Thursday, April 03, 2008

3rd Grade Activities: Weeks 27-30

RELIGION: daily prayer; attend Mass and Easter and Holy Week services; Bible readings; read about Saints Dominic, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, and Joseph; discuss the feast of the Annunciation.

MATH: Singapore Math: addition and subtraction review with sums over ten; 2-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping; base ten concepts; multiplication, division, complete patterns, tell time to the half hour; calculate a sum with abacus; identify and write numbers larger than 1,000,000; review addition facts to 12 with flash cards; Time4Learning online activities.

PHONICS: Explode the Code 6 activities, including reading and answering questions about complex sentences, filling in missing words; Time4Learning online activities.

HANDWRITING: practice upper and lowercase letters, words and sentences; spelling and writing in comic books, greeting cards, posters.

SPELLING: spell four-letter and multi-syllable words, compound words and words ending in -ing orally and with tactile letters and vowel and consonant blend blocks; review number words; practice spelling in Building Spelling Skills, Grade 3 (oral practice) and exercises unscrambling words and correcting misspelled words; spell words in dictated sentences.

GRAMMAR: review nouns, subjects, verbs, articles, capitalization rules and use of comma.

WRITING: write a summary of an article about Komodo dragons;
write about Garfield and friends.

READING: Pablo the Pig, Bruno Hachler;
The Rat, the Ox and the Zodiac, Dorothy Van Woerkom;
What the Class Pet Saw, Bruce McMillan;
Library Mouse, Daniel Kirk;
Zoo Animals board book;
Baa Baa Black Sheep, Iza Trapani;
My Pal Al, Marcia Leonard;
To Dinner, For Dinner, Tolowa M. Mollel;
Clifford's Opposites/Clifford y los Opuestos, Norman Bridwell;
Zoo Books, Ranger Rick's, Click, and Sesame Street magazines,
Sunday funnies and Garfield comic books: Garfield Thinks Big, Garfield Hogs the Spotlight, Garfield in the Rough, Garfield World-Wide, Garfield by the Pound, Garfield: Tons of Fun, Garfield Hangs Out, Garfield Throws His Weight Around, by Jim Davis.

HISTORY:
Read from All Ye Lands: World Cultures and Geography, including the historical figures: St. Dominic, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Thomas Aquinas; education in the Middle Ages: the trivium, quadrivium, and universities; the bubonic plague; and the rise of nations.

Read from Story of the World, vol. 2: The Middle Ages: The City of Baghdad, Sinbad the Sailor; China: The Sui Dynasty, and the Grand Canal.

Watch and discuss Greek tales: The Odyssey, and Daedalus and Icarus (DVDs); sketch Athena and the Trojan horse from the Odyssey.

GEOGRAPHY: locate the Yellow and Yangtze rivers and the Grand Canal in China; draw a map to show where the car is parked.

SCIENCE/NATURE: read Ranger Rick's and Zoo Books magazine articles about bats, bears, rhinos; Click magazine: backyard olympics, kite flying, desert life; Time4Learning activities; read the thermometer.

Read from ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs and identify individual dogs at the Dog Park from the book, finding breeds by alphabetical order, index or chapters divided by type of dogs.

Watch Popular Mechanics for kids: Rip-Roaring Roller Coasters, Gators and Dragons and Other Wild Beasts, X-treme Sports & Other Action Adventures, and Super Sea Creatures and Awesome Ocean Adventures; The Jeff Corwin Experience: Amphibians; and Popular Mechanics Kids: Super Sea Creatures (DVDs); write about Komodo dragons.

MUSIC: listen to classical and contemporary music; listen to choir rehearsals and performances, including Lasso, Missa Osculetur me for double choir.

ART: modeling clay figures: people, animals, cartoon characters, scooba diver, red-eyed tree frog (draw habitats for them); draw cartoon and comic book characters, angels, animals, objects, and scenes, dancing hippo from Fantasia; Make a paper guitar prop.

Using the computer: make a font book displaying all the characters in a funny font, Illustrate the book; recipe layout/design, illustrate the recipe: draw and label the cartons and packages of ingredients.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Mandarin class: translate, review words for school subjects and numbers; attend bilingual Mandarin/English story time at the library and Spanish story time.

Latin: Getting Started with Latin: review Ego nauta sum (I am a sailor); learn agricola (farmer) and et (and) and use in sentences.

READ ALOUD: Just Like Me, Miriam Schlein;
Little Humpty, Margaret Wild;
Kite Flying, Grace Lin;
Moose Tracks, Karma Wilson;
Whatever Wands Wanted, Jude Wisdom;
Bear Wants More, Karma Wilson;
My Father's Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett
Wizard of Oz series.

P.E.: basketball practices and games; received Most Improved Player trophy for diligence, putting in extra practice time, attending practices regularly and showing up on time or early for games and practices; play at the dog park; j

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