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Welcome to Ms. Topham's Class!

Thank you for stopping by!






We will be working hard everyday. On this website you will find information on what we are up to in the classroom as we begin quarter 4. Please check back often for updates. 


Important Dates:

Grade 3 ELA FSA May 1st and 2nd

Grade 3 Math FSA May 17th and 18th





ELA: Reading & Language Arts:   


Reading skills: *Text Structure *Connecting words and pictures *Comparing and Contrasting two texts

Grammar skills:  

Writing: Compare and Contrast 




Vocabulary words:    (Content related)       







Math:  Time and Measurement

Topic:   Time



*Time to the minute

*AM and PM

*Finding elaspsed time

*Using elapsed time to find start or end time




Topic: Matter



*What is matter?

*How is matter measured? (mass and volume)

*States of Matter


Social Studies:


Topic: Economics


*What is economics?

*Wants and needs

*Supply and demand







Students will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. This homework will include a math assignment nightly. We will also have assignments that help us focus on the skills we are learning in school. Homework is generally focused on helping to sharpen what we have been learning. Spelling words are provided and the class will have one or two assignments on these words each week. This will generally be the night before the test. It will be the student's responsibility to study those words on their own throughout the week. I believe that homework should focus more on reading skills; such as cause and effect, character traits, literacy elements ect; that will allow your child to become a stronger reader. Students that independantly complete extra spelling practice throughout the week will be rewarded for their extra efforts!


Reading independantly is assigned nightly, and additional assignments to go along with our reading skills may be assigned once a week. These additional  assignments will be completed with a book of the student's choosing. Independant reading goals are given to students based on their ability level. Independant reading s vital to your child's success. Meeting this goal is part of the class requirements to meet the 100% Homework completion award.



Please check your child's planner nightly (even on Fridays). This is where you will find information about what we are learning in the classroom. It is also where I will add any additional needed communication.




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12 Most Powerful Words



trace - List events or steps in order


analyze - look at it closely, break apart.


infer - read between the lines.


evaluate - to examine or to judge.


formulate - put it together, create


describe - tell all about it


support - back up with details and facts


explain - tell how to do something


summarize - to put it in your own words


compare - How are they alike?


contrast - How are they different?


predict - What will happen next?