Third Grade Weekly Update

-Language Arts:

Focus Text: What does and illustrator do?

Essential Question: How do pictures help tell a story?

CCSS: RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea. SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Unit: 4 Measurement & Fraction

Module 4: Fractions on a Line Plot

Focus: Measurement, fractions, and data analysis come together in the final module of this unit. In a short, engaging project, student pairs create paper beanstalks, measure them, and display length data on line plots.

CCSS: 3.NF.A.1 Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when awhole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b. 3.NF.A.2a Represent a fraction 1/b on a number line diagram by defining the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole and partitioning it into b equal parts. Recognize that each part has size 1/b and that the endpoint of the part based at 0 locates the number 1/b on the number line.


Unit 4: We Worship, Part 2

Ch:14 – The Bread of Life

Focus: To identify what we celebrate at the Eucharist

Regilion Standard: REL.1- Recognize and express understanding of how Bible stories apply to everyday life. REL.2- Demonstrate knowledge of Catholic prayers and mass responses.

-Social Studies:

Unit: Development of a Community- Change over time

Unit Focus: In this unit, students will learn about how the communities of California have changed over time. A unit assessment is provided which you can use as a pre- or post-test.

Essential Question: Why did people come to California?

Activity: Students will begin to research different groups that came to California throughout history to begin creating a visual timeline.

CCSS: 3.SS.2- Explain why people moved to their particular community and how it may have changed over time


Mystery Science Unit: Animals Through Time

Science Essential Question: How long can people (and animals) survive in outer space?

Focus: Traits and Environments

Activity: Astronaut in Training -Students analyze how a NASA astronaut’s traits changed during his “year in space.” Then they measure some of their physical traits (arm strength, height, and balance) and predict how their own traits might change after living in space.

CCSS: SCI.1- Explain changes in organisms’ traits & environments that affect survival



**Assigned Tuesday, due Wednesday: Home Connection: P. 77-78 (Snack time: Mass, Volume & Length)

**Assigned Wednesday, due Thursday: Home Connection: P.79-80 (Time & Fraction Review)


  1. Synonym Candy Jar Worksheet (Double Sided)
  2. Verb Tenses Worksheet


*We will be reciting Oratorical pieces on Tuesday and Wednesday. Part of the grading rubric will be:

  1. Students recite at an appropriate volume so all can hear
  2. Students recites confidently without any unnecessary pauses or mistakes
  3. Students recite with expression and an appropriate tone.

**All pieces should start with:

Hello, my name is _________________ and I am in third grade. The poem (speech, prayer, scripture etc.) I will be reciting is ______________, written by ______________.

When finished, say Thank you.

Dates To Remember:

  • Jan. 13th: Free Dress Jan. Birthdays
  • Jan. 17th: Elementary Staff Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 26th: Mass & Open House *9am – 12pm
  • Jan. 26th – 31st: Catholic Schools Week
  • Jan. 31st: Noon Dismissal

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