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Skills for January 30-February 3

ELA: Space

Central Text: Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg


  • Identify important story elements in Zathura.
  • Illustrate and label a problem and solution in Zathura.
  • Analyze how an author uses linking words and phrases to connect opinions with reason in a model opinion essay.
  • Explain the effects of characters’ actions in Zathura.
  • Use linking words and phrases to connect opinions and reasons.
  • Distinguish between the literal and nonliteral meaning of language.

Math: Fractions


Explain equivalence of fractions and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

a. Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size or the same point on a number line.
b. Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions (e.g., 12 = 24, 46 = 23 ) and explain why the fractions are equivalent using a visual fraction
c. Express whole numbers as fractions and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. For example, express 3 in the form 3
= 31; recognize that 61 = 6; locate 44 and 1 at the same point on a number line diagram.
d. Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are
valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Use the symbols >, =, or < to show the relationship and justify the conclusions.

Social Studies: Indigenous People


  • Compare and contrast the geographical locations and customs (I.e., housing and clothing) of the Northeast, Southeast, and Plains North American Indians.
  • Describe the conflicts between American Indian nations, including the competing claims for the control of land.
  • Identify the routes and contributions of early explorers of the Americas,

Science: Weather and Climate


  • Use tables, graphs, and tools to describe precipitation, temperature, and wind (direction and speed) to determine local weather and climate.
  • Incorporate weather data to describe major climates (polar, temperate, tropical) in different regions of the world.

Have a great weekend!

The 3rd Grade Team

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