Dear Third Grade Families,
Our class will meet on Monday's at 11:00 am and Thursdays at 11:15 am. We will meet on Zoom and the invitation will be sent home weekly. Weekly lesson plans will be sent home to both parent and student emails. They are also posted on the class webpage under the Files and Documents tab. You can find the lessons in the Weekly Review Activities folder.
    I will be available on Zoom for office hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 2-3. Office hours are for parents with questions or concerns that cannot be answered by email. Thank you for continuing to work hard and keeping in touch.

Alyssa Castillo

Suggested Academic Activities Week of 5/11/20

Encore Activity Schedule

Specialist Webpages:

ESOL Web Page


Academic Area Activity
Language Arts

Journal-Write about your experiences at home use one of manyJournal prompts.

Read a book and make a short video about it.

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen to books read aloud in your home language:
-International Children's Digital Library;Scholastic Daily Activities;Story Time from Space; orUnite for Literacy

Visit Word World where words come alive.

Create your own comic strips or graphic novels.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner.

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar,


Bedtime Math- Stories and puzzles that helps parent talk math with their kids. Each day presents a non-fiction article, with videos and photos, followed by related math riddles for kids ages 3-9. This includesCabin Fever Math which are engaging, hands-on math activities for families.

3-Act Tasks- Problem-based lessons, including engaging videos and photos, to foster students’ curiosity and incorporate mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

SPLAT!- Fun, very powerful, highly interactive number sense activities that can be used at any grade level!

Esti-MysteriesEstimation Meets Math Mysteries.Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image.

GregTang Math- This site includes a wide variety of mathematics games and resources to challenge students’ math thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Open Middle- Challenging math problems at all grade levels with multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Thinking Blocks– Uses a visual model to support understanding of word problems.

Number Talk/Journal- Roll dice or use playing cards to identify a number then journal all the ways to make/solve for this number (use more than one for two digit and higher numbers).



Explore and create onGoogle Earth and Google My Maps.

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain onNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year onDiscovery Education.

Explore learning about animals & many other topics on National Geographic.

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips(can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics,Chemistry,Biology,Earth Science)
Engaging science content YouTube videos
Interactive Periodic Table

Social Studies

Explore historical sites, geographical regions, and create onGoogle Earth and Google My Maps.

Interactive Map of the United States-find your state/capitals, identify the states that border your own, predict the geographical features in each area, etc.

Virtual Field Trips:

Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities.

Learn about life in Colonial TimesJamestown/Yorktown Foundation.

DiscoverRise and Fall of Jim Crow Laws-hear personal interviews, read articles, and watch videos on the impact of this time period.


Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake up  
9-10 a.m. Morning physical activity

Take a walk; Remember to practice social distancing.

Have a dance party in your kitchen;

Make a backyard or indoor Scavenger Hunt;

Get moving with these YouTube options:

10-11 a.m. Academic time:
Science/Social Studies
See content selection listed below daily schedule
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Creative time

Play music;


Reuse & Recycle-create something using something you no longer need or want to repurpose (birdfeeder, etc.);

STEM-build or solve a problem using household items (visit ScienceBuddies for inspiration);

Draw and write with authors/illustrators:

Post daily creative challenges on Twitter;

Art Prompts:

12-12:30 p.m. Clean up Clean your room, help around the house, etc.
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch Enjoy Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems Lunch Doodles
1-2:30 p.m. Quiet time Check out these resources for quiet time:
2:30-4 p.m. Academic time:
Language Arts
Science/Social Studies
 See content selection listed below daily schedule
4-5 p.m. Fresh air

Take a walk, ride your bike, play outside with siblings, if you have a pet, play with your pet too! - Remember to practice social distancing.

If it’s rainy, visit Sports Illustrated for Kids.

5 p.m.-bedtime Connect with others

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Play a board game;


Get plenty of sleep.

How to Set-up Calendar Alerts:
If your child is in my class, and you would like to receive email alerts for items posted to my calendar, you may view step-by-step directions here:

Please note: You will receive a separate email alert for each calendar you choose to subscribe to.