• 3rd grade units
     
    Building on what students learned in second grade, students in third grade learn more about school as they explore the second part of the state's model curriculum. To read more about this curriculum from the state's website, please visit  http://www.state.nj.us/education/modelcurriculum/wl/ . Second graders study unit 2A, and third graders study unit 2B.
     
    School subjects
     
    In this unit, students will explore the various subjects taught in school, including science, math, reading, writing, social studies, Spanish, art, music, technology, and physical education. In addition, students will learn vocabulary associated with other parts of their day, including recess and lunch as well as how they arrive to school (by bus, by car, or by walking) and how they leave. In addition, students will learn common verbs associated with their day, such as cut, read, write, sit, walk, and eat. Part of the exploration of this theme will include comparing their school day with that of a typical child in Mexico.
     
    An excellent way to review the vocabulary for this unit is through the use of this Quizlet set of flashcards I created. Not only can you see pictures and read the words, if you turn your speakers on or plug in your earphones, you can hear the words read to you by a native speaker. That's a tremendous chance to hear the words you may struggle with, and I urge every student to take advantage of this opportunity. Remember that Quizlet has games you can play as part of your review. Use Quizlet as often as you like. 
     
    You can sign into the Quizlet site using the username gwesstudent1. When you are asked for a password, use the password spanishisgreat. Go to the tab on the left called YOUR CLASSES and choose spanish 2-5. Then look for the class set that is for your grade and marking period.   http://quizlet.com/47006787/school-subjects-and-important-words-flash-cards/
     
     Study guides were filled out the first full week of school and by now parents should have seen them come home. Test dates can be found on the class calendar tab of my webpage. If your child has misplaced the study guide and you need another copy, you can download this copy or print it from this link: First marking period study guide class subjects and verbs
     
    Telling time 
     
    In order to help students talk about their typical school day and ask others about theirs, third graders will learn how to express time in Spanish. Students will explore time to the hour and half-hour. The cross curricular benefits of this unit will help students better understand this vital math skill. In order to help students with this task, I have made the following study materials available. Please make use of them as often as is necessary in order to better understand how to tell time to the hour and half-hour.
     
    Here's a copy of the study guide on telling time to the hour and half hour. 

    The unit for the second marking period will be about learning to tell time. Here is a PowerPoint presentation that will help explain how to tell time in Spanish. If you find it helpful, please let me know. Your feedback is very important to me.

    Telling time powerpoint

    Here's a PowerPoint self-check "quiz" to see if you know how to tell time to the hour and half hour.

    Jeopardy telling time

    Here's a PowerPoint in the form of the popular game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Use it to check your ability to tell time.

    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Check out this set of Quizlet flashcards. You can sign into the Quizlet site using the username gwesstudent1. When you are asked for a password, use the password spanishisgreat. Go to the tab on the left called YOUR CLASSES and choose spanish 2-5. Then look for the class set that is for your grade and marking period. Turn on your speakers and click on the little speaker icon on the flashcards so you can hear native speakers saying each sentence.  
     
    If you need help with your numbers, this could help. 
    This is a Quizlet flashcard set that you can access anytime and practice your numbers. I did not create it, so you won't need to sign in with a password. Turn on your speakers so you can hear the words pronounced.
     
     
    If you need help telling time, check out this site. You can practice your skills for telling time with the various activities on this page. 
     
     
    Check these youtube videos on telling time if you need a review. They include a lot of extra times that we have not covered in class, so whether you need some basic review or you're interested in learning more than we've covered, this is a good place to start.
     
    Try this review on telling time to the half hour if you need to review this skill. The review is in English, so this is a good resource to use if you're not sure how to read an analog clock when it's showing time on the half-hour.
     
    This review is on telling time to the hour, so if you need to review this skill to feel more confident, check this link out. It's in English, so it's a good place to go if you're having trouble reading an analog clock when it's showing time on the hour.
     
    Class schedules and activities 
     
    In this unit, students will explore their daily schedule, making use of their new-found ability to tell time. They will learn how to read, interpret, and create a simple school schedule, as well as how to use the qualifying phrase "approximately" when discussing their daily routine. This will help them create sentences such as, "I arrive at school at approximately 8:30." or "I have science class at approximately 2:00."
     
    Students should keep their study guides in a safe place so they can refer to them frequently as they review the vocabulary we are working on throughout the marking period. I encourage students to scan their study guides so they have a digital copy in case anything should happen to the copy they filled out in school. In the event that students misplace their study guides and have not scanned their study guides, they can print out this file.
     
     
    This is a sample vocabulary test item for the third marking period:
     

    I arrive

    I arrive

    O A las ____ (y media)

     

    O Mañana

    O A la una (y media)

     

    O Llego

     
    In order to help students study, I have created this set of Quizlet flashcards. You can sign into the Quizlet site using the username gwesstudent1. When you are asked for a password, use the password spanishisgreat. Go to the tab on the left called YOUR CLASSES and choose spanish 2-5. Then look for the class set that is for your grade and marking period.