Welcome to Mrs. Holland’s 3rd Grade Classroom
I teach Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. I am looking forward to a great year!
Fourth Six Weeks
ELA—This unit bundles student expectations that address the understanding and use of procedural text and documents in order to support reading for understanding and writing to inform. As students explore one of the most typical forms of writing encountered in daily life, they learn to use text features and organization of text in order to establish a purpose for their reading and writing, increase comprehension, and clearly organize their thoughts and gain meaning. Procedural text provides the avenues for students to make inferences, summarize, and provide textual evidence during reading. Students continue to communicate understanding of text through oral and written expression. They examine teacher-selected and student-selected texts that provide opportunities to make important personal and world connections within and across different contexts. In Unit 03, students explored expository texts by identifying the main ideas and the supporting facts and details through the use of text features. They identified relationships between texts and formed conclusions based on the facts presented. During this unit, students continue to explore informational genres by locating and using information presented in procedural texts. Graphic features such as charts, tables, graphic organizers, captions, illustrations, keys, graphs, and diagrams are used to follow directions and solve problems. Students compose letters for specific audiences and purposes by using appropriate conventions (e.g., date, salutation, closing). They continue to compose text using the fundamentals of the writing process to communicate their own understanding. Students explore language while continuing to build on the principles that vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are critical to effective comprehension and communication. Word study is inclusive of genre specific vocabulary, literary terms, and appropriate vocabulary from text and is experienced before, during, and after reading. In Unit 04B, students read persuasive text to identify what the author is trying to persuade the reader to think or do.
This unit also bundles student expectations that introduce persuasive texts in order to understand that authors write to influence, convince, express, justify, and promote a point of view. Students express their beliefs and persuade an audience through oral and written language, supporting their ideas with text evidence and personal experience. They continue to examine teacher-selected and self-selected texts and media that provide opportunities to make personal and world connections within and across different contexts. In Units 03 and Unit 04A, students explored informational texts for the purposes of communication, gaining knowledge, and following directions. During this unit, students continue to explore informational texts through the examination of persuasive purpose. Students make inferences and draw conclusions in order to determine the author’s point of view and/or message conveyed. Students establish a position and provide supporting details to compose persuasive essays using the fundamentals of the writing process and specific language to influence and convince readers, to express a point of view, or justify a position. Students continue to explore language while building on the principles that vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are critical to effective comprehension and communication. Word study is inclusive of genre specific vocabulary, literary terms, and appropriate vocabulary from the text and is experienced before, during, and after reading. In Unit 05, students utilize skills and processes learned to make connections between informational and literary texts.
Social Studies— In Social Studies we’ll be using Social Studies Weekly-famous Americans, good citizens, government, communities and education, and communities- civic virtue and engagement and how communities thrive when citizens participate.
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