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New Prague, MN 56071

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WEEKLY UPDATE: March 12 - 16

Dates to Note:

March 16 – Grade 3 Vocabulary Parade @ 2:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)

March 19 - 23:  Mrs. Harkins on vacation

March 26 - 30:  NO SCHOOL Spring Break


Other Things to Note...  

VOCABULARY PARADE:  Please make sure your child brings things they will need for the Vocabulary Parade to school with them on Friday morning.  If you are able, please come and join the fun.  It will be held Friday, March 16 at 2:30 in the cafeteria.   


A FEW NOTES ABOUT WHILE I AM ON VACATION:  The week of March 19 - 23 I will be gone on vacation.  Mrs. Sande Schoenecker will be my sub for the entire week.  Many of you may know her, or may have children that have had her for a teacher, since she just retired from Raven Stream Elementary at the end of last year.  She taught on the third grade team with me for many years and is very familiar with our curriculum, how our school runs, and what I expect from my students.   If you feel the need to contact her about a concern please call the office and they will let her know to call or email you. 


Also, please note...I will not be updating my teacher web page for the week of March 19-23 since I will be gone.  The skills we will be learning the week of March 12-16 in Reading will continue into the week that  I am gone.  However, we will have  different Spelling and Vocabulary words and a new Grammar skill.  Those are listed further down this page below each subject update for this week.  I have added the new week of Spelling words to the Spelling words page, just scroll down below the words for week 23.  I have also added below what will be done in Math and Science as well while I am gone.



Continue reading, filling out, and turning in your yellow Reading Logs for this.                                                  



Trait of the Month:  Honesty

Truthfulness in everything you say and do





Focus Standard:  Main Idea & Supporting Details for Non Fiction text


Writer's Workshop:

We will finish the "How to Catch a Leprechaun" essays this week.



VOCABULARY:   Week 23 (March 12-16)

1.  opponent - someone who is trying to beat you in a contest or an election

2. opportunity - a chance to do something

3. advise - giving someone suggestions that will help them to make a decision

4. positive - when you are absolutely certain


VOCABULARY:   Week 24  (March 19-23)

1.  peer - a person in your age group

2. satisfactory - something that is good enough

3. respond - when you answer or reply

4. request - asking for something politely


SPELLING/GRAMMAR:   (March 12-16)

Spelling Skill:  vowel sound in ball 

Grammar skills:  Adverbs




SPELLING/GRAMMAR:   (March 19-23)

Spelling Skill:  More vowel sound in ball 

Grammar skills:  Adverbs that Compare

*Students will be given 10 spelling words. Five of those ten will follow a pattern. The other 5 are commonly misspelled words. There is not a pretest. On Friday students will have a test that goes in the grade book.

A few things to note while helping your child practice-
*If letters are backwards it will be wrong.
*If it is uppercase when it should not be it will be marked wrong.
*If it is not capitalized and it should be, it will be wrong. 
*****Visit our classroom Spelling City page to practice spelling words. 




MATH:   Unit 6 - More Operations


Lessons Being Taught:  (March 12-16)  

**Multiplication with larger factors

**Number sentences with parentheses

**Multiplication Baseball

**March Math Mystery Packet


Lessons Being Taught:  (March 19-23) 

**Order of Operations

**Number Models for Two-Step Number Stories

**Unit 6 Study Guide (Wed. 3/21)

**Unit 6 Test (Thurs. 3/22)


Math Home Links

Here is a great website that has ALL of the homelink in one place so you are able to print them at home. This is always helpful because sometimes they get lost between school and going home. :)




SOCIAL STUDIES:   Unit 4 - Communities at Work (March 12-16)

***In Unit 4 we will learn about different types of businesses and how they help meet the needs of people both in their communities and in other parts of the world.  In addition, students will learn about managing their personal finances by making budgets and decisions about spending.


Lessons Being Taught this week: 

**How Do Farmers Produce Goods for the Economy

**How Do Communities Meet Their Needs for Goods

**How Do Communities Work Together

**Chart and Graph Skills:  Using Line Graphs 

**Unit 3 Study Day (Thurs., March 15)

**Unit 4 Test (Friday, March 16)  


SCIENCE:  Chapter 15 - Patterns in the Sky  (March 19-23)

***This chapter focuses on the causes for day, night, shadows, and seasons, why the Moon's shape seems to change, and what tools help people study stars.


Lessons Being Taught this week: 

**What are some patterns that repeat every day?

**What patterns repeat every year?

**Why does the Moon's shape change?

**What are star patterns?





This week we will learn the lowercase "o" and "c".




Other Things to Note... 

    **Please check my weekly updates each week for updates on what we are doing in the classroom and what you can expect your kids to be doing.  Please let me know if you have ANY questions/concerns when they arise...email works best for me, but you could also send a note or leave me a voicemail too.




Mrs. Harkins