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Welcome to Mrs. Shelley’s third grade!

Communication is key! We are all here for the same reason, and that is to make sure our children receive the best education they can. This means you and I must be a team. Learning does not only take place in the classroom, and it is very important that we communicate to make sure the needs of our children are met in and out of the classroom.

Reminder: Check OptionC as often as possible so that you are in the loop with your child’s grades.

A few ways to contact me:
-Class Dojo app accessed through cell phone or computer
-Class Folder: This folder goes home and comes back everyday. You must check this folder daily! Please send tuition or other money in an envelope with your child’s name and what it is for.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. I am confident that we will have a great year!  

This week in third grade Jan 14 – 17 


**Thursday January 17 – Half Day**

** Friday January 18 School closed- teacher PD**

*Bring two highlighters and a pack of index cards

Students are no longer allowed to use mechanical pencils in class

ELA – Unit III People and Nature 

Essential Question: How are people and nature connected?

Story Selection: Around One Cactus

Guided Question: What can we observe in different environments?

Text based comprehension: Cause & effect, predict & set purpose for reading

CCSS  Informational text 3, 8

Fluency – read with expression  CCSS Foundational skill 4.b

Writing and conventions-   writing a compare & contrast composition,

irregular verbs CCSS Language 1.a, 1.d, 3.a  Writing 2, 2.a, 2.b

Phonics & Spelling-  consonant patterns wr, kn, gn, st, mb

CCSS Foundational skills 3.d,  Language 2.f

Vocabulary Around One Cactus

  1. origin                 the point or place where something begins
  2. appreciate       to think highly of or be thankful for something
  3. relationship    connection between things or people
  4. birch                   a slender, fast growing tree that has thin bark
  5. centipede         a flat worm like insect with many legs
  6. dew                     tiny drops of water that form on cool surfaces at night
  7. behold              to see or observe
  8. cedar                an evergreen tree with widely spreading branches
  9. border             a side, edge, or boundary of something
  10. preserve          keep safe from harm, protect


  1. thumb          11. knot
  2. gnaw            12. wrinkle
  3. written         13. lamb
  4. know            14. knob
  5. climb            15. knit
  6. design          16. wrestler
  7. wrist              17. bologna
  8. crumb          18. cologne
  9. assign           19. honeycomb
  10. wrench         20. knickknack

Math – Topic 8 use strategies and properties to add and subtract    

Essential question: How can sums and differences be estimated and found mentally?

Students will be able to:

  • find addition properties
  • find addition patterns
  • round whole numbers

CCSS  3.NBT.A use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi digit arithmetic

3.OA.D.9 identify arithmetic patterns and explain them using properties of operations

*Religion Chapter 9 The Church teaches us

Overview and chapter story

Students will understand that:


  • the Church is the Body of Christ and the people of God
  • we profess our faith through the Apostles Creed
  • the Holy Spirit guides the Church
  • the Church continues to teach the message of Jesus


*Social Studies  Test on Tuesday Jan. 15

Objective:How people moved around and built new communities.

Social Studies Vocabulary

  1. century                one hundred years
  1. frontier               the far edge of a country where

                                       people are just beginning to settle

  1. pioneer              the first of a group of people to

                                         settle in an area

  1. transcontinental   something that stretches

                                             across the continent

  1. immigrant              a person who comes to live in

                                         another country

  1. database              a computer program that holds

                                      lots of similar information

  1. migration                moving from one part of the

                                              country to another

  1. Great Migration   the journey of thousands of

                                           African Americans from the south       

                                             to the north in the early 1900’s

  1. Civil War                the war between the northern and

                                            southern states that lasted from

                                               1861 to 1865

Science Unit B Life Science

Objective: How do plants and animals interact?

Chapter 2 Living things depend on one another

Students will understand how:

  • living things get food
  • plants and animals interact with the environment
  • living things get energy
  • energy moves through a food chain

Science vocabulary words

1. interact        when plants and animals affect one another or

                           the environment to meet their needs

2. producer     an animal that hunts another animal for food

3. consumer    a living thing that eats other living things as


4. herbivore an animal that eats plants

5. carnivore an animal that eats other animals

6. omnivore an animal that eats both plants and other


7. decomposer       a living thing that breaks down dead animals

                                   for food

8. food chain        the path of food from one living thing to


9. energy pyramid      a diagram that shows that the amount of

                               usable energy in an ecosystem  is less for

                               each higher animal in the food chain

10. predator        an animal that hunts another animal for food

11. prey an animal that is hunted by a predator

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