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Welcome to Mrs. McMurphy`s Class 



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Important Dates:


Nov. 13th   TEAM spirit day/meetings Sonadore (Activity) & Isazi (Café) 

 Nov. 15th   TEAM spirit day/meetings Vanguard (Activity) & Amizade (Café)

November 15th  Thanksgiving Breakfast Feast

 Nov. 9th- 23rd   Thanksgiving Holidays, No school

Dec. 10th-14th   PTO Santa's Secret Workshop

Dec. 17th   Class Christmas Party 




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The Reading Community: Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction

Read Alouds:  "Balloons Over Broadway" and "Milly and the Thanksgiving Parade"

-Students will begin researching the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Throughout the week, the students will complete a STEM project where they will be working in partners to create a parade float with different provided materials.  At the end of the week, students will parade their floats through the other 3rd grade classrooms.


Focus skills: Text structures, Main Idea and Detail, Compare and Contrast 

Focus for the next 2 weeks: Make connections, Listen and discuss stories, Build a reading community, learn the procedures for gathering, "Turn and Talk", "Think, Pair, Share", and Individualized Daily Reading Time



Persuasive Writing

Students will be writing the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade directors to persuade them to allow their float to be entered into the parade.



Area and Perimeter

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Review skills:

Multiplication, Introducing factors, Equal Group Strategy, Array Strategy, Multiplying multiples of 10 and finding the missing number in a multiplication equation

Introduce and continuing to work with multiplication word problems and missing number-

Division, Introducing parts of a division sentence, equal groups strategy, Array strategy, repeated subtraction strategy and finding the missing number in a division equation


For the 1st 9 weeks we will be working on mastering our 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10's. Your child will be given 30 problems and will be expected to complete the 30 problems within a 5 minute time frame. For the moment we will be giving only the multiplication portion of the test on Fridays.  Your child will be allotted minutes to complete the multiplication section of the test.
  *If your child has mastered 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, begin working on 3's and 6's for 2nd 9 weeks.  They will have 50 problems to complete in 5 minutes

*3rd 9 weeks we will add 4's and 8's with 75 problems to complete in 5 minutes.

 *4th 9 weeks we will add 7's and 9's with 100 problems to complete in 5 minutes. 

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