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MAY/JUNE 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts)/Social Studies: The students will finish Unit 5 in Wonders, Take Action, at the end of May. What is a good citizen?, How do we get what we need?, and What are different kinds of energy?, are essential questions we will be reading about and discussing. In June, we will be focusing on How do you decide what is important?, through drama and myths.


Math: In May, we will finish Module 6 in Eureka Math, Collecting and Displaying Data. We will take the Module 6 assessment. Next, we will begin Module 7, Geometry and Measurement of Word Problems. Students need to remember to use the Read/Draw/Write method. Just a reminder, multiplication facts will be assessed for fluency, as it is an end of the year standard for third grade.


Science: We will focus on magnetic force and objects in motion. To continue with learning plants, animals and their environment, the students will be completing a project at home on an endangered animal. More information will be coming home the first week of May.


Writing: The focus will be on opinion writing. This will prepare us for the 3rd Trimester District Writing Assessment. Keeping a writing journal over the summer would be very helpful for the students.

Family Connections: Thank you for all your support this year. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. WE’VE GOT THIS!!!!! READING Week is May 31st to June 3rd. Parents are welcome to come in and read to the class. More information will be sent home for those who are interested.



APRIL 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts): We will finish Unit 4 in Wonders before vacation. Next, we will be starting Unit 5. The big idea is: What ways can people take action? Students will discuss changes they would like to see in how their school or town works. We will also discuss how technology has made changes in our lives. The first week’s essential question is: How do we get what we need? Money is one kind of payment, but people can barter too. We will discuss different ways that people meet their needs. Our Language Arts this month will also go along with Earth Day, recycling and gardening.


Writing: We will be learning more about informative writing which will prepare us for our Trimester 3 opinion writing prompt.


Math: We will continue Module 5, Fractions. Our module assessment will be the week before April break. Our next module is about Displaying and Reading Data, and this is always a fun unit. Remember to practice your multiplication and division facts.


Social Studies/Science: For the third trimester, we will be completing an Endangered Animals Project. This will be worked on at home and in school. The final project will be due sometime in May. More information to come.


Family Connections/Special Activities: As part of learning about Earth Day, please have a discussion about ways your family helps with recycling and improving our world. We will be discussing this as a class.


We will be taking a field trip to the R.I. Resource Recovery Center on April 28th. We will be in need of 3 CPS APPROVED parent chaperones (with current BCI checks) to attend with us. Stay tuned for more information!



MARCH 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts): We will be finishing Unit 3 of Wonders in mid March. Our Big Idea for Unit 4 focuses on “What are different ways to meet Challenges”. We will discuss and read about making choices, skills and talents, adaptation and inspiration. We have begun writing cursive capital letters. Some students have started using cursive in their daily writing, using printed capitals as needed. They are doing a great job!!!!


Math: We have begun Module 5, Fractions. We will be learning about partitioning a whole into equal parts, comparing unit fractions, fractions on the number line, equivalent fractions and comparing the order and size of fractions. More practice is still needed at home to become fluent with the multiplication facts!


Writing: We will be reading stories in the Clementine series to help understand voice in writing. This is in preparation for the independent Narrative writing piece for the 2nd trimester.


Family Connections: Students should continue to practice their basic multiplication facts and complete the Zearn lessons daily.


Monthly Themes: Women's History Month; St. Patrick’s Day

The third grade students are enjoying our read aloud Chapter books each month. We will be finishing up My Side of the Mountain after vacation. Our next book is from the Clementine series. We are so proud of the wonderful work the students did on their President Cereal Box Projects. We learned so much about the different presidents! There will be another project coming up in the 3rd trimester!






ELA (English Language Arts): We have started Wonders Unit 3 which focuses on the Big Idea “What are different ways to meet challenges?” We will discuss and read about being unique, leadership, Earth and its neighbors, nature and how events in history are unique. This will integrate our Science and Social Studies lessons.


Math: Before vacation, we will complete our unit on Multiplication and Area and administer the Module 4 Assessment. Although the expectation to be fluent in the multiplication facts from 0-10 is at the end of the school year, practicing math facts at home is essential in order for students to achieve this goal. Our next module will focus on Fractions and we will start this after vacation.


Writing: We are currently focusing on summarizing paragraphs and answering questions with details and text evidence. It is important that the students answer the question being asked. This is a very crucial skill to prepare for RICAS testing. Our second trimester is focusing on narrative writing which will begin at the end of the month.


Family Connections: At this point of third grade, there should be more independent reading and following of directions before answering the questions. Although we read the directions to the class, it is evident that they are not always being followed. Please discuss this with your child. We appreciate your support!

Also, please remember when picking up the students, a picture ID is required. Please have it available everyday!



Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!





ELA (English Language Arts): In December, we will continue with Unit 2 in Wonders. Currently, we are working on possessive nouns, which can always be a bit tricky. We are looking forward to writing some Holiday/Seasonal Poetry. Unit 3 will start in January and we will read and write about discoveries in space and how we learn more about our solar system. Next, folktales will be introduced, leading us to discuss what makes different animals unique. Finally, we will read and write about key events and important inventions from the past that changed the way people work and live.


Math: We are learning the 6, 7, 8 and 9 multiplication and division tables. The students are applying the distributive property and the fact 9 = 10 - 1 strategy to multiply. We are also interpreting the unknown in multiplication and division to model and solve word problems.


Science: This trimester we will learn about environmental changes and effects, how plants and animals survive to avoid extinction.


Writing: In December, we will be working on our first trimester writing piece. It will be a three paragraph informational writing piece. The students will have to cite evidence and give examples using an article and watching a video, from taking notes on a graphic organizer. Please note that the students will complete this independently! Next, we will be working on a “Holiday How To”. After winter break there will be more focus on Narrative Writing in preparation for the Second Trimester Writing piece.


Family Connections: In January, ask your child to show you the trick we learned for the 9’s tables.


Special Activities: This month our classroom read aloud is The Family Under The Bridge.



Happy Holidays!!! Enjoy our Winter Break!!!




ELA (English Language Arts): In Unit 1 of Wonders we will complete a Genre Study of Narrative Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction and Argumentative Text. We are reading, writing and discussing what traditions teach us about different cultures. We will continue with learning how people from different cultures contribute to a community. We have also begun Level 3 of Fundations. We are enjoying a 3rd Grade Read a Loud of James and the Giant Peach. Next we will read Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The children are enjoying this a great deal.


Math: The first Module in Math has been focusing on properties of Multiplication and Division and Solving Problems with Units of 2-5 and 10. The students should have printed, made or purchased multiplication flash cards. Have fun seeing if you can increase your time in answering the facts. Please check that your child is putting the Math Problem Sets in a folder at home to use to study for the Module Assessments. Module 1 Assessment will be given this month. The students will be told to write the date in their planner so they can start preparing. Please check the planner for the date.


Social Studies: Learning how culture and environmental characteristics influence the way we live has been integrated through many of the selections we are reading in Wonders. We are also learning about how WHERE you live influences HOW you live. Think about it!


Science: First Trimester we will be studying Earth Science, focusing on weather and climate and Natural Hazards.


Writing: The district writing piece for the first trimester is Informational Writing and ties in with what we are learning in science. We have begun cursive writing, and the students are SO excited!


Family Connections: As of October 4th, our expectations are 30 minutes of homework, Monday through Thursday. It will be completing unfinished classwork, Zearn, practicing multiplication facts or reading. Please log what you do in the homework box before having your planner signed. The students should try to stay up to our current Zearn lesson to not fall behind. Room 26’s itinerant time has changed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to 2:25 - 3:00, and the same for Room 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.



We are off to a great start!!!






ELA (English Language Arts): The topic of Unit 2 in Wonders is “Figure It Out!” We will read, discuss and write about cooperation, immigration, government and survival. We will work with singular, plural and possessive nouns. In class, we will touch upon Limericks, Free Verse, alliteration and rhyme.


Math: What a great job the students did on their Module 1 Test!!! We have begun Module 2. This unit involves measurement of time, liquid and mass of objects. We will solve word problems, measure using appropriate tools and estimate lengths. An important concept to remember is that all units of measurement need a label! The students always seem to enjoy this module! We will begin Module 3 which continues with multiplication and division before Thanksgiving break.


Social Studies: We will have discussions about the roles of a citizen in the community and how to be a responsible citizen, as well as how WHERE you live influences HOW you live.


Science: We will be discussing how people deal with Hazardous Weather Worldwide. In preparation for Trimester 1’s district writing, we will be particularly focusing on the Impacts of Natural Hazards and the tools a meteorologist uses to predict the weather.


Writing: We will be completing an Informational Writing Piece with the focus, “A meteorologist has many tools to predict the weather”.


Family Connections: Please practice multiplication flash cards with your child. We have noticed that telling time is a skill that the children have difficulty with. Please practice using an analog clock (a clock with hands).


Monthly Themes: Rhodes students made Veterans Day cards for our appreciated Veterans! Students each thanked Veterans for what they so bravely do for our freedoms. We thank Veterans for serving our beautiful nation!

Special Activities: We would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving!