Third Grade Nuts & Bolts

Week of February 1

What's the new word in third grade????????


Third graders are excited to learn something new. Yes, we are experimenting with Google Classroom. Students are learning to navigate on and off their accounts, as well as joining two classes. One assignment is the template for Ecuador's 5 Themes of Geography. Students know they are more than welcome to work on their "doc", write it on the paper template, or do a bit of both. The second assignment is to read one of this week's A-Z selections, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In addition to the pdf, students have a hardcopy in their planner.

February may be a short month, but it's a busy one!

It's Global School Play Day!

Wednesday, February 3

We're joining in the celebration of unstructured play which is essential for a child's healthy social and emotional development! Third grade students will enjoy non-tech, non-battery operated 'free play' with friends this Wednesday between 1:40pm-2:30pm. Your child is welcome to bring in a favorite toy or game that is tech-free and non-battery operated.

Thursday: Please remind your child to return any library books they may have at home. Thank you!

It's Mr. Branch's birthday this Saturday!

In preparation for the big event, third grade will bake goodies this Friday between 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Words Their Way / Vocabulary

Today, as a way to reinforce spelling patterns, students participated in games and sorts for the spelling pattern they are learning.

This week, students study vocabulary unit 13, "The Winter Olympics". Homework is as follows: Monday, workbook page 135; Tuesday, workbook pages 136-137; Wednesday, workbook page 138; and Thursday, workbook page 139. Friday is the quiz.


Focus remains on writing an opinion. This week, students will complete lesson 4, Understanding Sources, pages 21-24.


We are completing chapter 6 (multiplication tables 6, 7, 8, and 9), and beginning chapter 7 (multiplying with and without re-groupinig and mental multiplication). Chapter 7 is our focus through Friday, February 12.

This week's homework is as follows: Tuesday, workbook, pages 119-120; Wednesday, workbook pages 121-124; and Thursday, workbook, pages 125-126.

Each night, students are expected to practice math facts using ixl and/or Sumdog.

Science homework

Today, Mr. Wyzga assigned the following:

Answer two questions in complete sentences.


Though not a requirement, Ms. Carley is ok with students working on this template at home. Far be it for me to ruin a child's fun!

The expectation for exploring Ecuador is not that students become experts on this country, but that students learn to navigate the three websites, identify specific information listed on the 5 themes template, and apply these skills to their own country research this spring. I am not concerned with the product (a completed template), but rather, a working knowledge of the process.

*******using an iPad, use the following resources to locate information to complete the 5 Themes template:

(there is no password or username)

Username: rilinkcgrams

Password: cgrams


Username: rockyhill

Password: mariners



Absolute (longitude/latitude)

Relative (where a place is in specific locations relations to other places)

north of

south of

east of

west of


next to



(places that are grouped together by features they share)

The Amazon rain forest is located in the Amazon region, the world’s largest rain forest.


(physical and human features of a country)

Physical features

  • landforms

  • natural resources

  • bodies of water

  • climate

  • plants

  • animal life

Human features

  • cities

  • buildings

  • architecture

  • government

  • traditions

  • culture

  • music

  • dance

  • art

  • religion

  • language

  • sports


(how goods, people and information move place to place)

  • transportation

  • technology

  • waterways/ports

Human Environmental Interaction (H.E.I.)

(how people and the environment affect one another)

  • how people rely on the environment

  • how people adapt to the environment

  • how the environment affects the way people live

natural resources