Grade 3



232 Pearl Street, Enfield, CT 06082      860.745.5275     




Welcome to 3rd Grade

Teacher: Ms. Elizabeth Tortora (




Hello everyone! Our busy week never ends...the students are moving along with their Reading and Language Arts/writing nicely; math multiplication facts are drilled both here and at home (I hope) and we are embarking on our Social Studies unit. Our Lord is guiding us every step of the way. The November Book Report has been assigned, book report form given and the project is a puppet to depict the character. Since the genre for this month's read is biography...the puppet is the main character.

Reading: we will begin "A Day's Work" by Eve Bunting Genre: realistic fiction (a story that could really happen) I'm sure the students will enjoy this one with a young boy and his relationship with his grandfather. It shows family love and respect for our elders as well as respecting one's cultural differences. The Spanish words throughout the text, also helps us appreciate the cultural differences yet value the similarities of family pride. Little Francisco learns a lesson too. Comprehension skills as well as new vocabulary will be part of the language arts focus.

Spelling: our unit words (content words;words ending in -le)  handle trouble simple people middle table little gentle poodle pickle noodle saddle juggle uncle riddle  Challenge words:

example throttle obstacle miracle muscle.....we work with these words all week long. These words are also found in our story for the week. Friday is our Spelling Test Day.

Math: I expect that Moby Max become an integral part of "at home" computer time. Usually I assign only 15 minutes per session , two times per week. However, more time is great! Please note that 3rd. grade focus is Math only. That's what I check on and the log in time completed at home. We are moving along with our multiplication facts; word problems and math vocabulary.

Religion: our unit on God sent us a savior is progressing . However, we do celebrate the rosary the entire month of October as well. This Sunday is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time at Church. The Gospel is a reading according to Luke (The Lord hears the cry of the poor.). As you celebrate mass on Sunday, reflect on that message together. You are all generous in giving and it is in giving that we receive.

Reminder: early dismissal on Oct. 25th and Oct. 26th. due to Parent/Teacher conferences. I am looking forward to our meetings. Also, there is anothere Book Fair coming up; and a Dress Down Day for fundraising ($5)on October 27th. for our classroom pavillion outdoors. The Make-A-Wish fundraiser officially started Oct. 20th. and will continue until November 20th.** Again thank you for your kindness!! :) 





Hello everyone! October is certainly moving along quickly and 3rd.Grade has had a busy week. We had a great trip last week along with the 4th grade class to Silver Bell Farm and everyone returned "happily" tired and with a pumpkin too.Special thanks to my parent chaperones (Mr.Feeley, Mr. Santaniello, Ms. Madigan and Ms. DeCesare )for all their help. You are truly wonderful...Kudos to all!

A special thank you to Julia Feeley, room mom, for helping me set up the BOO-tiful display of our students' work at the Country Diner on Hazard Ave. in Enfield. The children wrote short Halloween poems and completed art work on the holiday theme. Do stop by and see your child's display...out in the community. I'm sure you'll be hauntingly pleased! :)

This time of year is also chock full of notices that go home via your child. Again, check those backpacks...thanks.Parent/Teacher conferences have been scheduled and letters all went out. If you can not make that designated time, please let me know and I will reschedule you. I can see that most of you have logged onto Moby Max. Please focus on the Math program only. If there are any problems, let me know however, I do assign Moby Max (Math) for homework atleast 2 times per week. (more is great!!). October 18, Wed. there will be a fundraiser at the 99Restaurant in Enfield for St.Bernard School. Hope to see many of you there...take a break from cooking and help support our school.

Reading: we will begin our new story "Prudy's Problem". Genre:fantasy (make believe events). We will do some pre-reading activities both written and oral before starting our new story.We will read and understand a retelling of an Aesop Fable (The Grasshopper and the Ant) and complete many activities that focus on compound words this week. Most of these words are the content words that are in their Spelling workbook and will be words for Spelling unit. We're back to 20 words once again!

Spelling List: compound words / sunglasses football homework haircut popcorn railroad snowstorm earring scarecrow blueberry butterflies lawnmower campground sandbox toothbrush ; Challenge words: thumbtack earthquake scrapbook courthouse whirlpool. *We work with these words all week in a variety of ways and students are expected to know them by Friday's test. They are also part of our Lang.Arts creative writing activities and are found in the Grammar/Spelling workbook.

Math: Moby Max use at home (atleast 15 min. per sesssion, twice per week) if you can increase it to 3 or 4 times per week that's superb! We are working on multiplication facts and skills with single digit multiplication. Word problems and everyday math application to daily situations are also explored. Students will be increasing their multiplication application using many different ways. *Aims Web will be given next week in math only*

Religion: we all took part as a school family, in the Living Rosary last Friday. We will continue with the Rosary and understanding the Mysteries all month of October. This is the month dedicated to the Rosary and Mary, Our Lord's mother who urges us to pray the rosary (especially for world peace). That was the main message of Our Lady of Fatima.We also will continue with our curriculum of encountering Jesus through scripture. God prepared us to receive salvation. We will read about Jesus the Messiah,Priest, Prophet and King. The gospels: Matthew,Mark , Luke and John are our primary source of knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

*Gates Testing Oct.18 &19/ ELA Aims Web testing (Lang.Arts) Oct. 16 &17--to be completed**


Happy Columbus Day! No school on October 9th. We will be back in business on Tuesday, Oct. 10th...Gym All day/and don't forget to bring in those Book Reports and dioramas this week. Our trip to the Silver Bell Farm is Wed.Oct. 11th..pumpkin fun for everyone! Note about the snack that is offered by our hos...if your child is not having the snack (Gingerbread cookies and apple cider) then please provide one from home for him/her. This is a NUT FREE zone, so nothing with nuts (even Nutella) can be brought in. Thanks!..Remember to dress comfortably, sneakers and also bring your own lunch. We will leave SBS promptly at 9:00 am. All chaperones must be here by 8:45am!! Many thanks for all your support.

Reading: we are continuing with various non-fiction selections for this week. As stated before, non-fiction is a bit more difficult for students to grasp inference, making connections with daily life situations and the vocabulary/comprehension skills. I am introducing "color poems" also; this will be a Language Arts activity. 

Spelling: list is shorter this week (most words were found in "Penguin Chick" and now in our color poems as well... also listed in the Reading Street Purple Practice Book...cuddles flippers frozen hatch pecks preen snuggles Antarctica skate fluffy Challenge words: wintery thundery swaying scary croaking 

A total of 15 words this week!

Math: please continue to drill multiplication facts at home and students will complete making their flashcards, for home study. Moby Max needs to be used at least 15 minutes about 3 or 4 times a week. For this week: Tuesday and parents you can opt to use it more frequently and then I can check on this activity. I'm also working on word problems and math vocabulary for multiplication. Terms they need.

Check out The Country Diner on Hazard Avenue in Enfield, Grade 3 will have a BOO-tiful display for Halloween. This will be up in the restaurant for all to see towards the end of this week(Oct.13th). My 3rd. grade students have done a great job with this hauntingly display and their BOO Poems. Grab a cup of coffee etc.  and look over their work...these young poets are great! Lots of fun!!

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