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Welcome to Third Grade! We will be doing many fun activities all year along with loads of learning and exploring.  My name is Laurel Brest.  I have been teaching in the Blackhawk School District for 12 years.  I have my Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock University in Elementary and Special Education and Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University.  I love spending time with my family, camping, and reading. 


1st Quarter


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Highlights of 1st Quarter: 

In math, we use the Go Math! series, covering a wide range of topics: addition and subtraction to 1000 strategies, representing and interpreting data, and multiplication.  Students are also engaged in Guided Math/Balanced Numeracy.  The students work in small groups with teachers to differentiate concepts.  Other students are participating in Math with Technology, Independent Math Practice, Math Journal, and Partner Math Practice.  

In reading, we are using the Daily 5 system.  This is an opportunity for students to read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, work with words, and work on writing.  While students are doing this we are working with small groups conducting guided reading groups where we are focusing on skills differentiated according to student need.  Some of the skills include comprehension, back up and reread, non-fiction text features, fact and opinion, locating information, point of view, sequence of events, characters and setting, fluency, and accuracy.  We also target these skills within our weekly reading passages in our Storytown books. 

In English, the students worked on subjects and predicates, sentence structures, and nouns.   Our spelling aligns with weekly Storytown lessons and phonics.  Students are assessed on 15 words plus 5 challenge words. 

In social studies, we will study our world, communities, and citizenship. 

In Science, we will study structures of life including plants and animal life cycles.  Students participate in readings, labs, and engineering activities to reinforce the concepts.   

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18-19 School Year
End of 9 weeks
Mon Mar 25 2019
PSSA Testing Grades 3-8 - ELA
Mon Apr 15 2019
to Fri Apr 26 2019

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Thu Apr 18 2019
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Fri Apr 19 2019
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