Below I have included a detailed note about what you can expect this year in third grade!!!
Welcome to Third Grade at St. John Fisher! We are so excited for the new school year and the new growth that will be sure to happen over the next nine months in your child's height, weight, and KNOWLEDGE! We understand that this school year will have unique challenges, but together we know we can be successful and have a great year! We are so excited to have air conditioning! WE ARE READY!
MATH - We use the GO MATH series. We know it can be rigorous, but we also know that the core of our Math curriculum is the same as it has always been. Students will become effective problem solvers by first understanding math concepts. Fluency in the basic facts of addition and subtraction are essential in math. Please continue to work at home on this skill. Multiplication and division mastery will be our goal by the end of third grade. They need to know how to use computation skills and how to apply appropriate problem solving strategies. How do we accomplish all of this??? With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes! Anything you can do to encourage and assist your child in building their "real life" Math experience is greatly appreciated!
Reading - We will be exploring weekly stories, articles, passages, and read alouds that incorporate lessons in vocabulary, phonics, spelling, fluency, literacy skills, comprehension, extended response, and writing with our school-wide Reading series, Into Reading. All students will have a consumable book and will use a notebook in Reading class. Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year. Accelerated Reading tests will also be assigned weekly in the coming weeks. More information will follow. Third graders are shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.
English - In third grade, grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech will be covered. Writing and writing and more writing will play a vital role in all subject areas. We will be working on opinion pieces, narratives, and informational types of writing. Simple informative research reports will also be assigned later in the year.
Spelling – Our Spelling lists contain words that coincide with our reading program. Spelling tests will be given every Friday. Cursive practice using our spelling words will also be incorporated in each homeroom.
Science/Social Studies - Science and Social studies will be taught during each trimester, however they will not be taught at the same time. We will begin with a Science unit and when completed, we will move on to Social Studies. This format will continue for the duration of the year. Third graders love learning about animals, matter, geography and our city, Chicago, among other topics.
Religion - The goal of our Religion program is to learn and understand more about our Catholic faith and values using our book Blest Are We, Faith In Action. We are excited to celebrate weekly mass together on Thursdays at 8:15 with Fr. Ken.
Homework - Homework will be written in the student planner each day. Students are being taught to use this planner as an important tool for success in and out of the classroom. Please check your child's assignment notebook daily and sign it. Independence is our ultimate goal, but for now the kids need guidance from home and school.
Chromebooks - A new and exciting change for third graders is that each student will be given a Chromebook computer allowing us to be 1:1. The Chromebooks will not be available at the start of the school year, but will be distributed as soon as possible. Since our students will be working with these devices, all third grade students will be using a Google account and email address. Each homeroom teacher has created a Google classroom. Students will receive their log- in information and code for their homeroom during the first few weeks of school. More information to follow as it becomes available.
Specials -Students will participate in five weekly specials; Art, Library/SEL every other week, Computer, Gym, and Art.
Teacher Communication - Please feel free to email us with questions or concerns. We will be using our Google accounts so both students and parents can e-mail us directly.
Mrs. Sally Caulfield - email@example.com
Mrs. Therese Regnier - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Margie Sefcik – email@example.com
In conclusion, we will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is a time for students to begin to assume responsibilities for their education and become life-long learners, but they definitely still require positive reinforcement from school and home. Please review the Friday Folder each week with your child and respond to your child’s weekly correspondence in their Friday Letter notebook. It is really the best method to monitor your child's progress. Please check out our Third Grade Blogs and up-coming Classtag for information. Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support. We look forward to a year like no other!
The Future Is Bright at SJF!
Sincerely, the Third Grade Team