ELA:  We are continuing our EL English Language Arts curriculum this year! 
​This module uses literature and informational text to introduce students to the power of literacy and how people around the world overcome learning challenges. It is intentionally designed to encourage students to embrace a love of literacy and reading.

In Unit 1, students begin to build their close reading skills; they hear stories read aloud, read works in their entirety, and read more challenging excerpts closely. Throughout their readings, students determine the gist, identify the central message, and consider what key details convey that message in the text.

In Unit 2,students consider how geography and where one lives in the world affects how one accesses books. Students continue building knowledge and vocabulary related to world geography as they study excerpts from My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs, which describes how librarians overcome geographic challenges to get children books. Students apply their learning by writing a simple informative paragraph about how people access books around the world, focusing on the role of specific librarians or organizations they studied.
Finally, in Unit 3 students focus more on what it means to be a proficient and independent reader. They continue to read literature about characters who are motivated to learn to read and overcome struggles to do so. Students assess their challenges as readers, and identify strategies to overcome those challenges. This unit includes a heavy emphasis on building reading fluency. Students write a reading contract in the form of a three-paragraph informative essay, in which they describe two of their learning challenges and some strategies to overcome those challenges.

As part of the final performance task, they make an eye-catching reading strategies bookmark to help them remember those strategies as they read independently throughout the rest of the year.
This task centers on CCSSELA Standards W.3.4 and W.3.5.
MATH:  Big ideas for the 1st quarter in math are: 
  1. Objects can be counted in equal groups instead of individual units (NC.3.OA.1).
  2. Products of a whole number can be interpreted as the total number of objects, given the number of groups and the amount in each group (NC.3.OA.1).
  3. Multiplication can be used when solving story problems that involve equal groups (a number of groups with an equal number of items in each group) (NC.3.OA.3).
  4. Division can be used when solving story problems that involve an unknown number of groups or an unknown size of groups (NC.3.OA.3)
  5. The Commutative Property can be applied to numbers to make sense of patterns in multiplication (NC.3.OA.9).
  6. Data can be collected using a frequency table. (NC.3.MD.3)
  7. Data can be organized by creating scaled bar graphs and scaled picture graphs. (NC.3.MD.3)
  8. Data in graphs can be used to answer questions and compare categories.  (NC.3.MD.3)

  9. Place value strategies can be used to solve addition and subtraction problems less than or equal to 1,000.  (NC.3.NBT.2) 
  10. Reasonableness of answers can be assessed by using estimation strategies. (NC.3.NBT.2)
SCIENCE: Our essential questions for 1st quarter Science are:
  • What are the major parts of our Solar System? (3.E.1.1)
  • What patterns of movement can be found in the Solar System? (3.E.1)
  • Where does the sun appear during the course of a day? (3.E.1.2)
  • How are shadows created? (3.E.1.2)
  • What causes a shadow to change? (3.E.1.2)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our essential question for 1st quarter Social Studies is:
  • How does where we live impact how we live?