 9/7.

  • Reading Street “Boom Town”
    • Reading Street Phonics and Spelling Practice Book: spelling list, Short Vowels page 1
    • Reading Street Practice Book: Comprehension Skill- Realism and Fantasy pgs. 1-4
  • Go Math Chapter 3 Understand Multiplication: “Show What You Know”  (skip counting exercises, vocabulary, model with arrays)