Third Grade Buzzzz...

Happenings in Mrs. Paluch's Class!

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April 4, 2016

I am so proud of how everyone has been handling the PARCC test. The kids have been so positive and some say they actually like taking it!!! :) We have been doing some fun brain breaks and even guided meditation!! They LOVE it!

The sessions this week are assessing on Math. We will be testing Monday through Thursday in the morning. Please make sure to have your child get plenty of sleep and a eat a healthy breakfast!

Curriculum Information

ELA- (English/Language Arts)

Unit 3 Module A

We will be reading the book, Storm in the Night

Reading Essential Question: How do readers determine the central message, lesson, or moral of a story?

Writing Essential Question: How do writers support a point of view when writing an opinion?

Focus This Week:

  • We will reread Knots on a Counting Rope and describe characters and explain how their actions transmit knowledge, morals, and experience.
  • Describe how illustrations provide more detail and information about the characters, setting, and events of a story.
  • Distinguish different points of view and support our claims with text evidence.
  • Analyze the important central messages, lessons, or morals conveyed through key details.

Foundational Skills:

  • Continue working on Irregular Plurals
  • R-Controlled Vowels- when a vowel is followed by an -r, it makes a special sound. I call this "Bossy R"


  • The first step to writing an opinion paper is to introduce the topic they will be writing about. We will talk about different ways to introduce their given topics. They will write a topic sentence to gain the reader's attention.
  • They will write opinion statements, using opinion words such as like, dislike, think, favorite, to show that they are giving their opinion.
  • Give reasons to support opinions. Kids will support reasons with evidence and use real-life examples.

Our opinion writing is focused on writing opinions about the stories we are reading.


  • Pronouns
  • Functions of Adjectives- we will use these a lot in opinion writing, giving reasons to support an opinion. Ex., Someone is nice or a story is interesting.


Lessons this week:

  • Time Intervals/Elapsed Time
  • Problem Solving- Working Backwards
  • We will take the Chapter 11 Test on Friday

Homework This Week

Monday 4/4- 11.6

Tuesday 4/5- Time Sheet

Wednesday 4/6- 11.7

Thursday 4/7 Review Sheet

Below is a link to a good website with a lot of math games! We are currently working on measurement, but they should continue to work on multiplication/division and fractions too!


We are waiting for our next science unit to arrive!

Social Studies

Due to testing for the next two weeks... we will not be doing social studies. We will do ELA during this time!

Important Dates

  • April 4-7- PARCC Testing Math

  • April 8- Spring Pictures Due

  • April 8- Daddy/Daughter Dance

  • April 11- Raging Waves Due

  • April 17- Aurora Skate Family Fun Night 5-7

  • April 27- 3rd Grade Musical