Third Grade Buzzzz...

Happenings in Mrs. Paluch's Class!

November 16, 2015

Curriculum Information

ELA- (English/Language Arts)

Unit 1 Module B

We are reading the informational book, About Earth.

Reading Essential Question: How do readers identify central messages in literary texts and main ideas in informational texts?

Writing Essential Question: How do writers use details, text features, and illustrations to convey main ideas? (Informational/Explanatory Writing)

Focus This Week:

  • See how an author uses details to support a main idea.
  • Look at illustrations to to find clues about different places on Earth. Illustrations help us to understand the text.
  • Use the text, text features and illustrations to locate key information in a text.
  • Use cause and effect to explain scientific ideas and concepts.

Foundational Skills:

  • Vowel diphthongs- ou, ow, oi, oy
  • Syllable patterns V/CV (be/comes), VC/V (liq/uid)


  • We will finish writing our glacier paper this week.
  • They will determine what informational text features they want to add to their article that would provide more information about their topic.


  • Articles as Adjectives- They modify, or tell more about nouns. Ex., A and an tell how many there are of the thing the noun refers to. The is used when the noun refers to a particular person, place, or thing that is already identified.
  • Comparative Adjectives- compare two things using -er
  • Superlative Adjectives- compare three or more things using -est.


Lessons this week:

  • Multiply and Divide by 4
  • Problem Solving- Extra or missing information
  • Multiply and Divide by 0 and 1

This Week's Homework:

Monday 11/16- 7.4

Tuesday 11/17-7.5

Wednesday 11/18- 7.6

Thursday 11/19- 7.7 and 7.8

As we learn different "tricks" with our multiplication facts, I will include the videos that we see in class so you can watch them at home too.

3 Times Table Trick


Investigation 1- Bones

  • We are learning that the function of a skeleton is to provide support, protection and movement.
  • The Human Skeleton has about 206 bones.
  • Mr. Bones Puzzles. We will try to put a skeleton back together.
  • Learn about Barn owls and owl pellets!
  • Investigate the bones of small animals found in an owl pellet. Owls eat small rodents but cannot digest the fur and bones!
  • We will compare and contrast animal bones and human bones.

Social Studies

  • We are finishing up our Early American Trading Cards!
  • We will take the "test" on this Lesson later in the week!

Important Dates

  • Chicago Wolves 10/29-11/29 Log physcial activity. The goal is 5 hours (300 minutes) to earn a free ticket to the Wolves hockey game!
  • Nov. 25-27 No School Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Dec. 11 Holiday Shop 5-8 pm