Mrs. Toritto

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November 5, 2018

Dear Families, 

It's hard to believe that it is November already!  We have been very busy learning and had a great week last week.  Thanks to all who helped make Halloween a fun day for our class!  This week the third grade will be leading our school liturgy.  We hope some of you will be able to join us.  Mass will be at 8:45 in St. Ignatius Church. 

This week we will continue practicing multiplication strategies in math.  The children have been doing great with these so far.  By the end of the week we will be focusing on multiplying with certain numbers as a factor. This is when it becomes important for the children to start practicing every day.  The sooner they have their multiplication facts (0-12) memorized, the easier math will be for the rest of the year!

We will be reading "What Do Illustrators Do?" this week and talking about steps in a process and signal words.  The children will choose their own activity and use these words to write a how to guide for the activity.  While we are working on this, we will also be emphasizing using clear and specific verbs.  We have already been practicing identifying verbs, so now we will move on to using interesting verbs to make sentences make more sense.

In social studies we will begin learning about how the Native Americans used the geography to build their communities.  We will be looking at how the geography affected their cultures and the types of homes they lived in.  We will focus on the Southwest Native Americans and even learn a rain dance!

Our religion lessons will be about the early Church and how the first Christians worked to spread the message of Jesus.  We will hear about St. Paul's change of heart and discuss ways that we can show through our actions that we are disciples. 

I hope that everyone has a great week!
Mrs. Toritto