Mrs. Fanelli Grade 3

 Hello My Name Is... Mrs. Fanelli

 January 2019

          Room 17


            Happy New Year!  The Mackrille third grade classes are making good progress, as they begin 2019!  The new year will be filled with fun and exciting new learning!                                                      

           In reading, the students will continue working on Unit 2.  In this unit, they will read informational texts.  They will focus on summarizing and gathering information from paired texts which are on the same topic.  For homework, the students will continue to read each night and record their reading on their logs.  By now, the students should have the stamina to read for at least 20 minutes each night.  They should continue selecting books that suit their interests.  In addition, each night they should share what they read with their family to improve reading comprehension.        

            In writing, the students will begin biographies.  Each student will choose a person he or she admires and research that person using a variety of sources (books, articles, and internet websites).  They will take notes and organize the information they collect.           

            This month in math, the students will be working on Unit 4 "Exploring Measurement and Data".   They will be learning how to choose appropriate units and tools to measure weight, capacity, and length.   The students will  also estimate lengths and weights.  They will use rulers to measure to the nearest quarter inch, tell time to the nearest minute, and calculate elapse time.  Please try to make some real life connections at home to reinforce these skills.  For example:

  • Have your child read recipes and measure out ingredients as you cook.
  • Ask them to read food labels to see what units of measurement were used.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to tell time using an analog clock.
  • Ask your child, "What time will it be two hours from now and what time was it one hour ago?"
  • Use words like, quarter past, quarter to, and half past, when telling your child the time.
  • Let your child measure objects around the house using a ruler or a scale.


            In science, the students will continue working on a life science unit.  They will study ecosystems.  The students will learn how ecosystems depend on each other, change, and how people's behavior impacts them. 


                      Have a happy and healthy new year!


 Throughout the year, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.  Parents can send in a note with their child, send an email to me at,  or contact me by phone at (203) 931-6820. 

Suggested School Supplies

Crayons                         2 Glue sticks

Ruler                              Scissors

Erasers                           Pencil box

Pencils                           2 Spiral notebooks

Post-It Notes                 Headphones (an inexpensive pair)


The students will have snack each day, except for early dismissal days.  Some suggestions for snacks are: fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, crackers, water, etc.  ________________________________________________________________ 

Your child can practice math vocabulary skills on

You can access ebooks at RAZ KIDS.

Email me if you have any questions about user names
and passwords.
​​D.C. eagle cam
Perimeter and Area Song 
Metaphor and Simile Song
Prefix and Suffix Song
Preposition Song
Silent e Song
Q and U Song
Triangular Triangles
No Homework Song
Schoolhouse Rock Conjunctions
​​Schoolhouse Rock What is a Noun
Schoolhouse Rock Adjectives
Schoolhouse Rock I'm Just a Bill​​​​