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  Students will be exploring different types of learning and higher level thinking this year.   We will explore learning through reading different types of books. We will be using our reading to learn in all areas. You can help your child at home by reading with them on a regular basis and talk to your child about their reading. The more you read the more you know ! It will be a year of learning and growth!



These are some things we are looking for in ALL third grade writing.

Every sentence BEGINS with a capital letter. Every sentence has a WHO and a WHAT - and ENDS with an end mark.

Students should be using a variety of sentences.  EXCLAMATORY ! -exciting, DECLARATIVE . - telling,  IMPERATIVE . - bossy, and INTEROGATIVE ? - asking.

ALL sentences should include a SENSORY DETAIL - words that describe how something LOOKS, FEELS, TASTE, SOUNDS, and SMELLS.

ALL sentences should include a transistion word to help our story flow from one thought to the next.



If a book doesn't have a reading level on it or a student can not remember their level - there is a way to choose a just right book.  The student would open the book to a random page and start reading. They will hold up a finger or write a tally mark  for each word they do not know.  0 - 1 -2 - fingers (tallies ) that book is too easy and they should choose something else. 3 fingers (tallies) that book is just right, they should read it . 4-5 (or more ) fingers (tally marks ) that book is too hard and they should choose something else .





ELA Terms that we are using on an on going basis through the year-

Main Idea - what the story is mainly about

Sequential Order - the order of events in a story

Compare/Contrast - how things are the same or different

Author's Central Message - the lesson of the story/theme/moral

Opinion - what someone thinks is true

setting - where and when the story takes place

predict - what will happen next

characters - the people or animals in the story

parts of a book - table of contents,title page, glossary, index, front cover

summary - a short description of a passage

pronouns - takes place of a noun

nouns - person , place or thing

pronoun antecedent - the noun that is replaced by a pronoun

adverbs - describe action/ tell how, when & where

adjectives - describe nouns and tell how many and what kind

simile - compares a noun to another object using like / as (ex- He's as sly as a fox.)

metephor - compares a person or animal to an object.  (ex -  I"m on a roll. )

personification - gives an object or animal qualities of a person ( ex - The flowers danced in the breeze. )



Students are expected to maintain positive behavior, show respect for everyone, exhibit self - control, use their time wisely, conduct themselves as nice and orderly.  If a student misbehaves, they will be given a reminder of what they should be doing.

If they continue to show a misbehavior after being reminded - then a note or phone call home, or a text through remind will be made and consquences will be used ( missing a recess, sitting at silent lunch table, being removed from the group, etc )  If the behavior conintues after  parent contact has been made, the student may have to be written up and sent to the counsler or the office. A parent will be notified if this step is to be taken.

HLIS students SOAR

S - safety   - stay in designated area, follow directions, keep hands feet and objects to self

O- ownership - be prepared, Use I statements, keep area clean , use materials appropriately

A - achievement - Keep a Postive attitude, stay on task

R - respect - allow others to learn, use appropriate language, tone and volume