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Welcome to Mrs. McMurphy`s Class 


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Important Dates:

January 11th-2nd 9 Weeks Team Celebration

January 21st- MLK Holiday

January 28th- 3rd Grade Tree Program (9:00-9:30)

January 28th- Febuary 1st- All For Books! 




The Reading Community:  Nonfiction

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


Focus Skills


  • Students use text features to better understand an expository nonfiction book
  • Students identify what they learn from the book
  • Students make text to self connections
  • Students read independently



 Text Features:


  • heading and subheading
  • table of contents
  • glossary
  • table and timeline
  • text box
  • index
  • hyperlink
  • photograph and caption
  • diagram
  • bold print and italics
  • charts and maps






January 7-11


1. ripe- fully grown and developed


2. embrace- to hold closely in your arms


3. irate- very angry


4. legible- able to be read


5. seek- to search for something




January 14-18


1. occupation- a person's job


2. frenzy- wild or disorderly activity


3. sturdy- firmly built or made


4. saturate- to soak with something


5. anonymous- not named or identified






  • Students hear and discuss persuasive essays
  • Students identify the purpose and audience for persuasive essays
  • Students think about what information is communicated in persuasive essays
  • Students generate opinions they feel strongly about for persuasive essays






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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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