Remainder of the Year!

I can…
Reading- determine importance by setting a purpose for reading!
Writing- write a quality superhero story!
Math- review skills taught in 3rd grade and challenge my brain with new skills (long division…)

Upcoming dates:
End of the year math test: May 10th
Theme 16 test: May 16th
Theme 16 writing piece (letter) is due: May 11th
Last day to take AR quizzes for quarter 4 goals: May 19th

Theme 16: Recycle and Renew

Theme 16: Recycle and renew
Focus: Purpose for Reading (determine importance)
Big Idea: When you understand your purpose for reading, you are able to determine which information is important
Review: Decoding and word Analysis (fix-up strategies)
Big Idea: use letter sounds and word parts to figure out the meaning of words you do not know

Grammar
Adverbs
Big Idea: tells how, where, or when an action is performed.
Example: I ran fast on the way home. (FAST)
Comparative and Superlative Adverbs
Big Idea: Comparative adverbs are formed by adding -er to one-syllable adverbs, or by adding the word more or less before longer adverbs. Most superlative adverbs are formed by adding -est to one-syllable adverbs, or by adding most or least before longer adverbs.
Examples: My sister and I raced Dad. Dad ran fastest. (Fastest) I ran faster than my sister. (faster) Although my sister ran slowest, she runs more often. (slowest/ more often)

Word Study Week 1: consonant doubling
Big Idea: When you add an ending to words with a consonant-vowel-consonant patter, you have to double the consonant before adding the ending.
Example: get = getting
Word Study week 2: syllables
Big Idea: a word part with a vowel sound
Example: garbage (two syllables: gar/bage)

Writing: Letter
Big Idea- A letter has a heading (date), Greeting (Salutation, Body, Closing (Example: Sincerely), and signature

Target Skill: analogies
Big Idea- A comparison of two things
Example: The snow was like a blanket.

Theme Test: May 16th
Writing Piece (letter) is due Thursday, May 11th!

Theme 15 Precious Resources

Theme 15: Precious resources
Focus: fix-up strategies: decoding words
Big Idea: letter parts and word sounds help you figure out the meaning of words
Review: Creating Images and Revising Images
Big Idea: you change how you picture the passage as you get new information

Grammar
Verbs
Big Idea: the action part of a sentence
Example: Sue and Chase walk to the park. or Sue walks to the park.
Irregular Verbs
Big Idea: irregular verbs change when you make them past tense
Example: teach- taught, catch- caught, write- wrote
Capitalization
Big Idea: proper nouns get capitalized (specific people, places, and things)
Example: Mrs. Ellis and Dunlap Grade School

Vocab: Pages 504 and 518

Word Study Week 1: suffixes -ness, -ment, -ion, and -tion
Big Idea: -ness means “in a state of”, -ment means “in a state of”, -ion means “an action or process”, and -tion means “and action or process”
Word Study week 2: suffixes -ly and -fully
Big Idea: -ly means “the way something is done” , -fully means “with”

Writing:
Story
Big Idea- Many stories include a problem and a solution
Presentation
Big Idea- Pictures can add to a story or report

Target Skill:
Plot
Big Idea- *our focus will be identifying the problem of the story
Character
Big Idea- the animals or people in a story

Theme 15’s Writing Pieces
Folktale (See example on pg. 524)
Diary (See example on pg. 508)

Theme test: May 2nd
Writing piece due (choose 1 from above to turn in for a grade): May 2nd

This Week!

I can…
Reading- decode words by breaking them into parts!
Writing- write a folktale and a diary entry, and I can brainstorm ideas for my super hero story!
Math- identify and use fractions! (Math in Focus Textbook: Chapter 14)
Science- plant Wisconsin Fast Plants!

Reminders:
Field Trip: Tuesday, April 25th 9:20-1:15 **Don’t forget a sack lunch!
Theme 15 test: Tuesday, May 2nd
Theme 15 writing piece due (choose between folktale or diary): May 2nd
Weekly Math Quiz: Friday, April 28th

Next Week!

I can…
Reading- show what I know (PARCC testing Tuesday-Thursday)!
Writing- review grammar skills from this year! *there will be no new writing pieces for this week
Math- describe what it means to multiply! *This week we will be doing a multiplication review (challenge practice will be provided for students who have already passed multiplication on Xtramath!)
Social Studies- play a student created government game!

No School: Monday, April 17th
Since we are not math PARCC testing/we do not have a math test this week, there will be a weekly math quiz on Friday, April 21st!
We will begin theme 15 on Monday, April 24th!

Theme 14: Every Vote Counts

Theme 14: Every Vote Counts
Focus: Creating Images and Revising Images
Big Idea: you change how you picture the passage as you get new information
Review: Monitor Understanding (strategic reading)
Big Idea: you reread or read slowly to help you better understand a text

Grammar
Present and Past Tense Verbs
Big Idea: Present tense verbs are actions currently happening and Past tense verbs are actions that have happened
Example: Present- She’s walking the dog/ Past- She walked the dog after dinner.
Future Tense Verbs
Big Idea: express an action that will happen
Example: She will go to the movie.
Quotation Marks
Big Idea: quotation marks go around what the character says
Example: Allison said, “I want to go to the movie.”

Vocab: Pages 468 and 482

Word Study Week 1: Adverbs
Big Idea: Adverbs describe how, when, or where an action is done
Example: She quickly grabbed her bag. (how did she grab?) She’ll make dinner soon. (when will she make dinner?) She put the dog outside. (where did she put the dog?)
Word Study week 2: suffixes -ful, -able, and -less
Big Idea: -ful means full of, -able means able to, and -less means without
Example: hopeful (full of hope), unbelievable (not able to believe), and fearless (without fear)

Writing: Personal Narrative
Big Idea- In a personal narrative, a writer shares an important story that happened to them, and tells it form their point of view. Big

Target Skill: metaphor
Big Idea- a metaphor compares two very unlike things
Example: the convention floor was a forest of people

Theme 14’s Writing Pieces
Personal Narrative (See example on pg. 472)
Procedural Text (See example on pg. 488)

Theme test: April 11th
Writing piece due (choose 1 from above to turn in for a grade): April 11th

This Week!

I can…
Reading- create images and revise them!
Writing- write a personal narrative and a procedural text!
Math- show what I know! (PARCC testing Monday-Thursday)
Social Studies- describe the three branches of government!

Theme 14 reading test- Tuesday, April 11th
Math test (Area, Perimeter, and Polygons)- Thursday, April 13th

This Week!

I can…
Reading- I can read for a purpose (focus on finding proof and citing the text)!
Writing- write posts about how I am feeling about PARCC! *There will be no new writing pieces started this week.
Math- draw rectangles with the same area and different perimeters and rectangles with the same perimeters and different areas!
Social Studies- describe our local, state, and federal government!

Upcoming dates:
We will begin theme 14 on Monday, April 3rd!
Third grade will begin PARCC testing (Math) the week of April 3rd. We will complete the Reading portion of the PARCC test the week of April 17th.

Erin’s Law Reminder:
Erin’s Law
Please note that at Dunlap Grade School starting on April 10th, 2017, we will begin our Personal Body Safety lessons in response to the “Erin’s Law” Mandates (please see below). If you wish to review the content for the lessons, please contact your school counselor.

If you prefer your student not participate in this lesson, please contact Mrs. Kamin by April 7th , 2017 to obtain and sign the form to opt out. If you chose to opt out your child last year, you will still need to fill out a new form this year.

What is Erin’s Law? Erin’s Law requires all schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for all students, K-12, yearly. The law also requires educators to take part in training classes that cover sexual abuse and how to recognize warning signs. On January 24, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law extending sexual abuse education in Illinois schools. The Illinois law went into effect immediately and schools had to implement Erin’s Law starting the 2013-14 school year.

This Week!

I can…
Reading- monitor my understanding and read for a purpose!
Writing- write a quality ACE!
Math- determine perimeter and area!
Science- sketch a Rube Goldberg that uses at least 5 simple machines!

We hope you all have an amazing break next week! Be sure to keep reading and working on Xtramath! 🙂

Theme 13

Theme 13: Making Laws
Focus: Monitor Understanding (strategic reading)
Big Idea: you reread or read slowly to help you better understand a text
Review: Categorize information (synthesize)
Big Idea: group information with other similar information

Grammar
Linking verbs
Big Idea: identifies or describes the subject
Example: She is sleepy. (IS)
Helping Verbs
Big Idea: “help” the action/main verb
Example: She will go to the movie. She will be excited. (WILL)
Capitalization
Big Idea: The first letter of every sentence is capitalized and any proper nouns.
Example: We went to Dunlap Grade School.

Vocab: Pages 434 and 448
Word Study Week 1: contractions
Big Idea: A shortened form of two words that are put together
Example: cannot = can’t
Word Study week 2: pronouns
Big Idea: a word that replaces a noun
Example: Jake was sick yesterday, but he feels better today! (HE)

Writing: Response to Literature
Big Idea- In a response to literature, a writer gives important information about a book to get other people to read it.
Voice
Big Idea: The writer’s personality

Target Skill: Roles of Author and Illustrator
Big Idea- An illustrator draws pictures to help you imagine what is happening in the story
Point of view
Big Idea- You identify who is telling the story or giving the information
Example: First person point of view uses *I and *We
Example: Third Person point of view uses *he, *she, and *they

Theme 13 Test: Tuesday, March 14th!